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A successful internship can help you turn a summer experience into a career opportunity. But there are specific things you should do to ensure success:

Creating a Successful Internship


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Internship Tracking

Read about how your fellow students are using their internships to gain valuable work experience:

Name Major Intern Company
Alex Winger Accounting & Finance Whitley Co. Economic Development Corp.
Bobbie Beckner Bio-Chem Reid Hospital
Drew Turner Economics & Finance Wabash Co. YMCA
Michael Hammer Marketing North Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Nicola Jones Communication Wells Co. Economic Development
Veronica Caudill Psychology & Social Work Bowen Center
Maureen Lund Athletic Training Athletes With Purpose
Ted Maldonado Psychology Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

 


Alex Winger

Year in school: Senior

Major: Accounting and Finance

Internship Company: Whitley County Economic Development Corporation

Career Goals: I hope to one day be a part of the real estate industry whether it be residential, commercial, or investment.


Brief explanation about the work you are doing, what you have learned about the field, and what you have learned about yourself: I have mainly been working on market research where I research different businesses and look to find contact information.  In addition, I have been updating some of the EDC’s programs such as its commercial property listings, staff/leadership bios, and customer relationship management system.  Working here, I have learned that the EDC offers a lot of services to existing or new businesses looking to expand in the county.  Having multiple projects has really tested my time management skills, but I feel that being involved at school has prepared me well for life in the real world.

How has your internship impacted your future career path?
I knew I wanted to do something with real estate eventually, but I never really considered commercial real estate.  By updating the commercial listings on the websites, it has made me realize that maybe I should focus on commercial real estate. 

Would you recommend students complete an internship before they graduate and why? I would recommend students complete an internship before graduation.  Being an intern at the EDC has given me the experience of working in a professional setting.  Having professional experience is important no matter what line of work you are interested in.  Additionally, it is a great way to meet a lot of new people who could potentially lead to future job offers.


Bobbie Beckner

Year in school: Senior

Major: Biology/Chemistry, Minor in Gerontology

Internship Company: Reid Hospital in Richmond, IN

Career Goals: To attend medical school and later become an Anesthesiologist


Brief explanation about the work you are doing, what you have learned about the field, and what you have learned about yourself: I have completed many different jobs at Reid and have had numerous opportunities within the hospital. I go along on EMS/Trauma rides and respond using my EMT certification, I attend board meetings/departmental meetings/organ and tissue donation meetings/community outreach meetings/etc. I am also involved with several activities Reid puts on annually, like the Reid Olympics where the employees of the hospital are physically active and create team bonding, and the Reid Ride which is a bicycling tournament the city puts on for the community and employees of the hospital. I have been able to staple a knee shut after it was stitched by the doctor, I have seen tons of medical cases in the ER, and I have learned tricks of diagnosis and several treatment options for the same problem because no patient is the same. I have worked on projects for Clerks/SNT/PCT/Walking Aid week, and projects with EMS providers in the area containing all of the employees of the EMS providers with their certification information from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

I have learned so much more about the field of medicine from having this internship. I have learned how to interact in a work setting and how to create lasting interpersonal relationships between co-workers. I have learned how to look at CT scans, x-rays, EKGs, various lab work results, and how to find abnormalities. I have learned new techniques such as flouroscene which is used as an eye drop and it glows in the dark and glows the brightest where there is a scratch or cut on the cornea.

I have learned that I am a very determined and self-reliant person who goes and gets what she wants. This internship has put me in a position to go after what I wanted to do because I didn't have a set agenda, but I had to suggest things to accomplish each day which has made me more flexible and independent. It has also made me want to complete more things and see them through and not do things half way.

How has your internship impacted your future career path?
This internship has only made me want to pursue medicine more. It has ensured my belief that a medical career is what I am destined to have and to pursue. Because I have this internship on my resume, it will make me a better competitor when it comes to medical school admissions. The experiences I have had from this internship I will remember forever and they will guide me through my adventures in the medical field.

Would you recommend students complete an internship before they graduate and why? Absolutely. Internships look great on resumes and the experiences you gain from them help you become a future professional and give you an edge in the job market. Having an internship before you graduate shows employers and continuing education faculty that you are serious about being a professional in your given field and that they can depend on you.


Drew Turner

Year in school: Junior

Major: Economics and Finance

Internship Company: Wabash County YMCA

Career Goals: Business Consultant


Brief explanation about the work you are doing, what you have learned about the field, and what you have learned about yourself: I am working with The Promise by helping parents become more educated about the 529 CollegeChoice Savings Account. I have learned more about how a nonprofit business can have a tremendous impact on the community. I have learned that I like the variety of work that I have completed with the YMCA, and I wish to continue to have variety in a future occupation.

How has your internship impacted your future career path?
I have realized that I would like to work with nonprofit businesses in the future. The community impact is something I would like to be a part of in the future.

Would you recommend students complete an internship before they graduate and why? Yes, students should complete an internship in order to find out more about the occupation in which they would like to work.​


Michael Hammer

Year in school: Junior

Major: Marketing

Internship Company: North Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Career Goals: To go into a marketing career involving sports


Brief explanation about the work you are doing, what you have learned about the field, and what you have learned about yourself: I work at the Baseball Complex in North Manchester, Indiana. I was responsible for making changes in its programming and improving its profitability. I am also responsible for designing and implementing new programming. I have learned to work under pressure and to work as a team; also, communication is big when you are working as a team trying to accomplish a certain goal. One thing I have learned about myself is to speak out if you have an idea or a concern. More than likely they will help you and give you advice in the future. Also, do not stress out about the little things and have a positive attitude all the time.

Would you recommend students complete an internship before they graduate and why? Yes because it opens so many doors for the future when you graduate from college. You will have a step ahead of most people because you have experience. Companies will know you and see what you can do.​


Nicola Jones

Year in school: Senior

Major: Communication Studies, Minor in Business

Internship Company: Wells County Economic Development

Career Goals: Event planning


Brief explanation about the work you are doing, what you have learned about the field, and what you have learned about yourself: As an intern, I planned two manufacturing camps (Guitar Camp 2014 and Robotics Camp 2014) that were huge successes! I am helping plan events for the Wells County Chamber of Commerce and having various workforce development meetings to discuss a future welding class. I am also working on an annual report and thinking of ways to get people excited and interested in manufacturing! I have learned that anything can happen no matter how prepared you are and how detailed your planning is. I know that I need to be able to adjust quickly and efficiently to those unexpected occurrences. I have also learned about the huge opportunities manufacturing companies can offer and future career paths that will help our economy grow. I have learned that I work well under pressure and I am a quick thinker when things do no go as planned.

How has your internship impacted your future career path?
My internship has reassured me that event planning is what I want to do in my future career path. I am so grateful for this opportunity! It has helped me realize the huge impact certain events can have on a society and economy as a whole.

Would you recommend students complete an internship before they graduate and why? Yes!! It helps reassure you what you like and do NOT like in a future career. I would hate for a person to graduate and think they know what they want to do without trying it first and realize they hate it. It is a great feeling to wake up every morning and love what you are doing! There hasn't been a day I have been bored or not wanted to come to work. I do something new every day and I love it! Internships are also a great way to make connections!


Veronica Caudill

Year in school: Junior

Major: Psychology and Social Work

Internship Company: Bowen Center

Career Goals: Mental Health field, currently thinking about being a substance abuse counselor


Brief explanation about the work you are doing, what you have learned about the field, and what you have learned about yourself: I am currently working at the Bowen Center.  Because I do not yet have the proper requirements to have my own clients, I do a lot of shadowing.  I have shadowed staff with children and adult clients.  I have also shadowed groups.  I have learned that there are many aspects that go into having a career in the mental health field.  There is the paperwork aspect, as well as learning HIPAA rules and policies, the company’s own rules and policies, and learning how to be independent.  I have learned that I can be independent in the workplace.  A lot of what I have done is independent work, and it suits me well.

How has your internship impacted your future career path?
I have been reassured that I do want a career in the mental health field.  I have enjoyed realizing what an impact a person has in someone’s life that needs assistance. 

Would you recommend students complete an internship before they graduate and why? I would definitely recommend completing an internship.  An internship provides insight to whether or not you believe that you are in the right major.  In addition, an internship gives a student a foot in the door in a company that they may decide to later work in.


Maureen Lund

Year in school: Senior

Major: Athletic Training, Exercise Science concentration

Internship Company: Athletes With Purpose through Parkview
Hospital

Career Goals: I plan on attending physical therapy school after my undergraduate work at Manchester. I would love to work as a physical therapist in an athletic environment.


Brief explanation about the work you are doing, what you have learned about the field, and what you have learned about yourself: Currently at my internship, I am assisting the physical therapist that I am working with.  I help demonstrate exercises that patients are suppose to perform.  Right now, I am working on a project to put together multiple exercises on a powerpoint for patients to use at home.

How has your internship impacted your future career path?
This experience has made me even more excited for my future career path.  I love working one-on-one with a patient and watching them progress.

Would you recommend students complete an internship before they graduate and why? I strongly suggest that students participate in an internship because it gives you the real world experience you need to and puts you ahead of others in your field. ​


Ted Maldonado

Year in school: Graduated 2014

Major: Psychology

Internship Company: Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

Career Goals: Research Professor


Brief explanation about the work you are doing, what you have learned about the field, and what you have learned about yourself: I am an intern at an economic development office. I do a lot of research and data analysis for various projects. I also collect stories to use in marketing material. I have learned a lot about the business world and how office life is. It's a lot of hard work, clear communication, and attention to detail. I learned that sitting in a cubicle is a lot of effort. I thought it would be easy, but it is important to get up, walk around, or talk to someone. The most important things I learned for myself are time management and attention to detail. You always want to have to best option, so it is important to look at every piece of information carefully.

How has your internship impacted your future career path?
It has not changed it. This internship is not directly in line with what I want to do in the future. I just had a strong matching skill set that made me a good candidate for the job.

Would you recommend students complete an internship before they graduate and why? Yes! It gives you a better sense of what you like to do. Instead of going to college and wasting time and resources on a career you will not like, you can test out different career options first and see if it is something you're interested in. There is also potential of finding a different field you like better and you can then pursue that area. It is also a great way to network.

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