Summer Internship through the University of Tennessee Knoxville

Internships give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Evelyn M., a student from Glencliff High School’s Academy of Medical Science and Research participated in an internship with the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Due to her experiences in this internship, Evelyn M. is now holding a part time job at a local veterinary clinic in Nashville while still in high school. In this post, Evelyn M. writes about her experience.

Evelyn gained hands on experience through her internship. Here, she is attending to a Great Dane brought into the clinic. She hopes to continue her education and someday become a veterinarian.

Hello, my name is Evelyn and I am one of the many students in the Academy of Medical Science and Research at Glencliff High School. Being apart of this academy has offered me extensive opportunities to volunteer, gain personal, hands on experience, and learn more in depth about the medical field. In fact, this past summer of 2012, I had the chance to participate in a competitive internship sponsored through the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Being an aspiring veterinarian, experience is critical to my success, so thanks to all the support and motivation from the many teachers and counselors who helped me along the way, I was accepted into this summer program.

During this internship, I was able to work for seven weeks at the Grassmere Animal Hospital in Nashville and spend the last week of the internship in Knoxville as a guest of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout the eight weeks, I was an employee of the University and received a bi-weekly stipend for the hours I worked. While at the veterinary college, I lived at a university dorm and was involved in various educational programs such as lectures, laboratories, and clinical rotations. This knowledgeable experience taught me so much and opened my eyes to almost every aspect of the veterinary field and has greatly encouraged me to endeavor for a career in this amazing profession! I could not have done this without my Academy’s support!

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