Getting that perfect internship can be a tedious task that requires a lot of work, but the payout from it can be extremely valuable for your future job-hunting endeavors. Internships allow you to grow professionally and gain some real word experience in the job field you’re heading into.
There are a lot of internships out there that will cater specifically to your major and that allow you to grow the skills you’ve been learning in your classes.
In Karlee Nimmer’s case, she was able to land an internship that allowed her to implement skills from BOTH of her majors.
Nimmer, a senior broadcast journalism and marketing double major from Kewaunee, Wisc., was September’s Intern of the Month winner. Her internship began last fall with DLK Enterprises.
While Nimmer became interested in broadcast journalism in eighth grade, it wasn’t until her sophomore year at UW-Whitewater that she decided that she wanted to get involved in the marketing industry as well.
At the beginning of last summer she was approached with the opportunity to work for DLK Enterprises as a Sales and Marketing Intern, where was able to implement skills that she learned from both of her majors into this internship and gained professional experience by doing so.
DLK is one of Whitewater’s leading student rental companies and holds a very large presence in the community.
“The position sparked my interest because I believed it would be influential to a career in real estate sales in the future.”
Nimmer was responsible for creating a social media marketing campaign for the company that allowed her to combine both of her skillsets in order to successfully reach a large audience base.
Her other responsibilities included using the sales process in order to identify the needs of the clients while searching for housing options, and conducting the lease signing process.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at DLK Enterprises. They are a company that has been built on family values, and supports our Whitewater campus and community whole-heartedly,” Nimmer stated. “I can confidently look back at my work experience with DLK Enterprises and be satisfied of the work that I accomplished and the relationships I made.”
Nimmer has enhanced her problem solving skills, and ability to deal with different client concerns and questions through this internship. Angry customers are not always the easiest of people to have to deal with, but she learned from these experiences and can apply these situations to ones she may encounter in her future career.
Aside from the knowledge she learned in her classes, being a member of the American Marketing Association’s Sales Team also helped her succeed with her internship by developing confidence in her leadership skills and helping her determine her objectives.
After graduating in December, Nimmer wants to use her experience to get a job in sales and marketing and aspires to eventually be the Manager of a Sales Team.
A word of advice she wanted to share with those looking for internships and opportunities for skill enhancement: “Get involved and give your 100%. The work you put in is what you’ll get out. Make sure you’re doing your best to ensure that you get the best experiences you can.”
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