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Erica Campbell

Major: Kinesiology and Health


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

Company/Organization: VERB Summer Scorecard
Company/Organization website: http://www.iowaverb.org/content/story-county-verb
Destination: Ames
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
My main responsibility for the summer was coordinating ExerCYse is Medicines' VERB Summer Scorecard program. Iowa VERB is a coalition of communities, businesses, sports teams, clubs, and recreation services that have combined their efforts to help promote physical activity among K-8th grade individuals throughout the Story County.The goal of the VERB program is to expose youth to an array of opportunities to experience different ways to be physically active. I did this by creating partnerships with the businesses, clubs and organizations that could help introduce kids to new hobbies and activities. Scheduling and staffing events with volunteers and myself is another part of this internship that took up most of my time. This internship gave me the opportunity to work with Story County youth and incorporate my own creativity and ideas into planning and running a physical activity promotion, kids program.

I accomplished...
The finale event for my internship was the largest and most significant event that I was involved in. This event was called the VERB Summer Scorecard Finale Event, and I was in charge of organizing this event and ensuring its success. As part of the organization and setup of this event I had to rent a park, organize and set up games for the children (ages 5-12), obtain donated prizes for the children, set up volunteers, organize the raffle/prize system, and communicate with parents to ensure participation in the finale event. I received a lot of positive feedback from the parents after the Finale Event.

I learned...
Don't allow yourself to procrastinate and put things off. It was hard at times to keep my motivation up, making it very easy to get behind on tasks. Also, work hard no matter what you're doing. Even if it something small, still work hard. People will notice the effort that you put in and you will stand out.

Advice for others...
Don't be afraid to make mistakes and ask questions. I don't know how many times I heard that before coming into my internship. Often I found myself embarrassed for not knowing something and tried to figure it out on my own when sending a simple email to my supervisor would have saved time and avoided the error in the first place. It turns out that most of the time your supervisor likes hearing from you and appreciates your questions and concerns.

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