Thursday, April 28, 2016

What Did Your Internship Allow You To Do? Spring Co-op Students Reflect

Nicole Schebaum – Senior – Applied Mathematics and Medical Physics Major
My internship at Partners Specialty Group has allowed me to gain great knowledge about the insurance industry. It has also allowed me to network with many people who work at various companies. Here I am at my desk where I am always learning new things and helping manage accounts.
Brian McAuliffe – Senior – Financial Markets and Economics Analysis Major
My internship at Cerner Corporation has allowed me to take what I have learned in the classroom and apply it to the business world. I am currently working in the contract management operations wing of the finance department. In this position I review submitted contracts and report any and all issues and informalities directly to my supervisor. This internship allows me to connect with and assist Cerner Associates and Clients around the world. I am pleased to announce that I have been offered a full-time position at Cerner after graduation.
Zachary Pohlman – Junior – Triple Major in Economics, Philosophy and Theology (Pre-law)
At my internship, I work as a Paralegal Assistant for the Federal Public Defender at the Federal Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. I have had the opportunity to practice legal writing, attend court hearings, and help an in house lawyer prepare to argue before the Supreme Court! I'm only a sophomore, but this experience has definitely helped me confirm that I want a future in law. 

Duncan Preston – Senior
Financial Markets and Economic Analysis Major
During the Spring of 2016, I was allowed the opportunity to work alongside a team of financial analyst within State Street Corporations corporate banking division. The above picture was taken at one of the many networking opportunities that State Street encourages its employees to take advantage of.
Varonica Hamilton – Junior
 Financial Markets and Economic Analysis Major
My internship is unique because I get to do an array of things including: desk work, attending golf tournaments and networking events, to facilitating business opportunity exchanges. Here I am sitting at my desk working on collecting diversity certificates from our vendors whose certificates have expired. This is an ongoing task I frequently do in between the events we have going on.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Co-op Reflections: Accounting Edition

Students with accounting majors reflect on their Co-op experience:

Marija Kotlaja – Junior – Accounting Major
My tax preparation internship at TPP Certified Public Accountants has given me a wonderful insight into the accounting world that I am about to enter full time. I was able to gain exposure to a wide range of individual income taxation concepts as well as a practical working knowledge of the filing requirement for federal, state and local individual income tax returns. 


Ollie Tettamble - Sophomore
Double Major in Accounting and Financial Markets and Economic Analysis
Not only does my accounting internship have some great perks (like casual Fridays!) but my real-world experience in accounting has taught me so much more in a short amount of time than I could have ever imagined. Here I am calculating current maturities for my company's lease payments.

Brian Davis – Senior – Corporate Finance and Accounting Major
I currently work at Cerner Corporation on the project management team in the US Consulting Organization. Working at Cerner has allowed me to enhance my overall business skills, and I have been fortunate to be exposed to a variety of projects during my time here.  My team often asks for my input on new processes, which has been extremely beneficial in my development as a professional. Plus jeans casual everyday isn't too bad either.

Elizabeth Uxa – Senior – Accounting Major
This semester I had the opportunity to work at Summit Sportswear, a small business that designs and sells  ladies and  youth collegiate apparel. My task within the company is to enter bills and create the invoices for our customers. Communication is key within a small organization because everything I do, somehow affects someone else within the company. Here is a photo of myself with my coworkers before one of our weekly meetings.

R.J. Bondon – Senior – Accounting Major
After completing my tax internship with KPMG this spring, I can finally reflect on the wonderful experience I had with the firm. I learned almost every aspect of the tax department during the past few months and cannot wait to see where public accounting takes me.


Will Brockmeyer – Junior – Accounting Major
Wagstaff and Cartmell gives me the opportunity to work on various different projects. It's interesting to see all the aspects of the court system and the preparation that goes into it. Here I am sorting through client information to input into our system, NetDocs. This is just one of the several projects I am currently working on. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

If You Don’t Ask, the Answer is Always No

By Michael Dodds, Senior, Accounting Major

When I think about where I am at this point in my educational and professional path—an accounting senior getting ready to graduate at the end of this year, a bookkeeper getting ready to start a second internship as an auditor, a future CPA—I cannot help but think that it all started with a simple question.  Approximately one and a half years ago, I approached a small business owner and asked for the opportunity to learn from her.  She conducted her own daily bookkeeping and I thought it would be a great opportunity to gain some real-world experience and get my foot in the door.

 That experience paid off exponentially as it laid the foundation for my next major professional step; working as an auditor with a regional CPA firm this summer.  This auditing internship started much like the first.  I had to ask for it.  After being told I wasn’t in the right year and that I should be focused on two-day leadership programs instead of full-time internships, I went out on a limb and asked for the opportunity anyway.  Despite having never been one to buy into the “Ask and ye shall receive” mantras, as my own experiences have come to be shaped by it, I understand and appreciate the truth in it; if you don’t ask, the answer is always no.  
If I could give one piece of advice to someone seeking an internship, it is to ask for it.  The answer may not always be yes but the more you ask, the more opportunities you may get.  In my experience, if you ask for the chance to get your foot in the door, it makes it significantly easier to get the door open and where you want to be.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Spring Co-op Student Devyn Fossey - Internship Reflection

I attended KVC Health Systems' annual gala (pictured above with my boss), and it put into perspective just how much my coworkers care for the organization they work for.  A lot of time and effort is put into planning the gala, and the entire night is dedicated to raising money to benefit children in foster care.  Seeing the dedication my coworkers have for their work furthers my love for the internship I have working alongside such passionate people. - Devyn Fossey - Junior Marketing Major

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Fall 2015 Co-op Students

Christopher Stegall – Senior – Accounting
My internship at CACTUS Software has allowed me to learn a lot about state sales and income taxes! I'm about to walk into the office to calculate our sales tax liability in various states.

Sarah Czirr – Junior – Marketing / Jacob Weibel – Junior – Marketing
We work with the Google Community Leaders Program that is aimed at closing the digital divide in Kansas City. Their partnership with Literacy KC allows us to work directly with those who are underprivileged and do not have access to technology at home. We specialize in teaching them how to use online tools such as Google apps to help further their personal and professional growth. Here we are pictured in front of one of the many Google Fiber screens at the Google Fiber Space.

Brian McAuliffe – Senior – Business Administration
For the past six months I have been a Business Apprentice at Cerner Corporation in the Contract Management Operations Department. We are responsible for all of the contracts that are sent out to get signed by clients and then signed back here by executives. Every day I am able to connect with clients and other Cerner Associates all around the globe. It has truly been a learning experience that has helped me gain a greater understanding of the business world. Cerner Corporation is a great company and I am glad to have been given the opportunity to intern here.

Will Bockmeyer – Junior – Accounting
Working at a law firm allows me to get familiar with the data bases that are used on a day to day basis. Here I am searching the NetDocs data base.

Carolina Tines – Senior – English
My time at Uhlig LLC has been a great experience. I’ve had the opportunity to work with people who, like me, love the English language. I love the chance to network with interesting people while improving my proofreading skills.



Ruby Moore – Senior – Psychology
This is a typical day at Ozanam. I am interning as a Family and Youth Specialist. Part of my job is ensuring safety among each client. 98% of my day entails keeping everyone safe, from making sure everyone gets off of the bus safely when I come in on my shift, resolving conflicts, protecting the privacy of each client, all the way to checking rooms once everyone is in bed at night. Each night before we leave, we are responsible for going to rooms and checking on clients every 15 minutes. We have a checklist on every client’s door, and we check it off each time as verification.



Katelyn Edgar – Senior – Accounting
As part of the State Street internship, we are invited to give back. We spent a Friday afternoon volunteering at the Habitat Restore. Throughout the day, we were divided into teams and worked on a variety of different tasks for the company.  I enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about myself, my coworkers, as well as giving back to the community. 

Brett Basler – Senior – Accounting
With my internship, I am presented with a new and unique challenge every day. I have learned many new business and life skills throughout my exciting internship!

Tyrone Blackmon – Senior – Accounting
My internship with H&R Block is great because it allows me to affect people on a global scale. I work with the Expat Tax Services department and am able to do taxes for US Citizens living abroad.

Monday, July 27, 2015

PRROFREADER... by Carolina Vidal

By Carolina Vidal, Senior, English Major

When I first got the opportunity to interview for a position as a proofreader, I thought it was the natural thing to do. I am an English major, so it makes sense to find an internship that has something to do with reading, writing, or just looking for typos. It would give me enough experience to know whether or not I really liked the field, and it would have something to do with the English language.

After I was hired, I was ecstatic. I had done some proofreading for some unknown, self-published authors, but nothing too serious. Being hired to do that was a whole different thing, and the responsibility scared me. What if I couldn’t do it? What if I made a mistake? You know, it’s like anything else in life: you can do it, but when you tell someone, “Watch this,” suddenly you can’t.

But the weeks went by, I made mistakes here and there, learned from them (or at least I like to believe I did), and I’m still there. I got some encouraging feedback from my supervisors and had the opportunity to learn many things, especially about myself and in what kind of environment I like best. I have discovered I really enjoy working in a quiet environment. Compared to my previous experience when I was a student teacher in a kindergarten class, I can say I really love not having to talk all the time. I love children, but at the end of the day, I was always exhausted! So far, I am loving every minute of this experience. It seems like there’s always something that makes it interesting, or at least something that makes me think, “Huh! I had no idea!”

Friday, July 24, 2015

My Internship in Financial Market Research... by Quang Nguyen

My Internship in Financial Market Research
By Quang Nguyen, Finance and Applied Mathematics Majors

I am a senior student with dual degrees in Finance and Applied Mathematics. This summer, I got an intern position with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. My day starts out at 6AM. I commute every day for about an hour to work. The first thing that I usually do is to check my email for meeting or project work. At 8:30AM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we have our group meeting to discuss projects that are currently in process and assign new projects to appropriate members on the team. After the meeting, we all disperse and work on our own project.

This internship comes very close to my expectations. Everybody on the team knows what they are responsible for and are very self-sufficient. We try our best to contribute to the success of the team by completing our tasks efficiently and effectively. The most valuable thing that I have learned from this internship is that the work place atmosphere has changed quite significantly. In comparison to my first internship, my daily activities were just office work and shadowing people. With this internship, I am assigned with a research project, which could possible be used for future strategic planning to improve the profitability of the company. It can be said that my internship with BIVI so far is very involving and exciting. It allows me the opportunity to be independent, yet still I can contribute and gain access to knowledge from team members.
The advice I would give to other students who are thinking about obtaining an internship is to “do it”. The earlier you can secure an internship the better. These internship opportunities will provide you with a chance to gain perspective, become mature, and increase awareness of the skill sets that are desirable to companies.

In order to obtain an internship, never underestimate the power of connection. Use both personal and professional networks. Take the initiative and present yourself to others and let them know you are looking for opportunities to further learn about potential careers.