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March 2, 2018
By Hannah Brod, media relations assistant
|Emily Brunner won Career Services' Photo Internship Contest for an image depicting her work with Natural Resources Conservation Services as a district soil conservation water quality intern.|
Northwest Missouri State University students place themselves each trimester at companies throughout the region to gain internship experiences that help them be successful in their careers, and the University’s Career Services office celebrated their work again during its fall photo internship contest.
The contest is open each trimester to all students participating in internships, practicums, field experiences, and directed-student teaching experiences. Submissions for the spring photo internship contest should be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, to www.nwmissouri.edu/career/events/PhotoContest/. One student is chosen as the winner and awarded a $100 Visa gift card.
“Internships give students a chance to test drive a career and explore options within their major,” Travis Kline, career development coordinator, said. “They are an opportunity to build marketable skills and learn more about a career path they might be considering. For employers, they can use an internship to guide and evaluate future employees and bring in students with fresh perspectives.”
Emily Brunner, a junior studying agricultural science from Cameron, Missouri, interned with Natural Resources Conservation Services as a district soil conservation water quality and was selected as the winner of the fall internship photo contest.
“I worked really hard in this internship putting a lot of hours into it,” Brunner said. “For Northwest to recognize that felt gratifying.”
During the internship, Brunner helped build a 5.5-acre pond.
“With the help of soil technicians, I was able to learn how to use a Trimble R-8,” Brunner said. “I used this device to take points of elevation and set hubs for a contractor so that his GPS in the bulldozer could automatically dig to the correct elevation.”
Brunner said the best part of the internship was the opportunities it gave her.
“I was able to use all of the equipment that my supervisors were using,” Brunner said. “I was able to have a hand in preparation and supervision of some of the projects we did.”
It helped Brunner realize the possibilities for her future. She aspires to become a naturalist for a conservation department and conduct research.
“What I liked about this internship is that it allowed me to see if this is the field I wanted to go into but also help me connect to people within the realm of conservation for future job opportunities,” Brunner said.
Jake Chambers, a Savannah, Missouri, native who graduated from Northwest in December with a degree in business management, was accepted last fall into the internship program at Northwestern Mutual.
“It really gave me a taste of what the business world is all about and how to adapt to these situations as they come to fruition,” Chambers said.
The internship created opportunities and made him career ready.
“This is a 100-percent hands-on internship in every facet,” Chambers said. “You get to do the exact same things that someone has been doing for 30-plus years. I have undoubtedly learned more about the business world and life in general than I have in any classroom setting.”
The internship also provided Chambers with an advantage in building his clientele. After graduating, he began full-time work at Northwestern Mutual as a financial representative.
“My career goals with Northwestern Mutual are to be the best I can,” Chambers said. “I want to qualify for the Million Dollar Round Table in my first year. This is a feat that less than 2 percent of people hit in their entire career. I want to become the college unit director (CUD) in the downtown Kansas City office so that I can help people learn and grow as much as my CUD helped me.”
Chambers added, “At the end of the day it’s helping as many people as I possibly can grow personally, professionally and financially.”
Ali Stott, a junior public relations major from Kansas City, Missouri, found her internship experience on the Northwest campus as a media relations sports manager in the Department of Athletics.
The internship aligned with Stott’s love for sports, and she cited the Fall Classic football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City as her favorite experience. She stood on the sidelines and visited the locker room and press box. Before the game, she had the opportunity to meet Eric Berry, a defensive back for the Kansas City Chiefs.
“This internship made me career-ready because it gave me the opportunity to work with all Northwest athletics teams and improve skills that I need to reach my career goals,” Stott said. “The social media accounts for Northwest athletics are some of the most followed accounts in NCAA Division II sports. Being able to post on these accounts taught me how to post in a professional manner and in a way that all followers would understand.”
Stott hopes to reside in Kansas City after graduation.
“My ultimate career goal would be to work for the communications department for either the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs or Sporting Kansas City,” she said. “I love Kansas City and their sports teams and want to work for one of them.”
Whitney Redler, a junior from Harlan, Iowa, who is studying biomedical science, earned an internship as a veterinary assistant after working at the clinic during high school.
She enjoyed being an active part of cultivating the human-animal bond.
“Getting to watch patients – the patients I helped care for – heal and being a part of their recovery journey was another favorite part,” Redler said.
Redler’s experience as a veterinary assistant made her realize her career goal of becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine
“This internship made me career-ready by exposing me to a high volume of diverse clientele, helping me with my professional speaking and making individual, personal connections with each patient and their owner,” Redler said. “Learning the value of respecting coworkers, to always do what is expected of you with 110 percent effort, and always try and exceed expectations.”
She added, “The knowledge I gained from this experience was invaluable and something I will carry with me throughout my life.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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