PROGRAM OVERVIEW

BJC School Outreach and Youth Development works closely with experts at BJC member hospitals, Washington University School of Medicine, the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Human Resources (HR) is an integral part of career exploration programs as HR professionals discuss health care career options and the future of the health care industry.

School-based health career presentations provide students with the opportunity to learn about health care professions in a classroom setting or career fair.

Job shadowing provides a high school student who is at least 17 years of age with an opportunity to observe a health care professional. Often the shadow reinforces the student's interest in a particular career or eliminates it as a career choice. 

Internship and externship opportunities are available through formalized legal agreements with school districts in the region. Opportunities are designed in collaboration with the school district administration for the student who has shown a high interest in health professions.

Group career exploration allows a high school group of up to 25 students to explore careers in health care including non-patient care areas. This visit to a BJC hospital occurs after a classroom presentation by a BJC School Outreach and Youth Development careers team member. 

Adventures in HealthCare Camp is a week-long program designed for BJC employees' seventh or eighth graders. The students explore careers such as nursing, radiology, pharmacy, respiratory care and health information technology. This week-long adventure may be open to other businesses within the community that have an interest in enhancing the career choices and educational experiences for their employees' children. A fee is required for each participant with a minimum of five and a maximum of ten students at each location. 

Health Career Partnerships BJC School Outreach and Youth Development lends its business expertise by participating in school business partnerships, facilitating professional development and serving on career advisory boards. 

Core learning objectives addressed in career development and planning: 

  • Acquire information about health care careers, personal interests, strengths and limitations to develop short and long-term postsecondary plans
  • Apply learning through practical experience that develops knowledge and skills necessary for success in careers and postsecondary education
  • Adapt to meet changes in personal needs and the health care workforce