Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise Science
Hometown/State: Maple Grove, MN
Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: City of Ames
Company/Organization website: http://www.cityofames.org/
Title: Health Promotion Intern
Destination: City Hall 515 Clark Ave, Ames, Iowa, 50011
Timeframe: January 2016-April 2016
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
Crafted weekly emails to employees on numerous wellness topics and upcoming events. Entered data for individual wellness programs. Marketed bi-weekly health awareness campaigns. Assisted with Health Screenings, blood profiles and health risk assessments. Completed program evaluations of past programs. Worked on projects including healthier vending machine policy and City Hall walking paths. Presented on healthier eating options. Helped plan the Open Streets event with Healthiest Ames. Served as a City of Ames Wellness Team member. Designed a display board for National Heart Health Month.
My most valuable effort...
The most valuable project I worked on was the Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge. We got many different employees to create teams and sign up for the challenge. I had to come up with some creative marketing ideas and ways to get employees involved. For 10 weeks, I created emails and other communication tools to motivate employees to track their activity and weight loss goals as well as come up with incentive prizes. This was a great experience for me to learn how to start a program, handle all kinds of situations throughout the program, and how to end the program.
I will never forget...
The most memorable experience I have from my internship is during the 10 Week Wellness Challenge. We decided it would be fun to incorporate a cat sweatshirt from the previous years fitness challenge. I thought of creating a photo contest for this challenge. Each week 3 different teams got the cat sweatshirt and had to incorporate it in a photo. Each week we would receive emails from the teams and then I would create a weekly check-in email portraying these photos and other important health promotion information. It was so fun to see all the creative ways people incorporated the cat sweatshirt. It was also fun to see how creative people got with photoshop. I definitely looked forward to my email each week and seeing the new photos. It was a great way to get all the participants in the program involved and add a little extra fun!
Advice for others...
My advice for students following behind me is to not be afraid to ask questions. At the beginning of every internship, it can be intimidating learning the ropes and not quite knowing how everything works. Always take advantage of every opportunity you are given and get really involved. The more you put yourself out there, the more confidence you will gain in the field. Your supervisors are there to help you succeed so use them as resources. Making connections during your internship is super important for networking and gaining new knowledge about the different aspects of the field. Each internship is unique and it is those experiences that guide you in the direction you will want to go.
I wanted this experience because...
I knew that I wanted to work in employee wellness. This was a great fit for me because the City of Ames has a very established program as it has been around for more than 10 years.