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HPW Internship: YMCA-Stevens Point

Posted by Deising, Deanna - June 19, 2017 - 2017 Internships, Community, HPW Internships, In-State

HPW Student Internship Experience – Amanda Grubba 16′
Interning at the Stevens Point Area YMCA (SPYMCA) has been a wonderful experience so far. I have had a variety of responsibilities and learning opportunities. I have used an assortment of skills that I learned throughout the HPW program, including some I didn’t think I would ever use. The main focus of my internship is assisting in the planning and promoting the 2016 Stevens Point Duathlon. This includes numerous tasks and responsibilities, some of which I haven’t had any hands on experience with. I have consistently marketed the Duathlon through Facebook, including running two ads and posting weekly. I have worked with the graphic designer to come up with a fun t-shirt design, as well as designs for the kids’ and adults’ medals. I have gone out to businesses within the community to hang posters and brochures. I have contacted members, employees and organizations for volunteers for the event. I have contacted other local businesses and obtained door prizes for our participants. I have also contributed two completely new ideas to make the Duathlon stand out among other races, which include a Kids’ Zone for children to hang out at during the race, as well as offering a full baked potato bar for the participants as well. I was able to get Rockman’s Catering to bake and deliver the potatoes free of charge. The potatoes are also being donated by Okray Family Farms. I held two kids practice run, one at Camp Glacier Hollow, and one with sports camp at the SPYMCA. Other things I have done not regarding the duathlon include running a 10 week Healthy Household Family Challenge on Facebook, creating a 12 month challenge for the SPYMCA phone app to increase downloads and member retention, create a spreadsheet to collect and keep data for all group fitness classes and help write a grant for the Farm to School Program. I am currently working with the graphic designer to make exercise & stretching posters for in the wellness center. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at the SPYMCA and have learned a great deal about how non-profits work as well.

Objectives

  1. Behavior:
    1. Create awareness of the health and wellness programs available to the community.
    2. Create awareness of the YMCA in the local school districts (Farm to School)
    3. Help with the Fitness Center, Duathlon, Water Aerobics class, and any other areas of interest
  2. Promotion and Marketing:
    1. Create flyers and signage for events.
    2. Create posts for the social media networks for events
    3. Help with the Duathlon
  3. Organizational Experiences:
    1. Attend weekly meetings with supervisors.
    2. Supervise at events like T-Ball lessons, the Duathlon, and attending off site events
    3. Help manage the Fitness Center

Contact
Joe Seubert
Senior Director of Operations
1000 Division Street
Stevens Point, WI
jseubert@spymca.org
715-342-2980 ext 311

Hours
400 hours

Stipend
None

UW-Stevens Point Students Who Completed Internship

  • Kelsey Wanserski, Summer 2018
  • Sean Puffer, Summer 2017
  • Elizabeth Geigler, Spring 2013
  • Claire Kinderman, Fall 2014
  • Sidney Geldmeyer, Spring 2014
  • Brandon Matznick, Spring 2014
  • Steven Luther, Summer 2014
  • Chase DeCleene, 2009
  • Laura Neuenfeldt, 2009
  • Tyler Ryce, Spring 2012

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