by Alex Inman
Like many university students experience, I was having a lot of questions about my future career path and studies during my last semester at UBC. Fortunately, I enrolled in a Career Development Course run through the Faculty of Land & Food Systems at UBC. As part of this course, I completed a 3-month, 180 hour voluntary internship with DASH BC.
While undergoing my internship at DASH BC, I was able to gain the skills and experience necessary for entry level positions in the health, education and non-profit fields for after graduation. This experience has been invaluable in improving my interpersonal professional, communication skills and team skills in order to accomplish tasks on a deadline.
As part of my internship, I was a part of the DASH team that put together the 2013 Afterschool Sport & Art Initiative (ASSI) Community Forum on February 28th– March 1st at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel. My role was coordinating logistics of getting all Forum participants from around the province to be able to attend the Forum, supporting the execution of Forum workshops and discussions as well as facilitating timely reimbursements to participants for any costs incurred. Hearing about all of the great programming that is happening around the provinces, including in some very remote communities, to encourage children to engage in afterschool programming for sport and art was very inspiring. This was an opportunity to see tangible, grassroots work that will help to improve the health and lives of the schoolchildren of our province.
Supplemental to my work with the 2013 ASSI Forum, I supported Ryan Mackey in updating and maintaining both the Healthy Schools BC web portal and the monthly newsletter. Working on writing articles and editing the newsletter submissions helped to improve my written communication skills as I grew to understand the target audience for the newsletter. I have become comfortable working in an HTML-based environment maintaining and updating the Healthy Schools BC web portal with news/updates, new programs and helping users of the portal to troubleshoot their registration and editing their own programs. This experience was invaluable in learning all of the different programs and initiatives that are out there to support healthy schools in BC!
All in all, it is hard to sum up my experience interning at DASH BC. I really enjoyed my time working with everyone on the DASH team and meeting lots of new people working to help make BC schools a healthier place to learn. I have learned so much in so little time that will help me to be successful in the future.
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