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SA Works Employer Spotlight: Methodist Healthcare Ministries

For over twenty years, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. has been dedicated to creating access to health care for uninsured and low-income families through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas. Headquartered in San Antonio in the heart of the South Texas Medical Center, Methodist Healthcare Ministries owns and operates two primary care clinics, Wesley Health & Wellness Center and Bishop Ernest T. Dixon, Jr. Clinic, as well as two School Based Health Centers at Krueger Elementary and Schertz Elementary. Serving the community is an integral part of Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ work, leading them to partner with SA Works to host their first Summer Internship program in summer 2016.

Methodist Healthcare Ministries built their summer internship program, now entering into its third year, through SA Works community wide Summer Internship program. Summer Internships serve to bridge the gap between students and employers, building a foundational understanding the workplace for students and allowing employers to see how a young and talented workforce can bring in fresh, new perspectives.

“Even in the first year with eleven students, we witnessed the many benefits of hiring summer interns and chose to grow our program the next year,” said Diane Rodriguez, talent acquisition specialist & comp analyst, Methodist Healthcare Ministries. “Students gained real-world experience by going through a formal application, interview, hiring and onboarding process, and by spending their summer at Methodist Healthcare Ministries, students explored different areas in health care and gained a better understanding of the potential career paths in this field.”

Students worked across a variety of departments including Human Resources, Culinary, Information Technology, Medication Assistance, Nursing, Dental Sterilization, Recreation & Enrichment, Communications and Public Relations, and Business Intelligence. Methodist Healthcare Ministries also hosted half-day workshops on leadership, community, and policy for the student interns. Students learned about their personal leadership strengths, explored some of Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ local funded partners and studied how public policy affects the health care industry.

“As summer interns, students learn through their new responsibilities and are held accountable to show up to work on time and contribute in a team environment,” said Romanita Matta-Barrera, executive director, SA Works. “By hosting summer interns, local organizations are investing in San Antonio’s future workforce and building our community’s future leaders.”

Now entering into the third year of Summer Internships, Methodist Healthcare Ministries plans to double the number of interns they hire this summer, further impacting San Antonio’s future workforce.

For more information on Methodist Healthcare Ministries, visit www.mhm.org. And to get involved in SA Works programs as a student, employer or educator, visit www.sanantonioworks.org

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