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Courtney Millard

Major: Nutritional Science/Dietetics


Minor/option/emphasis: Food ScienceSecondary minor: Child, Adult, and Family Services

Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Ankeny, IA

Company/Organization: Iowa Department of Public Health
Company/Organization website: idph.state.ia.us
Title: Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion Intern
Destination: Des Moines, IA
Timeframe: 01/2015-Present

Advisor/Coordinator Email: ebeirman@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I work alongside Suzy Wilson with the Iowa Nutrition Network helping her redesign the newsletters sent out for "Pick a Better Snack" program. I will also be working with Carol Voss on vending machine snacks and Doris Montgomery with SNAP-ed.

I accomplished...
I accomplished a redesign of the newsletter layouts and found new recipes for the "Pick a Better Snack" program

My most valuable effort...
I think the Newsletter redesign taught me a lot because it taught me how to dig up research and how to evaluate what information was essential to the audience. I also learned how to organize information into an appealing design that the target audience would want to read.

I learned...
The most valuable experience was having an on-site visit in one of the schools to see the lessons on "Pick a Better Snack" being taught. This made me realize that I have to think at all education levels when designing programs and informative packets.

I will never forget...
The most valuable experience was having an on-site visit in one of the schools to see the lessons on "Pick a Better Snack" being taught. This made me realize that I have to think at all education levels when designing programs and informative packets.

Advice for others...
Reach out to interesting companies or places of work that have similar interests to your own. I reached out to IDPH on my own and it turned out to have a happy ending. Also, even if the internship is unpaid, it will teach you a lot!

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I found it on my own.

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