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Spencer Cain

Major: Kinesiology and Health


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

Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Minnesota

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: ATTACh (Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children
Company/Organization website: https://attach.org/
Title: Administrative/Program Management Intern
Destination: Minneapolis, MN
Timeframe: May 17, 2016 - July 18, 2016

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I was responsible for facilitating ATTACh's clinical and parent training sessions, fundraising, community outreach work, development of marketing materials, and public policy work.

I accomplished...
I was involved in organizing successful fundraising events, procuring donations, securing parent and clinician memberships, and design of multiple marketing materials and the official banner for the 2017 ATTACh conference.

My most valuable effort...
The most valuable ongoing project has been working on all aspects of the upcoming conference. I have been closely working with professionals in the mental health field throughout, and it has really allowed me to improve my professional communication skills. It has put me in meetings with healthcare professionals, and has grown my professional network.

I learned...
The most valuable learning experience for me was the two-day training we put on in Marshall, MN. I learned how to facilitate these professional trainings, and gained experience in consulting work.

I will never forget...
The most memorable experience was also the two-day training. We were able to get out of the office for those days, stay in a hotel, and socialize in our free time. It was a lot of fun to go on this trip, and it allowed me to experience the full extent of the work this organization does.

Advice for others...
Practice your communication skills. Working at a small non-profit is demanding, and the organization's success hinges on outstanding internal (and external) communication. Prove your worth, and take initiative in every assignment you are given.

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