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Claire Opperman

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services

Company/Organization: Iowa Department of Human Services
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Destination: Story County
Timeframe: Spring

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I was responsible for...
-Shadow social workers 2 and 3 -Attend court hearings, family team meetings -Assist in interviewing families for Child Protective Assessments -File and organize client files -Visit clients -Assist in removals

I accomplished...
I volunteered with DHS this summer to gain experience and from my efforts, they offered me an internship for the spring.

I learned...
Self care! It is very sad to see what these families and children have been through and it will effect more than you think. Make sure you do what you need to do to be okay and try to make it healthy so exercising, meditating, etc. Not drinking or eating because that hurts your summer bod.

Advice for others...
Don't be afraid to be "annoying" and ask for tasks, projects, go with them, etc. A lot of the time they might give you small or menial tasks because you are the intern but if you take the initiative to step up and ask for more, they will really appreciate it and help you grow.

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