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Jan. 24, 2017
By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University students applied skills they’ve acquired in classrooms to professional fields during fall internship experiences, and they shared their experiences during Career Services’ internship photo contest.
“We know our students are having some amazing practical profession-based experiences,” Travis Kline, career development coordinator for internships in Northwest Career Services, said. “The photo contest allows students to show them off while helping the University promote the overall value of experiential learning.”
Career Services sponsors the internship photo contest each trimester for all students who participate in internships, practicums, field experiences and directed teaching experiences.
Photos submitted by students last fall ranged in fields from marketing to political science. A sampling of internship experiences and the photos submitted by students last fall appears below.
Students may submit internship experiences to the spring 2017 photo contest until 5 p.m. Friday, April 21. Students must be currently enrolled as a Northwest student to enter. Students may submit one photo each with a caption no longer than 1,000 characters, and the submitting student must appear in the photo. The winner of the contest receives a $100 Visa gift card.
Samantha Cintron interned as a marketing intern for FirstService Residential, a property management company in Kansas City, Missouri, and was selected as the winner of the annual contest.
Cintron is a senior business management and marketing major from Liberty, Missouri.
She planned the company’s annual board forum for clients, created marketing materials such as brochures and increased social media engagement. She continues to participate in webinars, conference calls and marketing projects at her Maryville residence.
“My greatest accomplishment is acquiring 14 new clients for the Kansas City location, and increasing company profits,” Cintron said. “Once summer was coming to a close, they asked me to continue being their intern while I was at school. So I transitioned from working in my cubicle in Kansas City to my bed in Maryville.”
Katie Brown, a junior criminology major with an emphasis in diversity studies and a minor in political science from Carlisle, Iowa, worked as a legal clerk at the Nodaway County prosecutor’s office.
She assisted with preparing cases for trial, opened cases that came through from law enforcement agencies and helped citizens of Nodaway County with issues that required the office’s assistance.
“I chose my internship, because it’s my dream to one day serve as Supreme Court justice and to run for president of the United States,” Brown said.
|Nicholas Bruemmer, a junior business management and marketing major from Jefferson City, Missouri, worked as a marketing intern at Socket Telecom in Columbia, Missouri.
Bruemmer spent most days working on the Fiberhood project, which targeted specific residential neighborhoods to market and sell fiber internet, phone and television. Socket is working with similar marketing techniques to Google Fiber in smaller urban markets.
“I used a wide variety of experience from classes at Northwest at my internship with Socket,” Bruemmer said, “Everything from direct sales techniques to business analytics and test marketing.”
Chloe Haffarnan, a junior history major from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, worked as an intern to the director and curator at Andrew County Museum in Savannah, Missouri.
She worked with collections management daily and researched and designed her own exhibit.
“It helped me develop on-the-job training capability, outreach and communication to the community, which will help me as I prepare for a possible career in non-profits and public administration,” Haffarnan said.
Ivory Lacina, a junior interactive digital media visual imaging major from Olathe, Kansas, worked as a broadway marketing intern at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.
Lacina spent her internship working on Snapchat filters and press kits. She traveled to news and radio stations with actors for interviews and traveled to local libraries dressed as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” to read to kids.
“It mixed my love for theater with my love of marketing and design,” Lacina said. “I grew up going to shows at Starlight every summer, so getting the chance to work there was a dream come true.”
Hannah Woodson, a senior art education major from Kansas City, Missouri, worked as an assistant art director at Point O’ Pines Camp for Girls in Brant Lake, New York.
Woodson said the hands-on learning experience helped her better understand the different levels of learning and how to enhance students’ knowledge.
Although the campers were from New York, they recognized the Bearcat paw on her shirt and started chanting.
“I can’t tell you how awesome it was to hear they knew who the Bearcats,” Woodson said. “I am always proud to be a Bearcat, but in that moment I felt it like never before.”
Career Services helps Northwest students launch their professional careers by offering a variety of services and programming, including critiques of resumes, cover letters and application materials, and internship and job search assistance as well as its annual Career Days and Mock Interview Days.
Career Services also sponsors monthly “How to Find an Internship” sessions throughout the trimester. The sessions are designed to help students clarify goals and organize search strategies that meet internship and career needs.
By providing these tools for success, Northwest boasts a three-year average career placement rate of 97 percent for undergraduate students and 99 percent for graduate students. This means that 97 percent of bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s earners are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.
For more information about the internship photo contest or its services, contact Career Services at 660.562.1250 or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/careerserv/.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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