Katelyn Chamberlin: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

What has she been doing?
Katelyn Chamberlin, a senior Multimedia Journalism major, spent spring semester interning with the Iowa chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of both children and adults.  The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle.  Through her internship, Katelyn created content for the chapter’s social media channels and engaged the community through regular postings.  She also helped by creating marketing and promotional materials for various events.

What strengths did she gain within the position?
Through her experience with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Katelyn put to use her ability to generate both creative and compelling content for social media channels.  She was also able to think outside of the box for new marketing techniques.  Katelyn found it very important to be open to new possibilities and became comfortable taking on new tasks.

What does her supervisor have to say about her work?
Claire Scholl, Executive Director of the Iowa CFF chapter, shared, “Kate’s enthusiasm in Social Media has recruited countless individuals, groups and companies to our cause and helped the CF Foundation fulfill our mission of funding life-saving research.  In a few short months, Kate has made an incredible difference in the fight to beat cystic fibrosis!”

How did she find out about this internship?
Katelyn found out about the position through Simpson’s CareerPaths website. All current students can access this online job-bulletin to search for internships, part and full time jobs, and career-related events.  To learn more about internships with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, you can also contact Iowa@cff.org or call 515-252-1530.

What advice does she have for students beginning an internship?
Katelyn recommended, “When looking for an internship, pick one that will challenge you and teach you skills outside your comfort zone.  Also, try projects and tasks you’ve never done before; you might discover a new interest or skill.”