Friday, May 1, 2015

"What Has Your Internship Allowed You To Do?" Spring 2015 Interns in the Co-op Program Respond

Aaron Jackson - Junior
Double Major in Financial Markets & Economic Analysis and Applied Mathematics
This is my desk at Cerner Corporation, where I have worked for last year with the Global Mobility team. We are responsible for relocating associates throughout the world and by doing this, I have gotten the chance to work with a great team. My goal going into an internship was to be introduced to a corporation and start to understand what I should be expecting when I graduate from college. I believe that I have accomplished this goal.
Anna Mincher - Senior - Accounting Major
 Working at the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority allows me take concepts I have learned in the classroom and practice them in a real world setting.  I am able to get first-hand experience with working in a government funded organization and broaden my knowledge of governmental accounting. Growing up in Kansas City and interning at Arrowhead Stadium has allowed me to incorporate my hometown pride into my work which keeps everyday fun and interesting.
 John Bahlinger - Senior - Corporate Finance & Accounting Major
 Working at the Hamilton Retirement Group has given me the insights on what it takes to become a financial advisor. In the picture above, I am filling out our retirement income plan. I am gathering financial information from a prospective client to complete this plan. This shows individuals what they can expect to live off depending on what they have saved in their different retirement accounts.
Keith Williams - Senior - Exercise & Sports Science Major
My internship working the Rockhurst University Athletic Training staff has been a great experience and has given me a glimpse of what it is like to work as an athletic trainer. Working with college athletes on a daily basis has been great experience and is a career I would be interested in pursuing after completing this internship. The Rockhurst Trainers have been very helpful and have taught me a lot about the field over the course of this semester and I am very grateful for the chance to learn from them.
Nicholas Borders - Senior - Accounting Major
Here I am entering invoices into the accounting system, which is the most time consuming part of my tasks. It is amazing to see how far I have come from last year to this year. I remember when I first started, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. Now, I hardly get stressed and have to ask very few questions. I feel that I know the people I work with very well and can really relate to them.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Not What I Expected: So Much More! By Sarah Basler (Marketing Internship)

When I originally applied to be the next marketing intern for the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, I did not have many expectations.  I have previously worked in a marketing internship that was more directed at sales with monotonous tasks such as cold calling and data entry consuming my days.  I guess I sort of expected this new internship to be the same work in a different location.  To my surprise, this position was nothing like I had expected.  At the Boy Scouts, I have primarily focused on promotional aspects of marketing such as developing strategic social media calendars, designing shirts and banners, and writing blog entries about upcoming events. 
If someone were to ask me what the daily schedule of a Boy Scouts marketing intern looked like, I would not be able to accurately answer because each day is full of new experiences and learning opportunities. Before Boy Scouts, I had no idea how to professionally compose a blog entry, design on Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign, or copyright and edit a newspaper.  After only four weeks in this position, I have learned all of these skills as well as various other beneficial marketing proficiencies.  

The most exciting task I have been delegated thus far has definitely been writing media releases.  Whenever the Boy Scouts have an event that they wish to be publicized in an immediate manner to the over 31,000 Scouting participants, they issue a media release.  This notifies all of the major news stations about the event so that a media presence will be at the affair.  Also, the stations have a baseline for covering the story.  One of the releases I wrote was published in the Kansas City Star which was extremely rewarding to notice. I helped to spread the news and my writing was published!  
The most challenging task has been adjusting to using Mac software rather than a PC.  Also, I have had to quickly learn how to use the creative software like Photoshop.  Though challenging, I have grown more comfortable using new software and have developed skills that I will carry into my future career.

So if by now you can understand that "The Day in the Life of a Boy Scouts Intern" is unpredictable, you can understand why the internship has turned out to be more than I could have imagined with constant learning opportunities and chances to broaden my horizon in the field of marketing.

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