What I Did This Summer 2017

October 30, 2017
• by
Natalia Hayakawa

This summer, I went back home to Honolulu, Hawaii, where I spent the first couple of weeks catching up with friends, going to the beach, diving for shells, and hiking around the island. I had the exciting opportunity to go shark-cage diving with my mom and brother. I’m proud to say I got to check that off my bucket list. For about a month, I did an internship with the Honorable Judge Colette Y. Garibaldi who oversees the mental health defendants in the criminal justice division. The bulk of my summer was spent doing a 6-week internship through Hawaii Pacific Health (HPH) and I spent my time at Kapi’olani Medical Center, a hospital specializing in the treatment of women and children. Part of my time there was dedicated to the administrative department and I learned the business side to healthcare. The other part was more exciting where I was able to work directly with and shadow a few of the psychiatrists and psychologists who worked in the hospital. Through this internship, I was able to engage in the overlap between my two interests of business and psychology. My best memory of this internship was being able to watch 2 live births and 3 C-sections in the operating room. Although I am not interested in going into medicine, I am really thankful for the opportunity to have witnessed something so precious. After this summer, I realized how truly important internships are. Internships are the key to building real life experiences and serve as a wonderful opportunity to explore a variety of career paths, and I am eager to find an exciting internship for this next summer.