Intern Spotlight: Angela Sorkan ’14

Angela Sorkan

Angela Sorkan, Sophomore (May 2014)
Major: Women’s Studies
Minor: Health Promotion
Internship: Shelter/Women’s Advocate Intern with the YWCA of Rock County

How did you find out about the internship? What interested you in the internship?

Last summer, I was enrolled in a Feminist Theories class and my professor forwarded an email from a staff member of the YWCA asking for volunteers in the Domestic Violence Shelter for Women. I emailed the staff member, went in the next week for a volunteer interview, filled out paperwork, and began volunteering in August.

I volunteered all fall semester and thought I would ask about internship opportunities. I emailed the staff member that I met with about volunteering and she forwarded me to one of the directors. I instantly started emailing her with curiosity about being a women’s advocate and asking what I could learn from those who run the shelter. I was curious about the legal side of things, the counseling, the life of the children – I had a lot of enthusiasm to learn. We met for an interview, talked about my background as a Certified Nursing Assistant and about my job working in a group home with individuals that have mental disabilities, and she said I had a lot of skills that would be helpful for working with women in the shelter. She offered me the internship that day in her office. It was honestly a dream come true for me, because this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Describe your internship experience.

I have taken charge of planning a county-wide volunteer recruitment event, booking meeting rooms at four different libraries in Rock County to host our recruitment events as well as putting together fliers to grab the attention of community members. My director and I will be presenting to the public how to become a volunteer and the benefits of volunteering!

I have also put together a tutoring program at the shelter for the children so they can stay caught up in school. I organized the program by using my best resources, my Sigma Sigma Sigma sisters, and we now have two to three girls here Monday through Thursday to help tutor the children in the shelter.

My most recent project is working on the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This is the first time the YWCA has participated in this week, so I am thrilled to be organizing it. It is April 22nd-28th, and we will be focusing on this year’s theme, Extending the Vision, Reaching Every Victim. To participate in this event, we will be going to local places and hanging up resources that were sent by the National Center for Victims of Crime. This is what they aim for us to do, to reach out and spread resources. Also, I will be giving a presentation to all staff and families in the shelter on April 10th followed by tie-dying shirts here in the shelter for the staff, mothers, and children to wear for NCVR week.

Aside from that, I am here to help all staff with any projects they need help with. I am serving as a women’s advocate so when community members walk in with a crisis, I am here to assist. I plan fun-filled days for the women, such as a women’s dinner that I organized on March 10th with the women of the Asbury Church. We ordered Chinese take-out and had a volunteer watch their children so the women could have a night all to themselves!

I am serving as an intern here to help wherever needed, and I enjoy doing so.

What have you learned during your internship experience? How did this opportunity relate to your career goals?

This opportunity has made it absolutely clear to me that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. There is no better feeling than walking out of this building everyday and thinking, “Today, I helped somebody, I made a difference.” I can see how much of a difference it has made helping tutor this kids who have been taken in and out of school several times a year. They need our help.

This internship has given me the opportunity to manage projects that I would have considered fearfully until now. I am gladly making phone calls and asking major companies for donations for projects that will benefit the women and children in this shelter. I will absolutely call the library to book a room for a volunteer event, because our volunteers here mean so much to us. This internship has taught me so much responsibility.

The most important thing this internship has showed me is that there are good people out there. People who are willing to donate their time, their money, their materialistic items, lend an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on. People who want to step up and eliminate racism, domestic violence, teen dating violence, cyber-bullying etc. There are so many good-hearted people that want to raise awareness and make a change, and that is incredibly eye-opening.

What advice would you give other students about internships?

GO FOR IT! If it’s appealing to you, go for it. Never hesitate to send that email or call someone asking about an internship opportunity. It could be life changing!

Don’t let unpaid internships NOT be an option. I couldn’t imagine if I had turned down this opportunity. Most of the time you can get school credit for it – We all know we aren’t getting paid to go to class, so if you aren’t getting paid for an internship, it shouldn’t automatically eliminate it as an option.

Look into several options and contact several people about internships. Just because you ask about one, doesn’t mean you’re tied to it. Make sure you are finding the right one for you. You want to find the one that makes you excited to wake up in the morning and go!

What did Angela’s supervisor have to say?

I have received very positive feedback from Angela, the mothers, and our Child-Family Advocate on the vast improvements the children have made in very little time from Angela’s efforts.

Angela has definitely become a valuable part of our team :)

Congratulations Angela on being selected as UW-Whitewater Intern of the Month for May 2012!

 

Are you having or have you had an outstanding internship experience like Angela? Tell employers, faculty, and, of course, fellow UW-W students what makes/made your internship experience so great! Be featured in the Intern Spotlight! To learn more, visit the UWW Intern of the Month Program page.

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Intern Spotlight: Matthew Granum ’12

Matthew Granum

Matthew Granum, Senior (May 2012)
Major: Information Technology – Network & Security Emphasis
Internship: Information Technology Group Intern with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

 

How did you find out about the internship? What interested you in the internship?

I started searching for internships for summer late into the spring semester. In early April, I used indeed.com to start looking for internships around Chicago. I am originally from Chicago, and it is very difficult finding jobs back home while studying at a Wisconsin school. Indeed.com helped greatly in my search. Blue Cross Blue Shield was one of the first employers on the list. I applied, and within about two weeks I secured a position as an Information Technology Group intern.

I would also like to add that Twitter was very helpful in my search. Right after I had found the job on Indeed.com, I saw a tweet from @bcbsil mentioning the job.

Describe your internship experience.

As an Intern, I assisted with researching and documenting many of the current tasks and projects assigned to the Enterprise Architecture Services department. I learned the basic core principles of Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL, OK, NM, and TX, and also developed communication and cultural skills within a large corporation. Other tasks included working on consumerization of the enterprise. This included working with iPads and other consumer products for best practice enterprise use.

What did you learn during your internship experience? How did this opportunity relate to your career goals?

In a previous internship in a hospital IT department, I gained valuable technical skills. In my internship at BCBS, I gained valuable corporate skills. These skills included everything from effectively communicating to different types of people while using an enterprise tone of voice, proper documentation of research, and corporate policy.

As an IT student at UW-Whitewater, I really felt the value the business school gave me from business-orientated classes rather than simply IT classes. All students should really try to remember that a business is not run on what your major is. It is a group of different strengths that come together and form a community. It is important to have a fundamental knowledge of every part of a business to be successful.

What advice would you give other students about internships?

Do not set your heart on your dream job or internship. One mistake I recently made is being set on job I was applying for. A position may end up being something you are not looking for, or you might get rejected late in the interview process. Nothing is set in stone. You always should be actively looking for your passions and pursuing them. Until you get the job contract signed, don’t assume anything.

What did Andrew’s supervisor have to say?

I have worked with other interns who just sit back and take on easy tasks just to pass the time, but Matt really jumped right in from the start and not only did he provide value, but he came up with ideas that we are still leveraging today.

To me Matt Granum was much more than an intern, but he really became an extension to my team and his contributions went well beyond that of most interns.

Congratulations Matthew on being selected as UW-Whitewater Intern of the Month for April 2012!

 

Are you having or have you had an outstanding internship experience like Matthew? Tell employers, faculty, and, of course, fellow UW-W students what makes/made your internship experience so great! Be featured in the Intern Spotlight! To learn more, visit the UWW Intern of the Month Program page.

Intern Spotlight: Troy Chadwick ’12

Troy Chadwick

Troy Chadwick, Senior (May 2012)
Major: Integrated Science & Business
Minor: Forensic Science
Internship: Special Agent Intern with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations

How did you find out about the internship? What interested you in the internship?

I started my search for an internship in the fall of 2010. The entire time I have been at Whitewater, I knew that I wanted to work in the field of criminal justice or forensic science. Much of my elective coursework is in those two areas.

I started my search on the UW-Whitewater Hawk Jobs website. Much of what I found was business related, therefore not what I was looking for. I took it upon myself to find an internship that fit the criteria I had. During a class with Dr. Pete Killoran, I was referred to a website for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences which had links to jobs. While searching through the jobs, I came across a posting from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ). The Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has an established internship program run by Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Joell Schigur. All the directions on how to apply were listed, and applications were due in January. The first week of March, I received an email stating I had a time to interview. I interviewed for the position and received a call the next day stating that I had been offered an internship in the Milwaukee Field Office, pending a comprehensive background check. I passed the background check and orientation started on June 6, 2011.

Describe your internship experience.

While in the office, I was responsible for assisting a Special Agent with case-related duties. These duties included authoring reports using a case management system, compiling reports to be used for discovery at trial, statistical analysis of drug overdose deaths, and intelligence analysis.

Although we were in the office a lot, we were in the field about two days a week. In the field, we assisted Special Agents with surveillance, intelligence gathering, serving search warrants, and other case-related duties. Some things that I participated in were search warrants of subjects arrested for drug and/or child pornography. I also assisted an agent with a controlled drug buy. Lastly, all nine DCI interns were in Hayward, WI the second week of August to assist multiple agencies with the eradication of a large scale marijuana grow and conspiracy.

What did you learn during your internship experience? How did this opportunity relate to your career goals?

The most valuable experience I gained this summer was learning how to build a case from start to finish. I did a lot of work this summer with a narcotics agent, and he showed me a lot about how cases start and what you have to do to build a case strong enough to give to the prosecution and get a conviction.

Building a case is the one thing I learned that I will never forget. There are certain techniques very similar to steps of the scientific method that lend themselves to performing investigations. There are also special legal pathways an agent must follow in order to ensure the work (s)he has done will stand up in a court of law.

A very high majority of the agents that work at DCI started off as police officers; even the administrative positions are filled by people who were once officers. The experience I had at DCI has influenced me towards going to the police academy after graduation (but I am not 100 percent sure yet).

What advice would you give other students about internships?

My advice to future students is simple: You need to have a clear choice on what you want to do. You cannot start searching for an internship, or a job for that matter, if you have no idea what you want to do. For me, it was forensic science. Once you have chosen a clear path, you can more effectively search for a company that will be the best fit.

Laura Jacobs in Career & Leadership Development is an invaluable asset to any student trying to find an internship. I had meetings with Laura on more than one occasion where she helped me search through Hawk Jobs and find many other internships and companies I otherwise would not have found alone.

The final piece of advice I would give to perspective interns is to apply to as many internships as possible. I was lucky enough to get the one internship I really wanted, but there were others I applied for that I did not even get a chance to interview for.

Congratulations Troy on being selected as UW-Whitewater Intern of the Month for November 2011!

 

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Intern Spotlight: Andrew Minster ’13

Andrew Minster

Andrew Minster, Sophomore (May 2013)
Major: Entrepreneurship
Minor: Athletic Coaching
Internship: Management Internship with Student Painters (Young Entrepreneurs Across America)

How did you find out about this internship? What interested you in the position?

I found out about Student Painters through an email that was sent to students to [invite them] to an information meeting about the internship. What interested me the most was the opportunity to run my own business and receive the knowledge on different aspects of business: marketing, management, finance. After I got the job, I had to attend a two day training seminar on how to run my own business and [complete] the multiple aspects of the internship.

Describe your internship experience.

The responsibility I had [for] my internship was running my own painting business. I had to go home and market the business to customers. I also had to perform interviews to hire other college students to work for me and be the painters. To get different painting jobs, I had to perform estimates as well as manage my works so they stayed on task and got the job done on time (and have the house look good). In order to paint the houses, I had to deal with Sherwin Williams to get paint and all the different [supplies].

What have you learned during your internship? How does this opportunity relate to your career goals?

What I learned from my internship is how to manage all different kinds of employees as well as the different aspects of owning your own business. The opportunity relates to my career by giving me the chance to learn how to run my own business, knowing that I am majoring in Entrepreneurship and that I want to own my own business in the future when I graduate. The internship gave me the skills and knowledge on how to run a business and excel in doing it.

What advice would you give other students about internships?

Never back down from an internship. You are never too young to get an internship. The skills and you experience you [gain], if it’s paid or not paid, is the knowledge that can help you in the future.

What did Andrew’s supervisor have to say?

Andrew has developed faster than most of his peers. His determination was pivotal to his success.

Andrew consistently demonstrated the ability to sell. Our average intern sold $47,000 this summer and Andrew exceeded $60,000.

 

Congratulations Andrews on being selected as UW-Whitewater Intern of the Month for October 2011!

 

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Intern Spotlight: Emily Gullickson ’12

Emily Gullickson

Emily Gullickson, Senior (December 2012)
Major: Marketing, Direct & Internet
Minor: Media Arts & Game Design, Visual Media Design
Internship: Marketing Internship with Fort HealthCare

How did you find out about this internship? What interested you in the position?

Before applying at Fort HealthCare, I had been on the internship hunt for many months. But through school organizations such as AMA and classes at UW-Whitewater, I had found many useful resources throughout the process of applying. I finally stumbled upon my internship at Fort HealthCare through Big Shoes Network. The position interested me not only because it was close to Whitewater, but because Fort HealthCare had recently been ranked among the Top 100 Places to Work in Wisconsin. I had some knowledge about Fort HealthCare through AMA and decided it would be a good idea to apply. The job description had many things that I thought I would enjoy doing, including things such as social media management and event promotion. It took me about three weeks to secure my internship, but following up with Fort HealthCare played a vital role.

Describe your internship experience.

At Fort HealthCare, I help the marketing and health promotion department with many projects. I have helped with programs such as the first annual Weight Management Expo; edited biographies and created ads for the Therapy and Sports Center; made promotional flyers in Adobe Illustrator; created many social media posts; written press releases for upcoming classes; added and updated events for Fort HealthCare’s 365 events website; and generated ideas for the concealed weapons policy.

What have you learned during your internship? How does this opportunity relate to your career goals?

While at Fort HealthCare, I have seen the basics on how a marketing team works, what they do on a daily basis to keep the company running, and what challenges they run into, especially when it comes to launching new programs and promotions. Not only have I seen how a team works as a whole, but I have learned how to use new programs as well. I have also seen the agency side of things when it comes to Fort HealthCare and what tasks are delegated to marketing agencies that they work with. This can easily relate to my career goals as a marketing student. I watched a new web design go when I started my internship, and I have watched the revisions and changes they have had to make after it went live. As an internet marketing and visual media design student, this is an ideal thing for me to see. Working at Fort HealthCare also relates to the field I would like to be in someday [Sports Marketing/Health Promotions], as sports and being physically active are things that interest me.

What advice would you give other students about internships?

  • Internships are the building block to success! In the month I have been with Fort HealthCare, I have learned so much already. None of it is ever something that I am going to learn through a textbook. Once you land your internship, you will be hungry to learn, learn, learn.
  • Don’t ever give up on your internship search! It took me a lot of interviews and months to land mine, but the hard work of applying over and over again has definitely paid off. I have learned so many skills within the marketing and visual media design fields that I will take with me the rest of my life.

What did Emily’s supervisor have to say?

Emily was tasked with loading ALL Fort HealthCare events [on Health365Events.com], which was over 40 events for the fall alone, and compiling a mailing to be sent to local NPOs. She had the events loaded in record time and was on the mailing right away. She completed the mailing in its entirety to over 100 local NPOs encouring their use of the site.

Her go-getter attitude took this project from sitting on my desk for months to completion in less than two days. Amazing.

Emily also exemplifies UW-Whitewater’s Core Values…

Commitment to the Pursuit of Knowledge

Emily is open to learning new things but also the “why” of why we do things. It is not enough to know that we have the Health365Events.com website; she wants to know how people use it. It is not enough that we create flyers for classes/programs; she wants to know who takes them and what they learn. It is not enough to create Facebook posts; she is interested in who is reading them and how that feeds into our marketing plan.

Personal & Professional Integrity

Her integrity and professionalism are second to none. She speaks up when appropriate and withholds negativity. She engages people at all levels of the organization in meetings and via electronic communication. I trust that she will do impeccably well in her future if she maintains these qualities.

Congratulations Emily on being selected as UW-Whitewater Intern of the Month for September 2011!

Are you having or have you had an outstanding internship experience like Emily? Tell employers, faculty, and, of course, fellow UW-W students what makes/made your internship experience so great! Be featured in the Intern Spotlight! To learn more, visit the UWW Intern of the Month Program page.

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