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Alex Bodroghy '15

Major: Biology

Internship site: Volvo Powertrain in Hagerstown


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What made you want to intern with this business?

I wanted to intern with Volvo because they are a huge international business that had opportunities to be involved on a global scale. Also, it is a great way to improve my patient interaction skills as well as my practical medical skills at the dispensary where I'm working.

What are your internship responsibilities?

My internship responsibilities are to treat any work-related injuries at the factory. Common injuries I see are sprains, lacerations or chronic ergonomic injuries involving backs and shoulders. I am also in charge of setting up training days for the emergency response team, and of safety awareness for the factory.

How do you think you might apply what you’ve learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

Working with an experienced nurse has let me learn new medical skills at a fast rate, while allowing me to perfect those I had at the start of the internship. The main benefit I will have from this internship is the patient face-to-face interaction skills, which is critical to being a good doctor.

What is a life lesson that you have taken from your internship?

A good life lesson I have taken from the internship so far is responsibility, in a couple ways. At Volvo, I am in charge of projects to improve the lives of the thousand employees. Also, responsibility to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to make it to work on time by 7 has taught me a lot about how to balance time and how important sleep is.

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Eric Diehl '14

Major: Computer Science

Internship site: Raytheon


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The career center is why I have had such amazing internship opportunities. I would urge anyone to take advantage of them as early as possible!

I've learned being a team player and working hard can go a long way, especially this early on in your career. Don't be afraid to ask for help or clarification on anything that you get stuck on, and do your best to absorb as much as possible while you're there.

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Ian Jenkins '16

Major: Law and Society

Internship site: Democrat


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What made you want to intern with this business?

Rep. Clyburn has made a substantial impact on Congress. Being one of the few Democrats in South Carolina automatically implies he has been in the face of controversy for a very long time. As the current assistant democratic leader and previous House Majority Whip, Rep. Clyburn is the third-ranking Democrat in the House behind House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. I've always enjoyed laws and politics and public policy, but the possibility alone of working for Rep. Clyburn was what grabbed my attention the most. Plus, working on Capitol Hill would be an accomplishment on it's own. In the end, what really made me want to work for Rep. Clyburn is the fact that I would be working for such an influential individual on Capitol Hill.

What are your internship responsibilities?

As an intern, I was responsible for secretarial duties like answering the phones, dealing with mail and packages. I wrote letters replying to constituents about certain bills that were being discussed. I attended political briefings regarding policies, bills and laws that were of benefit to South Carolina, but were not limited to such. My supervisor took me to interviews with companies that wanted assistance from the Congressman. I attended and participated in social networking events, like the congressional baseball game, the ice cream social, sanctions, forums and congressional awards ceremonies.

How do you think you might apply what you’ve learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

The ability to adapt in a fast-paced and unfamiliar environment. With politics, things are constantly changing. There is little to no time to be lackadaisical in trying to keep up with the current policy; one has to be proactive to remain on the same page as your peers and the rest of the country.

What is a life lesson that you have taken from your internship?​

That everything takes time, you cannot and should not rush things. I learned this after my first week. There was a meeting with Rep. Clyburn and he told a story about how he lost his first three elections. Then finally, on his fourth one, he won by a landslide. Another thing that stood out for me is what a reporter told Rep. Clyburn after he lost his third election, "Brag gently, weep softly." I will never forget those words; they are truly something to live by.

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Anthony King '17

Major: History

Internship site: Holocaust Museum


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What made you want to intern with this business?

I have wanted to intern with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for some time now. I visited the museum several times prior and had been rather impressed by the outreach and programs done there. I have always had an interest in the subject matter and I think it is very important to teach the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides so that we can try our best to prevent these atrocities from happening again in the future.

What are your internship responsibilities?

I have several responsibilities within the museum, including opening procedures, handing out tickets, crowd and line management, answering questions at the information desk, running the coat check, scanning tickets, providing orientations for entrance into the permanent exhibition for the general public and groups, operating the film program, roving the permanent exhibition and closing procedures for the museum.

How to you think you might apply what you've learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

The skills that I will learn in the internship will extend into several areas of my life. For example, perseverance, attention to detail, strong communication, staying calm under pressure and confidence are all skills I use on a daily basis in the museum that can apply to all spheres of life. As far as career situations, the experience with visitor relations is crucial. Also, the work in learning how museums operate and are run is vital to a future career within the museum field. In addition to the behind-the-scenes operations within a museum, I am also learning the work that goes into making an exhibition.

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Wallis Shamieh '15

Major: Communication Arts

Internship site: Weinberg Center


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What made you want to intern with this business?

I wanted to intern at the Weinberg Center because it is an organization with a significant presence in the Frederick community. I have been visiting the center since I was a kid and it is a privilege to continue my education there.

What are your internship responsibilities?

I am responsible for creating, organizing and managing social media. This includes writing exciting posts that will generate the most traffic, as well as educating the surrounding community about upcoming events and programs. Additionally, I assist with gathering information to publish on their website, in promotional materials and online. On the other hand, as the intern, I also get to do the nitty-gritty tasks, like preparing brochures for mailings and making sure pencils are extra sharp! These tasks may not seem very significant; however, they contribute to a smooth running nonprofit, like the Weinberg.

How do you think you might apply what you’ve learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

Sometimes it’s difficult to fully understand a concept in the context of the classroom without applying it to the big picture. You can learn the facts and read about it in a book, but it only makes complete sense when you can put it into practice. Now that I have experienced the big picture, I can return to the classroom with a broader understanding of how the field realistically works.

What is a life lesson that you have taken from your internship?​

From my internship, I’ve learned that mistakes are inevitable, but often the best learning experience. I’ve learned that mistakes are simply opportunities to learn how to do something the right way. Internships are learning opportunities and mistakes are part of the package.

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Anna Kate Smith '15

Major: Accounting

Internship site: Lockheed Martin Corporation


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What made you want to intern with this business?

As a native of the Washington, D.C. area, many of my neighbors and adult friends work for Lockheed Martin Corporation, so there has always been a bit of fascination on my part with what this company has to offer for the young professional. Securing this internship was critical in determining my career path, so the opportunity to work in the domestic tax department was a perfect place for me to start. After meeting with Ms. Neville and Ms. Barun, I knew that if I was offered this opportunity, I would do my very best to learn everything I could from them and the corporation this summer. Choosing Lockheed Martin’s offer over two other positions was simple for me since I knew that a large corporate setting would provide me with strong mentors, interesting hands-on work experience, as well as give me a chance to see if my interests and skill set would be suited for this type of work environment in the future.

What are your internship responsibilities?

As part of my internship, I have prepared calculations for subsidiary 2nd quarter 2014 state estimated income tax payments. If a payment is required, I also prepare an EFT (electronic filing), check request and voucher so that payment can be made and mailed to the state.

I was also assigned several state analyses related to rent expense, intercompany rent income/expense and partnership apportionment to prepare for use in the 2013 state income tax returns.

I assisted the domestic tax compliance staff with the preparation of the 2013 state income tax packets. Preparing these packets includes calculating the state adjustments for depreciation, analysis of the property, payroll and sales apportionment data provided by the business units, and preparation of the pro forma 1120 federal returns along with the supporting schedules for applicable subsidiaries. These would then be filed with the 2013 state income tax returns.

I will also be assisting with the 2nd quarter close by analyzing and processing my assigned federal tax packets provided by the business units. This analysis is used in the calculation of the Lockheed Martin Corporation consolidated quarterly federal estimated tax payment for 3rd quarter 2014.

All of these tasks have required that I learn how to use both CorpTax software (tax returns, estimates, reports, queries) and SharePoint (document storage). Also as a part of the intern program, I was able to attend several events to provide me with a better understanding of how the business is structured and operates. We toured the Global Vision Center, which houses facilities used to demonstrate Lockheed Martin`s products to customers. Several meetings with vice presidents and above in different functions are scheduled for the interns including careers in human resources, finance, corporate strategy, engineering, legal and ethics and sustainability.

How to you think you might apply what you've learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

I have learned very quickly that attention to detail is one of the most critical pieces to working in the field of accounting. Precision is key and communication with managers as well as fellow co-workers allows for work to be completed at the highest standard without sacrificing quality. I will also apply how time management determines success. With priorities and time management skills, work can be done in a timely fashion and deadlines can be met without involving panic. I take pride in my organization skills, but with learning to manage several more tasks than I am used to, I can prioritize and conquer any task or assignment that I may face in the classroom, in a future career setting or in my community.

What is a life lesson you have taken from your internship?

One life lesson that I will take from this internship would be the fact that I know very little about what real work-life experience is all about. My typical day begins at 6:20 a.m. with the early morning rise and making sure I have a good breakfast to last me through the morning. Next, I jump in my car and am on the road no later than 7:10 a.m. so that I can beat any major traffic. Luckily enough, I drove this same commute to high school, so I have quick back roads to save time. I arrive to work no later than 7:45 a.m. and log onto my computer. At this point, my workday begins. Sometimes there are meetings, but mostly individual case file work. I have met many other people within the corporation, but when you are on the clock, it is work time. I take a quick lunch break at noon and then back to work until the end of the day, which ends for me between 4:30 and 5 p.m. I then grab a quick snack and head off to the gym to workout. I arrive home around 7 p.m. just in time for dinner. At the end of the day I am tired, but I can honestly say that I have learned something new each day, which is exactly what I had hoped for when I signed the internship contract with Lockheed Martin Corporation.

One other life lesson that I would like to share is that do not be afraid to ask questions. One may be hesitant being in a new environment surrounded by professionals to ask questions, but the only way one will learn and succeed is to ask questions and seek clarification and answers.

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Cody Warhurst '15

Major: Management

Internship site: JLG Industries Inc.

 

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What made you want to intern with this business?

After hearing about the internship program at JLG Industries Inc., I knew that it would be a great fit for me. I was looking for an internship that would give me real-world experience, hands-on training and potential employment. As an intern at JLG, I have gotten and will continue to get training that is applicable to the job market.

What are your internship responsibilities?

I am responsible for the weekly and monthly financial reports that are sent to Oshkosh Corporation, the parent company of JLG. Also, I work on converting existing reports from old software, once used by JLG, to software to which the company is transitioning.

How do you think you might apply what you’ve learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

All interns at JLG go through Continuous Improvement Fundamentals training, which includes Six Sigma, Lean and OOS principles. The basic lessons taught revolve around limiting waste and inefficiencies, and problem solving. What I have taken away from this training is the mindset behind all of these teaching principles, which can be executed in the classroom and career situations. I have learned to approach problems in a different way and understand that it is not necessarily the person that needs evaluated, but instead it is the process in which it is completed. Also, I have learned about value-added services to our external and internal customers. To implement this concept, I will consider who the customer is, what their needs are and how can I make sure their needs are met before starting a new task.

What is a life lesson that you have taken from your internship?

Currently, I share an office with three other finance interns. They are extremely intelligent and motivated. At first, this made me nervous because I was not sure how I would compare. After the first couple of weeks of the internship, I learned that the best part of the internship was being in the same room as these other interns. We constantly pick each other’s brains about the work we are completing and our career ambitions. In the past, I would have tried to compete with the other interns and show them how intelligent I was, but after listening to what they had to say, I realized how much more I could learn from them by embracing their talents instead of competing with their talents.

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Brandon Weinel '16

Major: Management

Internship site: Smokey Glen Farm


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What made you want to intern with this business?

I have worked at Smokey Glen Farm for the past three years and love my job. I decided to intern here because I wanted to learn more about how the office operates and become more involved with overall management. Smokey Glen Farm is a strong, well-known company that has been that has been in business for more than 50 years. This picnic and catering facility has survived so long as a result of training great employees and providing a friendly work environment while expecting the best.

What are your internship responsibilities?

My internship responsibilities vary daily depending on the office and management work that needs to be done on my scheduled days. I have been involved with processing accounts payable and accounts receivable, managing the employee roster and assisting the office manager with payroll, reconciliations and billing. Outside of the office I have managed employee breaks and taken inventory for individual picnics.

How to you think you might apply what you've learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

In the classroom, most learning is individual through reading and problem solving. This internship will add to my classroom experience by giving me hands-on experience that I can associate with what I’ve learned in the classroom. These experiences and skills I will be able to take with me in my future career.

What is a life lesson you have taken from your internship?

Working as an intern I have been associating with many different people, from office staff to co-workers to picnic customers to managers and owners. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes to organize and put on a successful picnic. I am no longer one person sitting in class learning from an instructor, books and homework. Now I am working with others in a group effort. At a job, you have to step up to make the system work by coordinating efforts with the entire group around you.

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