Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Community and Public Health
Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Health Solutions, LLC.
Company/Organization website: www.healthywithhealthsolutions.com
Title: Health Coach
Destination: Cedar Rapids
Timeframe: Jan. 4 2016 - April 25, 2016
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
Health Solutions is new to interns, giving me the opportunity to work in all departments: internal, customer care, health coaching, etc. My main focus was health coaching. I would shadow health coaches that would travel on-site to each location. Here, the coach sits in on a 30-minute meeting with a participant to discuss their goals and ways to achieve them. My largest project at Health Solutions was creating six study templates. Content included information from five clients - their claims report, participation levels, and health outcomes. In the end, the templates will be used during a sales pitch and help illustrate work completed at Health Solutions. Additional side projects involved a monthly informational letter sent to all clients, creating quarterly newsletters sent to all Health Solutions employees, presenting about CSA's (community supported agriculture) during the semi-annual meeting, etc.
I will never forget...
My most memorable experience at Health Solutions is being on-site, working with clients one-on-one. Meeting with participants and understanding their knowledge of health and wellness was a huge eye opener as many people are misinformed. It was fun to share with them what I learned at Iowa State and to realize all of the information I took away from my undergrad work.
A surprising discovery...
During my internship at Health Solutions I was able to get a feel for all areas of corporate wellness from financial work to field work. This was beneficial because I always viewed myself as someone that will take the role of the leader and move up in the department. Here, I was able to learn about the different departments that make up a company, the responsibilities involved, and what I really want to pursue after graduation.
Advice for others...
Be confident and stand you ground. This company is very fast paced and it can be difficult to reach many people. Don't let this stop you. Continue to push toward the end goal, whether it be setting up a meeting or receiving data to finalize a project. This job requires you to problem solve and be very independent. Don't be afraid to do so just that.
I first learned about this career-building experience from...
Health Solutions was rated the fastest growing company in the Corridor 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015. If you look up "health coaching" in the Cedar Rapids area, they will be at the top of the list. They are becoming a well-known company in the state of Iowa and will proceed to do so in years to come.
I landed this assignment by...
Networking - I knew a client that partnered with Health Solutions and forwarded my resume to Dr. Jennifer Musick, the founder of Health Solutions. She is a very difficult woman to reach, therefore, when I received her email address I pursued contacting her each week until we were able to meet in person.
I wanted this experience because...
The main focus of this company is disease prevention. They have a passion for health and wellness while also providing savings to the client and participant. Sharing the same beliefs as the company you work for makes it all that more enjoyable.