Claire Opperman

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services
Company/Organization: Iowa Department of Human Services
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Destination: Story County
Timeframe: Spring
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-Shadow social workers 2 and 3 -Attend court hearings, family team meetings -Assist in interviewing families for Child Protective Assessments -File and organize client files -Visit clients -Assist in removals


I volunteered with DHS this summer to gain experience and from my efforts, they offered me an internship for the spring.

What advice would you give?

Don't be afraid to be "annoying" and ask for tasks, projects, go with them, etc. A lot of the time they might give you small or menial tasks because you are the intern but if you take the initiative to step up and ask for more, they will really appreciate it and help you grow.

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