Personal Growth

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.

 Jamie Jackson Portrait

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: 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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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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Students Ditch Textbooks, Learn History First Hand

Posted on October 2, 2012. Filed under: Civil War, College, Personal Growth | Tags: , |

Article by  Philip Zielinski, Study Away Program Marketing and Promotions Intern

Jordan Parks was hesitant at first about the Civil War Study Away program but when he found out that he could get out of the classroom and go to Washington, DC, the decision became a lot easier.

“I would rather not be in a classroom if I have the opportunity to go to Washington DC and see the different battlefields and have the experience first-hand, rather than read about it in a text book,” Parks said. “You do a lot of reading in textbooks to learn the material and gain that knowledge, but when you are out there experiencing it, it is a completely different ball game.  When I realized that is when I knew I should probably take advantage of this trip.”

Parks and three other students, accompanied by history professor Roger Rosentreter, left East Lansing on May 29 to spend 17 days visiting various battlefields and other Civil War sites in and around Washington, DC.

“The program in a nutshell consisted of: about every other day we drove to a Civil War battle site and he gave lectures the night before about the significance of that battlefield,” Parks said. “For example, when we went to Fredericksburg he gave us all the main characters, which side won the battle and the significance towards the ending of the Civil War.”

These visits to battlefields allowed student Elizabeth Koroleski to finally take the extensive knowledge she had learned about the Civil War and connect it with real world places and locations.

“Pictures and movies can only get you so far,” Koroleski said. “When you can actually walk on the battlefield, walk down Bloody Lane at Antietam, be at Gettysburg; it was all very surreal.”

The group stayed with the other Study Away students that were spending the summer as interns in Washington, DC, providing a great opportunity to explore the nation’s capital and bond with other students.

“I would say 80 percent of the nights we were hanging out with the interns.  So there was a good balance between the academic aspect of the trip and the social aspect where I got to meet all these new people,” Parks said.

Washington DC also provided some important Civil War lessons as well, including a visit to the Ford’s Theatre.

“We were able to see the booth where the president was killed,” Koroleski said. “It was a really interesting and great way to end the trip because at the beginning we started with one of the first battles, First Manassas, and at the end was the assassination of Lincoln.”

The group was also treated to a performance of the play “One Destiny”, a two man show that portrayed different figures who were involved in the goings on at the Ford Theatre the day Lincoln was assassinated.

During the Civil War program, Parks gained an appreciation for the level of leadership that was necessary to lead soldiers in such a bloody and rugged war.

“You understand the importance of leadership and officers, how they really decided the outcome on the battlefield for the war,” Parks said. “You have a bunch of soldiers who are not all West Point graduates and don’t all understand combat or strategy; so the power is really in the elite few who can set up flanks, who can bravely charge their men in war and make those decisions that really show the outcome of the war and determined why it went one way or the other.

By the end of their two weeks, the students had a gained a whole wealth of information and perspectives about the Civil War that they could not have found in a classroom.

“Everybody knows the major issues of the Civil War,” Parks said, “But when you are out there and you see all the different things that also went into the Civil War and how it played out, you understand it a whole lot more.”

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Insights from Hawaii Program Interns

Posted on September 27, 2012. Filed under: College, Internship, Life, Michigan State University, Personal Growth | Tags: , , , |

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Washington, DC Internship Program Update

Posted on June 8, 2012. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Jobs, Life, Personal Growth | Tags: , , , |

Last week we welcomed a group of MSU students to Washington, DC where they will be working as interns for the summer. We spent a couple of days preparing them for their experience and showing them around the area.

Thanks to all of our DC Program alumni and supporters for giving so generously of their time and energy to help ensure a great learning experience.  This is indeed their opportunity to begin a successful transition to the world of work.

If you would like more information about Michigan State University’s Washington, DC Internship Program, and other programs offered, please visit our Facebook page MSU Study Away Programs, or call 517-432-4541.

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Confidence Machine

Posted on October 13, 2011. Filed under: Career, College, Confidence, Internship, Jobs, Life, Personal Growth, Professionalism, Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Internships are the perfect vehicle to build confidence.  They are like machines that process confused, sometimes scared, college students and turn out polished young professionals a few months later.  The transformation is physically evident to parents who often don’t even recognize their own child at the end of the progression.  They somehow seem taller, and well…more grown up!

Confidence is the key to it all.  In a Collegegrad.com survey, 46% of employers revealed that internship experiences and interview skills are what matter most to them. These two characteristics go hand in hand because confidence is needed for either one to help you land the job. Did you think it was your GPA (3%)?  Your new interview suit (2%)?  No, it’s your ability to communicate your experiences and new skills with confidence.

If you have not engaged in an internship experience before college graduation, run don’t walk to sign up for a program, preferably one that takes you outside of the campus bubble. Most university internship programs provide intentional learning experiences that include reflective assignments designed to connect your academics to the professional world.  This is your opportunity to test drive your chosen field, either confirming your choice or realizing that it wasn’t what you expected.  Either way, that knowledge is valuable.

Teddy Roosevelt once said that each time we face a fear we gain strength, courage, and confidence.   As part of an internship experience you will learn about yourself and what you are capable of as you push through the fear and doubt and arrive with confidence at your next destination.

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