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Mapping from Student to Professional

Posted on May 5, 2015. Filed under: Career, College, Confidence, Internship | Tags: , , , |

As a college student you are usually told exactly what is expected of you by your professors in the form of a syllabus. During this same time parents are letting you know what they expect of your academic performance, especially if they are paying for your education. In this respect, college is laid out like a road map that you must follow to arrive at your desired location – graduation and a job.

In the professional world it is unlikely that you will receive such clear mapping from your employer. There may be a job description with a list of related responsibilities, but unlike a course syllabus you will rarely find a step by step guide to success. An employer may even expect that a fresh-out-of-college hire comes with innovative ideas to improve their established systems. YOU are expected to decide how to approach each task or create your own map to achieve the desired outcome.

How do you go from map-follower to mapmaker?

Internships provide an opportunity to test out your analytical and critical thinking skills in a supportive learning environment. As an intern you take what you’ve learned in the classroom and apply it in a professional setting as you test what works and what doesn’t. Students can practice that balancing act between asking too many questions and not asking enough. At your internship it is expected that you will have questions, even make some mistakes, and then receive constructive feedback so you can move forward with new knowledge and skills.

folded-maps-27675895One way to approach this transition is to write your own syllabus. Institute you own deadlines with benchmarks that let you know that you are on the right track, grading yourself as you move forward. Using available resources such as work manuals, mentors, supervisor consultations, and Google, an intern or young professional can create a map to navigate this new world.

You may not have considered following a syllabus to be a significant learning outcome of your college years, but knowing how to create your own can be an asset as you transition to life after graduation.

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Washington, DC Summer Intern: Kendra McCarthy

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Career, College, Featured Intern, Internship, Michigan State University, Social Work, Washington | Tags: , , , , |

Meet Kendra, a driven individual majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies at MSU who completed the summer internship program in Washington, DC through the College of Social Science Study and Internship Programs. Read what she has to say about her experience and the hustle and bustle of a big city like Washington, DC.

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Name: Kendra McCarthy

Hometown: Sturgis, MI

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science

Graduation: May/August 2014

Internship Placement: YMCA of Metropolitan Washington

Internship Location: YMCA of Arlington

 

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship?

I was responsible for creating and updating a roster of all the children attending Camp Letts, a camp that has 9 sessions throughout the summer. I was in charge of keeping track of the children’s session choices, transportation needs, payments, scholarship funding, and collecting forms.  

 

What was one of your fondest highlights of your internship? A highlight of my internship was being able to send children to camp, the other day I received an email from a mother thanking me and the YMCA for giving her children the chance to go to camp. She expressed how the YMCA is such a great support for her children. I forwarded it to my supervisor and she said times like these make her realize how worth it all is to her.

 

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make living in Washington, DC? The rush is a big adjustment. People are always on the go, it’s so busy here. There are so many people and everyone has somewhere they need to be “right now”. It’s a very fast paced environment, especially with taking the metro!

 

How has your internship enhanced your academic and career plans? I am interested in non profits and social work. I was able to see how much work goes into providing just one program for a community. And I was able to see the number of people impacted by one organization. I met someone who started out as a social worker in the schools and now he is a director of the child care program. That was encouraging because it has opened my eyes to the possibility of doing more than what I originally planned. Before I never considered being the director of any type of program, but to see he started out as a social worker lets me know I am on the right track.

 

Why should an MSU student apply to this internship program? You get the chance to live in another city without worrying about paying any bills! The only thing I knew before coming here was that I wanted to go to grad school after graduation, but coming here has given me clarity as to what exactly I want to do and what I need to do to get there. I have met some amazing people and made some great connections that I hope to continue after I leave here. The workshops and experience are both really beneficial; they teach you things that you would never learn in a classroom. They are life skills and experience that you can take with you even after you have left MSU.

The YMCA is one of our long-standing internship opportunities for students in many of the program cities.  The YMCA is known for being the “gold standard” in youth programming and their interns come away with valuable knowledge in this area and something that stands out on their resume.  If you are interested in a YMCA internship, please call 517-432-4541 to learn more about these programs.

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San Francisco Bay Area Intern: Brandi Skanes

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Career, College, Featured Intern, Internship, Michigan State University, San Francisco | Tags: , , , , , , |

Continuing our intern series with a feature on  Brandi  Skanes, Psychology and Marketing major who traveled to the West Coast for her internship.  As part of MSU’s partnership with Academic Internship Council, students have an opportunity to gain experience in the San Francisco Bay  Area while living near Berkeley.

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Name: Brandi Skanes

Hometown: Kentwood, MI

Major: Psychology & Marketing

Graduation Date: Spring 2017

Internship Placement: DSM Biomedical – Communications Intern

Internship Location: Berkeley, CA

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship?

My internship had four main focuses which include external communications, internal communications, CRM maintenance, and market research. So I have different projects within each focus.

What were some main projects you had worked on?

My main project was confidential, but I was doing research on our company’s competitors and customers. My side projects included cleaning up the CRM database that contains all customer and vendor information. My main project for internal communication was updating the news blog for the DSM Corporate Biomedical channel, and then the individual offices within the biomed field. For the external communications project, my supervisor showed me the steps of how we rebranded our company, and why the brand turned out the way it has. After learning about the brand, my supervisor, the senior communications specialist, and I worked on a video project. Again, I can’t say much about it because it was confidential.

What was one of the highlights of your internship?

There have been so many. Because I made a great amount of progress on my main projects, my supervisor gave me the opportunity to expand further than just learning about marketing and communications. She suggested I join a different subcommittee within the company that doesn’t have a connection to marketing, yet could teach me how to work within a group, and how to be creative and grab people’s attention through the material I present to them.

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

It has made me realize that I do want to have a career in a marketing or communications department but in an industry I am more interested in.

If you would like to learn more about a San Francisco Bay Area internship experience, please visit http://socialscience.msu.edu and check the event calendar for upcoming meetings or call 517-432-4541 for an appointment.

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Washington, DC Semester Intern: Breanna Bishop

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Career, College, Featured Intern, Internship, Michigan State University, Washington | Tags: , , , , , |

Meet Breanna Bishop who is part of a growing number of students that participate in two internship programs during their undergraduate years at Michigan State University.  Breanna was part of MSU’s New York City internship program during summer 2013 and also participated in the spring 2014 Washington, DC Program.  Read her interview below to learn how the first internship prepared her for the second.

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Name: Breanna Bishop

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Major: Journalism

Graduation: May 2014

Internship Placement: Human Rights Campaign

Internship Location: Washington, DC

How did the academic portion on the political, monumental, and social culture of Washington, DC  benefit your experience within the study away program?

I think the academic portion of the program allowed me to gain a better understanding of DC. I think it’s necessary to understand the history of a place and the events that shape its identity.

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship?

My primary responsibilities included: assisting the Publications Director with copyediting and research. I was also able to draft interview questions and contribute my writing to EQUALITY magazine, HRC’s Federal Club Newsletter and the official HRC blog. My biggest projects were working on the magazine, as it takes a lot of background work to prepare for interviews and it goes through several rounds of editing. It was a bit exhausting at times, but seeing the finished publication was definitely worth the time and effort put in.

What was one of the highlights of your internship?

One of the highlights of my internship was being able to meet so many inspiring people who are passionate about the mission of HRC. It was amazing to be around so many people, who make it their job to fight for equality in our society.  

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make living in DC?

The biggest adjustment I had to make living in DC was budgeting. It wasn’t extremely difficult to do, but of course, it’s extremely different than any city in Michigan. I feel that my previous Study Away experience in New York really prepared me for being able to effectively manage my money.

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

It made it clear to me that journalism is the field in which I belong. I really enjoyed writing for the magazine and being able to experience the publication process, but I also learned how much I like the culture of nonprofit organizations. I think my internship experience really made me want to incorporate my interest in advocacy and journalism. I also think it solidified my decision to attend graduate school, while it may not be in the immediate future; it is definitely something that I’m looking forward to.

Why should an MSU student apply to this Washington, DC Study Away & Internship program?

MSU students should apply to the DC Study Away & Internship program because it really allows you to experience what types of work environments you thrive in. You may find that the initial career path you wanted to embark upon isn’t as fulfilling as you thought it would be or it may reinforce that it’s the right field for you. I think it allows you to gain a sense of what it is you want to do before you’re actually placed into the work force after graduating.

NOTE: Although these programs are administered by the College of Social Science, students of any major can participate.  As a Journalism major, Breanna was able to earn credits that applied to her degree due to a partnership between the College of Social Science and the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. This is unique to the Washington, DC Program that also includes partnerships with James Madison College, College of Arts & Letters and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

If you would like to learn more please visit MSU’s College of Social Science website: http://socialscience.msu.edu and check for upcoming informational meeting on the event calendar or call 517-432-4541 to schedule an appointment with a program coordinator.

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Washington, DC Summer Intern: Andrew Koprowski

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Career, College, Confidence, Featured Intern, Internship, Jobs, Michigan State University, Professionalism, Washington | Tags: , , , , , , |

Meet Andrew Koprowski, James Madison/Economics major who interned in Washington, DC during summer 2014 for Senator Debbie Stabenow.  Andrew was also MSU’s DC Program Ambassador. Read on to learn about the work he accomplished during his internship on Capitol Hill and how it will help him as he continues to explore career options.

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Name: Andrew Koprowski

Hometown: Flint, Michigan

Major: Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and Economics

Graduation: Fall 2015

Internship Placement: Legislative Intern at the Office of Senator Stabenow

Internship Location: Hart Senate Building in Washington DC

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship?

I was assigned to a legislative team that specifically focused on tax legislation, economic development, small business development, and mortgages and housing legislation. As a legislative intern I researched current events that focus on the areas of concern for my legislative mentors as well as attended hearings and wrote memorandums for both the LA’s and the LC’s. In addition to research, I performed administrative tasks such as answering phone calls, data base management, as well as responding to constituent concerns via email and telephone calls.

What was one of your biggest projects that you had worked on?

One of my biggest projects focused on developing a co-sponsor memorandum for Senator Stabenow. The memorandum discussed the Commercial Real Estate and Economic Development Act. My legislative mentor wanted me to address what the CREED Act was, why Senator Stabenow should co-sponsor it and other background information about the piece of legislation. The project took over a week to complete simply because it required very in depth research that addressed the possible benefits and consequences of the CREED Act.

What was one of your fondest highlights of your internship?

One of the highlights of my internship was on June 17. I had volunteered to help the Agricultural Committee set up for a large event that they were hosting and I felt obligated to volunteer because Senator Stabenow is the Chair person on the committee. This experience was so rewarding because I was able to work one on one with Bill Sweeney, the Chief of Staff for Senator Stabenow. I had the honor to speak to Mr. Sweeney and it turned into an informational interview. I learned a lot from Mr. Sweeney and he offered me great advice on networking, how to secure a job after graduation on Capitol Hill, and his personal advice about graduate school and when to go. Not only did I get to meet Mr. Sweeney, I had the opportunity to meet with CEO’s and representatives from major corporations like Coca-Cola, GM, Ford, etc.

Why should an MSU student apply to this internship program?

I highly recommend this program to any MSU student who is serious about their future academic and career goals. The MSU study away program in DC is an incredible experience and can open so many doors. Students will learn so many valuable life lessons, including how to properly budget and save money, as well as how to network in a professional setting. The relationships you create while you are in DC are very important and the program introduces students to many networking opportunities. In addition, Vicki Shaver does a wonderful job connecting students to potential internships and works extremely hard to find students the right internship. She was the reason I got my internship and I give her so much credit because she does her job extremely well.

If you would like to learn more about MSU’s College of Social Science Study and Internship programs you can visit http://socialscience.msu.edu or email Study.Away@ssc.msu.edu to schedule a meeting with a program coordinator. Washington, DC programs run every semester!

 

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New Orleans Intern: Jamie Jackson

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Career, College, Confidence, Featured Intern, Internship, Jobs, Michigan State University, New Orleans, Personal Growth, Social Work | Tags: , , , , |

The beginning of a new academic year brings the continuation of MSU Study Away Program Featured Intern series.

Meet Jamie Jackson who participated in MSU’s New Orleans program during the summer of 2014.

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Name: Jamie Jackson  

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Major: Psychology

Graduation: May 2015  

Internship Placement: Volunteers of America  

Internship Location: Metairie, LA  

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship? I worked with staff to develop a new initiative called the Family Economic Security Program and performed initial case assessments.

What were some main projects you had worked on? I developed a community resource guide and a “strengths- based” case assessment plan for the Family Economic Security program. Also, I have assisted in a grant application for the program.

How has your internship experience enhanced your academic and  career plans? My internship confirmed my career choice of social work as right for me, and I plan to apply to graduate programs for social work.

Why should an MSU student apply to this internship program? A MSU student should apply for this internship because they would gain a lot of skills and knowledge in a positive and motivated working environment. Not only would they gain a great experience with the city of New Orleans and its people, but they will also learn more about themselves!

If you would like to learn more about  these internship programs, please contact MSU’s College of Social Science Study Away Programs Office at 517-432-4541 or Study.Away@ssc.msu.edu.

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New Orleans Featured Intern: Ashley Brown

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

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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. 

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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.

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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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