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Kalin Huffman
Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise Science
Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Audubon, IA

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Wellmark
Company/Organization website: Plus One Health Management
Title: Health Fitness Specialist Intern
Destination: Des Moines, IA
Timeframe: January 11th to April 20th

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
Creating and instructing group fitness classes, shadowing personal training, conducting fitness assessments, creating health incentive programs, leading membership orientations and tours, building relationships with employees, performing small cleaning tasks, and many more opportunities.

I accomplished...
I accomplished teaching group fitness classes for the first time and bonding with the participants over the course of my internship. I also designed what they call "shop kits" and created multiple health incentive programs.

I will never forget...
The most memorable experience I had was teaching group fitness. I believe the most valuable learning experience I learned was conquering a fear of mine to lead group fitness and I have become a better leader from it. I also value the relationships I made with participants because I loved seeing how it made their day to be able to come to a comfortable environment to become healthier and stronger. I remember the last few days of the internship after I mentioned to my regulars that today would be the last day I taught their class, the next day they showed up with a farewell card signed by all of them!

Advice for others...
My advice to students who are looking to work in a corporate fitness environment is to learn networking skills. This field is all about networking because it is more difficult to find a job. Also, make sure it is your passion and it will be worthwhile.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I learned of this opportunity when we went on the field trip for KIN 345 with Deb and loved the quality of the fitness center and the friendly staff.

I landed this assignment by...
From Deb's class and I also knew the General Manager from my hometown.

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