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Nicole Van Wyk

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services


Minor/option/emphasis: CHFS-Adult/Family Programs

Company/Organization: Bethany Christian Services
Company/Organization website: http://www.bethany.org
Destination: Pella, IA
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email: enloe@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Aid the branch director wherever needed; this includes fundraising preparation, organization, file work, grant writing, survey analysis, etc.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment is the increase in flexibility and knowledge of how to help people without false hope of the "savior mentality".

I learned...
In the Human Services field, it is important to be flexible and ready for anything because people are not predictable or mechanical, resulting in various outcomes. I have also learned that you can not help everyone have a "fairytale life".

Advice for others...
Be hands on and ready for anything during your internship because when you are open to help wherever needed, you will gain so many more experiences.

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