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