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Kaitlynn Morrison

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services



Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Boone, Iowa

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Bright Horizons: ISU Child Care Center @ Vet Med
Company/Organization website: http://www.brighthorizons.com/
Title: Intern for Director roles
Destination: Ames, Iowa

Advisor/Coordinator Email: enloe@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
The responsibilities that I have during this internship experience is preparing the lunches for all of the children and teachers in the building. With this, I over check to make sure all of the children who have food allergies or food preferences are accounted for and that they get what they need instead. Another responsibility I have is auditing and updating medication forms and allergy/food preference lists for all the children in the building. With this, I make sure that the forms for all topical ointments are filled out correctly and placed in the medication binder correctly and in order. By updating the food allergy and food preference lists I usually just make sure that the children who are on this list have an allergy care plan in place, if they are still needed, etc... My last responsibility is to assistant the Director/Assitant Director whenever needed.

I accomplished...
I have successfully been serving lunches to all the classrooms in a timely matter. I have completed one full round of audits for the medication forms and one full round of updating allergy/food preference lists.

My most valuable effort...
The most valuable project I have been working on I would say is the medication/topical ointment records and the allergy/food preference lists. It is a lot of work to update and record all the information for the medication/ointments forms as the company of Bright Horizons have changed how they want it done. I have been working on changing it from the old way to the new way with all new forms that need to be recordeda, signed, and replaced in the medication binder. The allergy/food preference lists are very important due to the fact that this can affect the child's life in a serious way maybe even death.

I learned...
I feel that the most valuable learning experience I have had so far is learning how to do the medication/ointment audits and updates and learning how to update the allergy lists. I learned that it takes a lot of attention to detail and making sure all the information is correct. If the information is not correct a child could get seriously injured or even cause death due to allergic reaction.

I will never forget...
It is a lot of paper work and all of the information needed to continue updating and auditing is surely stuck in my head from now on. It is pretty tedious and repetitive.

A surprising discovery...
I knew that the Director and Assistant Director were pretty busy everyday taking phone calls, emails, checking up on the classrooms, creating work schedules, etc... I just never realized that it is sooo much more than that. The Director and Assitant Director have a hard time even accomplishing three little things in one eight hour time period. I have been told numerous times that they wish they had more hours in a day to get stuff done. It changed my manner by getting myself ready to be ready to be extremely busy and learn how to cope with the stress of all the work that needs to get done and is not getting done in the amount of time that is needed.

Advice for others...
My advice is to take more time in learning about the company or the center that you want to work at or do the internship at. I thought this company was a place I wanted to really work for. As this company and child care center are extremely nice and well taken care of it just does not seem to be the right fit. Just taking the time to do all the research is best. And also really knowing which way the student wants to go would be really helpful. I was not sure if I wanted more of the classroom (which requires the trainings) or more of the director side and now that we chose for me to do the director side I wished that I could spend way more time with the children in the classrooms and I do not get to do it that much.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I learned this opportunity from the career fair at Iowa State. I knew I wanted to work with children in like a classroom setting so I was looking at child care centers. This location was very close to school, since I still had one class. The company seemed very nice and was well spread out with locations all around the United States and some international places. Since I was interested in traveling this was very interesting to me.

I landed this assignment by...
I got in touvh with the volunteer recruit person for Bright Horizons. We had a phone chat/interview to see what my interests were and the locations I was looking into. She did all the contacting of the two locations to see which place was wanting to have an internship when she found which spot would probably best suit me she contacted me, gave me the information to contact that center location to set up the interview and get paperwork ready.

I wanted this experience because...
At the time that I started, I was not sure if I wanted more classroom or more director roles. Since my ultimate career goal is to become a director of a child care center, we decided to choose the more director roles. As I am more than half way through the semester and internship I have noticed that I want to be more in the classrooms and around children.

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