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

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