Internship spotlight: Lissette Santos
I would like for us to congratulate Lissette Santos on landing an internship at St. Christopher's Hospital. But why is this so important?
Lissette joined El Centro last year in September of 2015. She was adamant about finding an internship in the medical field, as this was her passion. As advisors, we know how challenging it is to find internships in the medical field. There are so many issues of safety and privacy, not to mention legal hoops to jump through. I recommended that she start the LTI process in the medical field anyway, but was wary of her giving up on the process because I knew it would take a long time. I have seen many students give up on this process because of the "time frame" challenges and pressures to attain an internship quickly.
Lissette was very clear that she was passionate about being in the medical field, and although she sought out an internship in childcare in the interim, she never stopped pursuing her vision. At the end of last year, this persistence enabled her to land an internship at Planned Parenthood. With that on her resume, she was able to step into an experimental internship at St. Christopher's. She reached her goal!
Lissette's story is a testament to hard work, dedication and perseverance. It also speaks to how valuable the internship program is for our students. Lissette's story is proof that our students can and should seek to make their dreams into reality.
--Tenia Thompson, advisor