Healthcare Opportunities

This page is meant as a place to gather opportunities related to science or healthcare as we are made aware of them.  Please check back frequently – new items will be posted periodically.  If you become aware of an appropriate opportunity, please contact Mrs. Laurie Keco Grabowski ’89, Director of MedTrack, at

Healthcare Learning Opportunities

Pathways to Pharmacy

NEOMED University offers a Pathways to Pharmacy  week-long session each summer to expose students to careers in pharmacy.  Learn more here:

Padua Note for Sophomore Students – you should pursue a more traditional Externship, and then you can explore Pathways for the following summer.

BioInnovation Academy

The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) is proud to announce its new educational initiative – the BioInnovation Academy, beginning in the summer of 2013. This week-long, totally immersive summer program focused on innovation and biomedicine is for high school students, grades 10-12, interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.  Click here to learn more about the program.

Cleveland Clinic Internships

The Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives’ Summer Internship Program was designed to increase students’ interest and literacy in science by expanding their learning experiences beyond the classroom. The program’s nine-week, paid internships provide top students throughout Northeast Ohio with the opportunity to work and learn alongside nationally renowned healthcare professionals in a variety of fields. At the end of the program, students present scientific research or creative projects that they have produced over the length of their summer program.  You can learn more here:

PADUA NOTES:  You must absolutely commit to the nine-week experience, without interruption for sports camps, vacations, or similar personal activities. The internship typically begins the first week of June and concludes during the last week of July, though exact dates will vary year-to-year. Therefore, required conditioning and try-outs for fall sports will typically not conflict with the internship.

If you are selected for this highly-competitive program, Padua will arrange for you to take your finals early.

Sophomore Students – it is strongly suggested (though not mandatory) that you first pursue a more traditional Externship.  You can then explore a CCF Internship for the following summer.

BEST Medicine Engineering Fair

The Bridging Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Medicine engineering fair, Northeast Ohio’s premier engineering fair devoted exclusively to students interested in exploring biomedical engineering, brings together the most talented and innovative students to interact with each other and with leaders in medical device research and development.  Learn more here.

Junior Medical Camp

Supplement your MedTrack healthcare career exploration by attending one of several Junior Medical Camps at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  Learn more here.

Baldwin Wallace University

High school students interested in Health Care are invited to Baldwin Wallace University to spend a week exploring a variety of careers in the industry.  This program brings together many different areas of study and provides students a diverse look at this exciting field.  Students will work with faculty from the School of Business, Biology, Public Health, Nursing, Speech Disorders, Music Therapy, and HPESS (Health, Physical Education and Sport Science).

We have a limit of 24 participants and we are currently accepting applications.  Students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school in Fall 2015 are eligible.  Tuition is $700 for the week.  Students will be staying in a residence hall on campus.  Evening activities including an Indians game are included in the tuition.  Students will become certified in CPR/AED, study in the human cadaver lab on campus, do a public health service learning project, visit a local hospital, and more…  Please see the website for a more complete list of activities hereAS OF 3/25:  The program is accepting WAITLIST candidates.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Great Lakes Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center has an exciting and unique volunteer opportunity for students who are interested in science and science education: Great Summer Science Day Camps. Camp runs for 10 weeks in the summer.

Camp volunteers will get to help facilitate camp operations and activities and act as role models for appropriate behavior and safety. A letter of recommendation is not required with the application but is recommended and should be brought to the interview. Volunteers must be 15 years of age and have completed the eighth grade.

The minimum commitment for summer camp volunteers is two weeks (80 hours) plus mandatory training. You can monitor the summer opportunities here.

Summer Employment Opportunities

Camp Cheerful

Camp Cheerful is looking for summer camp staff.  Check out the details and opportunities available here.