Samantha Williams worked as a communication intern at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center during the summer 2014 semester. She expected to develop her resume, but she was surprised to discover how much she would learn about the challenges facing women and children in Greene County.
As an intern, Samantha gathered and analyzed research and even had the opportunity to design signage for the clinic. Her largest assignment was creating a core message for the Women, Infants, and Children program in order to shape advertisements and promotional campaigns. Samantha’s academic background in organizational communication helped her gain a deeper understanding of the purpose and mission of the organization.
“I was grateful for the freedom to try out my ideas without someone telling me what to do and how to do it. I gained a great deal of experience and confidence.”
Samantha says the most important thing she learned is about the services provided by the WIC program, particularly the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program. She also discovered that the stigma associated with WIC participants often discourages women to reach out for help.
“I now understand that WIC needs a voice in our community. We need to support and promote WIC because it assists those in our community who need help. We can encourage those who meet certain financial criteria to participate in the WIC program to ensure the development of strong, healthy children.”
Beyond her internship experience, Samantha works at the Springfield – Branson National Airport as a Grounds Service Agent. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her family. Samantha and her father are working together to restore a ’69 Camaro and a ’68 Chevelle. After graduating from Drury in May, Samantha plans to continue her career in aviation.