Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services
Company/Organization: Children and Families of Iowa
Company/Organization website: https://cfiowa.org/
Destination: Des Moines Iowa
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
Assisting the Director of the Center with multiple tasks that involved running a successful non profit organization. I was able to be a leader and implement strategies that helped make the Center run smoothly and effectively by having input on staff scheduling for the day as well as communicating with families on a daily basis. I was also responsible for providing care, guidance and a safe environment to children.
My greatest accomplishment during my internship has been finally deciding on what I want to do with my future career. I have chosen a path that I know will bring me joy and happiness during my years in the workforce. I have found my passion and what I want to do for the rest of my life through this experience.
I have learned about the dynamics of what each family goes through and faces. I have learned that all families are different and face different challenges in their lives. Many families are open about their struggles whereas others are more closed off and are reluctant to ask for help. I have learned that in these situations the best thing that you can do is to be there and let the family trust in you. It is best to always be open and genuine because you never know how much a small gesture can affect someone in need.
Advice for others...
My advice for future students is to put your all into your internship and make sure to choose something that you are passionate about. Settling on an internship just to get it over with is not the best decision and in the end you will short yourself because it truly is a great learning experience.