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Kathryn Hokel

Major: Kinesiology and Health

Minor/option/emphasis: Community and Public Health

Company/Organization: Iowa State University Human Resources: ISU WellBeing
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Title: ISU WellBeing Internship
Destination: Iowa State University
Timeframe: Fall 2016

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I was responsible for...
* Communications for website, program promotions, and ISU WellBeing emails * Assist with program development and implementation * Assist with program delivery (Flu Vaccine Clinic, Healthiest State Walk, Others) * Assist with program evaluation * Attend University and community meetings (UHR, Healthiest Ames, sub committees, etc.) * Independent project (Movement Based Campus Concept) * Participate in professional and personal development opportunities when available * Support University Human Resources

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment, while interning with ISU WellBeing, is the experience that I can add to my degree. I was able to assist with all aspects of programs and events. I helped to plan, implement, and evaluate a number of events and programs such as Cyday Friday Walk, Healthiest State Walk, and the Flu shot clinic. I also connected with professionals in my field and throughout the university through events like Local Food Festival, and working with ISU Student Wellness. I have put my knowledge to use in creating website articles and blogs as well as creating a proposal for a movement based campus concept.

I learned...
My greatest lesson learned is the power of communication and networking. I was able to see first hand how people throughout the university and the wellness community work together and utilize each others skills and talents. It is important to make connections in order to further your career as well as make the most out of the experiences you have.

Advice for others...
It's important to apply for everything. There are so many opportunities in this field that we, as students, don't even know about yet. Make sure that you utilize your strengths, but be sure to be open to learning new things. It's okay if your internship isn't what you want to do for the rest of your life, it's still an excellent learning opportunity and a great resume boost.

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