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HPW Internship: Portage County-Health and Human Services

Posted by Deising, Deanna - February 20, 2017 - 2017 Internships, Community, HPW Internships, In-State

Overall Goal of Internship
At completion of this internship, the intern will gain an excellent understanding and knowledge of how Portage County Health and Human Services provides a variety of health and wellness programs to employees/community-sponsored events. The intern will gain experience in behavior change facilitation including Health Risk Assessment, intervention, and reassessment, and will create promotional and marketing projects to increase participation or sales. The organizational experiences will allow for some supervision of an event, small budget experiences, in-service training, and shadowing of the internship supervisor. The intern will work with and be supervised by the Portage County Health and Human Services on-site internship supervisor, Kristi Cooley. The intern will complete experiences as outlined by the following specific objectives and be evaluated on his/her performance in each of these areas.

The student will complete 3-4 resume-building experiences from the categories below. Specific projects and outcomes may be added as addendum to this plan within the first 2 weeks of being on-site. Significant changes to the Objectives will be mutually agreed upon by the Internship site supervisor, the student intern, and the UWSP internship supervisor and documentation of these changes will be sent to the UWSP internship supervisor.


  1. Behavior:
    1. Assist in developing and leading a stress reduction wellness program for pregnant women.
    2. Promote and conduct training sessions for the Safe Sleep program for businesses and day care centers, within the community.
  2. Promotion and Marketing:
    1. Find wellness topics to design bulletin boards for the months of November and January.
    2. Work on the WIC Facebook page by promoting current events within the community, posting health tips, and creating videos to share.
    3. Expand the use of social media by creating and managing an Instagram/twitter account.
  3. Organizational Experiences:
    1. Attend and contribute to organizational staff meetings.
    2. Create 5-10 minute ELE’s to lead during morning staff meetings.

On-Site Supervisor
Kristi Cooley, RDN, CD
Nutrition and WIC Services Supervisor
817 Whiting Ave.
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Monday: 8am-5pm
Tuesday: 9am-6pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 8am-12pm


UW-Stevens Point Students Who Completed Internship

  • Miranda Dupont, Fall 2016 (pictured above)
  • Kristin Kuber, Spring 2010
  • Derek Hubbard, Summer 2011
  • Chelsea Czarnecki, Spring 2012
  • Ryan Schilling, Summer 2012

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