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Kathryne Kozisek

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services


Minor/option/emphasis: CHFS-Youth Programs

Company/Organization: Department of Human Services
Company/Organization website: https://dhs.iowa.gov
Destination: Des Moines, IA
Timeframe: Fall

Advisor/Coordinator Email: enloe@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
During my internship at DHS I follow a Social Worker 2 on a daily basis. I assist on home visits, court hearings, and family team meetings. I also assist with catching Social Worker 2's up on their filing, updating and closing them out. I completed social history with clients, and filled out referrals for services. I also attending many trainings pertaining to child welfare.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment from my experience is learning the different roles of social work and all the factors that contribute to one case. Along with that, I was able to obtain a job as a Social Worker 2 immediately following my graduation, which is something that doesn't happen within the department.

I learned...
My greatest lesson learned at DHS is that people make mistakes and it may seem like they can't change or deserve a second chance, but they do. A lot of parents work hard after their mistakes to get their children back and their lives are forever bettered because of it. A majority of the time they don't want any help in the beginning or see a problem, but by the end they are thanking their social worker.

Advice for others...
My advice to future students is to advocate for yourself. DHS was my dream internship, but they are very busy people who have more to worry about than an intern. When I didn't hear back in a week, I sent another email. I might have felt like I was being a burden, but if I wouldn't have kept pushing I might not have even started my internship. When it came to applying for the job, they didn't score me for my education because they thought I wasn't graduating until the following year. I went to the hiring manager and asked to pull my resume, to clarify that I was indeed graduating at the end of my internship. If I wouldn't have advocated for myself and checked up I wouldn't have been offered even an interview, let alone a job. Also, what you wear in an interview, DOES matter. While interviewing people at DHS, they mentioned how people were dressed. Agencies will find any reason not to hire you, so try not to give them one.

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