Denise Obaji is only a 19-year-old college sophomore, but the future pharmacist has already worked with patients, thanks to a City-sponsored internship.
Last summer, she completed her first internship at Columbia University’s George M. O’Brien Urology Center, through the New York City Economic Development Corp’s Life-Sci NYC Program, which offers paid summer internships for undergrad and grad students studying science and business.
One of Obaji’s intern duties was telling patients the results of a genetic study and their implications. “Before the program, I really didn’t have experience communicating with patients,” says Obaji., a student at Long Island University Brooklyn. “Now I’m much more mindful of the things I say and how I present myself.”
Obaji’s program is designed to mint the next generation of healthcare talent. “By providing real experience to undergraduates and graduate students, NYC is building a strong pipeline of talent to emerge as the future leaders of NYC life sciences,” says Doug Thiede, Senior Vice President of Life Sciences & Healthcare at NYCEDC.