Intern Alum Spotlight – Dylan Lagerstam

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Intern Alum Spotlight – Dylan Lagerstam

Prior to Graduating in May of 2018, Dylan participated in the Internship Program at Safe Passage in 2016, while completing his undergraduate degrees in Public Health Administration and Nonprofit and NGO Studies. During his internship at the Safe Passage, Dylan was responsible for promoting sexual assault awareness month, building relationships to attract volunteers by communicating with fraternities and sororities, and community outreach efforts.

Q: What was the biggest benefit and/or the coolest part of your internship experience?

Dylan: The biggest benefit for internships is to see how the information you learn transfers over to real life experiences and the professional relationships you build in your time.

Q: In your opinion, why should students pursue internship opportunities?

Dylan: Students should pursue internship opportunities because that is your chance to get real life experience related to your degree before graduation. Then when you are searching for jobs afterwards it becomes a great talking point to show what you have learned and accomplished.

Q: What are you up to now?

Dylan: I just got hired to work with Enterprise within their management program. Prior to that, while I was completing my undergrad, I participated in an additional internship for my other major in Public Health Administration. I was the Process Improvement Intern at Swedish American Hospital and I learned how to successfully run a Huddle Board and help other departments use theirs properly. I assisted in scoping and participated in Rapid Improvement Events. I became a Swedish American Management Systems Coach to learn more about lean thinking and to be able to help people to find ways to successfully fix their own problems. I also created a Physician Enterprise Scorecard to monitor data and trends yearly.

Q: Please share any additional comments you have about your internship experience. 

Dylan: These internships are truly great experiences. I learned a lot about myself and what I want to do with my future career because of my experience. On top of that, I made great connections to professionals in the community which has helped me in my job search after graduating.

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