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May 16, 2017
Northwest Missouri State University students spent the spring trimester applying skills they’ve learned in classrooms at Northwest Missouri State University to professional fields during internship experiences, and some shared their experiences during Career Services’ internship photo contest.
Each trimester, Northwest students are invited to submit photos of their internship experiences to Career Services and a panel of judges selects one submission to receive a $100 Visa gift card.
Anthony Ealy was declared the winner of the spring 2017 internship photo contest for a photo of him meeting and conversing with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Ealy, who recently completed his bachelor’s degree in political science, spent the spring trimester as one of four Northwest students selected to work as legislative interns.
“I take every opportunity I can, and when I meet important people I don’t get starstruck,” Ealy said. “I see them as human beings, with a job, and the question I asked Greitens about him confirming our student regent is part of his job. I, of course, brought him to the side before I asked him this, but this is a skill I learned over time. I like the picture and thought it portrayed a confident and blessed moment.”
Other Northwest students submitted examples of their internships in the fields of business, marketing, recreation and education.
|Stephanie Robinson served as an intern with the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.|
|Marlon Oliver and Ve'Shawn Dixon presented their Northwest Community Engagement Plan to local business leaders.|
Stephanie Robinson served as an intern with the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. Through that experience, Robinson applied the skills she has developed in her finance courses, such as conducting quantitative analytical assignments, budget variances reporting, the tracking of operating costs and assembling audit reports.
She worked closely as an intern with the senior vice president of the Federal Reserve’s auditing department and has accepted work as a financial analyst at the bank. She completed two bachelor’s degree at Northwest during the spring in financial management and financial services.
“I have learned so much from his feedback and direction and have been pushed outside of my comfort zone to serve in audit as a consultant regarding projects or implementing new programs,” Robinson said. “I had the opportunity to participate in multiple discussions with senior executives at the bank to learn about different areas and best practices.”
Several students found valuable internship experiences without leaving Maryville at places such as Maryville Parks and Recreation and Lettuce Dream.
While completing their bachelor’s degrees this spring in political science, Marlon Oliver and Ve'Shawn Dixon interned for Maryville City Manager Greg McDanel. Their experience culminated April 18 with a presentation of their Northwest Community Engagement Plan to local business leaders. The plan offered ideas for products, services and opportunities to enhance connections with the Northwest campus and the community.
As a marketing intern with Spoofhound Athletic Boosters Leanna Mazzeffe designed apparel for Maryville High School athletics teams and ran promotions for the apparel on a website she created for the organization. “I have had hands-on experience with business-to-business communication and sales,” she said. “This internship has grown my love for the Maryville community.”
Samantha Oder was a management intern at Brad Ford’s Shelter Insurance agency in Maryville. She completed the Shelter Insurance Agency Representative Program and obtained a Missouri Property and Casualty Producer License. She also managed the agency’s Facebook profile.
During the spring trimester, she also completed her bachelor’s degree at Northwest in business management and plans to continue working at the agency.
“This experience has allowed me to utilize the skills I have learned in my management classes and to gain practical experience in a professional environment,” Oder said. “My experience in the agency has definitely given me the real-world experience I need to gain an edge in postgraduate employment.”
Career Services sponsors the internship photo contest each trimester for Northwest students who participate in internships, practicums, field experiences and directed teaching experiences.
During spring 2017, 139 Northwest students enrolled in internships for academic credit.
“Internships provide our students a chance to use the skills they learn in the classroom and put them to use in a real life work environment,” Travis Kline, Northwest’s career development coordinator for internships, said. “This allows them to test drive a career path and further develop their skills which leads to making them more prepared to enter the workforce.”
Students may submit internship experiences to the summer 2017 photo contest until 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. 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.
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 fall and spring trimesters. 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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