Friday, March 27, 2015

An Update From Spring 2015 Interns

Emily DeVore - Senior - Biology Major
Working at Metropolitan Energy Center as a Clean Cities Intern gives me the opportunity to develop a multitude of business skills, learn how a non-profit company works, and learn about alternative fuels.

Piotr Drwal - Senior - Economics Major
This is my team. I continue to learn a vast amount of information about the fuel business. For the past two weeks I was working on projects where I dialed around 300 companies and did some sort of business and customer service. I am working on my own projects and assist my colleagues with foreign clients that have preference in using either Polish or Spanish language.

 Chase Sorrick - Senior - Biochemistry Major
My internship at a law firm includes a lot of behind-the-scenes work that is not seen in the court. In this picture I am preparing an expert testimony notebook for use in a trial next week. A notebook like this would be used to cross-examine an expert witness. It would include prior testimony in an attempt to get the witness to contradict himself/herself.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Psychology Student Intern - Ruby Moore

A Helping Hand

My name is Ruby Moore and I am a psychology major here at Rockhurst University. I decided to do my internship in health care working with the elderly population. I am centering my focus around older adults with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. During my internship, my goal is to provide comfort to these individuals who are affected by this disease. I've learned in training that individuals with Alzheimer's disease are affected because there are tangles within the brain cells that do not allow certain stimuli to be produced. Dementia is associated with Alzheimer's and there are several stages.  I also work with the general elderly population and my goal is to identify the psychological and physiological changes that affects these individuals' moods and behaviors on a daily basis.  I have learned in previous psychology classes some of the typical changes that elderly individuals may experience. For individuals who may not be experiencing problems with dementia, they might be affected psychologically because they have been taking care of themselves all of their lives and now may need someone to step in and help provide care for them.

The typical day for me is providing passionate care for these individuals and assisting them with any of their needs. The most important thing is doing what makes them happy and keeping them satisfied. Building positive relationships with these individuals is also very important in order to build trust and allow me to provide care for them. When working with these individuals, you must be willing to be very patient and have an understanding of their situation. We learned in training that when an individual gets agitated, do not to take it personal because they are not upset with us. When there is a challenge with not being able to calm them down when they are agitated, we give them a little space and return after a few moments. I am enjoying my experience so far as an intern and I am learning more each and every day. I am hoping that I can use the skills I've learned through my internship and apply them to my career as a future Psychologist.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fall 2014 Interns

This is a picture of me (Lauren) helping Nick look at his lease payments. Working in a company’s accounting department has given me the chance to step outside of a classroom setting and apply the knowledge I have learned in a real world experience. The accounting language has become familiar and concepts that were considered hard to understand during tests have become simple. - Lauren Dalton

Working in the real world you get to see the challenges and successes that are going to come with the job. I have to say that all semester I found it very challenging to finish all my work in the 25 hours a week I worked. I learned that you have to make use of every minute you are at work. I also learned accountability and organization skills, just as much as specific accounting skills. - Nick Borders

I have worked at Cerner for the past two and a half years as a contract manager on the supplier contracts team. Throughout my time with the company, I have had the opportunity to develop business communication skills as well as organizational habits. I review contracts for hotels and event spaces and those for third party consulting services and then present them to the CFO. This role gives me a great deal of exposure to different parts of the business. - Tyler Scroggs


Thursday, July 31, 2014

What Summer Interns Are Saying

This is me at the Royals game with my supervisor. As a research intern at Cassidy Turley, my responsibility is to keep the real estate data up to date. I assist my supervisor, a director of research, to complete the report for the apartment market. I'm usually at her office asking questions, but once in a while all the colleagues socialize and enjoy the time by watching either a Royals game or the World Cup. - Min An 
 Each morning I am surprisingly happy to be rolling out of bed at 5:30 a.m. I don’t think many people can say that. To be able to write about sports would be an incredible career. I am extremely lucky to have been able to work for InsideSTL Enterprises, and honestly, wish I could keep coming in for the remainder of the semester. I have had countless experiences that I will never forget and I’m certain that I will remain friends with those who I have developed relationships with. - Matthew Hollman
My name is Alexis Bolin and I am a current senior at Rockhurst University. I will graduate in May 2015 with a double major in Psychology and Communications. This internship has made me realize that I could see myself doing this as a career. It has allowed me to apply things that I have learned in the classroom to real world work experience. I have met a lot of influential people through this internship and have made many valuable connections. All of the press releases I have written have been featured in magazines and newspapers throughout the local area. I have learned a lot of things about myself through working this internship. I learned that I am a better writer than I originally thought I was. Some tips I would give to students wanting to obtain an internship would be to use any connections you have (family, friends, etc.) because you never know who may know of something. Overall, this internship at the City of Weldon Spring has been so much fun and I have really learned a lot about the public relations field. It has given me an opportunity to grow as a professional and has given me skills that I can use in my future career. - Alexis Bolin

This is me working at our truck scale. Here I weigh retail and wholesale customer's scrap metal. My internship allows me to interact with each customer face to face and discuss what commodities they want to sell. It is a great opportunity to know each customer on a first name basis. - Nathan Messmer
 This summer I took an internship at the Hamilton Retirement Planning Group at Morgan Stanley as a marketing intern. Each day may vary in the amount of tasks I complete. Some days when the FA’s are out of the office on meetings, I may not have many tasks to do, but on other days I can be filled with work. Overall, my experience has been wonderful, and I enjoy working with my team. My advice that I would give to other students is to definitely try an internship during their college years. An internship is a great way to confirm or deny whether they are on the right path or not. Having this experience has helped me confirm that I want to stay in marketing. Not all positions are what you expect when you go into them. It is a learning opportunity and this position has helped me grow as a person in my career. - Briana Bondon

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Intern at the Boy Scouts of America

My internship for the Boy Scouts of America allows me to network with top business professionals in the Kansas City area.  Here I am at a Rotary Club meeting where I met many former Boy Scouts. - Emily Weiss

Friday, April 25, 2014

Accounting Intern at Indigo Wild

As I look back on this past semester as a staff accountant intern at Indigo Wild, an organic soap company, there have been many valuable and irreplaceable experiences that I will be able to take with me in my future endeavors.  My work load has been very diverse, allowing me to experience all facets of the accounting cycle. I have been able to apply the knowledge that I have learned at Rockhurst over these past four years in a real world setting. - Andrew Lohse


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Intern at DST Systems

I am Paulina Ch├ívez, a current Senior at Rockhurst University working at an internship at DST Systems in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. I will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. I am excited to graduate in order to be able to fully immerse myself in attaining my career goals.
I first discovered DST Systems in 2011 while browsing the Career Services student jobs website. I applied and got the job 3 months later as a Mutual Funds Part-Time Processor. As my schedule changed throughout my college career, DST has been willing to work with me to come in at the best time that works for me. I chose to study abroad three times throughout my college career and they were willing and able to grant me a leave of absence for each time.

I love having my own space even though I'm only a part-time intern. Along with that, they have provided me with coaching sessions personalized for my own career development with the recruiters from Human Resources. I have had plenty of networking opportunities through the monthly donut or cupcake socials organized by the Engagement Committee. I am currently scheduling meetings with my superiors to see what my options will be at DST after I graduate from college. The meetings I have already had have been very positive and I could definitely see myself staying in a new position within the company for the start of an exciting career!