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San Francisco Featured Intern: Jalessa Brown

Posted on August 20, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Jobs, Michigan State University, Personal Growth, Professionalism, San Francisco | Tags: , , |

Jalessa in San FranciscoMeet our featured San Francisco intern, Jalessa Brown! Jalessa spent the summer in the San Francisco Bay area getting experience at an internship AND she is heading to Washington, DC for another one!  Jalessa believes in the power that these experiences can add to her resume. Read on to learn about her summer experience.

Name: Jalessa Brown
Major: Political Science
Internship Placement: Sungevity (http://www.sungevity.com)
Internship Location: San Francisco, CA

How did you learn about MSU’s Study and Internship programs and why did you choose to apply?

Spring semester I was taking a philosophy class in Berkey Hall and one day while waiting for class to start I decided to walk around and I happened to stumble across the study away office. After getting more information about all the different places I could go and classes I could take I choose to apply. I knew that having an internship in a state different from Michigan would stand out on my resume. I also knew that I could gain a lot of invaluable experience working as an intern.

What are your primary responsibilities at your internship?

I worked as a support specialist for Sungevity, a residential solar energy company. My primary responsibilities were to process incoming customer packs full of required documents for solar panel interconnection. I also worked a lot with Automated Clearing House, and making sure that Sungevity had the necessary signatures and proper payment information for the finance operations department.  Among my other responsibilities I learned a great deal of professionalism.

What’s your favorite thing about working / living in the Bay Area?

My favorite thing about working and living in the Bay area is the culture. The Bay area is full of great art, good food and lots of entertainment. I also really enjoyed the laid back atmosphere at work and the amazing views of the ocean.

How has your internship experience impacted your academic and/or career plans?

My internship has impacted my career plans by giving me clarification about my future career aspirations. This internship has given me a better understanding of what I want and do not want in a career. An executive at Sungevity helped me to realize that no matter what I do I should always be true to myself when looking for jobs or at career choices.

If you were speaking to an MSU student who was thinking about applying to an internship program, what would you say to convince them?

Why try to find an internship and go out of the state all on your own? All MSU students should take advantage of The Study and Internship programs it’s A LOT easier! It’s a great experience, and a really good way of getting a competitive edge when searching for jobs.

If you are interested in an internship in the San Francisco Bay Area this summer, go to the San Francisco tab on this website and view the webinar. You can also contact Jalessa at brownjal@msu.edu to learn more about her experience.

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Hawaii Featured Intern: Aubree Loznak

Posted on August 14, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Confidence, Featured Intern, Internship, Life, Michigan State University, Personal Growth, Professionalism | Tags: , , |

Loznak in Hawaii

Here’s another installment of MSU featured interns.  This intern is lucky enough to still be in Hawaii finishing up her assignment.  Meet Aubree Loznak!

Name: Aubree Loznak

Major: Human Development and Family Studies

Graduation Date: May 2014

Internship Placement: Kokua Kalihi Valley Community Center

Internship Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

What are your primary responsibilities at your internship?

At my internship I have many different responsibilities. Some days I am be a manager of a project, other days I go up to the valley and harvest vegetables and herbs to cook for the staff. It all depends on what the day is, but I have learned to be flexible and diverse.

What’s your favorite thing about working / living in Hawaii? 

My favorite thing about living in Hawaii is the people. The people are so loving here and they would do anything for you. They give beyond what they even have, just to make their visitors happy. The people in Hawaii will really impact your life.

How has your internship experience impacted your academic and/or career plans?

My internship has impacted my career plan by showing me there is more to nursing than just in the hospital. It all starts with what kinds of food you eat and, beyond that, if you give to the land, the land gives back to you. To add on, it has shown me how I can take care of myself so I can continue to help the ones who are in need.

Tell us one amazing or surprising highlight of your internship.  Are there any “AHA” moments? 

One surprising highlight of my internship was being able to get the chance to work with a professional chef and making dishes from the fresh picked vegetables and herbs. This was an amazing opportunity because I learned about how different plants can help … if you eat the right foods, the numbers of diseases began to decrease. You will always hear about this in class but you will never believe it until you have experienced it in front of your eyes.

If you were speaking to an MSU student who was thinking about applying to an internship program, what would you say to convince them?

Do it! It’s a different experience you will never get back home. I’m coming home a whole other person, appreciating life more than I ever have. Hawaii is not only a gorgeous place to be, but the culture is so rich and free. You feel like you’re in a foreign place but in actuality you feel right at home. Don’t hesitate; experience something that you probably have never experienced before.

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If you would like to learn more about Aubree’s internship at Kokua Kalihi Valley visit http://www.kkv.net/. Hawaii internships are primarily in community service agencies and health organizations.

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Boston Featured Intern: Meet Kelly Dunnigan

Posted on August 8, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Featured Intern, Internship, Life, Michigan State University, Personal Growth, Professionalism | Tags: , |

Here is our next installment of MSU’s Study Away Program’s Featured Intern.

Meet Kelly Dunnigan.  She just completed a summer internship in Boston where we were fortunate enough to meet Kelly and her internship supervisors on a site visit in June.

Kelly highlights something significant in her interview; challenging yourself, instead of limiting your experience based on specific career expectations, can result in a richer learning experience.  I think that she would agree that she leaves her summer internship with an unexpected skill set that adds value to any career path she chooses. 

Dunnigan in Boston

Name: Kelly Dunnigan

Major: Psychology

Graduation date: May 2015

Internship placement: FCD Educational Services

Internship location: Boston, MA 

How did you learn about MSU’s Study and Internship programs and why did you choose to apply? I saw a sign advertising the program in the psychology building and I thought it sounded interesting. I looked up more about it online and thought I should apply. I’ve always wanted to go to Boston and live in a big city, so it was perfect to get to do that and do an internship.  

What are your primary responsibilities at your internship? I did a few different things at FCD. I started out doing administrative tasks while I learned more about the operations of the company, then eventually started updating and redesigning their email marketing system, helped redesign the website, did some infographic design, and started researching for and writing an ejournal about mental health and substance abuse for their email list.  

What’s your favorite thing about working / living in Boston? Boston is a really great city. Everyone told me before I left that its actually a small city and easy to get around, and it was very true. There’s so much to see and do but you can get anywhere within half an hour.  

How has your internship experience impacted your academic and/or career plans? My internship definitely taught me more about my working style and my professional skills. I wasn’t completely sure what I wanted to go into after I graduate, and now I have a better idea. 

Tell us one amazing or surprising highlight of your internship. Are there any “AHA” moments? I had no clue that I could do graphic design. I saw an opportunity for FCD to grow and modernize, suggested it, and challenged myself. It worked out much better than I thought it would! 

If you were speaking to an MSU student who was thinking about applying to an internship program, what would you say to convince them? Internships are really the best way for college students to get quality references and real experience. Having this internship made me feel a lot better about my potential to get a job after I graduate. That sense of security alone is worth the work, even if your internship is unpaid.

Are YOU interested in a Boston internship Be sure to explore https://msustudyprograms.wordpress.com to learn about study and internship programs in Boston, as well as in our other off campus locations.

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