PORTSMOUTH, NH (May 31, 2022) — Portsmouth Regional Hospital (PRH) this year is launching its inaugural summer Healthcare Exploration Program for area high school and college students. The seven-week paid internship will give students the opportunity to shadow and be mentored by professionals in various healthcare roles by giving each student three rotations throughout the hospital, including two weeks on an inpatient unit; two weeks in surgical services, the emergency department, or trauma; and three weeks in ancillary services such as the lab, imaging, outpatient therapy, and quality.

In addition to the clinical and administrative rotations, each intern will be assigned a leadership mentor who will give them a hospital-based project to work on throughout the summer, which they will present to administration on the last day of the program. Various staff members also will talk to the students about career opportunities in their respective area and personal career paths.

In order to be accepted into the program, student applicants had to submit an essay detailing their career aspirations and why they are interested in this internship, provide two letters of recommendation, and complete a formal interview with members of the hospital leadership team. The response to the inaugural program was so positive that the hospital increased the number of students accepted into the first class from five to 11 interns.

Students who have been accepted into the program and will be interning at Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s Healthcare Exploration Program this summer are*:


Ava Caldwell of Portsmouth

Junior, Portsmouth High School


Samantha Dyer of Dover

Junior, Dover High School


Trynitee Fallon of Berwick, Maine

Junior, Maine School of Science and Math


Carlie Haven of South Berwick, Maine

Freshman, Quinnipiac University


Emilia Hoeing of Dover

Junior, Dover High School


Abigail Lester of Durham

Sophomore, Endicott College


Zachary Martinez of Loudon

Sophomore, The Derryfield School


Halle McGrail of Windham

Freshman, University of New Hampshire


Siddhi Poraiyan of Lee

Junior, St. Thomas Aquinas High School


Sarah Walsh of Hampton

Sophomore, University of New Hampshire


Cameron Zadravec of Portsmouth

Junior, Portsmouth High School


*Most recent year of school completed


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About Portsmouth Regional Hospital

Portsmouth Regional Hospital is a 234-bed acute care hospital located in Portsmouth, NH, serving the Seacoast region’s residents in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. The private, tax-paying hospital is one of the area’s largest employers and is the only ACS Verified Level II Trauma Center on New Hampshire’s Seacoast. Portsmouth Regional Hospital is the Seacoast’s only comprehensive heart and vascular program, and has the region’s only 24/7 comprehensive neurosurgical and stroke clot retrieval and aneurysm coiling programs for both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. Portsmouth Regional Hospital, along with Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester and Parkland Medical Center in Derry, is a member of HCA Healthcare’s Capital Division, one of the nation’s leading providers of health care services. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.