Professionalism

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.

Andrew Koprowski portrait

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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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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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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Washington, DC Featured Intern: Meet Steve Ciranna

Posted on July 25, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Featured Intern, Internship, Life, Michigan State University, Professionalism | Tags: , , , , , |

photoWelcome to a new series of blog posts highlighting Michigan State University students participating in College of Social Science Study Away Programs.  Stephen Ciranna is the first student being featured. He is part of one of the most popular programs offered at MSU, the Washington, DC Summer Internship Program.  Meet Steve Ciranna!

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Name: Stephen R. Ciranna

Major: Economics specializing in Political Economy 

Graduation Date: May 2014

Internship Placement: Congressmen Bill Huizenga’s office

Internship Location: Washington D.C. 

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

 I wanted to intern in DC ever since my sophomore year of college and stumbled upon the program while exploring the Social Science website.  I quickly realized that this program was the best way for me to achieve my goal of interning in DC.

 What are your primary responsibilities at your internship?

 My main roles are to work directly with the Congressmen’s constituents, whether I’m working on phone calls, writing letters or leading Capitol Hill tours.  I research current and future policy and write memos on committee meetings, briefings and other events occurring on Capitol Hill.  I also, conduct any task that the office needs me to do which can vary a lot which keeps me on my toes each day!

 What’s your favorite thing about working / living in Washington, DC? 

 I love how the work being done all around this city is so important for the entire world and is directly impacting American citizen’s lives.  I like to believe the work that I am doing has a small, but positive impact for Americans as well.

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

This internship has helped me see the real impacts of the economic policies that I have studied intensively in East Lansing, helping me to deepen my knowledge in the subject I enjoy so much.  Also, through networking, I have learned countless new career possibilities that I can pursue here in DC that would go along with my studies, interests, and career goals.

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

 Every day I experience a surprising “AHA” moment on Capitol Hill here in DC.   Whether, it is encountering Congressmen Huizenga’s interactions with other members or constituents, something new I learn through intensive research, discussions with knowledgeable and experienced staffers, or just running around the Capitol doing a task for the office.  The most surprising highlight however, is the fact that everyone here in Washington wants you to learn and grow and that is what allows you to experience these “AHA” moments that I will remember for the rest of my life.

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Are YOU interested in a Capitol Hill internship?  Representative Huizenga’s Office has opportunities available each semester.  Visit his website for details: http://huizenga.house.gov/constituentservices/internships.htm. If you are pursuing a career in policy or law, a Capitol Hill internship is a major asset to your resume.

Be sure to explore https://msustudyprograms.wordpress.com to learn about study and internship opportunities in Washington, DC, as well as in our other off campus locations.

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Before you Arrive at your Internship

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Jobs, Professionalism | Tags: , , , , |

Communicating with Your Internship – Prior to Arrival

If you have not communicated with your internship supervisor a week or two prior to your arrival to determine logistics of your first day, you should do so.  Call (preferred) or email the appropriate person to let them know that you are looking forward to beginning your internship, and to confirm or determine important information regarding your first day.

Things to cover:

When and Who:  Be sure they know when to expect you – what day you plan to begin work.  Determine what time you need to report, and who you are to report to on your first day.

Where:  Get the physical address of the office, including room number.  Sometimes the mailing address is different than the actual office location.  Ask for directions, parking options and if there is a preferred entrance.

Dress Code:  If they have not provided you with a dress code, you should ask if there is one, or if they have any suggestions regarding attire.  Remember that first impressions count!

Paperwork: If they have not asked you to complete any paperwork, you might ask if there are any forms they need you to complete prior to your first day, or if there is any recommended reading.  (You should have already become familiar with the organization via their website – if you haven’t — do it now!)  If you have completed paperwork for them, did they receive it?

Taking a little time to touch base before you arrive will reduce some of the stress that you might be feeling as you begin the new learning experience.

 

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Business Casual – What does it mean?

Posted on July 17, 2012. Filed under: Career, Confidence, Internship, Jobs, Professionalism | Tags: , , , |

business-casual%20WomenIn Dr. Joel Clark’s book, Intern to Success, he advises that, “Punctuality and appearance are crucial to making good first impressions.”  We all know that those first 10 seconds make a lasting impression – good or bad.  What you may not realize is that you will have plenty of opportunity to impress people outside of the office setting  before you even arrive at your internship.

Networking possibilities present themselves at your program orientation sessions, intern workshops, class seminars and welcome receptions, and even at your parent’s house! You are being evaluated at these events.  It may not be an official or formal interview, but connected people are gathering crucial information about who you are, initially based on your appearance. The impression you leave has the potential to impact your career options.

“Business Casual” is a good starting point for interns.  Unfortunately, there are many opinions regarding what fits into this category.  To prepare you for your internship experience, I recommend that you follow these basic guidelines.

Business Casual for MEN:

  • Business or Sports jacket is suggested
  • Styled, solid-colored pants
  • Long-sleeved, solid or striped shirt
  • Tie is not necessary, but suggested
  • Dark socks
  • Matching belt and shoes

Business Casual for WOMEN:

  • Business skirt or pants
  • Conservative blouse or sweater
  • Blazer or cardigan is suggested
  • Closed-toed heels
  • Neutral hosiery
  • Understated accessories

Business Casual is NOT:

  • Jeans, cargo pants, shorts, or low rise pants exposing bare skin
  • Tight or short skirts
  • T-shirts, sweatshirts, revealing or low cut tops
  • Tennis shoes, flip-flops or shower shoes
  • Baseball caps worn indoors
  • Anything too trendy or flashy
  • Large pieces of jewelry
  • Facial piercings
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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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