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June 7, 2016
Northwest Missouri State University students have an opportunity to share their experiences in internships, practicums, field experiences and directed teaching experiences – and compete for a prize – through Career Services’ annual summer internship photo contest.
Career Services offers the competition each trimester, and winners receive a $100 Visa gift card.
The contest also is an avenue for students to showcase the field experiences and skills they are building in preparation for successful careers. Nearly 60 percent of Northwest students report participating in an internship, according to the University’s most recent data. Additionally, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation.
“We know Northwest students are having amazing practical experiences, and the photo contest is a great way for them to share those stories while helping the University promote the value of profession-based learning with other students and stakeholders,” said Travis Kline, career development coordinator for Internships in Northwest Career Services.
To enter the contest, participants must be enrolled as a Northwest student. Students must submit a photo that depicts them at their internship environment with a description of no more than 1,000 characters. Students are encouraged to showcase their writing skills to briefly describe their experiences.
Photos may be from any internship experience that occurred during the summer session. Students may upload one photo through the Career Services website from their computer or smartphone.
Submissions are due Friday, Aug. 19, and Career Services will appoint judges to select the winning photo.
Career Services displays submitted photos on its website. Past submissions have included students working with animals, speaking at conferences and coordinating events.
More than 30 students submitted photos to last summer’s contest, highlighting internships at places such as animal clinics, history museums and recreation parks, and in fields ranging from marketing to education to agriculture.
Judges selected a photo submitted by Brianna Swank, a junior majoring in animal science pre-vet, from Kearney, Missouri, as the winner. Swank’s photo depicted her cleaning and polishing her family dog’s teeth during her internship at Loving Care Animal Health in Kearney. 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.”
The internship photo contest was created from a student’s idea in 2008 to increase students’ excitement about academic internships. Career Services teamed with Northwest’s Center for Information Technology in Education to create an online interface for the competition and continue to work together during every competition.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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