Darcy Smalley

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services
Company/Organization: Iowa State Child Development Laboratory School
Company/Organization website: https://www.cdls.hs.iastate.edu/
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring
Advisor/Coordinator Email: enloe@iastate.edu


Administrative Intern The administrative intern roles fall under the categories of Lab school administration, clerical, communication and licensing. Skills needed: Ability to plan/ organize/ implement projects. Written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Ability to perform internet research. Ability to use discretion when handling confidential information. This position is 20-23 hours a week for one semester totaling 320 or 360 hours a week. Responsibilities could include: Clerical Assist in purchasing equipment and office supplies Organize lending library Review budget, payroll and benefits Scanning children’s files Do computer work such as researching new products, creating forms for teacher use Communications Deliver and relay messages to classrooms and teachers Updating handbooks (teacher/ family/ volunteer) Assist preparation for school events Attending administrative meetings (SVPP/ PBIS as well as teacher/ head teacher) Assisting teachers with classroom projects Licensing NAEYC accreditation portfolio DHS licensing standards QRS rating levels School Administration Assist with the hiring process for new employees, reviewing applications, calling references Put together enrollment packets Assist with tours Observe staff and students in the Lab school


I worked extensively with the NAEYC standards and became familiar with them. I created an updated center portfolio that will be used in the future for re-licensing purposes. I had a lot of projects going on throughout the semester, so I feel that it was an accomplishment to finish them all.

What advice would you give?

Ask a lot of questions! It was helpful for me to know a little bit about childcare centers because of my previous work experience, so I knew some of the things that I wanted to learn more about going into my internship. Be flexible! Even though I had my schedule planned out, I ended up coming to campus earlier than I had planned. Often times, my supervisor would tell me the day of about meetings that we needed to attend. For some of my projects, I had to set up meetings with other people and needed to work around their schedules.

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