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."

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