Katie Haganman: Warren County General Assistance Office


What was she up to this fall?
Katie Haganman, Sociology major, spent fall semester interning with the Warren County General Assistance Office and Warren County Necessity Pantry.  In addition to such general office work as inputting data, answering phones, and working with clients, Katie organized and hosted a necessity drive for the Necessity Pantry as part of Simpson College’s Homecoming Football Game.

What strengths did she utilize in her internship?
Katie was sure to be prompt, showing up every day at least five minutes early.  She was also a strong communicator, keeping in contact with her supervisor, asking questions as needed, and sharing ideas about classes and clients.

What did her supervisor have to say about her work?
Emmalee Bowlin, Director of warren County General Assistance Office, commented, “Katie is a very organized and driven individual. She has shown great care for the clients she has worked with. She is a hard worker and is always willing to go the extra mile.”

How did she find out about her internship?
Katie shared that surprisingly enough, she found her internship on Craigslist.  Craiglist is one of many web search engines where employers post internship and job postings.  As with any web search, the Career Services team encourages students to complete research on any potential employer and reach out for help when unsure.

Why does she feel it’s important for students to intern?
Katie commented, “I feel it is important for Simpson students to have an internship as it gives the students experience in the field they are studying. It also gives many students a better idea of what they want to do in the future. Students may find they want to take another career path. Interning will also give students an opportunity to network and have potential for future employment.”

What advice does she have for future interns?
Katie encourages, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions! This is how you will learn and it will help you become more experienced in your field.”