Major: Kinesiology and Health
Company/Organization website: http://www.wesleylife.org
Title: Health and Wellness Intern
Destination: Johnston, IA
Timeframe: Spring 2017
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
Design, implement, and manage a health program: - I was in charge of helping to design and implement a company-wide Fitbit program. There were a number of different challenges that had each WesleyLife location competing against each other to see who could reach the greatest number of steps. We also held individual step challenges, to see which individual employees could get the most steps in a week. After each challenge, there would be a drawing to see who won the grand prize. Throughout all of the challenges, I was in charge of managing all of the data, as well as being the "go-to" person for all employees. Create weekly health communications - Another major responsibility I had was to put together the weekly newsletter for our corporate office. It needed to include upcoming events for WesleyLife, as well as have articles related to fitness, nutrition, and spiritual health. Along with this newsletter, I was also responsible for sending out a short weekly health tip called "Wellness Wednesdays." These were sent out every Wednesday and had a theme related to health and well-being. Attend meetings/seminars - Another major responsibility I had was attending meetings and seminars with my supervisor. We would go to a number of off-site meetings at different WesleyLife locations, or other businesses or locations as well.
My greatest accomplishment from this experience would be the success of the Fitbit program. I was able to be involved with the program from the start, so I had a sense of achievement when it was so successful. Being able to say that I designed, implemented, and managed a successful wellness program is very satisfying, and this experience will definitely be useful in the future.
The greatest lesson I learned from this experience was being able to overcome adversity. I had encountered conflict before in my precious jobs, but adversity at a corporate level is much more intimidating because you are dealing with upper-level management. It can be hard to discuss a problem with the CEO or VP, but you will have to learn to talk through things with them if you want problems resolved. I ran into a number of problems during the Fitbit program, a few stemming from the Executive Circle, but I was able to work through them and continue the program successfully.
Advice for others...
This internship experience at WesleyLife is a great opportunity and I would definitely recommend it to any student interested in corporate wellness. For anyone with a focus of Community and Public Health, or has an interest in working with the elderly population, this will be a perfect fit. However, this would not be the setting for someone in Exercise Science, because there is not much of an opportunity for personal training or group fitness classes.