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!


Are you having or have you had an outstanding internship experience like Andrew? 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.

Be sure to check out past featured students’ stories as well!

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

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Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting to the Applied Communication in Health & Wellness class on the topic of careers in public health. Public health is a rapidly changing field with growing opportunities. The field is so broad that there’s something for almost everyone.

If you are not familiar with the field of public health, here is a definition from What Is Public Health?, a project of the Association of Schools of Public Health:

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community.

While clinical health is focused on an individual’s health and disease diagnosis and treatment, public health is about the community as a whole.

If you are a current undergrad interested in learning more about or gaining experience in this field, here are some internship ideas:

  • Business and Communications: Finance, human resources, IT, marketing, public relations…these are all functions found in health services environments. Consider a PR internship with a hospital or a sales internship with a pharmaceutical company.
  • Social Sciences and Human Services: Behavioral Science and Health Education are big areas within the field of public health. This area includes coordinating health promotion/prevention programs, doing community outreach, and teaching. University Health & Counseling Services has hosted students in health education and outreach roles. Communications roles are common in this area as well, and students have interned with nonprofit organizations such as the American Heart Association.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM): Trends are indicating huge needs in public health as it relates to STEM fields. Critical shortages of researchers have been identified in chemistry, toxicology, occupational health, environmental epidemiology, and environmental engineering. The demand for biostatisticians is also high. Explore opportunities with federal agencies like the USDA or in private industry with a local company such as Standard Process.

You can find some public health related opportunities under our Nonprofit/Social/Human Services and International internship resource sections. Additionally, check out the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s resource on careers in public health for more ideas of the employers you could explore internship possibilities with.

And stay tuned! I have a fun collaboration coming up in a few weeks that will connect nicely with the topic of public health/health education…

Speaking of collaborations, check out my guest post on the CoBE Report about career fairs. Even though the Multicultural Career Fair has passed, you can use the strategies at future fairs both on campus and off.

Resource Spotlight: National Park Service Internship Programs

On Top of the World

Last summer, I took a big summer trip to Yosemite National Park. It was incredible, so much so that I began to plan for a return trip immediately after I got home. I found out a few weeks ago that I will be vacationing there again this upcoming summer, this time traveling through their High Sierra Camps. I am super excited!

Before last summer’s trip, I highlighted the Student Conservation Association (SCA), an excellent resource for finding internship opportunities with the National Park Service, with whom they are a partner. However, the SCA isn’t the only resource for finding opportunities to work with in our national parks.

  • Many internships/jobs for students are filled at the park level. If there is a national park that you are really interested in working for, contact them directly. Might I suggest Yosemite 😉
  • You can seek opportunities through the federal government’s Student Educational Employment Program. There are two programs under this umbrella, the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). To find positions, visit and USAJobs. Again, you can also contact parks directly. If you are eligible for STEP or SCEP, let them know.
  • Since UW-Whitewater has both MBA and MPA programs, I should mention the National Parks Business Plan Internship. Up to 15 summer “consultants” are brought on board. The students are grouped into teams of two to three and are assigned to work at one of our national parks. The consultants work with park management to conduct financial and strategy analysis. Transportation to the training session, to the park, and from the park back home are covered. Plus, summer consultants receive a weekly stipend AND are provided with housing.
  • Perfect for history and public history majors is the Historic Preservation Internship Training Program. Notice for Summer 2011 positions will be put out in January. There is also the Heritage Documentation Programs, which offer work to students in documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape, and technological significance throughout the country.
  • The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program is open to diverse undergraduate and graduate students. Interns are placed in opportunities for historic preservation and cultural resources work. These summer internships include a Career Workshop in Washington, DC, a weekly stipend, and housing allowance.

If you are at all interested in working for the National Park Service, you have a ton of resources available to find that perfect internship. Hope to see you out there!

It’s Internship Search Season!


Welcome back UW-W students! Are you all ready for the spring semester? Ready to start the search for the “perfect” summer internship? ‘Tis the season!

I’m going to use this first post of the spring semester to give an overview of some new resources and upcoming events to help you in your quest to find an internship.

  • UWW Internship Week, March 1-4
    • I’ll be pounding the pavement to promote all of the UWW internship resources, answer your internship questions, and provide guidance for your search. I’ll be running an Internship Search Bootcamp on Monday, March 1 and will be hosting Internship Outposts in various locations around campus throughout the week. FYI – there will be prizes involved! Stay tuned to the Student Internships Blog and Twitter for more information.
  • More Field-Specific Resources
  • Intern Spotlight
    • The Intern Spotlight feature on the blog started late last semester and will continue this semester. I’m so glad to have finally added this feature – the insight and advice provided by current and past UWW interns is amazing! If you didn’t see the Spotlights from last semester, be sure to check them out: Michael Van Den Bosch ’08 and Danielle Calkins ’10. If you have or had an internship experience and think that other students could benefit from your story, please email me a brief synopsis of your internship story to be considered for a future Intern Spotlight.

I’m really excited about the semester ahead! I know the internship search can be challenging, so please let me know how I can assist you in the process. Have a great spring semester!

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Intern Spotlight: Michael Van Den Bosch ’08

A new feature on the UW-Whitewater Student Internships Blog is the Intern Spotlight. UW-W students are doing great things as interns and have important stories to share. The Intern Spotlight will provide insight into the internships UW-W students and alumni have completed. Featured individuals share their internship stories and provide advice to current and future interns.


Our first featured intern is Michael Van Den Bosch ’08. Michael completed a Research & Program Managment Internship with the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance (WCEDA) from April to December 2008. After his internship, he was hired on as the Director of Business Development for WCEDA.

Describe your internship experience.

I did a great deal of research, analysis and report writing for WCEDA. Some of the research that I did involved searching for new legislation coming out of Madison, WI and Washington, DC and determining the effects it would have on local businesses. I also did a considerable amount of research on grant and business incentive programs through federal and state departments.

Since the organization was only a few years old when I started my internship, I also found myself working on a marketing plan, reviewing and writing business plans for clients, forecasting future staffing and financial needs, and providing the technical expertise for the organization.

What was the greatest benefit of this internship?

The greatest benefit of this internship was the wide range of areas that the internship covered. Since I was able to dabble in management, marketing, operations, finance and IT, I was able to see what areas suit me best and plan my career around them.

What advice would you give to current or future interns on how to be successful in an internship?

Be willing to speak up. The company that I was interning with was fairly young, and they had no idea of the wide range of skills that I possessed as a student. Also, letting them know my limitations gave them a benchmark to measure my success when I exited the program. As students, you study the many different ways companies operate and that type of knowledge coupled with a fresh perspective is valuable to any employer.

Other thoughts or advice?

As an intern, try to learn as much about the company and how it operates as possible. Doing things that are outside your “Job Description” shows them that you are versatile and worth holding onto. Companies generally are not going to spend extra money training someone new to do the same things that you already know to do.


If you have an interesting internship story to tell and you would like to be considered for an Intern Spotlight feature, please email a brief synopsis of your experience to me at


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