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Alex Bodroghy'14

Major: Management

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.

Karen Crum '13

Major: Communication Arts

Internship site: Agrivisions


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I am on various committees and involved in the Great Frederick Fair and the Farm Bureau and Young Farmers and Future Farmers of America. I found my own internship through my networking in the agriculture industry.

Successful internships don't have to be paid! Trust me, the experience and all of the networking you will do is well worth it, because it may lead to a future job. Internships are an outlet to get real world experience for credit, and a chance to make a long lasting impression on the employer, which can lead to employment or at least a great recommendation for any job for which you are applying. Internships are the real deal, but they are what you make them. The benefit or results of an internship will be dependent on the amount of hard work and time you put into it.

I learned so much and got to try a little bit of everything in communications. I wrote an article about sod farming in Maryland and it was published in the My Maryland magazine, I helped plan the annual Taste of Maryland Agriculture dinner and then watch it succeed. I've been to many committee meetings, lobbied with legislatures, wrote thank you notes, event invites, done public speaking and much more.

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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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Bridgitte McCollgian '13

Major: Management

Internship site: FDIC

 

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When I was looking for internships I would do searches on Google or internship hiring websites, but the most important thing I did was make regular appointments at the Career Center. By keeping Nancy and Jill informed of my interests and my future goals, they were able to notify me about available opportunities. Not only did I keep my career counselors up-to-date but I also updated my professors.

My experiences also taught me how to effectively communicate within a professional environment. When students are in school environment they tend to talk in slang or slack on the grammar. It is important for students to know how to carry themselves well for success in the future.

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Chris Meehan '13

Major: Management

Internship site: Callos Companies

 

Stephanie Perkins '13

Major: Chemistry

Internship site: NCI

 

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My internship was in a laboratory research setting, so there were many obstacles to overcome every day. If you view the obstacles as failed experiments, the experience will become negative quickly. If you instead look at every obstacle as a chance to learn what went wrong, collaborate with others and think of new techniques and ideas to overcome the setback, the internship will become an amazing learning experience.

This lab internship gave me the opportunity to experience regenerative biology research firsthand, learn several techniques and concepts I would have otherwise never learned, allowed me to network with prominent scientists, and has opened many new doors for my future.

I would highly recommend that students take advantage of the career center services and participate in internships, particularly in fields they wish to pursue as a job after graduation

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Torie Sullivan '13

Major: Integrated Marketing Communications

Internship site: Flying Dog Brewery

 

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If you want to have a positive internship experience, or any experience at all, my number one rule is to be yourself. I know it sounds corny, cheesy or cliché, but it's true. Only after I allowed myself to relax and interact with my coworkers on a professional peer-to-peer manner did I fall into the rhythm of their workflow and how the whole operation comes together. Another big piece of advice is to speak up! Do not be afraid to ask questions if you don’t know how to do something, or if you don't fully understand the task at hand. A well-executed task that required some extra explaining is far more appreciated and valuable to a company than a botched job due to pride or fear (not asking for help!).

At my internship, I gained real-time experience in graphic design, which means deadlines! While a syllabus provides due dates, a deadline in the professional arena has much more significant rewards and consequences based on whether or not they are met. Collaboration is another big thing you find in an internship that you might not necessarily find in the classroom. When I'm at the brewery, people are constantly in and out of the office I share with my boss, collaborating on everything from packaging to website additions. Even if Adam (my boss) and I are not directly involved with a project, someone is bound to come in just to bounce ideas off of us. It's really awesome to feel like your feedback is sought after and appreciated by industry professionals you respect.

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Wallis Shamieh '14

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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Cody Warhurst '14

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 Wienel'14

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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Jasmine Woolard '13

Major: Biology

Internship site: Catoctin Creek Nature Center


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I learned a lot about animals and I am a visual learner so the hands-on approach really worked for me. I learned how to use a GPS for geocache and set up geocache stations for the campers that come in during the summer. My project was about the Geo-thermal system and the green roof that is on the building. I didn't even know green roofs existed and now I can pretty much tell anyone anything they need to know about them.

I'm very happy that I did an internship. Even though I didn't need one for my major I knew that the hard work and extra hours would be worth it. I've learned a lot about things I didn't even know I was interested in and I have broadened my knowledge of the types of careers I can pursue with my biology degree.

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Max Zarket '14

Major: Computer Science

Internship site: Experient

 

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I can't even begin to enumerate all of the things I have learned from my three weeks at Experient so far. It has been like opening the biggest book I have ever read. It is all extremely interesting it is has shown me that no matter how smart you think you are, you are a small bean sprout when you hit the real world. Even if you have a 4.0 GPA or something.

An internship is a great way to pick up some money, references and most of all, experience. There is so much to learn and if you are in the right field of study you won't feel like you are working at all. It should just be fun and interesting.

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