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OneFuture and Partners Celebrate our Summer Healthcare Interns

OneFuture and Partners Celebrate our Summer Healthcare Interns! Celebrate the achievements of 22 local college undergraduate junior and seniors who interned this summer as part of OneFuture Coachella Valley’s partnership with Health Career Connection. Summer Intern Culmination Event Thursday, Aug. 30, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. University of California Riverside Palm Desert Campus Open to the public Healthcare represents 13% of the workforce in the Coachella Valley and has the most shortage of skilled workers, our research revealed that 80% of employers were recruiting from outside the Coachella Valley.

As part of our first regional collaboration, our goal was to build the pipeline of a high-quality local workforce from within the Coachella Valley’s own student population. The summer internship program provides students with health career exposure, paid work experience, mentoring, and professional development. Students are placed with various clinics, nonprofits, and hospitals where they work on projects that make significant contributions to the host organizations.

Our goal is that students will make connections in the desert and return after they complete their college studies,” said Sheila Thornton, OFCV President/CEO. “Coachella Valley’s healthcare industry is particularly under-served. The eastern valley has one physician for every 8,407 patients.” Since 2010, 51 local employers have hosted 135 student interns, who dedicated 64,000 intern hours to high-need projects, and host employers provided more than $468,000 in summer wages for these students. 64% of OneFuture interns indicate they plan to return to the valley to work and serve. The 2018 healthcare interns took part in 10-week paid positions working on high-impact projects for local employers including: Desert Oasis Healthcare, Latino Commission, Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector District, Angel View, Borrego Health, Kaiser Permanente, Loma Linda, Coachella Unincorporated, Safehouse, Department of Public Health, Building Healthy Communities, Desert Healthcare District, Riverside University Health Systems-Behavioral Health, and The Joslyn Center.

INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED? From making a donation, to mentoring a student, to offering paid or unpaid internships, OneFuture CV has opportunities of all shapes and sizes for you to make an impact. We’d love to have you get involved with our mission of helping local area students gain access to higher education and the career skills they need to join the workforce.

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