Health studies students intern with King County

Ilma Vikovic, Julianne Korn, MyKa'La AlexanderThree University of Washington Bothell health studies students recently completed their field work as interns with Seattle and King County Public Health on a program to promote fruits and vegetables in home child care meals instead of junk food and sugary drinks.

Ilma Vikovic, Julianne Korn, MyKa’La Alexander, left to right, worked in a team called Healthy Eating and Active Living. (Public Health – Seattle & King County photo)

“They treated us like family and genuinely cared about our learning experience and time there,” said Korn. “We worked closely with two team members, but in addition, each of us interns got an additional mentor who we got to meet with a handful of times.”

Korn says they felt like real employees.

“We were not just running coffee for everyone, but were truly involved in the project that this team had been working on for over two years. Not only did we contact community members and share our findings, we were actually able to create concrete items, such as the curriculum and blog post, which are excellent for our portfolio,” said Korn, who will be graduating in June with a degree in health studies and minor in education and society.

The three UW Bothell interns met with child care providers in their homes and interviewed them about incorporating healthy eating and physical activity in their business. The interns compiled their findings, shared ideas on teaching healthier food options and wrote about their experience on the Public Health Insider blog.

“This internship contributed to my learning experience immensely!” says Korn.