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Darien Woods

Major: Kinesiology and Health

Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Community and Public Health

Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Belleville,Wisconsin

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
Company/Organization website:
Title: Epidemiology Intern
Destination: San Antonio, Texas
Timeframe: January 11 - April 27

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
Conducting interviews on patients with an infectious disease, contacting medical facilities for information, conducting site visits where the facility was involved with a possible outbreak, and providing health education and preventive measures to patients.

I will never forget...
When my team member and I discovered there was an outbreak occurring at a facility. I had worked on other outbreaks before this particular one; however, that moment of connecting links and problem solving was when I knew I had made the right choice in my career. It was so refreshing, exciting, nerve-racking, and rewarding to be able to investigate an outbreak because the end result was finding the source.

Advice for others...
My advice to other students is to be never say no to an opportunity that may be outside your comfort zone. I know this might be hard for some people to hear but better opportunities may be available to you outside of Iowa.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
My vacation to see my cousins down in San Antonio almost two years ago. I was intrigued at the thought of spending a couple of months in a city I was not familiar with. When I was searching for possible internships I had remembered that leaving the Midwest would be my best chance to experience something different.

I landed this assignment by...
After sending a couple of emails to my current supervisor, I was offered the position.

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