By Astronemis Ray, Marketing Intern
My name is Astronemis Ray, and this summer, I am interning at Columbia Memorial Hospital in the Marketing Department. It has been such an enjoyable experience; I’ve expanded my knowledge so much since I started. I’ve learned about journalism, data retrieval, interviewing, job shadowing and attending meetings, and I’ve had so much fun working on my projects.
One of the main projects I’m working on is a radio interview with my fellow CMH interns. I am looking forward to hearing them talk about their internships here. I’m also working on a Gen Z research survey about health care, helping at the Astoria Regatta Square block party and writing articles about other CMH caregivers that I’ve job shadowed.
I graduated from Astoria High School in June 2019 and will be attending Clatsop Community College in the fall. I plan to obtain my Medical Assisting Certificate and graduate with an associate’s degree. I also would like to take online classes at Portland Community College, studying communications and broadcasting. I hope to work as a medical assistant locally, and in my free time, volunteer at the radio station and with 4H.
Currently, I am an active volunteer at KMUN Coast Community Radio. I am the chief engineer for Astoria Youth Radio and have a segment entitled “Teen Talk.” On “Teen Talk,” I interview other young adults and teenagers. I’ve interviewed international exchange students, discussed earthquake preparedness, given teen advice, promoted the 4H leadership club, and shared stories with a variety of guests. I recently became a teen reporter for a news segment I created, “Youth Climate Change News.” For this segment, I interview community members on what they know about climate change. In addition to my volunteer work at the radio station, I am also a part of 4H and the junior-superintendent in communications. As part of that role, during the Clatsop County Fair, I upload photos and videos to the fair’s social media pages.
I want to thank CMH for this opportunity — it truly has been a blessing. I’ve really enjoyed interning at the hospital so far. Everyone has been so nice and welcoming, and I’m very grateful for this learning experience. I look forward to working on new projects, as well as meeting new people.
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