Archive for September, 2013

New Orleans Featured Intern: Ashley Brown

Posted on September 24, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Michigan State University | Tags: , , , , |

Ashley NOLA

In this installment of featured interns you hear from Ashley Brown, who interned last summer in New Orleans. 

Name: Ashley Brown
Major: Political Science, Pre- Law
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Internship Placement: Apex Youth Center and Court Watch NOLA
Internship Location: New Orleans, LA 

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship?

Well I had two internships one with Courtwatch NOLA, and the other with Apex Youth Center. For the Court-watch internship my basic duties were to report to court at least twice a week and to follow and take record of whatever cases were assigned to me for that date. The youth center internship basically involved watching over children ages 11-16 and helping out with homework, social skills, and anything else that they may have needed.

What was your favorite thing about working / living in New Orleans?

My favorite thing about working and being in New Orleans was being able to explore the city and not really knowing what I would find. It was really nice being somewhere different for a change.

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

The experience was wonderful and I learned a lot about my field, thanks to the court- watch experience. Now I know for sure that it is criminal law that I would like to practice, and am looking forward to the pursuit once I graduate and get into a graduate school.

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

The real highlight of my experience was getting through to some of the children that I was working with. I have to admit I wasn’t sure at first about taking on the Apex internship because I’m not a huge fan of children. But working with them so closely and getting to know them so well they helped me just as much as I was able to help all of them. I was even tearful when it came time for me to leave and to my surprise so were a few of them.

If you are interested in a community-based internship experience in New Orleans you can find information on this website and watch a presentation, too.  If you still have questions, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

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Washington, DC Featured Intern: Malcolm Richardson

Posted on September 16, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Featured Intern, Internship, Michigan State University, Professionalism | Tags: , , , |

Here is another installment of MSU Study Away Programs’ Featured Intern series.  Malcolm Richardson is one of the growing number of students who participate in more than one study away program during their undergraduate years.  As a freshman, Malcolm spent five weeks studying and engaging in community service work in Hawaii as part of a long-running MSU program.  Below is an interview highlighting his latest study away adventure as an intern in Washington, DC. 

Malcolm Richardson

Name: Malcolm Richardson

Major: Hospitality Business

Graduation Date: May 2015

Program Location: Washington, D.C.

Internship Sponsor: The Virginian Suites Arlington

1. How did you learn about MSU’s Study and Internship programs and why did you choose to apply? I learned about the MSU study away program from Vicki Shaver of the College of Social Science.  I chose to apply because I needed an internship for my major and also I wanted to gain experience to make sure I was in the right major.

2. What was your favorite thing about working / living in Washington, DC? My favorite part about living in Washington was the scenery, and learning about all the history that it holds. Also, the shopping malls were very nice.

3. What are your primary responsibilities at your internship? I served as a Human Resource intern, and my primary responsibility was to create all new position descriptions to post on job searching websites.

4. How has your internship experience impacted your academic and/or career plans? My internship experience actually gave me a real appreciation of what goes on in all the different departments, and I realized that one can’t function without the other. People shouldn’t underestimate the significance of the job because of the title of the position.

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

My AHA moment was that life is really about networking, and who you know. You can be at the top of your class and be competing with someone with not that great of grades, but they have a connection with someone in that company.  The one with the connection is going to win…every time.  So, make your circle as big as possible to improve your options.

6. If you were speaking to an MSU student who was thinking about applying to an internship program, what would you say to convince them? It’s one of the most significant decisions you will ever make in your life! An internship could change or reinforce your career path. Would you rather do an internship and find out that you’re going down the right path or graduate and find out that all that studying and money you contributed to your education was wasted?

If you are interested in an internship in the hospitality field, the Virginian Suites Arlington, part of Choice Hotels group, is an excellent place to learn.  They offer internship positions in Human Resources, Direct Sales and Marketing, Front Office, Reservations, and more.

The Virginian Suites has been the primary housing location of MSU’s Washington, DC interns for nearly 10 years.  The warm and welcoming staff consistently provides an excellent learning and living experience for MSU student-interns.  Visit their website to learn more about this facility:  http://www.virginiansuites.com/. Contact MSU’s Study Away Office if you would like to know more about these or other internship opportunities.

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New York Featured Intern: Rachel Petro

Posted on September 15, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Confidence, Featured Intern, Internship, Jobs, Michigan State University, Professionalism, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Below is an excerpt from an interview with Rachel Petro, an MSU Psychology major who completed a summer internship in New York City through the College of Social Science Study and Internship Programs.  You will have an opportunity to meet Rachel and other students who have completed Study Away programs in other cities, such as Washington, DC Honolulu, New Orleans and Boston at an informational meeting.

Study Away Informational Meeting

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 5:00pm

109 S. Kedzie Hall

We are expecting a crowd, so get there early!  In the meantime, read on to learn a little bit about Rachel’s experience.

Petro in NYC

Name: Rachel Petro

Major: Psychology

Graduation Date: December 2014

Internship Placement: Doe Fund, Inc.

Internship Location: Brooklyn, NY

What are your primary responsibilities at your internship? 

My primary responsibilities are administrative work and chart filing.  I also helped assist in GED classes and sat in on employee interviews.  However, my biggest responsibility was to be there for the trainees whenever they need advice or guidance.  

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

My favorite thing about New York Living is all of the possibilities.  It is the perfect place for people who are into fashion or if you are a foodie.  Working here is very convenient because of the subway and your networking possibilities are endless.

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

This internship experience has definitely taught me a lot about the “real world”.  Going to class is a great way to learn, but it is nothing close to the experience and knowledge I have gained at the Doe Fund.  This internship has just solidified that I am making the right career choice.  I truly love counseling and helping those in need.

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

No other program will help you get an internship.  I loved that I had a placement manager help me, since searching for an internship on my own from Michigan would have been impossible.  Plus you need internship experience no matter what major you are.  So why stay in East Lansing?  Get out and travel while you get the experience you need for your resume!

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New Orleans Featured Intern: Nishat Islam

Posted on September 13, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Featured Intern, Internship, Michigan State University, Personal Growth | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Here is another installment of the featured intern series. This one highlights Michigan State University’s New Orleans study and internship program.  Meet Nishat! Below is a photo of Nishat with some of the beads she collected while in New Orleans.

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Name:  Nishat Islam

Major: IDS – Health and Society

Graduation Date: May 2013

Internship Placement: Tulane University Community Health Clinic

Internship Location: New Orleans 

 

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

 I learned about the MSU’s Study and Internship programs by complete accident.  I was browsing for classes on MSU Scheduler and saw that some classes were offered in other countries, particularly one in Bangladesh.  Although that one didn’t work out, I was really interested in having a new experience in another place other than MSU campus. 

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship? 

I became the manager of the Computer Literacy program at the TUCHC.  I managed our client list, matched teachers with students, taught students of my own how to use computers, and rewrote the entire computer curriculum. 

What was your favorite thing about working / living in New Orleans?  

My favorite thing about living in New Orleans was the warm and open environment.  Everyone is so friendly and helpful and it just felt like anything and everything could happen.  There were just SO many opportunities waiting to happen. 

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

Being closer to the target groups that I want to work with was amazing.  It has only reconfirmed my dreams of helping populations who need help accessing equal healthcare. 

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

 I think one the things that never failed to surprise me was how caring and open people can be.  Every day, everyone worked together to make lives of others better and it just made them happy to make others happy.  I loved it and I was surprised how addicting it could be to hear a laugh in relief or a smile when you help someone out.

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

I would tell them that the experiences you have during your internship programs are definitely not the same ones you would have on campus.  It will change you and open you up to new experiences you never would have thought to try before and you will be SO glad for it!  Never be afraid of change and embrace it.

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