Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science
Company/Organization: Health Fitness
Company/Organization website: http://healthfitness.com/
Destination: Lake Forest, Illinois
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
-Program administration -1-on-1 coaching -Data management -Biometric screenings and health fairs -Motivational programs and seminars -Group exercise instruction and personal training
I feel as though I accomplished a lot through out the duration of my 12 week internship. One of my proudest accomplishments was getting to create, implement, and see the results of a national wellness program. With the assistance of one of my site directors, who was also the wellness coordinator for all of Trustmark across the nation, I sent out a survey to all remote and home office employees, gauging knowledge and interest of wellness programs. From these results, I created a two week challenge centered around getting in an exercise each day- alternating between different aspects of physical fitness. It was very rewarding to see the amount of remote employees who participated, and the amount who were very excited by the program! I received a lot of positive feedback, and I am proud of what I created.
This internship helped me learn so much about not only the field of corporate wellness, but about time management in general. Working at a corporate wellness site, there is never really a 'down' moment. With group fitness classes, personal training, program design, incentive programming, membership duties, and the general tasks of running a fitness center, I definitely learned how to drop everything at one, and how to come back to it. To-do lists became my best friend-- I even color coded my planner.
Advice for others...
My advice to future students is not to be dead set on what you want to do! If you end up in a corporate wellness setting for your internship, I definitely encourage getting out of the comfort zone. I definitely took on too much at some times, and tried things that I did not enjoy; but there's always a team to help you out, and to help you to improve, grow, and find your niche.