Monday, December 5, 2016


December 2016 Intern of the Month



Alexis Lowry has been chosen as our December 2016 Intern of the Month.  Alexis is currently a senior studying hospitality management & marketing.  She worked this past summer with Weymouth Country Club as a Marketing Intern.  Alexis will be graduating in May, and has gained so much professional work experience from her internship over this past summer that she will be able to take with her when she graduates.

During her internship, she was responsible for daily tasks which included creating a weekly newsletter and designing marketing materials for various events.  While she performed these duties, she was assigned two large projects.  Her first project took a lot of diligence and organization as she assisted in a lot of ways with the club's first ever Jazz, Wine & Art Fest.  Her main responsibility was to contact local artisans as the event approached in hopes to sell their work and create social media posts in order to bring in more people.  During the event, Alexis created vendor maps and information about the wines being served to the guests.  Her second project was similar in that she created marketing material and contacting people for participation.  However, at the event she was responsible for collecting donations and recording how many guests were in attendance.  There is a lot of value in seeing first hand how an event turns out when you put so much time and effort in planning and organizing important events.  Alexis was given a lot of responsibility but did what it took to make sure she was successful.

This internship did a lot for Alexis as far as teaching her the practical skills she would  need to be successful in the field.  Her advice to students is to get as much experience as you can before you graduate.  Internships allow you to apply classroom content in the real world, which is very important for situational awareness and problem solving.

"My internship not only helped me grow as a business professional, but as an individual.  The skills I learned during my time as an intern will be carried with me for the rest of my professional career.  I know that I have chosen the right career path & this internship was just the first step of an exciting future in the hospitality and marketing fields."

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

New Courses Offered Next Semester


Life Calling II


This course will focus on assisting students, through self-awareness and self- development, to gain better understanding of the career options related to their majors. Experiential activities, videos, self-assessments, simulations/role-plays, field trips, shadowing and active interactions with professionals in their disciplines will be used. Students will be empowered to pursue their ideal internship and make the most of any internship when they attain it.

Upon completing the course, the students will ready for an internship search and internship experience and will know the compatibility of their careers and majors with their aptitudes and temperaments, know the range of career options related to their chosen major, connect with a professional in their career who could be their mentor for the remainder of their college career or beyond, understand know the opportunities and related to their line of work. The students will be given an opportunity to develop a working map for achieving their career goals and set them on the right track for graduation.


Monday, November 14, 2016

November Intern of the Month Winner

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Congratulation to Brandon Bleile, November's Intern of the Month Winner. Brandon Bleile is a senior at Ashland University studying a major in Business Management and a minor in Finance. Brandon recently had a marketing internship with the Foot & Ankle Center of Ohio in Wooster, OH as a Marketing Specialist.

Brandon was able to control three different aspects of marketing within the practice. The first was internal marketing, which entailed improvement within the company to make the company more appealing and marketable.

The second category of marketing is external marketing, which is the category that most people are familiar with. External marketing included billboards, TV commercials, newspaper ads, and fundraisers. In this category Bliele got to work with a strict budget in which he had to go out effectively spend money to develop marketing campaigns that give the practice the best return on investment.

The final marketing category is called shoe leather marketing , which involves developing a referral program that is set in place so that other doctors and or relevant individuals have a trusted, reliable company that they can point patients to or other potential customer to. This type of marketing attracts 40% of new patients.

Brandon now has a deeper understanding of the medical field and has developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for marketing. Prior to this internship he had no day in, day out marketing experience but after this internship with the Foot & Ankle Center of Ohio he now feels comfortable to face his career in the future.

Advice that Brandon would like to give to fellow students is to do as many internships as possible. The more experience the better, and connections that are made along the way are just one of many things that will benefit you.

"Ashland University has helped facilitate my continued development in the business world through an internship with the Foot & Ankle Center of Ohio"


November Intern of the Month Winner




Congratulation to Brandon Bleile, Novembers Intern of the Month Winner. Brandon Bleile is a senior at Ashland University studying a major in Business Management and a minor in Fiance. Brandon recently had a marketing internship with the Foot & Ankle Center of Ohio as a Marketing Specialist in Wooster, OH.

Brandon was able to control three different aspects of marketing within the practice. The first was internal marketing, which entailed improvement within the company to make the company more appealing and marketable.

The second category of marketing is external marketing, which is the category that most people are familiar with. External marketing included billboards, TV commercials, newspaper ads, and fundraisers. In this category Bliele got to work with a strict budget in which he had to go out effectively spend money to develop marketing campaigns that give the practice the best return on investment.

The final marketing category is called shoe leather marketing , referral program is set in place so that other doctors and or relevant individuals has a trusted, reliable company that they can point patients to our practice.

Brandon now has a deeper understanding for the medical field and has developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for marketing. Prior to this internship he has no day in, day out marketing experience but after is internship with the Foot & Ankle Center of Ohio he now feels comfortable to his career in the future.

Advise that Brandon would like to give to fellow students is to do any many internships as possible. The more experience the better, and connections that are made along the way are just one of many things that will benefit you.

"Ashland University has helped facilitate my continued development in the business world through an internship with the Foot & Ankle Center of Ohio"


Monday, October 17, 2016

Kill Your Next Job Interview!

                As an intern in the Career Services Center, it is an amazing experience to be able to see the other side of the table.  Everything that students have to focus on for their careers; resumes, interviewing, networking, skill building are very daunting for many reasons.  It’s easy to go with the flow and hope to come across opportunities that may come your way, but you can’t sit around and wait.  I feel getting a perspective from a recruiter, an interviewer, a supervisor, etc., lends a lot of benefit to improving your ability to get out there and find opportunities. 
                101 Great Answers To The Toughest Interview Questions is a great resource not only because it gives more insight to what kinds of questions may be asked, it tells you the do’s and don’ts of answering some of the tougher questions.  What is really interesting is being able to understand why certain questions are asked.  It’s easy to give your answer based on what you feel is right, but there is usually a reason why certain questions are asked, and being able to understand why helps you avoid potentially devastating mistakes. 
                I took a look at a question that I personally have always heard in an interview, and I think the reason it is asked is because it is so open.  It tells a lot about you as a person, but also a lot about where you qualify.  Does this ring a bell?  “So, tell me a little about yourself.”  If seeing this got your heart racing, sweat pouring, and eye twitching, then you know what it is like to be interviewed.  What makes a question all about you, your own person, so difficult?  Well, you’re probably going in 100 different directions at once, but good thing there are 101 great answers.
                There are a lot of things an interviewer is looking for during an interview.  The body language you have, whether you are making eye contact, are you stumbling over your words, how confident are you about what you are saying, etc. are all being observed.  It’s easy to slip up, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated if you prepare yourself.  If you are prepared for this question, right off the bat, you may be able to leave a great first impression, and get that job offer that you having been striving for.  Now there are a lot of ways to prepare for a question like this, but I want to go back to what I mentioned before about perspective of an interviewer.
                If you are an interviewer, what do you believe you would be looking for in a candidate?  What is most important?  What you do, or what you can do for a company?  If you know what skills you possess, how do you apply them to a position you are seeking?  If you get a position, how you do grow and develop as a professional?  If you see from the perspective of an interviewer, it’s easier to understand what they want to hear from you, and it will help a lot when you prepare to tell them about yourself.

                This book does a great job at covering all of these topics, and will help tremendously with your interview skills.  By gaining this type of perspective, you will gain very valuable skills in developing a thought process pushed more towards understanding and applying rather than just responding.  This book helps lay down a plan for you to help you prepare, and also provides specific examples which is something that can be very helpful.  Whatever it is that you want to accomplish with your career, this book will benefit you.  You can take what you learned with this book and apply it to many aspects of your career whether it be interviewing, networking, marketing, or even helping others.

October Intern of the Month




Jerry Jansen is a senior at Ashland University studying Supply Chain & Business Management & Information Systems. During the Summer of 2016, Jerry worked as the Materials Management Intern & Senior Buyer for ShurTech Brands. This internship gave Jerry a challenging experience that allowed him to do real work that he can apply to his later career.

During his internship, Jerry was given a huge role to fill that gave him a lot of valuable experience. The full-time senior buyer had to go on medical leave, so Jerry had to continue to maintain high fill rates and great service for ShurTech Brands in place of the full-time member. Jerry's experience required him to use the SAP system to schedule supply and demand of products and communicate with suppliers to ensure products were being delivered properly. This role allowed Jerry to demonstrate and strengthen many transferable skills such as management, communication, and leadership.

Jerry thinks that looking for an internship early is very important for all students. Even if companies might not be looking for something particular to you, there may be opportunities if you do a little digging. At the least, you gain valuable experience speaking to recruiters and networking yourself. Jerry also mentioned "Internships are meant to help prepare you for a potential future job. Get outside your comfort zone and don't be afraid to ask questions or ask for help." This is a great point. An internship is meant to challenge you so that you can learn. Making mistakes is okay, that will lead you to success in the future when it really matters.

We appreciate your effort Jerry and wish the best of luck to you in your future. Thank you for supporting Career Services and representing your fellow students.

If you are interested in applying to be our next Intern of the Month click here to apply.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fall Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair Guidebook Now Available!

Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair Guidebook

The Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair Guidebook is now available on Google Drive! To access the guidebook, you will need to have a current Ashland University Google account (the same login informaiton used to access your @ashland.edu email). If you are an Ashland University student or alumni without a current account, please contact our office for access to the guidebook. This guidebook will be continually updated as more information becomes available between now and the career fair, so please check back for updates regularly.
When reviewing the Guidebook think outside of the box (i.e., accountants aren't only needed at accounting firms, nurses aren't only employed in hospitals). 
The Fall Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 12th from 1 pm - 4 pm in the upper level of the John C. Myers Convocation Center. Students and alumni are encouraged to attend!



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Student Registration Now Open for Fall 2016 Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair


Student registration is now open for the Fall 2016 Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair!
Online preregistration will close at midnight on Sunday, October 9th. Students who pre-register will receive a printed nametag at the event. Students who are unable to register in advance of the October 9th deadline are still encouraged to attend and can register at the door, but will need to handwrite their nametags.

Monday, September 19, 2016

September Intern of the Month




Natalie Helenthal, studying Business Management & Marketing is our September Intern of the Month. Natalie interned at the Convention and Visitors Bureau during this past summer as a Marketing and Public Relations Intern. During this internship she was giving a skill set that she could not gain any where else.

Throughout this internship Natalie learned computer skills such as using Excel and Access, along with being able to work on a team. She also helped the Convention and Visitors Bureau prepare and set up for there Annul Meeting. Natalie also worked on projects such as updating and maintaining the Bureau's website and databases, fulfilling information requests, and managing the Bureau's e- newsletters and member correspondences.


Natalie was also able to work with Convention and Visitors Bureau's outdoor booth at the Mid- Ohio Sports Car Course by informing visitors about there businesses in Richland County. Along with these duties and projects she assisted in membership renewal by organizing, printing, and putting together packets that would be set out to the organizations around Richland County

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Natalie's advice to future students is "That would also go along with the advice to other students, always ask for help no matter how hard it is. These people are here to help you and want to put you in a position to succeed, just be willing to work and don't be afraid of sounding 'stupid'. Gaining experience in the workplace is more than any class on campus is going to be able to give you. Being able to work alongside people who have been in the business world for 10 or 20+ years, and have them wanting to help you, is amazing. I wouldn't pass on this opportunity because you get more from it than the employer." 


If you are interested in applying to be our next  Intern of the Month click here to apply.




Thursday, August 25, 2016

Student Registration Now Open for Meet the Accountant Night

Registration is now open for the 2016 Meet the Accountant Night, which will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2016!


Student Registration

Students who plan to attend Meet the Accountant Night are encouraged to RSVP on AU Career Connect. Registered participants will receive a name tag at the event. 
To register, sign up through AU Career Connect or visit the Career Services Center! Please register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6th. Students who are unable to register in advance will be able to register at the door.
Questions? Please visit us on the second floor of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center, call us at 419.289.5064, email cdcstaff@ashland.edu!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Employer Registration Now Open for Fall 2016 Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair

Employer Registration Information

Employer registration is now open for our Fall 2016 Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair, which will be held on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 at the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the campus of Ashland University. To reserve your spot, please register by Wednesday, October 5th.
The Career Fair will be conducted exposition-style. There will be a fee for participants ($75 for two representatives and $20 for each additional representative) to offset the cost of the fair. Companies attending will not have an assigned table, but companies will be able to choose their table from what is available as they arrive.
For additional information about the schedule and event, please review our invitation letter.
Questions? Please call us at 419.289.5064 or email cdcstaff@ashland.edu

Monday, April 11, 2016

Education Expo Registration Deadline Information

Today is the last day to register for Education Expo! Registration instructions are available here, but please read the information below in addition to the attachment. 

If you register tonight for Education Expo, please note the following information:

  • AU Career Connect requires that a resume is uploaded to your profile, and approved by Career Services, before the system will let you register for Education Expo. 
    • All resumes are automatically uploaded to AU Career Connect with a pending status (regardless of whether or not you have had it reviewed) until a Career Services staff member activates the resume. 
  • Please follow these steps to register for Education Expo:
    • Upload your resume to your AU Career Connect profile if it is not already there. 
    • Send an email to ksmith57@ashland.edu letting Kayla know that you would like to register to attend Education Expo, and Kayla will register you for the event (because AU Career Connect will not let you register until your resume is approved). 
      • In your email, please confirm your license area and graduation month/year. 

If you miss the 4/11 deadline but still wish to attend:


We will be making student name tags tomorrow morning (4/12). If you miss the registration deadline but are still interested in attending Education Expo, you are still able to attend, but you will not have a printed name tag.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Morgan Hall - March Intern of the Month



Morgan Hall, a senior studying Corporate Finance & Business Management is our March Intern of the Month.  Morgan interned at JPMorgan Chase during the past summer as a Summer Financial Analyst.  Through this internship, Morgan was given the opportunity to develop many professional skills that will help her as she pursues her career.  

During her time at JPMorgan Chase, Morgan learned about many aspects of finance by being exposed to executives within the company including the CEO and CFO.  Morgan developed strong relationships with many other team members including other interns that worked within the organization.  Through this experience, Morgan got direct advice from the CEO and CFO and was able to get a better sense of what it is like to work in a team environment with a lot of diversity.  By being exposed to different areas of the organization and working with different people, Morgan said, 

"My internship was reassurance that I chose the right career path for myself and helped me distinguish which parts of finance I was most interested in."

Morgan also highlighted that working for JPMorgan Chase has given her the abilities and skills required to be successful that are not taught in the classroom.  She was able to improve in many areas including her organization skills, professionalism, networking, data analysis, and communication skills.  

At the end of Morgan's internship, she received a full-time job offer beginning in July, so we would like to congratulate Morgan and commend her for her hard work and dedication. Morgan thinks it's important to take advantage of internships, even if you aren't expected to do so.  

"Being a business major, we are required to have one internship but I would recommend doing 2 or more internships if possible.  Students can gain real world working experience and also learn more about the company/industry they are interested in." 

If you are interested in applying to be our next Intern of the Month, learn more about the program here!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Becca Humphreys, February Intern of the Month


Senior student, Becca Humphreys, won February Intern of the Month because of her success, dedication, and overall performance as an intern.  Becca is majoring in Information Systems with minors in Supply Chain Management and Accounting.  She has taken on an intern position as an Expeditor for American Augers beginning September 2015.  Since then, Becca has accomplished huge tasks for the organization, proving to be an added value to American Augers. 

Throughout the past six months, Becca has been responsible for updating shortage repots, running weekly reports of materials needed, verifying inventory, and contacting suppliers to keep them accountable and on time.  She also writes reports for Purchase Orders and Sale Orders, ensure that machines are being built and orders are fulfilled in a timely manner.  Other responsibilities include updating the supplier evaluation reports monthly and the enterprise resource planning system. This allows buyers to be able to see and report to their suppliers how well their performance was in the previous month.

Becca’s current project has been a vendor file clean up.  This project included sifting through over 200 vendor files, sorting information based on most current activity, and creating and introducing a new organization system to keep their files manageable.

As an Expiditor for American Augers, Becca says that she has grown more than she could have expected.  She has become more comfortable in her role and has learned how her position fits into the entire supply chain process.  Excitingly, Becca has been offered a full time position after her graduation in May! Becca’s piece of advice for other students is,
“I believe it is important for students to always apply for a position even if they feel that they are not 100% qualified because most tasks will be taught in training and pushing for something new and difficult will allow you to grow into a better person in your chosen field. If you do not apply for the position you will never get that chance to learn from it!”


If you are interested in applying to be our next Intern of the Month, learn more about the program here!

Monday, February 8, 2016

If at first you don't succeed, go to Career Services, and try again

by Ashley Lorah '16 - Career Assistant

When I took a tour of Ashland University as a junior in high school, I was struck by the glamorous, up-to-date and all-inclusive amenities the Recreation Center offered. After applying to Ashland and getting accepted, I visited the summer before my freshman year for an orientation event. While there, I heard about the opportunity to work at the Recreation Center and jumped on it immediately. I handed in some haphazardly answered application questions and a resume I created from a template on Microsoft Word. I went into the group interview relaxed and answered each question quickly. I felt comfortable enough with the application process so was surprised to hear I did not receive a job offer.

            In November of my first semester, I applied again for the spring semester thinking they must have just forgot about me, or I slipped through unnoticed during the last hiring process. I answered the application questions similarly and proceeded through the group interview mostly in the same way. Once again though I did not receive a job offer. Even though I felt a little humiliated, discouraged and frustrated, I felt determined to succeed. My desire to work at the Rec and willpower led me to the Career Services Center for a drastic professional transformation.

            I began with my poorly constructed resume. With the help of a Career Assistant, my once template-made resume changed into a beautifully-aligned and well-worded professional resume. I also learned proper business-professional and business-casual attire. I reviewed the Interviewing Guide Career Services offers, complete with sample questions, information about the STAR model, and what to do after an interview. I learned to ask for feedback from interviewers about what I needed to improve on and took that information to a mock interview with a Career Specialist, where they pretend to be interviewing you for the job you are preparing for, while videotaping you. Although being recorded through the mock interview was a bit awkward, it gave me a glimpse into little quirks or habits I subconsciously perform that might distract interviewers from my answer or make me appear unprofessional. I was able to hear my tone and volume, see my body language, and review my answers. With the Career Specialists guidance, my whole outlook on interviewing changed for good. Rather than see the base-level Rec position as just a source of income, I learned to respect the interview as I would for a full-time position someday.


            After totally transforming my outlook, application and interviewing process, I was finally offered a job as an Equipment Checkout Supervisor at the Recreational Center thanks to the Career Services Center. After a year working, I was encouraged to apply as a Facility Manager, one step above my Equipment Checkout Supervisor position. I knew that I could not achieve success without the help of the Career Center, so I went through the same process: resume review, mock interview, and Interviewing Guide. Needless to say, I felt very comfortable and prepared for the real interview and was offered a position as a Facility Manager. Not only has the Career Services Center helped me prepare for a position at the Recreational Center but it has equipped me with transferable professional skills that will guide me through the rest of my life.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Maggie Andrews, January 2016 Intern of the Month



Maggie is a sophomore majoring in creative writing, public relations & strategic communication with a minor in Spanish.  This past summer she interned with Jones’ Potato Chip Company as their communications and marketing intern.  During her internship, Maggie established communication channels between the Jones' Potato Chip Company and Ashland University which ultimately lead to product availability in the Eagles' Nest dining facility and sport concessions.  In addition, Maggie worked with vendors for Jones’ throughout the state of Ohio as well as multiple local businesses and stores.  She was able to utilize her strong social media skills to develop a social media guide for their Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Maggie composed a portfolio of communication strategies, as well as job descriptions for the company, which the company plans to use for future interns and full time professionals.  While this list is not exhaustive of all the amazing things Maggie created and completes for Jones’ it is clear that her work was incredibly valued and appreciated!

One of Maggie’s highlights was writing an article for the Manufacturing Coalition Newsletter about the Jones' Company.  According to Maggie, “This internship helped prepare me for my future career by giving me an inside look into the business side of communications and marketing.  It was a hands-on experience and the company really gave me freedom to explore different aspects of the position.  I'm a creative writing major, as well as a PR major, so it was nice when the company made sure to give me writing projects on top of communication/marketing projects.  I was able to gain experience for both of my majors during the internship.  I will be able to take this experience with me to my future career”. 

Here is some wise advice from Maggie about her experience, “Always challenge yourself in your classes. I received my internship opportunity through the success of a class project. . . Everything I learned from my internship, I will carry with me in all my future career endeavors.”