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Devon Brown's photo of himself in Peru while using a laptop distributed through the One Laptop Per Child program was selected as the top photo in Career Services "Internship Photo Contest" for 2009.

June 21, 2010

Students encouraged to submit photos of their internship experiences

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest's Office of Career Services is now accepting photos for its expanded "Internship Photo Contest" that depict Northwest students participating in unique and engaging internships.

To be eligible for the contest, students must be enrolled at Northwest, and the experience shown in the photo must have occurred between Aug. 31, 2009, and Aug. 27, 2010.

Additionally, photo submissions must include a description that will be judged, along with the student's name and a photo caption. Entries should be no longer than 300 words.

Students can upload their photos directly to the Career Services website from wherever they are stored. Anyone can view the photos on the website, where they can be sorted by year and major. For more criteria, see the Photo Contest page.

A panel of judges is appointed by Career Services to select the winning photo, and a prize will be awarded.

The contest was launched during the summer of 2008 as a way to highlight students participating in academic-credit internships during the summer only.

But this summer, with the help of a database created by the CITE office, Career Services has expanded its photo contest to a year-round format. Now the contest is open to all students participating in practicums, both credit and non-credit internships, and other similar experiences. 

Rosalie Weathermon, career development coordinator for internships, said Career Services expanded the contest because of its growing popularity and to include more students' experiences.

"This is a way to acknowledge their experiences and get photos to share with freshmen and sophomores so we can help them as they're determining their experiences and the paths they want to pursue," Weathermon said.

Past photo submissions have depicted students helping with promotions for baseball teams, running park naturalist programs and interning at local television or radio stations. Last summer's winner, Devon Brown, submitted a photo of himself sitting atop a mountain in Santa Rosa, Peru, and using a laptop distributed through the One Laptop Per Child program. Brown was a liaison between the government, One Laptop Per Child and the rural schools where he worked. 

"Our job was to give workshops to the students, teachers and community that focused on implementing the laptops into everyday life and also into the curriculum of the school," said Brown, who graduated from Northwest in May with a degree in management information systems. "The age range would be from 4-15. We also taught English and basic computer skills at a local high school."

During the fall, all photo entries are displayed on a bulletin board outside the Career Services office on the first floor of the Administration Building. Students who submit photos also might be asked to discuss their internships with incoming students during Advantage Week. 

For past photos, click here.

For more information about Career Services, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468