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Mount Mercy Academy Healthcare Summer Internships

by cnewman

For Mount Mercy Academy students it's not all "fun in the sun" this summer. Young women who belong to the Academy of Science and Healthcare are taking advantage of the time available to them to work with professional mentors in the field of science and healthcare.

The MMA Academy of Science and Heathcare is a unique career internship program for students to experience different professions first hand. Students will have the opportunity to interact with professionals in the field of their choice as well as have exposure to many other careers. MMA has teamed up with administration and staff at Mercy Hospital to create a vivid learning experience for the girls. Each student enrolled in this program will have the opportunity to be placed in an internship in the field of her choice, not necessarily healthcare specific.

Eight rising juniors are shadowing at Mercy Hospital with hospital staff while upcoming seniors are taking school accredited internships. Annie Barnes (Fredonia) and Jenna Dasta (West Seneca) are interning with Dr. Steven Barnes at the Barnes Primary Care Services in Angola and Silvercreek. Laura Pantano (Derby) will be assisting at the Buffalo Neurosurgery Group in West Seneca with Dr. Egnatchik and Erin Bender (Lackawanna) and Megan Sheehan (Buffalo) will be interning at Georgetown University Hospital under the auspices of  Paul Warda, CFO.

"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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