Recent Warwick graduate Brad Dum had no idea what his internship would lead to when it started back in January. He thought he was just going to get a lot of good work experience by taking on a virtual reality internship with Pleasant View Retirement Community. Little did he know it would completely transform his life and open up opportunities he never saw coming.
Warwick High School offers an internship program to students during their senior year. Students perform their internship during regular school hours in return for two credit hours. The program started four years ago, with Sechan Electronics being the first company Warwick partnered with. This year Warwick had 16 students participate in the program, with 10 different companies offering internships — Pleasant View Retirement Community being one of them.
Brad’s internship completely exceeded his original expectations. He created a virtual reality program for the residents at Pleasant View. He spent hours getting to know various residents, asking them about their life stories, where they’d like to visit, or any memories they wanted to try to relive. Brad’s virtual reality program helped seniors take a ride back in time. Brad would research their past and was able to produce customized memory montages for seniors to help them relive some of their best moments.
Through his amazing work, Brad had the opportunity to be interviewed by many local news outlets. Brad and his manager at Pleasant View were invited to speak about the virtual reality program during the Pennsylvania Department of Aging conference held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania last month. As Brad likes to point out, “I think I was one of the youngest presenters to speak at the Department of Aging conference.”
Brad has certainly taken advantage of every opportunity available during his internship experience. He has left such an impact on the residents at Pleasant View that the auxiliary group presented him with a scholarship of $1,000 in recognition of his work there. This was the first scholarship ever presented by the auxiliary group.
“This means so much to me and I'm so honored to receive it and be a part of the Pleasant View family. I hope to continue what I'm doing and inspire others to do the same,” Brad said.
Brad is continuing his education at Harrisburg Area Community College in the fall, but will work with Pleasant View this summer. Needless to say, the next intern will have some very big shoes to fill in the virtual reality program, as Brad set the bar very high.