Olivia Fry

Major: Child, adult, and family services
Company/Organization: EveryStep Home of Amanda the Panda
Company/Organization website: https://www.everystep.org/
Destination: West Des Moines, Iowa
Timeframe: Fall 2020
Advisor/Coordinator Email: enloe@iastate.edu


Prepared camp events for kids, teens, and adults. Facilitated support groups for teens once a week. Help distribute marketing materials. Assist with special projects as they arise. Participate in brainstorming of program development ideas and program evaluation. Assist with coordination of volunteers. Provide community education as assigned for promoting strategies to deal with grief and loss. Assist staff with social media. Being an ambassador at community events for Amanda the Panda. Maintain databases and record keeping for participants and volunteers. Support staff by helping with day-to-day operations.


My greatest accomplishment so far was helping Fall Grief Camp and making it a success. I worked really hard to prepare for it especially since everything was virtual.

Learning experience

The greatest lessons I have learned so far is the impact I have made on our clients. All the hard work I put in does really pay off when the clients have a good experience. Another great lesson I have learned is that it is okay to make mistakes because everyone makes mistakes in the workplace because everyday is different.

What advice would you give?

My advice for future students is too not get discouraged or insecure when you first start your internship. Everyone makes mistakes at first and don't be afraid to make mistakes and ask for help. Internships are all about learning and making mistakes to gain the experience.

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