Posted October 11, 2019
Baltimore, Md., October 10, 2019 – Kendall Lightner '20 has always known that he wanted to be a doctor, so when he had the chance to intern at Mercy Medical Center his sophomore year of high school, he embraced the opportunity. He’s worked there for three years now, meeting with patients and families, learning about various departments in the hospital, and cementing his ambitions to go to medical school. 

Brianna Hoyt '20 started out differently: “I wanted to be a model, and then a hairdresser.” Now, after interning at Mercy Medical Center, she has aspirations to be a nurse in the ER and the first one in her family to go to college.  

Both Kendall and Brianna are seniors at Cristo Rey Jesuit, a high school in East Baltimore that matches each of its students with internships at area businesses. Mercy Medical Center is one of the school’s biggest partners, employing 12 high school aged students for a daily work-study program. 

Debbie Feldman supervises CRJ interns at Mercy. She shared, “Technological advances are accelerating so many changes in healthcare and the variety and number of career opportunities available…exposing students to the myriad of careers in healthcare will pique their interest.” 

Through this program – at Mercy Medical Center and 130 other organizations – students like Kendall and Brianna earn a portion of their private-school tuition by working one day out of every week. Not only does the internship experience allow them to contribute to their education, it also gives them a chance to develop connections to a professional network in their city. 

“Mentoring young people is important,” shared Debbie. “Having a Cristo Rey intern is a wonderful opportunity to be a positive influence for our young people,” she added. 

Working as interns and making it through a rigorous college-prep program has given both Kendall and Brianna a lot to be proud of. “A lot of people doubted me because of the neighborhood I come from,” shared Brianna, “but I made it to senior year.” 

Kendall echoed the sentiment and added that coming to school with an open mind and doing his best has helped him succeed: “That’s the reason for me being here – to learn something new.” 
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 420 S. Chester Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: 410.727.3255
Fax: 443.573.9897