An intern reflects on the “Botsford Experience”

Sadly, my time as an intern at Botsford Hospital has come to an end. I feel as though it was only last week that I started here…and now it’s my last day. I have learned more than I ever imagined, and have met so many wonderful people. My expectations of this internship have far exceeded what I could have every hoped for. I am truly grateful of everyone in this organization. Their welcoming smiles and kindness have made this journey something I will never forget.

This is kind of a bittersweet moment for me. I have accomplished the last milestone of my college experience and will now be thrown into the real world. And as exciting as that will be, I will without a doubt miss coming to work here at Botsford.

If you have ever had the opportunity to speak with some of the people that work for Botsford you will understand when I say they are some of the nicest people I have ever met. Everyone has been so compassionate and treated me as if I was part of the Botsford Family, even as an intern. They really do believe that everyone should be treated like a family member and not just any ordinary person.   If you ever have the opportunity to work, volunteer or be an intern here… do it!  Especially if you can get an internship with the marketing department, because hospitals are completely different then any other type of organization.

What I learned about healthcare marketing

I’ve learned that using real people and real stories can help make people feel a little more at ease about a possible hospital visit. Hearing real success stories from Botsford patients can give some people a little hope when they may not have it.

What’s next?

I have no idea where this economy will take me. Maybe I’ll be in health care or maybe I’ll end up being a well-educated barista. I do know that the skills and knowledge that I have acquired here at Botsford have prepared me for almost anything that could be thrown my way. So to everyone at Botsford Hospital…thank you.

About Kimberly Ivey

Kimberly is a marketing intern at Botsford Hospital and a healthcare administration student at Central Michigan University. She blogs about what it’s like to work at Botsford as well as the lessons she learns along the way.
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