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Brian Le
Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Community and Public Health
Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Des Moines, IA

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services/ Iowa Department of Public Health
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Title: Intern
Destination: Des Moines, IA
Timeframe: January 11th - April 12th

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
My main responsibility during the experience was to develop a trauma system plan that would be implemented and used at all 118 trauma care facilities in the state of Iowa. I was also in charge of creating the annual report for the EMS and Trauma programs in the Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services. I also helped create a trauma coordinator manual.

I accomplished...
I completed the trauma and EMS annual report for the bureau. I also created a working draft for the state trauma system plan that would help out all 118 hospitals in the state. I also helped create a trauma coordinator manual that would assist all trauma coordinators across the state on how to effectively run a trauma program at their hospital.

My most valuable effort...
The most valuable project that I worked on was creating a working draft of the trauma system plan. It was so valuable because the current system plan was dated back to 1994 when it was first developed. The state was long over due for a brand new plan, and it was exciting to do research and help develop a new working plan.

I learned...
My most valuable learning experience I encountered is time is everything here. Things can't be accomplished in a mater of a week or 2, it might take long and with that, you need to have patience in order to do well.

I will never forget...
My most memorable experience is getting to know who the people were that I worked alongside with. Getting to know them was very helpful in understanding what type of work they go through and how much of a bigger meaning they are to the community. The work that these people do at the Bureau are essentially saving peoples' lives.

A surprising discovery...
Something I didn't expect was the timing of projects, everything you do at the state level has to go through a bunch of edits, and a bunch of people before it can get approved and get put to use. This will help me further develop the patience that would be needed in my future profession.

Advice for others...
My advice for other students who are looking for internships is to be hopeful and patient. It gets very stressful when you don't hear back, but being persistent is key to it. Also, if you're heading into an internship, be ready to expect the unexpected, things might occur out of no where and you won't be able to control it, and that's okay. Also, ask a lot of questions. You'll be surprised from what you asked and what you will learn.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I learned about this career-related opportunity from the career fair at Iowa State.

I landed this assignment by...
I landed this assignment because I was persistent. When you want something and people notice that you want something, they tend to think of you more and would be more willing to give you a chance because you devote so much time into it.

I wanted this experience because...
I wanted to experience public health at a state level and see the dynamics of it and how it's different from the local level.

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