Call for Summer Intern Bloggers

Another spring semester is flying by. And now that we have reached Spring Break, we know the semester is nearing its end. Summer is just around the corner (keep that happy thought in mind despite the snow on the ground).

For the past three summers, I have sought out four UW-Whitewater students to write about their summer internship experiences. As many students’ summer internship searches come to their (hopefully successful) conclusions, it’s time to find a new group of summer intern bloggers.

Summer Intern Collage

Are you a UW-Whitewater student with an internship lined up for Summer 2013? Are you interested in sharing your experience with your fellow students? Will you be able to write three posts over the course of the summer, one each for June, July, and August? If your answers are Yes, Yes, and Yes, email me, Laura Morrow Jacobs, at MorrowL@uww.edu. Include the following information:

  • Your Name, Major, and Year in School
  • Internship Information: Position and Employer
  • Answer to the following question: Why are you interested in writing about your internship experience this summer?

Read the past three summers’ worth of “Confessions of a Summer Intern” posts here.

UW-Whitewater Intern of the Month Program

One of my favorite things to do on the UW-Whitewater Internships Blog is to feature students and their internships. It’s fun to read about real internship experiences. And in my opinion, the interns who have been featured here have provided some excellent advice to aspiring interns.

If you have had an outstanding internship experience, please consider applying to be UW-Whitewater Intern of Month. I am now looking for interns to feature in the spring semester, starting in January. To be considered for a particular month, submit your materials to me by the 20th of the month before. For example, to be considered for January, get your application to me by December 20th.

Find more details, including the application materials, on the UWW Intern of the Month Program page.

And be sure to check out all of the past Intern of the Month features, especially our two Fall 2012 spotlights, Nicole Thalacker and Katelyn Wurtz.

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!

 

Are you having or have you had an outstanding internship experience like Troy? 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!

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!

Welcome to the Fall 2011 Semester!

Back to school

Welcome Back Warhawks! I trust that the first week of classes went smoothly, and I hope you’re ready to get back into the school groove. Hopefully part of your 2011-2012 plans include an internship (or two).

Here’s a little look at what you might have missed over the summer and what you should definitely take advantage of this fall:

  • Confessions of a Summer Intern – For the second summer in a row, I recruited a group of four UWW interns to share their summer internship experiences with the masses. Alysondra, Gabby, Erin, and Sarah were all over the internships “map.” We learned what it’s like to be a virtual intern, we experienced what our nation’s capital has to offer interns, we headed oversees to London, and we got an insider’s view into a local powerhouse. If you missed any of the series this summer, definitely check it out!
  • Resume Dr. – Did you know that September is International Update-Your-Resume Month? I didn’t either until I saw it on Twitter last Tuesday. Get in the spirit by checking in at one of our first Resume Dr. events for the year:
    • Tuesday, September 20 – 9:00am to Noon – Hyland Hall Atrium
    • Wednesday, September 21 – 10:00am to 1:00pm – University Center Concourse
    • Thursday, September 22 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm – Andersen Library
  • Hawk Career Fair – Don’t miss out on the biggest UWW career fair of the year! Approximately 100 employers attend this annual event to recruit, and many come looking for more than just full-time employees. Internships make up a large segment of the available opportunities. Find the list of fair attendees and opportunities being recruited for on Hawk Jobs: www.uww.edu/career/hawkjobs.php.
  • Intern Spotlight – Did you have an awesome internship experience this summer? Or are you anticipating that your fall internship is going to rock? Then you definitely need to consider applying to be UWW Intern of the Month and be featured in our “Intern Spotlight”! If you’re not there yet, the Intern Spotlight is still very beneficial. Read UWW interns’ stories and learn from their experiences.

Be sure to hit the ground running when it comes to your internship search. I’ve already met with students planning for Summer 2012! It’s awesome!! Haven’t even come close to thinking that far ahead yet? Get going! The competition is already ahead of you…

If you want some one-on-one advising on your internship search, be sure to schedule an appointment with me, your trusty Internship Coordinator. Just contact Career & Leadership Development at 262-472-1471 or drop by the office (UC 146 – up the ramps/stairs across from Willie’s 360/Freshens-side).

Beyond the in-person meetings, connect with me on Twitter. I tweet about current internship openings, and I share articles and tips to help in your search. I can also answer basic questions there – just send me a “reply” or “direct message” and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Wishing you all the best for the 2011-2012 academic year and in your quest for an amazing internship!

Photo by Avolore