Activities and Experiences
Most schools expect their applicants to have had practical exposure to the profession. This may be done by volunteering in a hospital or nursing home, by assisting in a professional office, or simply by observing a professional on a regular basis. Your Health Professions Mentor may be able to help you in this respect. Other out-of-school activities are also important. Health professions schools are looking for creative, imaginative, productive people. It’s good to be involved in community activities, to do special volunteer projects, to assist charity endeavors, etc. Be as active as you can be, however, it is the quality of the activities not the quantity that matter.
There are many volunteer opportunities available to those interested in the health professions. Many of our students volunteer at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) and St. Joseph Healthcare. For more information on volunteer opportunities at EMMC and St. Joseph Healthcare, please visit their websites to complete an application. The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism provides many additional volunteer opportunities.
Job shadowing is a component of the career exploration process. Observing the day to day of a professional can help give students a sense of what the job is really like. This experience can provide significant insight into whether or not a job/career path of interest is right for you. Here some ways to get started:
Maine Mentor Program
Maine Mentor Program is a resource for all Health Professions students. Many health professions schools require a specific number of hours of active, meaningful participation in medical practice. The Mentor Program provides an opportunity for such an experience.
- Mentors are members of the medical community who have generously volunteered their time to help aspiring students learn about the professional life they wish to enter.
- Mentors meet with students from time to time, as their schedule permits, usually at their professional office.
- Discussing a career field with a professional mentor greatly assists students in making career choices and in preparing themselves for admission to professional schools; by learning about a profession first-hand, one is enabled to discuss it maturely and with ease, skills important in an interview.
- Mentors normally are a very important reference in the application process.
This program has been popular and successful in providing students with invaluable experience. Check out the Maine Mentor Program Database for more information.
Students interested in shadowing at local hospitals can take advantage of Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC).
- To job shadow at PCHC, please schedule an appointment with Health Professions Career Counselor, Samantha Wheeler by calling the front desk of the Career Center at 207-581-1359.
- To job shadow at EMMC, go to their Clinical Observation Experience page and follow the necessary steps.
Local Healthcare Facilities
There are great opportunities for job shadowing at local healthcare offices in the Greater Bangor area and in your local community. For assistance with job shadow search strategies, schedule an appointment to meet with Samantha Wheeler at 207-581-1359.
Many of our health profession students will work in the health field prior to applying to graduate school. Our students have worked in pharmacies, as phlebotomists, psychiatric technicians, nurses (those who are RN’s), nuclear cardiology aide, and EMT’s to name a few. Here are some samples of internship opportunities:
- CDC Public Health Internships
- Hanley Center’s Summer Undergraduate Healthcare Leadership Internship (UHLI)
- MaineHealth Summer Internships
- MaineGeneral Health Internships
If you are interested in obtaining a health professions related job or internship, check with the Health Professions office or visit the Career Center.