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Sarah Rankin

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services



Company/Organization: Missouri Division of Senior and Disability Services
Company/Organization website: http://www.health.mo.gov
Destination: Maryville, Missouri
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email: enloe@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Shadowing and collaborating with Adult Protective and Community Workers (APCW), learning the processes of the position and of colleagues in other departments. Gaining knowledge of Missouri policies towards individuals with disabilities over 18 and any adult over 60 who are in need of services. Helping individuals find resources to fit individual needs based on assessments and interviews.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment is my feeling of accomplishment success throughout the weeks. I have been accepted by my supervisor and her coworker as part of the team, and they have treated me with respect and equality, even though I am an intern. This acceptance has helped me be more comfortable and become part of the team to get the job done.

I learned...
My greatest lesson has been how to convey the same type of information in different ways, due to different individual's capabilities to understand. Oftentimes we will have the same information to tell x amount of different clients, and we will have to explain the information in x amount of ways because each person has a different level of understanding.

Advice for others...
Find your internship based on what you are comfortable with doing, yet one that is outside of your comfort zone. It's a double-edged sword. You need to go outside of your comfort zone to learn if that's a field you would consider working in, because that is the point of the internship. However, you also need to intern somewhere that you are comfortable with, or else the experience is completely lost in being timid towards the work you are supposed to do.

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