Stryker Interns are Driven to Make Healthcare Better!

 

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Over 200 degree-seeking students are privileged to call Stryker Corporation our home for the summer.

Working in Stryker locations from coast to coast, as Stryker interns we strive to make a positive impact on our teams, our company, and our community.

We invite you to explore this snapshot of our summer experience at Stryker, and follow us as we endeavor to make the most of our short time here.

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It’s More Than Just a Job

It’s more than just a job. You read about it online, you see what the employees say about it, you see what magazines and websites say about it, yet you can’t completely understand it until you are immersed in it.

Life is a process of trial and error; sometimes you get it on the first try and sometimes it’s a long, yet enlightening road. Going into the summer of 2016, I didn’t know what to expect. After all, I just finished my sophomore year of College, and like most, had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Not only was I unsure about the Medical Technology field, but the Marketing role I was about to step in to. I was ready to embark on my journey to finding the right career, and bought a suit and some new dress shoes to wear along the way.

I can honestly say the process of trial and error was not one that lasted as long as I originally accounted for. A mile down the road on my journey to occupational happiness, I found my home. Stryker from the first step made me feel at home. The internship program allows you to transition into the working world with meaningful and real work. It was more than going into my day and just working at my desk. The experience was wholesome and a constant open book. There was never a day where I didn’t learn something brand new.  Whether it was learning the anatomy of the spine, observing how our systems work, experiencing the different roles of marketing or witnessing the progression of an idea; each day I grew personally and professionally. And what more could you ask for in an internship? In a confusing time in our lives, we should have the chance to be properly educated. However, this education does not typically come from a Fortune 500 CEO or his Senior Leadership Team.

But most importantly, you want to like what you are doing. You want to be welcomed and feel like part of the family. You want to know that somehow, the work you are doing is making a profound impact on someone’s life.

These are all things that I can confidently exclaim I experienced at Stryker.

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Michael Lowther

Spine Product Marketing

College of the Holy Cross

Summer Puzzle

I started this internship puzzle with two pieces in my hands, my academic coursework and my research knowledge. As a rising senior I was determined to add the industry piece to my undergraduate experiences as a Biomedical Engineering student. In the search for learning and working hard, I was excited to land at this Stryker R&D internship, a challenging environment that allowed me to expand my knowledge and required me to go beyond the extra mile. When I heard my manager saying “R&D stands for Research and DOING,” I knew I was in the right place.

I was offered a summer-long term project based on updating a device with the goal of solving a significant clinical issue, where I was able to go from an idea to having two prototypes in my hands. Although holding the prototype felt as if I had solved the “puzzle of life,” I believe the most important lesson hides in the process required to develop the solution.

The development started with a team of surgeons showing the difficulty of using the existing device during a cadaver lab, expressing the need to incorporate new features. The process continued with engineering brainstorming sessions, where I learned one of the most important lessons this summer: What to do when stuck in a puzzle? Look at each of the pieces individually and try to assemble them one-by-one! This method of isolating the problems was essential. It was only when I looked at each of the sections of the device individually that I was able to focus in each of the pieces and start putting it all together. After completing the computer design iterations, the puzzle turned into a prototype.

Adding the industry piece to my puzzle has been a rewarding experience and has allowed me to incorporate my previous academic and research skills. In addition, the internship program afforded us the opportunity to be part of the full Stryker experience, including participating in multiple social and volunteering events, attending leadership talks, and networking with other interns and employees.

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Picture taken after the Trauma & Extremities town hall meeting with Stryker’s CEO and other summer interns. Yes! I introduced myself, and yes! I asked him questions. From left to right: Maria V. De Abreu, Kevin Lobo (CEO), Neha Syal, Carolina Caicedo

For both my long term and short-term assignments, I was able to combine working independently with receiving continuous feedback from my supervisor and other members of my team. Managing my time, communicating efficiently, and applying engineering and biomedical concepts were fundamental skills that helped solve the puzzle. My Stryker experience allowed me to think big to challenge myself to do more and be better, work hard to push myself out of my comfort zone, and achieve the projects goals beyond the expectations. Overall, it was not about the pieces but how they worked together.

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Maria V. De Abreu Pineda

Stevens Institute of Technology

Stryker R&D, Trauma and Extremities

Mahwah, NJ

Work Hard, Play Hard

It’s official. Stryker has without a doubt spoiled me. How so you ask?

Let’s rewind to Day 1. Not an hour after orientation, my manager introduces me to a surgeon. Week 2 on the job, I fly from Florida to New Jersey to scribe the Surgeon Advisory Board conference. Week 4 and 8, I am given the chance to take notes and ask the surgeon user experience-related questions during cadaver labs. Week 9, I go boating in Jersey Shore with the rest of my team. At the office, I got to book some quality one-on-one time with the MAKO robot to enhance my understanding of the registration process.

Shall I continue? Needless to say, Stryker has gone above and beyond my expectations by providing interns like myself these types of incredible opportunities to learn about our products, and understand how and why every instrument is designed with the primary purpose of “making healthcare better.”

Here at Stryker, interns devotedly work on projects that truly matter—that truly impact the company. I walk into the office every day and know what is expected of me. It goes without saying, that there definitely were some days where I felt like I was running into brick wall, after brick wall, after brick wall. But—that just comes with the job and makes the victory taste that much sweeter.

It’s amazing to know there is always a fellow co-worker who is there to encourage my development and take my opinions into consideration. People truly care about one another at work, and that’s what makes Stryker so special. It’s a huge factor considering we spend 40 plus hours with one another at the office every week.

This attitude of camaraderie carries on outside the office as well. I have grown close with many of my co-workers over the past 11 weeks. We’ve explored the city together, and the interns even took a cruise to the Bahamas over a weekend!

All in all, it has been a beyond worthwhile summer. There was never a dull moment over the course of my time working at Stryker. I am blessed to have met and connected with so many dedicated, hard-working, and inspirational people.

So long Stryker. I hope we meet again soon.

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Michelle Lu

University of Michigan

Robotics Portfolio Strategy – Reconstructive Upstream Marketing

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Lakeland Sustainability Watermelon 5K Series

The Lakeland Florida interns and employees from Sustainability Solutions (over 300 competitors) recently ran in a 5K to support the American Cancer Society.  Most of us weren’t runners per say, but we were there to have fun and compete, and that we definitely did.

Once the race started, I thought I could at least try to keep up with the one triathlete in our intern group, Michael Rees, but that notion quickly vanished as the race began (I literally fell behind him within the first 20 steps). At every mile marker we finished, there was a volunteer announcing our times as we passed by, and that made the race even more official. Finishing the race was an amazing feeling, but one of the best things was watching our Stryker community cheering our racers on. Whenever anyone approached the finish line, there was an abundance of encouragement and support. It was just a fun environment. We then finished the race, indulging ourselves with watermelon and water as the Florida heat just started to come on. It was an amazing first experience at a 5K.

In the end, this event was just another instance illustrating how Stryker is not simply a company driven to make healthcare better, but is also an active and sportive group of individuals, extending their goals beyond healthcare and into their community. I’ve had such an incredible experience here at Stryker from the challenging projects, to the smart and genuine people I’ve met, to the many fun off-site events. I came here to learn and explore as much as I could about every aspect of the industry, and Stryker has certainly given me every opportunity to do so. This internship was definitely the best thing I could have done with my summer.

Lakeland Watermelon 5K

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Research & Development

Sustainability Solutions – Lakeland, FL

Brides Against Breast Cancer

Last Sunday, Stryker Spine Interns went to volunteer at a Brides Against Breast Cancer event.  The charity organization funds educational, nutrition, and support programs for cancer patients and their families.

At the bridal event, there were hundreds of donated bridal gowns and eager newly engaged women looking to support the amazing cause.  We were able to act as mock sales associates for the day to help women shopping for their dream wedding dresses pick out the perfect gown.

To make the day a little more interesting, we turned our job into a competition to see who could help the most women “Say Yes To the Dress” as sales associates at the famous Kleinfeld’s would say.  The losing Stryker Interns would need to buy the winning Stryker Intern coffee.

Taylor Hammeke ended up winning the game by selling two dresses.  I think Taylor has a future career in sales, or a job waiting at Kleinfeld’s, and Jessica Lawrie and I both owe her a coffee!

We had a great day giving back and aiding an organization that helps empower so many women.  It is great to see that two people who I didn’t know a few months ago quickly became people I now spend time outside of work with.

Stryker is a company that not only makes providing quality healthcare a priority, but also providing valuable programs outside of the office that allow employees to volunteer with impactful organizations and build relationships among coworkers.

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Alicia Cahill

Marketing Communications

Spine – Allendale, NJ

Finding a New Home

The Lakeland, FL Habitat for Humanity allowed the Stryker Sustainability Solutions interns and mentors to come together and give a family their home back. When we arrived, we walked into a barren shell with walls and were asked to help paint the house as part of a larger renovating project for a local family. Splitting up into teams of a few, we tackled the interior walls and ceiling, as well as the exterior walls and accenting trim. Four hours (and a lot of painted clothing) later, we were able to step back and fully appreciate what we had just done. Sure, we collectively painted around 100 hours and completed our community service event for the summer, but “watching the paint dry” that afternoon was one of the most humbling experiences any of us have felt. We proudly walked away knowing that we changed the lives of a family.

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Quality Assurance

Sustainability Solutions – Lakeland, FL

Flower Mound Interns Support Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Habitat for Humanity

In Flower Mound, TX, the Communications and Navigation interns have had multiple opportunities to work alongside each other and their co-workers to give back to the community. The intern volunteer committee – Ethan Brown, Caitlin Taylor, and Brendan Celii – planned and implemented two major volunteer initiatives this summer: raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through sponsorships and participating in a Habitat for Humanity build project.

At the beginning of the summer, the volunteer committee was given the opportunity to handle the fundraising efforts for the fourth annual Around the Mound 5K. This race, put on annually by Stryker Communications, raises awareness and support for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – an organization that seeks to find a cure for cystic fibrosis and improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The volunteer committee organized a sponsorship competition in which interns partnered with their managers and advisors to raise money and awareness for the race. After a friendly group lunch, the teams split up. In a race to see which team could raise the most money, the interns visited countless local businesses and chains. At the end of the day, everyone had a good time bonding with their teams and networking with businesses in the area to come together for a great cause.

The second community outreach project was a build day with Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Every year since 1984, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter spend a week working with Habitat For Humanity to build homes across the country. This year, their focus is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area – and the interns at Flower Mound had the unique opportunity to be a part of the project! On the day of the build, the interns arrived at 7:00am to find nothing but a blank concrete slab at the worksite. Tasked with putting up all the walls by the end of the day, the interns rose to the challenge in spite of the blazing sun and the very early morning start. Charlie Walker learned how to yell “HILTI!” (for safety reasons) before firing the hilti nail gun, Tyler Haydell perfected his hammering technique and felt like a genuine engineer because of it, Caitlin Taylor took charge of recording measurements of wood to cap the frame, and all the interns showed their strength moving lumber from its pile across the street to its correct position in the frame of the house. After a hot day spent hammering, cutting, and transporting lumber, the interns left with all of the walls raised!

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Becky Jegier

Human Resources

Communications – Flower Mound, TX

 

 

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Ethan BrownMaterials/Supply Chain

Communications – Flower Mound, TX