First-Generation College Student Interns at Franciscan Hospital for Children

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 professional studies in education alumnus from Hammonton, N.J., he had the guidance of his professors to lead the way. Last semester, he spent 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.

One major, multiple possibilities

As a professional studies in education 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 did just that at the Franciscan Hospital for Children.

“There are so many routes you can take, which means the career options are limitless,” said Storey. “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. Also, as an Admissions Tour Guide, Diversity Peer Leader and mentor to fellow Mustang and younger brother, Houston, he became comfortable working in a variety of settings.

“At my internship, I worked to enhance patients’ emotional, social and cognitive growth during their hospital stay,” stated Storey. “It’s not easy to live in a hospital at a young age and I enjoyed making a difference in their lives.”