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Abbey Lingenfelter

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services

Minor/option/emphasis: CHFS-Adult/Family Programs

Company/Organization: The Navigators
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Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring

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I was responsible for...
I had many roles during my internship, but my primary role is planning, executing, and following up with a weekly meeting that prepares the students in leadership positions to complete their tasks for the week. This meeting requires communicating with students, members of the community, and staff to best prepare the speakers and relay the goals and objectives of the ministry. Additionally, I had a major role in preparing for events in various ways throughout the internship, attend weekly staff meetings, and mentoring college students.

I accomplished...
During my internship I got the chance to be the director for a week long event. I managed teams of individuals who led various parts of the event from food, content, communication, and many other areas required to put on something like this. I was so appreciative of the level of trust that was given to me to execute an annual event that hosted 20-30 students.

I learned...
I learned the importance of direct communication and asking questions when I am confused about what specifically I was being asked to do. I also learned a lot about my work style and what I need to be able to do my job well.

Advice for others...
You will have really great days while doing your internship where you will feel confident in what you are doing, your knowledge and your skills. You will also have days where you will feel like you keep making little mistakes that you should know better than doing. Give yourself grace and breath! You are learning and your supervisors know that. Learn from your mistakes and keep trying!

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