Intern of the Month: Karlee Nimmer

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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Intern of the Month: Becky Wintringer

Written by Stephanie Gordon

Coming to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Becky Wintringer was not sure this was the place for her. It was not until she became involved with her residence hall that she was sure Whitewater was home.

Throughout her time at UW-Whitewater, Wintringer was involved in many aspects of student life. From being a general member of the Optimist Club her freshman year, to being a part of the Homecoming Steering Committee last fall, it seems that she has done it all.

Wintringer, an English literature major with minors in journalism and communication, was named the April Intern of the Month for her internship with Career & Leadership Development (C&LD).

Wintringer was hired as a Warhawk Connection Center Intern for the fall of 2013. However, this was not the path she thought she would take.

Originally applying to be a customer service associate, Wintringer found herself with the offer to be an intern in the Warhawk Connection Center. In looking at this opportunity, she felt that it was an area that she did not have a lot of experience in, however, was one that she could grow and develop from.

Throughout her time in the Warhawk Connection Center, Wintringer has appreciated all of the people that she has met and worked with.

“I have absolutely loved my time in the Warhawk Connection Center,” Wintringer stated. “I have been mentored and advised by wonderful professionals throughout my time here who have really helped me develop into the open-minded and professional that I am today. My skills have been fine-tuned in so many ways.”

Wintringer’s time in C&LD will follow her through her next endeavor. After graduation, Wintringer is going to be moving to Massachusetts to pursue her master’s degree in higher education administration and working in their housing department as a first year resident educator at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell.

After learning and growing here at UW-Whitewater, she is excited to see where this new journey takes her and what new experiences she will have and the lessons she will learn.

Take advantage of the opportunities around you and keep an open mind,” Wintringer noted. “You never know when you’re going to find your passion.”

Passion Drives Motivation: Kate Winkler Named March Intern of the Month

Kate Winkler knew there was something missing from her marketing major when she entered the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

It was not until the second semester of her freshman year when she was enrolled in Biology 120, that she discovered what she wanted to study for the duration of her undergraduate collegiate career.

“I’ve always been proficient in science and wanted to take more science courses after that semester,” Winkler said. “After speaking with my adviser, I switched majors and began the path that has brought me to where I am now.”

Winkler, a senior integrated science and business major from Kewaskum, Wis., was awarded the Intern of the Month honor for the month of March. Her marketing internship started in July of 2014 at Spacesaver Corporation.

Spacesaver is an innovator in storage, offering solutions to make every aspect of a business run more efficiently.

A former supervisor from her time as a market researcher for the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC) contacted Winkler about the internship at Spacesaver.

“While I only completed one project under her direction, she thought that my constant drive for knowledge and diligent work ethic would be a great fit at the company,” Winkler said. “After doing my research on the corporation, I too, knew it would be a great fit for me.”

During her time at Spacesaver, Winkler has created market briefs about different industries, conducted online surveys and phone interviews to gauge the preferences of their audience and collaborated with the marketing team to develop user-friendly product pages.

Winkler is also working to improve Spacesaver’s social media strategy and search engine optimization strategy. This includes working with social media outlets to increase audience engagement and research key words to incorporate into the company’s content.

“What intrigued me about the position at Spacesaver was the fact that I would be able to constantly collaborate with the whole marketing team,” Winkler said. “Most of my market research projects that I had completed at WISC were very individually driven projects and while I can work efficiently on my own, I think that the best work comes out of a team effort.”

Another big part of Winkler’s internship is communicating with several different people, in order to work more efficiently and know the product better.

This has proven to be initially difficult, but has produced substantial benefits, Winkler notes.

“What I had thought were strengths before are even stronger strengths now because the marketing team at Spacesaver has pushed my boundaries,” Winkler said. “Spacesaver has taught me that a job can be fun, yet scary. I have learned that it is okay to take a risk and fail, just as long as you learn and grow from it.

Outside of work experience, Winkler is currently the captain of the UW-Whitewater Women’s Golf Team and has been a member for the past four years.

Golf is individual and team-based at the same time and truly showcases an individual’s work ethic, according to Winkler.

“I came to UW-Whitewater to play golf, but I have found so much more than that,” Winkler said. “I think UW-Whitewater does a tremendous job at giving students all that they need to succeed and pushing students to be their ultimate best, both in the classroom and outside.”

After graduation, Winkler wants to continue working in marketing for a water business. Until then, she will continue to learn and grow as a working professional.

“Take advantage of all opportunities and soak it all in,” Winkler said. “Learn as much as you can and apply it. Push past what you know and try something new. Collaborate and share your ideas. But most of all take advantage of these opportunities and absorb as much as you can while the chance is in your hands.”

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