First-Generation College Student Lands Internship at Franciscan Hospital for Children
March 18, 2013
Mount Ida’s close proximity to Boston presents students with endless internship opportunities. In the ultimate college town, however, competition runs high, especially at Boston’s world-class hospitals. Luckily, for Herb Storey ’13, a child development major from Hammonton, N.J., he had the guidance of his professors to lead the way. This semester, he spends his days as a Child Life Intern at Franciscan Hospital for Children, one of the country’s largest rehabilitation hospitals for children and adolescents in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston.
Herb Storey '13
Herb Storey '13
One Major, Multiple Possibilities
As a child development major, Storey knew that he needed field experience before graduating. But, he did not want to take the traditional path of working in a school or classroom setting. He, instead, wanted to find new ways to gain exposure to the industry, and he has done just that at the Franciscan Hospital for Children.
“There are so many routes you can take in child development, which means the career options are limitless,” said Storey. “Once I graduate, I can work in human resources, social services, health care, education, or child psychology. This experience has taught me to never take anything for granted and I owe it all to Professor Susan Donnellan and Professor Suzanne St. Germain.”
Becoming a Child Life Intern
Storey, a first-generation college student, has never been shy to jump into new activities. He was recruited for our football team where he played for two years. Now, as an Admissions Tour Guide, Diversity Peer Leader, and mentor to fellow Mustang and younger brother, Houston, he is comfortable working in a variety of settings. So, naturally, when the internship arose, he decided to apply.
“At my internship, I work to enhance patients’ emotional, social, and cognitive growth during their hospital stay,” stated Storey. “My ultimate goal is to offer therapeutic activities for children undergoing tests, surgeries, and other medical procedures. It’s not easy to live in a hospital at a young age and I enjoy making a difference in their lives.”
Giving Hope to Patients
One of Storey’s most rewarding stories to emerge from the internship is about a blind two-year-old boy. When Storey visits the boy, he turns the music up really loud in his room so the patient can dance around to the music. In hearing the sounds at a loud decibel, the child knows that someone else is around and recognizes the beats.
“The best part of this internship is getting to see children during their group therapy sessions,” said Storey. “A few weeks ago, we had pets, such as small dogs visit the children. Seeing their reactions was priceless and truly a rare opportunity. I will remember this experience for the rest of my life.”