The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust

Building 21 Students Share Reflections on LVHN Summer Work Experience

This summer, 15 students from Allentown School District’s Building 21 High School worked in 13 departments across Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Four days each week, the students joined a professional team, gaining real-world work exposure. One day each week, the group gathered for leadership and professional development learning opportunities. The program, called the LVHN Summer Work Experience, was offered through LVHN’s Department of Education with financial support from The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust. Below, several students share reflections on their time working at LVHN.

Lilly presents her final NICU project with Dr. Migdalia Resto and Karlena (Gail) Phillips, RN

I really enjoyed my time in the NICU. We saw how housekeeping keeps it cleaned and stocked and makes sure all the doctors have the things they need for the babies. I also worked a lot with respiratory and radiology, so I worked with x-rays and how we use the CPAP machines. I saw a lot of baby exams and saw how they got discharged, which was emotional.  

I want to become a neonatologist, so I felt like this just reassured my position in my future. I feel like this will really help me a lot getting into college and internships and furthering my experience. I would recommend this 100%! Whatever department you can get in is a great experience and opportunity. I would do it all over again! -Lillian Santiago, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

-Antonett Caspedes, Lehigh Valley Physician’s Group Adult & Pediatric Psychiatry


I got to see all different aspects of an outpatient location, and that was really fun. My favorite part was getting to know what other staff went through and how they got to where they are in their careers. They all shared their own set of knowledge and skills with me which was helpful for me to know for my future and making decisions. I would really recommend this program to someone else in high school. They teach you how to make resumes, how to budget, so those things will be really helpful in my future. -Antonett Caspedes, Lehigh Valley Physician’s Group Adult & Pediatric Psychiatry


I really enjoyed this department, because I was able to see every other different type of public safety career – like security guards and working for the communications center. I learned that I don’t want to do some of the stuff which gave me a brighter view on what I want to do and what I don’t want to do. So now I really am interested! 

Josue touring the LVHN MedEvac

It was a great experience! Everything was my favorite! Every day got better and better. This week we went to the mountain and saw the whole satellite trailer. Moving forward, I might go into the medical field, but I also want to see other departments and am very versatile in what I want to do. – Josue Flores, Department of Public Safety/Emergency Operations



Dylan with LVHN Finance Mentors Lani Sherman (left) and Dane Janas (right)

I got to work with the finance department. It was a lot of fun! I worked with numbers, and I love that. I worked with different software – Excel, Access, Powerpoint, OnBase, Lawson. It was a good experience overall. I would definitely do it again and would definitely push someone to do it. I now know I want to be in finance. Before, I wasn’t sure of anything, so I was like, let me try finance, and it’s definitely what I want to do. I’m ready!!Dylan Rodriguez, Financial Services