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Emma: Gerontology and Music

Emma completed an internship with the Huntsman World Series Games as a health screening volunteer. Here is what she has to say about this experience:

What day-to-day tasks were part of this experience?

My day-to-day tasks consisted of being available to answer the questions of the athletes and their family members, doing health screenings to measure their cognitive and physical health, and having the supervisors check in to make sure that you understand your responsibilities.

What would have better prepared you for this internship?

I wish there had been more information about how unique of an opportunity this internship was. It is only three days but you get so much practical experience! It was neat to realize that this internship was fulfillment of BYU's mission to enter to learn and go forth to serve.

Was this experience a confirmation that you are going in the right direction, or is it a pivot to something else?

Confirmation. I learned that I love working with older adults. It brings me a lot of fulfillment being able to help them feel heard and seen. Being at the Huntsman Senior Games helped me to confirm that I want to work with older adults in the future.

Would you recommend this internship to other students?

Yes, this internship is a hidden gem at BYU. I met so many kind, supportive people because of this internship. Additionally, this internship gave me a practical experience working with older adults. It proved to be one of the most meaningful parts of my year!

Emma helping answer questions and greeting people at the entrance of the health screenings.