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Hailey Smock

Major: Kinesiology and Health


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

Company/Organization: Lakeview Community Health - PowerUp
Company/Organization website: http://www.powerup4kids.org
Destination: Stillwater, MN
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I was an outreach intern so I prepped for and attended many events. I was a large part in making sure we had everything we needed for each event we attended and then being there to set up, take down and run the event. I worked a lot with community members and teaching them about what PowerUp is.

I accomplished...
My biggest project was making what we call event kits. We have many games that we bring out to the community and many people ask if they can use our games at their own events. I made it possible for community members to be able to use our games in an easy, organized way. Each kit is really just a game but I made instructions for each game so they know how to play along with set up. They are also packaged so that you are able to just grab whatever game you want and go.

I learned...
I learned that your language changes based on your audience. I interacted with many children but also adults as well. Explaining what PowerUp is can be different based on who you're talking to and this is important to making sure each person understands.

Advice for others...
Find an internship that works with your personality and skills. You're going to get the most out of the experience if you like what you are doing.

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