This summer, I was interning at GE Healthcare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When I first heard that I would be living in Milwaukee for 12 weeks, I was definitely a bit apprehensive! I had never been to the Midwest prior to this summer, but I was ready for a change of scenery so Milwaukee it was!
I was in the Commercial Leadership Program Internship at GE Healthcare, doing mainly marketing for a new product introduction. The new product was an x-ray that was mounted on a laser-guided robot. This product is revolutionary in the Interventional Radiology market space because x-ray systems are generally mounted on railings on either the ceiling or the floor. Mounting the system on a robot removes many spatial limitations seen by ceiling or floor mounted systems, and it also allows for a full range of positions to make sure that every angle is accounted for when taking an x-ray of a patient.
This project was a great fit for me because, even though I was in a marketing position, the project was very clinical in nature, so I was able to pull upon a lot of my knowledge from Biology and Biomedical Engineering classes. I learned a ton about marketing, medical imaging, and the Interventional Radiology space. Learning about Interventional Radiology was especially fascinating for me because I had an Interventional Cardiology procedure when I was in high school. I got to learn how my procedure in high school was performed, and I finally understand more about what was actually done to me during the procedure!
Outside of the internship, I had a great time exploring Milwaukee. Milwaukee is a great place to be, especially over the summer. There are cultural and entertainment festivals nearly every weekend of June, July, and August. I got to go to Festa Italiana, Irish Festival, GermanFest, PrideFest, and, my personal favorite, Summerfest. Summerfest is a 11-day music festival, and it was only two miles away from my apartment. I went for 3 of the 11 days, and I saw Outkast, Girl Talk, A Great Big World, and Kongos. I was shocked at the number of events constantly going on throughout the summer – there was never a dull moment during a Milwaukee weekend!
This summer flew by, and I can’t believe I’m already back at school… as a senior! I’m excited for everything to come during senior year, but it was tough ending the internship and saying bye to all of the other interns!