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City of Hope, City of Duarte and ROP Summer High School Program

City of Hope, Duarte High School and the Regional Occupational Program provide high school students with an on-site education and observational experience for the purpose of exposing students to the variety of professions – both medical and non medical – found within a health care and research environment. Students from Duarte High School and other surrounding community schools are matched with available opportunities based on the student’s preferences. Students will gain insights about career offerings and options and gain firsthand insights from an array of professionals aimed at helping them as they consider their educational and career options.
 
Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of (41) comprehensive cancer centers, the highest designation bestowed by the National Cancer Institute for excellence in cancer treatment, research, prevention and education. City of Hope is also ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report.
 
If you have any questions regarding the program, please send them to City of Hope - rop@coh.org or contact Ms. Michelle Trail at 626-599-5737, mtrail@duarte.k12.ca.us.  2015 Registration is now closed.
 
 
ABOUT
 
Regional Occupational Program (ROP) ROP is designed to expose high school students to the variety of professions — medical and nonmedical — found in a medical center. Students from Duarte High School and surrounding communities are matched with City of Hope professionals in mutual areas of interest that may include human resources, finance, information technology, marketing, fundraising, public health, clinical medicine, research and other professions. The students are mentored two days a week, with a third day of classes, for six weeks, for which they receive five academic credits. The goal is to help the students identify areas of interest and build a future workforce that includes students from underserved populations.
 
 
 
 
 

Program Overview

This is a summer program conducted Tuesdays through Thursdays for six weeks, commencing in June. Please see the application for the specific dates.  On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, students are assigned to a department for mentoring and participation in work assignments. Thursdays are dedicated as educational days and provide students with training, tours, workshops and mock interview experiences. Students earn five academic credits upon completing the program.
 
Students will also complete a team project on a health care related topic which they present at a celebration luncheon upon the commencement of the program, to which the students’ families, mentors and community leaders are invited to attend.
 
For consideration, students must complete the online application located at cityofhope.org/careers by April 30. Students must be at least 16 years of age at the time the program begins, entering their junior or senior year in high school, and be in good academic standing. Students will be expected to adhere to attendance and dress code requirements and program regulations.  Students will have to provide vaccination records and have a recent TB test. Due to the nature of this program, students are not able to also participate in a summer school program.  Students are responsible for providing their own meals during the program.
 
Opportunities available
 
Clinical
Case Management
Center for Community Alliance for Research Edu (CCARE)
Child Life Program
Clinical Nutrition
Clinical Social Work
Department of Pathology
Diagnostic Imaging
Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Infectious Diseases
Laboratory Services
Medical Records
MRI Diagnostic Radiology
Nursing
Outpatient Registration
Pharmacy
Radiation Oncology
Radiology
Rehabilitation Services
Respiratory Therapy
Surgery
Transfusion Medicine
 
Science/Research
Animal Resources
Cancer Survivorship
Clinical Research
Diabetes Endocrinology & Metabolism
Library Services
Medical Oncology
Nursing Research
Professional Education
Research Departments
Research Operations Administration
 
Business Support
Accounting & Finance
Compensation
Food & Meal Services (Sodexo)
Foundation Operations
Government and Community Affairs
Health Information Management Systems
Healthcare Administration
Human Resources - Talen Acquisition
Information Technology Services
Marketing
Medical Staff Services Department
Occupational Health and Safety
Philanthropy
Printing and Duplicating
Purchasing
Quality & Patient Safety
Safety
Sodexo/FANS

Testimonials

Stories and Quotes
This is a great ROP program to participate in, I went into it wanting to learn about the different medical careers that are out there. I came out with just that. It blew my mind seeing all the different careers that are available. I wouldn't have had this great opportunity if i didn't participate in such a great program like this.

— Cristian Anthony Castro

On the matter of COH, the experience really broadened my perspective on the different careers in the healthcare field that go beyond the doctors and nurses. Translational research is something of great interest to me now that I was able to tour COH's Center for Biomedicine and Genetics, CBG for short, with Dr. Hsu. I found out that I got into Cornell University for biological engineering around mid December so senior year has been going great.

— Hagan Han

My experience at the City of Hope was valuable in that it gave me the experience of a genuine work environment that I would have had difficulty finding elsewhere. The fact that it was in a well-known and advanced hospital was an added bonus, and it allowed me to see the behind-the-scenes working of a big organization such as City of Hope.

— Christen Cheng
 
The ROP program gives students an opportunity to learn and develop skills that  will carry them through high school and college onto their chosen career. The program is open to all students who have an interest in learning. It helps prepare students entering the job market or trying to determine which career that might be of interest to them. City of Hope offers quality hands-on career preparation within the healthcare industry. City of Hope is committed to providing students the skills necessary to achieve successful employment. It also gives City of Hope immediate access to a productive pool of skilled candidates.
 
 — Kim Costello, Workforce Administrator
 
Our Regional Occupation Program is in my opinion one of the best things we do at City of Hope. We take these bright young minds from the community and give them opportunities many did not think were possible. Just by watching these kids blossom day by day, I know that the future of healthcare in this country is bright.
 
— Rosie Armendariz, ROP City of Hope Administrator
 
It is valuable for students who want to be here. The program provides wonderful and unique learning opportunities in health care. It is a great foundation for their education choice. I love being able to help the high school students and being able to mentor them, and give them a direction to look in the future ... it's a good experience for the students.
 
— Marla Keeth
 
 
 

ROP Program Application

How to Apply
 
The application process will open on March 2 and run through April 23, 2015, for the 2015 Regional Occupational Program (ROP).
 
Application Requirements
 
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old before their internship begins.
  • Applicants must be high school students (Duarte, Arcadia, Monrovia).
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must complete the online application by April 23, 2015.

Next Steps
 
  • Applications reviewed by Duarte High on April 30, 2015.
  • Interviews will be conducted on May 7, 2015, at 5 p.m. at Duarte High.
  • Students selected for the ROP program will be notified on May 8, 2015.
  • Students will need to submit additional materials, such as immunization records and health history materials and ensure two TBs are completed by June 2, 2015.
  • Complete Welcome Paperwork due on June 8, 2015.
  • Welcome 2015 ROP Class and Safety training on June 25, 2015.
  • 6 week ROP schedule June 30 to August 5 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).

Our ROP Program has a two-stage selection process. In stage one, interviews are conducted and in stage two, a community reviews and scores all interviews to determine the students displaying the most potential. On average, 25-30 applicants are selected for the program. Once the total number of students is selected, the remaining students will be notified that they have not been chosen to participate this summer.

 
 

ROP Summer High School Program

City of Hope, City of Duarte and ROP Summer High School Program

City of Hope, Duarte High School and the Regional Occupational Program provide high school students with an on-site education and observational experience for the purpose of exposing students to the variety of professions – both medical and non medical – found within a health care and research environment. Students from Duarte High School and other surrounding community schools are matched with available opportunities based on the student’s preferences. Students will gain insights about career offerings and options and gain firsthand insights from an array of professionals aimed at helping them as they consider their educational and career options.
 
Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of (41) comprehensive cancer centers, the highest designation bestowed by the National Cancer Institute for excellence in cancer treatment, research, prevention and education. City of Hope is also ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report.
 
If you have any questions regarding the program, please send them to City of Hope - rop@coh.org or contact Ms. Michelle Trail at 626-599-5737, mtrail@duarte.k12.ca.us.  2015 Registration is now closed.
 
 
ABOUT
 
Regional Occupational Program (ROP) ROP is designed to expose high school students to the variety of professions — medical and nonmedical — found in a medical center. Students from Duarte High School and surrounding communities are matched with City of Hope professionals in mutual areas of interest that may include human resources, finance, information technology, marketing, fundraising, public health, clinical medicine, research and other professions. The students are mentored two days a week, with a third day of classes, for six weeks, for which they receive five academic credits. The goal is to help the students identify areas of interest and build a future workforce that includes students from underserved populations.
 
 
 
 
 

Program Overview

Program Overview

This is a summer program conducted Tuesdays through Thursdays for six weeks, commencing in June. Please see the application for the specific dates.  On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, students are assigned to a department for mentoring and participation in work assignments. Thursdays are dedicated as educational days and provide students with training, tours, workshops and mock interview experiences. Students earn five academic credits upon completing the program.
 
Students will also complete a team project on a health care related topic which they present at a celebration luncheon upon the commencement of the program, to which the students’ families, mentors and community leaders are invited to attend.
 
For consideration, students must complete the online application located at cityofhope.org/careers by April 30. Students must be at least 16 years of age at the time the program begins, entering their junior or senior year in high school, and be in good academic standing. Students will be expected to adhere to attendance and dress code requirements and program regulations.  Students will have to provide vaccination records and have a recent TB test. Due to the nature of this program, students are not able to also participate in a summer school program.  Students are responsible for providing their own meals during the program.
 
Opportunities available
 
Clinical
Case Management
Center for Community Alliance for Research Edu (CCARE)
Child Life Program
Clinical Nutrition
Clinical Social Work
Department of Pathology
Diagnostic Imaging
Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Infectious Diseases
Laboratory Services
Medical Records
MRI Diagnostic Radiology
Nursing
Outpatient Registration
Pharmacy
Radiation Oncology
Radiology
Rehabilitation Services
Respiratory Therapy
Surgery
Transfusion Medicine
 
Science/Research
Animal Resources
Cancer Survivorship
Clinical Research
Diabetes Endocrinology & Metabolism
Library Services
Medical Oncology
Nursing Research
Professional Education
Research Departments
Research Operations Administration
 
Business Support
Accounting & Finance
Compensation
Food & Meal Services (Sodexo)
Foundation Operations
Government and Community Affairs
Health Information Management Systems
Healthcare Administration
Human Resources - Talen Acquisition
Information Technology Services
Marketing
Medical Staff Services Department
Occupational Health and Safety
Philanthropy
Printing and Duplicating
Purchasing
Quality & Patient Safety
Safety
Sodexo/FANS

Testimonials

Testimonials

Stories and Quotes
This is a great ROP program to participate in, I went into it wanting to learn about the different medical careers that are out there. I came out with just that. It blew my mind seeing all the different careers that are available. I wouldn't have had this great opportunity if i didn't participate in such a great program like this.

— Cristian Anthony Castro

On the matter of COH, the experience really broadened my perspective on the different careers in the healthcare field that go beyond the doctors and nurses. Translational research is something of great interest to me now that I was able to tour COH's Center for Biomedicine and Genetics, CBG for short, with Dr. Hsu. I found out that I got into Cornell University for biological engineering around mid December so senior year has been going great.

— Hagan Han

My experience at the City of Hope was valuable in that it gave me the experience of a genuine work environment that I would have had difficulty finding elsewhere. The fact that it was in a well-known and advanced hospital was an added bonus, and it allowed me to see the behind-the-scenes working of a big organization such as City of Hope.

— Christen Cheng
 
The ROP program gives students an opportunity to learn and develop skills that  will carry them through high school and college onto their chosen career. The program is open to all students who have an interest in learning. It helps prepare students entering the job market or trying to determine which career that might be of interest to them. City of Hope offers quality hands-on career preparation within the healthcare industry. City of Hope is committed to providing students the skills necessary to achieve successful employment. It also gives City of Hope immediate access to a productive pool of skilled candidates.
 
 — Kim Costello, Workforce Administrator
 
Our Regional Occupation Program is in my opinion one of the best things we do at City of Hope. We take these bright young minds from the community and give them opportunities many did not think were possible. Just by watching these kids blossom day by day, I know that the future of healthcare in this country is bright.
 
— Rosie Armendariz, ROP City of Hope Administrator
 
It is valuable for students who want to be here. The program provides wonderful and unique learning opportunities in health care. It is a great foundation for their education choice. I love being able to help the high school students and being able to mentor them, and give them a direction to look in the future ... it's a good experience for the students.
 
— Marla Keeth
 
 
 

How to Apply

ROP Program Application

How to Apply
 
The application process will open on March 2 and run through April 23, 2015, for the 2015 Regional Occupational Program (ROP).
 
Application Requirements
 
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old before their internship begins.
  • Applicants must be high school students (Duarte, Arcadia, Monrovia).
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must complete the online application by April 23, 2015.

Next Steps
 
  • Applications reviewed by Duarte High on April 30, 2015.
  • Interviews will be conducted on May 7, 2015, at 5 p.m. at Duarte High.
  • Students selected for the ROP program will be notified on May 8, 2015.
  • Students will need to submit additional materials, such as immunization records and health history materials and ensure two TBs are completed by June 2, 2015.
  • Complete Welcome Paperwork due on June 8, 2015.
  • Welcome 2015 ROP Class and Safety training on June 25, 2015.
  • 6 week ROP schedule June 30 to August 5 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).

Our ROP Program has a two-stage selection process. In stage one, interviews are conducted and in stage two, a community reviews and scores all interviews to determine the students displaying the most potential. On average, 25-30 applicants are selected for the program. Once the total number of students is selected, the remaining students will be notified that they have not been chosen to participate this summer.

 
 
We're a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach.
 
We have career opportunities in nursing, research, allied health, business support and many other areas.
 
City of Hope employees enjoy excellent benefits and an environment that inspires wellness.
 
In addition to our main campus in Duarte, CA, we have several locations throughout the Los Angeles vicinity.
 
Current employees and external candidates are invited to explore our career opportunities.
 
City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background, and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Download our Diversity & Inclusion brochure.
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