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Internship Success Stories

According to Fox Business, 2011, internships are touted as the best way for college students to get their feet wet in the labor market. Many of our UIU Peacocks have benefited well from their internship experience and are here to share them with you.

Alex Kluesner

Name: Alex Kluesner
Major: Agricultural Business
Graduation: May 2015

What internship did you have? 
Agvantage FS

Why did you seek out an internship?
To help further my knowledge in my desired work field, and to get a real life working experience.

Why did you choose this internship? What did you hope to gain?
I was already working for the company and they actually suggested it. I chose to stay there in hopes to learn more about the company.

What did you actually learn from this internship? What do you feel you have gained?
I really gained a first-hand experience on how to deal with customers and got a great sense of how a business actually operated.

What was the result of this internship?
I gained a lot of experience and have been offered a full time sales position after graduation.

After graduation goal?
Get a job using my degree, at a place I will enjoy, and hopefully making at least $40,000.

What would you say to someone thinking of doing an internship in a field they are not sure of? Should I bother?
I say go for it. Any experience will be great. Just getting to experience how actual businesses work is great. It's all about getting out of the classroom and getting first hand, real life, experiences.

Madie Wilkin

Name: Madie Wilkin
Major: Mathematics and Finance
Minor: Computer Science
Graduation: May 2016

What internship did you have?
Undergraduate Math Research at Michigan State University

Why did you seek out an internship?
To gain a better understanding of mathematical research and help me decide what I wanted to do after graduating from Upper Iowa.

Why did you choose this internship? What did you hope to gain?
I chose this internship because I was interested in the research projects they were offering. The program at Michigan State was also aimed towards women in mathematics. By accepting a position in the program, I hoped to learn how to do mathematical research, build my resume, and create a network of people.

What did you actually learn from this internship? What do you feel you have gained?
This research program taught me that mathematics has a vast number of careers that it is applied to. I was able to be introduced to programming in MATLAB, coding up basic fast summation methods and a study of the dynamics in a Penning trap. Each week, we gave presentations to summarize our group's progress. This program helped me to become a better presenter and work well with a team to complete work.

What was the result of this internship?
The REU program at Michigan State opened my eyes to how much you can do with a math major. This internship also sparked my interest in working with computers, so I decided to minor as a result of the program. I was able to meet new people who I still stay in touch with and create a personal relationship with my mentor to use later in my career for recommendations and support.

After graduation goal?
After graduating, I would like to work as an actuary.

What would you say to someone thinking of doing an internship in a field they are not sure of? Should I bother?
Yes! Any available internship should be taken advantage of because it tells you so much about the career field. It helps you be able to determine if it is the right future for you and allows you to build a great resume because of the experience you will have.

Kozo Soda

Name: Kozo Soda
Major: International Business
Graduation: May 2015

What internship did you have?
Marketing Intern in the UIU Office of Career Development

Why did you seek out an internship?
I sought it for real business work experiences. The internship I applied for had supervisors and an intern colleague so I thought this would give me mock experience for after graduation.

Why did you choose this internship? What did you hope to gain?
I was looking for an internship that could be done on campus. I saw an e-mail from the Office of Career Development, looking for marketing intern and I applied for it instantly. Marketing is the field I enjoy, and through this internship, I was hoping to gain knowledge and experience that could benefit my future career and my marketing club on campus.

What did you actually learn from this internship? What do you feel you have gained?
I felt that managing a schedule was a tough task to achieve. Everyone has a different schedule but I had to find the times that everyone was available for meetings I was supposed to conduct. There were different tasks which had to be done on different days, so I had to be multitasking in many cases. Therefore, I feel like I gained management skills.

What was the result of this internship?
I would say that I had no extremely difficult tasks to complete but had one large project, the Senior Social to plan and coordinate. Unlike in an officer's position in clubs, the responsibility was larger for this type of event. Things had to be done in professional and formal ways, including e-mails and meetings. For me, it was a great experience that I could get while I am a student, and that can benefit me after graduation.

After graduation goal?
I am going to Boston in November for a Career Forum designed for Japanese-English bilinguals like myself. Hopefully I will get a job in Boston in my field, and travel the world with that career path.

What would you say to someone thinking of doing an internship in a field they are not sure of? Should I bother?
I would say go apply for the position that is available to you. You will never know if that field is something you will enjoy or not until you actually experience it. If you dislike the internship, then you can choose different areas that you are interested in. If you enjoy the internship, then that is something you may want to do after graduation.

Tim Rueb

Name: Tim Rueb
Major: Business Management & Marketing
Graduation: May 2015

What internship did you have?
I was a Polaris Industries Corporate Headquarters On-Road Accessories Intern.

Why did you seek out an internship?
I have been in love with Polaris Industries since I was a kid riding their ATVs and Snowmobiles. When I found out they had internship programs I made sure to call to get my foot in the door.

Why did you choose this internship? What did you hope to gain?
I chose this internship because of the incredible company I could be working for if I were to be hired. I knew that it was a company I wanted to be with out of college. I was hoping to gain experience working in a corporate office and wanted to get my foot in the door before applying for them after I graduate.

What did you actually learn from this internship? What do you feel you have gained?
The amount of knowledge I gained from working at Polaris could not be measured. Everything I worked on or worked with was very hands on and eye opening. I was able to travel to corporate events, meet and work with many Vice Presidents as well as other top leaders of the company. I learned a lot about marketing research, target markets, comparing our products to our competitions' products and just a lot of life long skills that I will never forget.

What was the result of this internship?
The result of this internship, for me, was not only learning so much but also potential job offers when I graduate in May. I was challenged at Polaris and worked with a lot of great people, now it is time to maintain the relationships and hope for opportunities post-college.

After graduation goal?
After graduation I hope to travel to a large city on one of the coasts to find a job and learn about the lifestyles and ways of business. I have now worked at two corporate headquarters in the Midwest and it is time for me to learn about business in the field outside of the Midwest. After I travel and gain those life experiences I plan to move back to Minnesota.

What would you say to someone thinking of doing an internship in a field they are not sure of? Should I bother?
To me this is a double edged sword. Why I say that is because the greatest part about an internship is it's not permanent. It's all about getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new. You never know what you truly don't like until you experience it. Also, you may not learn about how you want to do business, but you may learn exactly how you don't want to do business. On the flip side, an internship is a great way to learn more about what you thought you may like. I know a lot of people who have liked what they study but then do an internship and lose interest in that field. I would recommend experimenting. Try something new, and if you don't like, great, nothing is keeping you there.

 

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