Intern Spotlight: Katelyn Wurtz

Katelyn Wurtz

Katelyn Wurtz, Senior (May 2014)
Major: Special Education
Internship: SEAL Management Intern with UW-Whitewater Career & Leadership Development

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

About two years ago, I was a member of the Event Crew on campus, where we would staff any Special Events on campus. Through this position, there were occasions when we would staff larger SEAL (Student Entertainment Awareness League) events should they need it. I had already attended numerous comedians and movies on campus that were sponsored by SEAL; therefore, I felt that I had an idea of what SEAL was. I loved the idea of providing the campus with events like the hilarious comedians and great musicians that I had seen throughout my years on campus. I decided to apply in the spring of 2011, got an interview, and was later hired as the Community Service Intern on SEAL. This past spring, I reapplied and am currently the Management Intern on SEAL. Considering that this process is a different process than your average internship, it did not take as long to secure it. It was an application and interview process which then led to summer training.

Describe your internship experience.

Since I have had two different intern positions on SEAL these past two years, I have had different responsibilities. Last year, as the Community Service Intern, I coordinated the America Reads program on campus where students could sign up to volunteer in the local schools helping students in their academics. I also took part in planning Freeze Fest/Special Olympics Wisconsin Polar Plunge and our annual Make a Difference Day.

This year, as the Management Intern, I have the responsibility for the day-to-day operations of SEAL. I am also responsible for collaborating and reaching out to student organizations on campus. Since SEAL provides events for free or at a low cost, we try to market our events as much as possible to get the campus to attend. This is why I try to reach out to those organizations to get a larger, diverse population to attend these events.

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

Through this internship, I have gained many leadership skills as well as skills that I can apply to the real world after college. I have progressively bettered my public speaking skills through this internship and although I still struggle at times, I know that over the past few years I have gained those skills to help better my public speaking.

As an education major, I know that I will be a leader of my classroom at some point in the near future. At the same time, I also know that on a daily basis I will be speaking in public (or my classroom). My students will hopefully look up to me as someone that is a reliable, responsible source that they can come to when in need. I have learned that it takes a lot to be a leader including diligence, responsibility and organization.  Even though this internship is not directly working in a classroom or related to my major, I have found that all of the skills that I have gained through my internship can be applied to my future in teaching.

What advice would you give other students about internships?

As a leader on campus, I have come to the conclusion that no matter where you go, know that there is a good chance that someone will see the actions that you make, whether they be good or bad.

I would tell other students who are applying for internships to make good decisions when outside of the workplace. By outside of the workplace, I am not necessarily saying at the bars or at a party, but anywhere. As we all know, Facebook and Twitter are huge parts of our society right now. It is important to be careful about what you post because although you may not be friends with someone, it is possible that a friend of yours is friends with another person who can or may report back information that you thought was private.

Overall, an internship can be a huge step towards your future career. You choose what you want to get out of your internship and personally, I recommend that you get the most out of it! Besides, you can only benefit from getting the most out of it! You may realize that the path you are taking is not for you—but at least you will realize it earlier than later. At the same time, you may realize that you made a good choice and would like to stay with the company you are working for in the future. Therefore, my biggest piece of advice would be to try to get the most out of your internship as possible because it can only benefit you!

What did Katelyn’s supervisor have to say?

Katelyn is always trying to better herself as a student and as a professional. She takes every piece of criticism to heart and is always trying to improve. This is all I can ask for out of an intern I supervise. 

As a Leadership Advisor in the office of Career & Leadership Development, I have had the opportunity to work with several students and rarely do I meet a student who is as passionate about a students’ overall college experience than Katelyn is. Katelyn joined SEAL because she wanted to assist in making UW-Whitewater a great place for all students. Katelyn has consistently shown that she is an advocate for students, which is an important characteristic for someone who is a leader on campus.

Congratulations Katelyn on being selected as UW-Whitewater Intern of the Month for November 2012!

Are you having or have you had an outstanding internship experience like Katelyn? Tell employers, faculty, and, of course, fellow UW-Whitewater 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!

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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Internship with Whitewater Arts Alliance

The Whitewater Arts Alliance (WAA), a local not-for-profit arts organization, is seeking an intern to work in the WAA office. Ideally, the WAA is looking for an intern to work for a 12 month period beginning December 2009, but they are willing to consider single semester internships. This is a PAID internship opportunity!

The WAA is looking for the following in the successful candidate:

  • Junior/Senior standing
  • Self-starter: ability to work independently
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strong time management skills, organizational skills, and communication skills
  • Ability to interact with a variety of constituents: volunteers, artists, business professionals, people of all ages
  • Research skills: ability to find resources, grants, foundation information
  • Proficiency on computers
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

The responsibilities of this internship include:

  • Managing incoming proposals for exhibits and performances
  • Keeping an organizational calendar
  • Assisting with newsletter preparation
  • Assiting with volunteer organization
  • Researching grants for Alliance programming
  • Answering email and phone calls for the Alliance
  • Assisting with set up and take down of shows
  • Attending monthly board meetings
  • Organizing Cultural Arts Center/Whitewater Arts Alliance history and donor archives
  • Opening/closing the facility as necessary for shows and public access
  • Performing light cleaning and maintenance
  • Filing

The intern will work 10-15 flexible hours/week. The salary will be $1000/semester, paid in four installments each semester, for a total potential salary of $3000/year.

The application deadline for this opportunity is Saturday, October 31, 2009. To learn how to apply, contact me (Laura Jacobs) at I will pass along the details. You can also find the information in HawkQuest.

The Whitewater Arts Alliance is a wonderful local organization whose mission is “to promote the visual and performing arts” in Whitewater and surrounding areas. Members include artists, educators, organizations, and community members. The Alliance wishes “to make the visual and performing arts an essential part of the lives of all Whitewater citizens” in the belief that the arts are “an essential and integral part of revitalization and growth” of the Whitewater community.

This is a great opportunity for a UW-Whitewater student to work for an important cause and support the local community.

Studio 84

There is a new art center in Whitewater with a very special mission – and it just so happens that they are looking for interns.

Studio 84 is a non-profit art center that specializes in working with people with physical and cognitive disabilities. They provide experiences in the visual arts, theater, dance, and music to children and adults. The directors, Deborah Blackwell and Katherine Fincutter, are both BFA graduates and UW-Whitewater alumna.

Studio 84 is excited to offer opportunities to college students. They offer many volunteer positions for people with a variety of skills and talents. They also offer internships.

Currently, Studio 84 is looking for an Administrative Assistant Intern. The intern will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of operating a small, non-profit organization. They are looking for a student with skills or an interest in management or marketing. The qualified student would have excellent communication skills and an interest in working with children and adults with disabilities. This opportunity can provide excellent experience for someone looking into a career in arts marketing, basic marketing, or business managment.

The internship is full or part time for the summer, a semester, or for a full year.

To see the full position description and application instructions for this internship, please see HawkQuest or contact me (Laura Jacobs) at

I am very excited about this new addition to downtown Whitewater!