FCS Internship Partner of the Year
Harbin Clinic is honored for student intern partnership
Posted on 04/10/2013
This is the image for the news article titled Harbin Clinic is honored for student intern partnershipPhoto: (L to R) Briana Bogardus and Denise Sims

Harbin Clinic was honored as the 2013 Work-based Partner of the Year for Floyd County Schools at the April meeting of the Floyd County Board of Education.  Harbin works with the school system to provide internship opportunities for high-school students.  In the Work-based program, the teens spend part of their school day working in the real-world environment of a career field the student intends to pursue after high school.  

"Theresa King, Risk Management Coordinator, at Harbin Clinic has been instrumental in placing Floyd County high-school students in the Executive Internship program into positions where they will get as much hands-on experience in the medical field as possible," stated Apryl Hawkins, instructor of the Executive Internship program. "She truly cares about the student's interests and allows them to explore career fields that most interest them."  The program encourages teens to find what they love to pursue as a career choice. "Harbin really works with our student interns to encourage exploration of all opportunities offered through Harbin's partnership with Floyd County Schools and the Executive Internship program," added Hawkins.

Often, the internships evolve into actual job opportunities for students after graduation.  Briana Bogardus, a senior at Model High School, is one of those fortunate interns .  Bogardus has worked in the Urology Department at Harbin Clinic during her internship and that will become a regular paid position after she graduates in May. "The internship has really worked out well for me," Bogardus said. "I plan to attend Shorter University after graduation so this will allow me to work in my career as I pursue my education."

Denise Sims, Urology Department manager for Harbin, feels the internship program is a win-win for students and Harbin Clinic. "Briana has been a wonderful addition to our department and I am very glad that I decided to attend the meeting that allowed the Urology Department to participate in the partnership," Sims said. "It is important for teens to experience careers in which they have an interest to find out what they like - and just as vital - to discover what they do not like before they invest time and resources in college."