Fairmont State Healthcare Management Student Earns WVU Medicine Internship

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Justin Kemp, a student in the Fairmont State University School of Business & Aviation's Healthcare Management Program, has  accepted an offer to join West Virginia University Medicine's Summer 2021 Information Technology Internship class.  

“This is another example of how Fairmont State prepares students for real-world challenges,” said Mirta M. Martin, Fairmont State University President. “Through internships like this, our students gain hands-on experience that gives them an advantage when entering the job market upon graduation. We’re so proud of Justin – he truly represents the best of Fairmont State.” 

The WVU Medicine Information Technology  Internship affords junior and senior undergraduate students the opportunity to complete significant and challenging IT work and gain real-world experience within WVU Medicine, the  state’s largest health system and employer. Interns will perform real-time informatics work with an assigned mentor or manager, use a variety of IT programs, platforms and cyber security applications and develop a community service project. 

Kemp, a senior from Ravenswood, W.Va. and a graduate of Ripley High School, will begin the 13-week internship this May.  

“This internship will give Justin first-hand experience in health information technology and portability of information through WVU Medicine’s EPIC system," said Dr. Raymond Alvarez, Fairmont State Healthcare Management Program Director. 

According to Alvarez, Kemp is the first student from the University’s School of Business & Aviation to earn this internship placement, a testament to both his merit and the program’s competitive selection process.  

"When I found out about the internships, the WVU IT Vice President told me it was extremely competitive with applicants from a multi-state region, and I told him I had an outstanding student whom I felt could be an excellent candidate," said Alvarez. "Not only is Justin a model student, but he also exemplifies that our healthcare management students are high caliber.”