Monday, December 7, 2015

December 2015 Intern of the Month Winner

Congratulations to Danielle Rhonemus!

Danielle is a senior, majoring in Art Education and minoring in Art History.  Danielle is graduating this December, and it is great to see how much Danielle has accomplished.  Danielle was nominated to be Intern of the Month by her supervisor, Sarah Toby, in the Office of Residence Life.  Over the past summer, Danielle was positioned as a Summer AC & Intern.  As the Summer AC, she was given the responsibility to improvise processes in the office as well as developing a more organized system.  Danielle was brought in during a very chaotic time, and using the skills she developed through her Art Education major, she was able to successfully adapt the procedures in the office to effectively handle the chaos.  One of her big responsibilities was to coordinate the early arrival for the incoming academic year, a total of 1,000 students.  She worked with a staff of 3, delegating and supervising the entire process.

As a Summer AC, Danielle was responsible for coordinating a duty schedule for summer RA's, assigning and charging students for summer housing, and planning programming for summer residents.  It is truly impressive that Danielle took on that much responsibility and still managed to achieve her goals.  Her supervisor stated:

          "For a student, this is a very challenging internship, but Danielle showed so much grace and truly excelled.  Her development from the start to finish has really helped her to develop into a stronger professional and I think that t has aided her in her future career and life goals."

Danielle was given the ability to not only develop, but create.  The goals for Danielle were to learn how to supervise, develop her own work ethic, develop professionally, and create her own processes and procedures for the office.  Because of so much responsibility, she was able to gain so many more valuable skills through working with her own style and process.  Taking on the responsibilities of an Intern and Summer AC allowed Danielle to build on her skills in time management, organization, creativity, and supervision as well.  

Danielle has great advice to share about what you can gain from any internship opportunity.  She says, "Don't be afraid to challenge yourself and do something a little out of your comfort zone. If you are more open to trying something new, it only increases your opportunity to learn and grow. This will only make you a more well-rounded, stronger applicant when applying for jobs after college. I am going to school to be an Art Teacher, and the internship I had was for Residence Life. Even though the internship wasn't that close to what I actually want to do in the future, I learned many valuable things that I can apply to my future in teaching. Through my experience, I improved upon a lot of communication and organizational skills that I already had. I learned how to better communicate and interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and people with different personalities. I was able to gain leadership experience by being the supervisor of the other summer staff members and by arranging a large part of the information for early arrivals. And I was even able to do some artsy stuff for the office by designing posters and informational boards. Overall, I think it was a great experience to have and am very grateful for everything Res Life has done for me."

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 2015 Intern of the Month Winner

Congratulations to Tiarra Kick!

Tiarra is a junior, marketing major and public relations minor.  This past summer she interned at the Mansfield YMCA as the Marketing Specialist.  As the Marketing Specialist her responsibilities consisted of managing marketing plans, assisting with communications and strategies with media firms, monitoring marketing results to determine effectiveness, and enhancing the ways that the YMCA utilized the Nationwide Campaign materials.  Common tasks that Tiarra did on a daily basis were writing press releases, implementing social media tactics and assisting with other departments of project management.  Needless to say, Tiarra had the opportunity to grow as a marketing professional and gain experience working with teams and managing projects strategically.  

Tiarra was brought on as an intern at the Y, but then had some bigger shoes to fill.  During the month of June her marketing supervisor accepted a new position and she had been given the opportunity to fulfill his position until the school year started again in August.  Tiarra says that, 
"Fulfilling the Marking and Communications Specialist position was my biggest value-added contribution.  I was really excited and honored that I would be able to have more responsibility.  This opportunity benefited me immensely."
While filling the shoes of the Marketing and Communications Specialist, Tiarra had the chance to develop relationships with businesses and news outlets in the community which allowed her to gain sponsors for events.  One of Tiarra's major accomplishments was raising $600 for the Mansfield YMCA's annual Car Show and Blueberry  Festival Glow Run.  Another incredible contribution she added to the Mansfield YMCA was increasing their Facebook engagement by 920%!

During her experience she achieved all of her established learning objectives which allowed her to grow as a business professional in several ways.  A few mentioned ways were improving her written and verbal skills, gaining presentation experience, and  increasing project management and analytic tracking skills.

Tiarra's advice for students that are looking for an internships is to be proactive.  She says, "Make the first move to introduce yourself, ask questions, and find the opportunities for improvement once you understand the processes you work with.  The benefits of an internship are endless!"

Monday, November 2, 2015

Meet the Accountant Night 2015: Featuring Janessa Huffman

Every fall semester, the Career Services Center partners with the Accounting department to hold an event known as Meet the Accountant Night.  This past year's Meet the Accountant Night was held on Thursday, September 10th and turned out to be a great success with twenty participating organizations and over 70 students in attendance.

Each year, students develop professional relationships, experience networking opportunities and even receive internships and jobs as a result of Meet the Accountant Night.  Janessa Huffman, a senior Accounting and Finance major was kind enough to share some of her insight about Meet the Accountant Night with all of us!

Janessa has attended Meet the Accountant Night all four years of her studies at Ashland University and shared that it was really beneficial because she was not nervous while attending her junior and senior year.  Every year that Janessa attended she went with new strategies in mind. For example, her sophomore year she was looking to talk with industry accounting organizations, junior year she was seeking public accounting organizations and her senior year she went purely for the networking reasons.

In order to prepare for the event Janessa shared, " I would start preparing a few weeks prior to the event by researching employers, updating and printing my resume and practicing my elevator pitch."  Being prepared for the event helped Janessa to have successful experiences.  Her sophomore year, she obtained an internship with Gorman-Rupp which turned out to be a great experience for her.  A corporate executive from the company then passed on her name to Meaden and Moore, which goes to show just how important networking opportunities are and how your name can spread as a result of hard work.  Janessa's junior year, after attending the Meet the Accountant Night, she received an internship from Barnes Wendling, a CPA firm.

The biggest way that Meet the Accountant Night impacted Janessa was that it gave her the confidence to network with employers which led her to several great opportunities.  This past summer, Janessa attended a networking event with many accounting professionals and was the only college student there!  She felt confident enough in her ability to talk with employers and as a result of her preparation she actually obtained a full-time position starting next fall at VonLehman CPA in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky as the staff accountant.

Janessa shared that because of her experiences each year at Meet the Accountant Night, it helped her gain professional skills and become more confident with networking, which ultimately assisted her in obtaining her full-time position for after graduation.  Janessa spoke of Meet the Accountant Night by saying, "It's a really great opportunity to bring employers and students together right here on campus."  We love sharing success stories such as Janessa's and hope that our AU accounting and finance students all have positively impacting experiences after attending this great event!

Monday, October 19, 2015

October Intern of the Month Winner: Kate Bogner

October Intern of the Month Winner: Kate Bogner

October Intern of the Month winner, Kate Bogner (Entrepreneurship and Hospitality Management major) was nominated by her supervisor from her internship because of her outstanding performance as an intern.  This past summer, Kate interned at ECS Billing & Consulting North as the Billing and Marketing Intern.  Under the supervision of ECS Billing & Consulting president, Sarah Hanna, Kate completed her internship hour requirements.

Kate had various responsibilities such as working medical claims for ECS Billing & Consulting clients, revamping the company’s marketing through Facebook, Twitter and Constant Contact, and assisting the company president with various duties. Kate developed marketing campaigns to increase the company’s exposure, which entitled her to thoroughly research each campaign to ensure the best results for the organization.  Sarah Hanna spoke of Kate working with medical claims: “She was diligent in her resolve to get the claims paid.  She used common sense, logic and tenacity when faced with a claim which wasn’t paid and wouldn’t stop until she found the answer to help the patient get their claim resolved in a positive manner.  She showed maturity and professionalism which is rarely seen in adults let alone college students.”

President of ECS Billing & Consulting shared that she could rely on Kate to provide her with solid information and to complete each task without complication.  Another great project Kate has the opportunity to work on is organizing and overseeing a client meeting in Orlando, Florida in January 2016.  Kate had to complete tasks such as researching the venue, reviewing the contract, organizing rooms, food and drink, as well as preparing meeting hand outs and deliverables.

Kate was selected as our October Intern of the Month winner because she displays a significant case of a student who excelled in her internship and took her performance to the next level.  Because of Kate’s hard work her supervisor spoke of her by saying, “I was totally impressed.  Rarely do I meet a young woman with so much drive and desire for her career and the tasks which her superiors require of her.  She has a great future and I would hire her in a heartbeat after graduation. She truly is one in a million.”
           The quotes and compliments from Kate’s internship supervisor show that hard work truly does pay off.  Being an intern gives a student the chance to work hard and learn a tremendous amount of knowledge along the way.  Kate now has even more experience under her belt and a strong relationship with her supervisor.

If you are interested in nominating your intern for intern of the month, or if you are a student who is interested in applying for this great honor, follow the link below:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

SOAR Program Development & Marketing Intern

As many can imagine the first two weeks of school can be hectic and exciting. As I begin my role as SOAR’s Program Development & Marketing Intern, I am slowly easing into my new responsibilities and trying to stay organized. The program is currently preparing for the Internship Panel which will be Wednesday, September 16th from 9AM-5PM. Those participating in the panel are current Ashland University student who had an internship this past summer. Students will be speaking in groups starting at the top of the hour and will be sharing some of their experiences they had encountered.

Another aspect of my position is the mentor/mentee program that allows current students and recent graduates to connect with an AU alum that has had years of experience and would like to be a support for students. Our mentors are here to assist for any questions that the student may come across during their internship or job search. In addition, the mentors are designed to be a resource for assisting with resumes or even giving small tips on how to conduct oneself during an interview process.

I am truly very exciting be a part of the Career Services team and look forward to learning the ins and outs of the SOAR Program. 

Happy Labor Day!
Lauren Miller 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Resume Recommendations for Incoming Students

If you are an incoming student seeking an on-campus job at Ashland University, you may have noticed that one of the requirements for most on-campus jobs is a resume. Already, many incoming students have uploaded their resumes to the AU Career Connect system to apply for a job.

As we mentioned at the drive-ins and in our earlier blog post on applying for on-campus jobs, before your new resume can be used in the system, a Career Specialist will review it to make sure it represents you well as you apply for on campus jobs.

In this blog post, we will suggest fixes for some of the most common reasons we can't approve resumes in the system. If you are able to make these adjustments before submitting your resume, you should have a good chance at being approved the first time.

Suggestion 1: Use your email address.

As an incoming Ashland University student, you should have been issued an email address. Please use that email address on your resume as you apply for on-campus jobs. The reason we suggest this is because some on-campus offices that hire student workers are not able to email students at outside email addresses. To make sure every possible campus employer can contact you, please use your official address when applying.

Suggestion 2: Add Ashland University to the education section on your resume.

Maybe it seems too soon to you - since many of you have just completed high school - but we would encourage you to add information about your Ashland University education to the education section on your resume. We suggest this because many on-campus hiring managers will want to know:

  • When you plan to graduate
  • What you plan to study
  • and that you will, in fact, attend here. Without your student status at AU on your resume, it's not 100% clear that you're eligible for student employment (especially if your resume also doesn't list your email addresses).
We would suggest listing your education information in the following way:

Please replace the "Anticipated Graduation" date with your own - for most of you, May 2019.

Also, make sure you are using the correct title for your degree. You can find out which degree your major awards on this page, but I would recommend writing out the title, not abbreviating. The abbreviations correspond to:

B.A.: Bachelor of Arts
BFA: Bachelor of Fine Arts
B.M.: Bachelor of Music
B.S.: Bachelor of Science
BSAT: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
BSBA: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
B.S.Ed.: Bachelor of Science in Education
BSN: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
BSW/BSSW: Bachelor of Science in Social Work

If your major is fully listed in your degree name (ie. Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Social Work), there's no need to repeat it by listing a major. If your degree only partially includes your major - for instance, majoring in Early Childhood Education, you receive a Bachelor of Science in Education - I would list both, like in the example.

Suggestion 3: Proofread!

Finally, if your resume contains spelling, grammatical, or typographical errors, we will be getting in touch with you. In general, employers report that errors on resumes are one of the most common reasons for them not to consider a candidate. Make sure to review your resume thoroughly for errors before submitting it to AU Career Connect or applying for a job. It might even be a good idea to ask someone else to look over it - a friend, teacher, or someone here in the Career Services Center.

Those are our three most common suggestions for people uploading their resumes for on-campus jobs. If you would like to read more comprehensive and thorough resume advice, please see our Resume Writing Guide! If there is any way the Career Services Center can assist you in putting together your resume or targeting it for an on-campus job, please contact us - we are here all summer and can assist over the phone, by email, or by appointment. Good luck!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Finding On-Campus Employment at Ashland University

Welcome, new Ashland University students! If you are seeking on-campus employment opportunities for the new school year, this post will walk you through the process.

Where are the jobs?

All campus offices who will be hiring students to begin on-campus employment in Fall 2015 have been asked to post their job opportunities in AU Career ConnectAs of the time of this posting, departments around campus are currently seeking over 139 new student employees for 28 different student jobs.

AU Career Connect is Ashland University's own online job database where you can view and apply for work study positions on campus, full-time professional and internship opportunities, as well as temporary and seasonal jobs off-campus.

New users of the system will need to register for an account before they may proceed.

For step-by-step instructions on how to register for AU Career Connect, complete your profile, upload a resume, search for on-campus employment, and apply for a job, please refer to the Student Guide to AU Career Connect or view our video Introduction to AU Career Connect.

  • Incoming students attending summer Drive-In Orientation Sessions can find information on AU Career Connect on pages 44-45 of the Orientation Guidebook and at the "Navigating Information Technology" student session, which every group will attend at either 1PM or 2PM.

Creating a Resume

New students, if you are developing a resume for the first time, you may wish to consult the Resume Writing Guide, which is available on the Career Services site in the MyAU Portal. At the very least, we would encourage you to make sure your resume:

  • Includes your name and contact information (mail, phone, and email address)
  • Lists Ashland University, your anticipated degree, major, and expected graduation date within the Education section
  • Presents your experience, which could include work experience, involvement in clubs or student organizations, and volunteer experience (See the Resume Writing Guide for examples)
  • Looks visually appealing and contains no spelling or typographical errors

If you would a staff member from the Career Services Center to review a draft of your resume, please contact our office at 419.289.5064.

For More Information on Student Employment

Additional information about On-Campus Employment, including the Student Employment Handbook, are available on the Ashland University website. For questions regarding individual eligibility for Federal Work-Study programs, please refer to your Financial Aid award letter or contact the Financial Aid office.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Meet Deb Kopcak: April Intern of the Month!

Deb Kopcak shares a few words about her experience as the Summer Conference Intern right here at Ashland University's Auxiliary Services. Internships are closer than you think!

"This past summer, I served as the Summer Conference Intern with Ashland University’s Auxiliary Services.  This internship meant that I was responsible for all of the groups and conferences staying on campus during the summer.  I worked closely with 23 groups, ranging from 4 to 2,000 people.  My job was to assign keys to groups and handle any requests conference groups had.

I am very thankful to have had this internship.  Over the course of this internship I learned how to coordinate with co-workers to reach common objectives.  Additionally, I learned how valuable traits such as time management and flexibility really are in the business world.

After this internship, I feel as if my communication skills have greatly improved.  Also, I have gained much more confidence. All of these characteristics can and will help me as I move forward in my career after graduation.  Fortunately, I have been invited back to the same position, for the 2015 Summer Conference Season.

As a business student, an internship was a graduation requirement. This scared me at first because I was afraid I would never be able to find an internship.  There are two things students should do when looking for an internship. First, go to career fairs! Especially as a freshmen. As a freshmen you can talk to employers and see what they are looking for in interns so you know what you should have on your resume when you are finally ready to apply for an internship.  Second, network, network, network!  You never know who might end up getting you an internship.  For me, it was my manager from the Eagles' Nest, Doug, who recommended me for the Summer Conference Intern position.  Additionally, when I go to career fairs I know the names of recruiters by heart, and they know mine, simply because I talk to them every time they come to Ashland's career fair.  It's those types of connections that will not only help you find an internship, but help you find a job after graduation."

Deb Kopcak, Summer Conference Intern at Ashland University's Auxiliary Services

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Internship Words of Wisdom from our March Intern of the Month

March Intern of the Month Danyelle Kupfer shares a few words about her experience as a Content Development Intern at ARRIS Group, Inc. Danyelle offers advice not only to students who are beginning the internship search process but the job search process as well. Check out what she has to say!

"My internship at ARRIS was the best I could have asked for! This was a full-time internship from May to August.  I was responsible for converting older online educational courses to newer versions using the Articulate suite. I converted over 100 videos in the 10 weeks I was there. I also got the opportunity to help start the idea process for a promotional video.

While at ARRIS, I also got the opportunity to give two corporate presentations on Social Media. This was a side project I was put on from my boss and the marketing department. This part of the internship helped me figure out my career path and passion for social media coordinating and marketing. I did an analysis of the current social media and how to make it better and more user-friendly. One of presentations  was for 75 people on what the social media sites at ARRIS are and how to use one each properly.

The process of finding internships in my field are a little harder. I had applied to many different ones and this one was not my first choice, but it turned out to be the best fitting for me and my skills! It turned out to be the best experience I could have asked for. My advice to others is to not give up on looking just because you did not get your first choice. That opportunity can lead to finding the best in the long run. Also I would tell them to talk to others; NETWORK because this is how I find my internship and it really helps. I also made a larger network and great connections for my future.

This internship helped me in the long run by giving me experience in two different fields, one being social media, which helped me land my current internship. Internships are not just something you want to put off. Having two on my resume helps me stand out to others who only have one or none at all. Take the risk and start early in the interning process because it will help you so much in applying for other internships and jobs."

Danyelle Kupfer
Digital Media Production Major
Digital Media Journalism Minor

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Introducing our February Intern of the Month: Teah Kullman

February Intern of the Month Teah Kullman gives us a little insight to her daily duties as an intern at Mainstream Boutique and advises students currently seeking internships to work hard. See what she has to say about her experience!

"An interesting project that I was asked to compete was a fashion lookbook showcasing all new fashions for the Fourth of July. I had the freedom to creatively direct, photograph, and edit the lookbook to my liking while also staying true to the Mainstream image. I chose two models to showcase our fashions and also chose the location for the shoot. i gained skills that include leadership and creativity, as well as sharpening my amateur photography skills. It specifically taught me how to properly portray fashion, how to make it look good on the body and appeal to our our customer base.

The largest, most exciting project I worked on was assisting in styling the Football Hall of Fame Fashion Show. Mainstream was a selected store to be in the fashion show. We presented a total of ten looks on the runway. I gave my input on clothes and was appointed to choose all the accessories for the outfits. Additionally, I was given the task of running the final fitting for our two models. I was able to work with professional models, leaders in our community, and other top-level professionals involved with the show. By interacting with these business professionals my personal skills and business etiquette has greatly improved.

Overall it was a great learning experience. I gained real knowledge about business and fashion and my work was very well acknowledged. Since returning to AU with internship experience, I would tell other students currently looking for an internship to learn resilience. I applied to almost 25 internships and did not get one. I personally approached Mainstream, got the internship, and worked extremely hard during it.When those 25 other places didn't have a place for me, I made a place for myself. Learning to have that resilience proved that I can handle what gets thrown at me. You need to learn how to keep on pushing forward even when it seems like people are pushing you back. This was a lesson learned that I know will have life-long value (especially in the Fashion Industry). People can knock you down 25 times, but it only takes one step to get up. Each step up motivated me and that motivation is what landed me a GREAT summer internship!"

Teah Kullman, February Intern of the Month
Fashion Merchandising Major