The RBC Senior Internship Program had another very successful semester, with 40 students completing internships in a wide variety of fields such as law enforcement, business, health care, fashion, architecture, engineering, and education to name a few. Some of the students shared their experiences with us.
Miranda Franco and Brendan Gilman interned with local neurosurgeon Dr. Bruce Rosenblum who performs surgeries at Riverview Medical Center, located just down the street from RBC on the Navesink River. Each week the students met with Dr. Rosenblum and shadowed him for the day, most often in the Operating Room. After meeting at 7:00 am at the hospital, the students changed into scrubs and observed multiple neurosurgeries such as lumbar discectomies and anterior cervical discectomies and fusions.
On other days the students met at Dr. Rosenblum’s office and observed him as he met patients. The students had the opportunity to see patients before and after surgeries. They were able to see patients during their surgical procedures and then observe the patient’s recovery in the office. The students are very grateful to Dr. Rosenblum for giving them well-rounded experience in the medical field.
Over the course of the eight week program, Pauline Cordova and Alysa Longo interned with Occupational Therapist and hand specialist Carolyn Watts of Twin Boro Physical Therapy. Although more traditional elements of occupational therapy involve working the entire body, the students found learning postsurgical rehabilitation and strengthening for the hand to be very enlightening.
They made custom splints with low-temperature thermoplastic by sculpting it to their own hands, and experienced directly what the mobility is like in a custom cast. Mrs. Watts also helped the students create a presentation to explain how occupational therapists can make a doctor's job easier by making the patient comfortable with their own state of mobility.
Alysa and Pauline were grateful and excited about the opportunity. Alysa noted, “We have seen first-hand the drive, determination and passion required in order to succeed in this career. We thank the ‘Mentor a Casey’ program, Twin Boro Physical Therapy and especially Mrs. Watts for giving us this opportunity.”
Event Design and Styling
Maggie Leys, Emily Rogers and Elizabeth Riddle interned with Cristin Kelly Design & Events, a full-service design, styling and boutique production company based in Red Bank. The company helps bring clients’ visions for their weddings, showers and other events to life, reflecting the each client’s unique taste.
RBC Class of 2002 graduate Cristin Kelly Gilmore, Event Designer and Stylist behind the company, worked with the interns to share her expertise in creating designs with a sophisticated sense of style and creativity to help make each event perfect and unforgettable. The students “hit the ground running,” assisting on several large events which were held at local venues including Hollywood Golf Club, The Molly Pitcher Inn, and the The Asbury Hotel.
The students worked on every stage of each event, beginning with brainstorming sessions, to client meetings, event prep, site and operation meetings, to finally executing each vision at the event location. Additionally, they gained experience in preparing proposals, preparing and executing contracts, and décor design.
Cristin explained how each intern had a specific assignment for each event, such as styling a certain aspect of the design and “did an amazing job in helping to ensure the success of each event,” adding “I was truly honored to have them as part of my team!”
The second semester internships will begin in the first week of February with a new group of seniors heading out and gaining new insights and experiences. We look forward to hearing from them!