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Oct. 5, 2015
By Tiona McKinney, media relations assistant
Northwest will host its annual fall Career Day from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Bearcat Arena. More than 100 companies, organizations and graduate schools will be attending to network and discuss full-time work and internship opportunities.
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Northwest Missouri State University students annually spend the summer months taking advantage of profession-based opportunities and experiences across the country.
This year, students worked internships in places such as animal clinics, history museums and recreation parks, and in fields ranging from marketing to education to agriculture. By the conclusion of the summer trimester, more than 30 students had submitted photos to the Northwest Career Services’ annual internship photo contest.
A photo submitted by Brianna Swank, a junior majoring in animal science pre-vet, from Kearney, Mo., was selected as the winner of the contest. Swank’s photo depicted her cleaning and polishing her family dog’s teeth during her internship at Loving Care Animal Health in Kearney.
Swank landed the internship with the assistance of her advisor and network. She connected with a veterinarian in her hometown who accepted her for the internship
The work provided her with opportunities to gain experience and develop a clearer vision of wanted she wants in a career.
Swank assisted with a variety of tasks including handling canines, felines and small animals, and she he gained in-depth knowledge of animal health issues.
“I want to continue my education post-graduation by attending veterinarian school,” she said. “Aside from an expanded education and new skill set, this internship helped propel my future by acting as an important reference for related experience.”
Eric Morgan, a senior wildlife ecology and conservation major from Omaha Neb., interned for Conservian Inc., a non-profit conservation agency in Big Pine Key, Fla., that focuses on coastal bird conservation.
Morgan walked four-mile stretches of beach to survey for different bird species. He says he learned to work long hours with a team to complete tasks.
“I faced getting to know all new wildlife and landscapes than what I learned in classes at Northwest,” Morgan said. “The work was also very physical because we walked the beach during temperatures over 90 degrees. I overcame the challenges by working hard and asking as many questions as I could.”
Mackenzi Mink, a senior business management and marketing major, from Ashland, Neb., (pictured second from right for "Superhero Night") interned with the Lincoln Salt Dogs professional baseball team. She assisted with ticket sales, promotions and stadium tours. On game days, she enjoyed interacting with fans.
Mink learned how promotions staff members work with athletic teams and gained a better understanding of what a future career in sports management might look like. She thanks Northwest Career Services for the direction its staff provided, too.
“To current Northwest students, utilize career services,” Mink said. “They helped me brainstorm ideas and got me started with my internship search.”
Kelsey Lacy, a senior public relations major from Abilene, Kan., completed an internship with the Kansas City Sports Commission. As a marketing intern, the experience also enhanced Lacey interest in her sport management minor.
Lacy (sitting in center) participated in marketing and promotional activities, interacting with local print and television media.
“The experience is worth it and you get to meet a lot of people, build your resume and have fun at the same time,” she said.
Anna Klaas, a senior from Marshalltown, Iowa, who is majoring in biology major with a zoology emphasis, completed an internship for the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Klass participated in dietary studies, chopped cornstalks for the elephants, cleaned their cages and bathed the animals.
Being in a Thailand, she also says she developed patience, for people and the animals.
“The animals wanted to go at their own pace and do things when they wanted to,” said Klass, who hopes to have a career working at an elephant sanctuary. “With people, I had to slow down and take my time to understand them.”
John MacLachlan, a senior recreation and park management major from St. Peters, Mo., interned at the Navajo State Park, in southwest Colorado.
His responsibilities included walking the campgrounds to interact with daily visitors, checking their boat registrations and fishing licenses and informing them of park regulations.
“Hard work will get you into great places,” he said. “It really helped me grow up as a person and better myself. Receiving the experience itself was extremely beneficial to my goals on becoming a park ranger for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.”
Mersadie Moore, a sophomore business management and marketing major, from Kansas City, Mo., interned with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C.
In addition to attending meetings and shadowing her supervisors’ day-to-day work, she took on other projects. Moore (pictured with Mustafa Santiago Ali, the senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice) developed an achievement award that recognizes community and federal partners that complete environmental justice projects.
Moore’s Native American background helped her acquire the internship. She applied through the Chickasaw Indian organization based in Ada, Okla.
“Depending on what you are willing to do, it is easier to get an internship in the field you want,” Moore said. “Not limiting yourself when you apply for internships helps a lot.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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