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Evan Fritsche '16

Major: Business Administration and Economics

Internship site: Drinks Association, Sydney, Australia


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What made you want to intern with this business?

Being a college student, I knew this was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. I have always been very interested in international issues as well. A lot of my friends from Hood have studied abroad and they all loved it, so that right away made me want to go somewhere also. When my adviser told me about an internship program here in Sydney, I took the opportunity when it presented itself. Being able to explore Australia and being able to see how an office setting operates in a whole new country will be very beneficial in my future career path. I wanted to explore a whole new way of life in a brand new atmosphere. They also speak English, so that also made my decision easier. I hope to get as much as I can out of the experience either in the office setting or just the customs and the way of life.

What are your internship responsibilities?

I intern for the Drinks Association. They are responsible for the liquor license database for all of Australia. I usually work with the license management program and assist with transferring, updating and editing liquor licenses across Australia. I tend to assist or help with various tasks around the office, and continue to learn about the operations of the company.

How to you think you might apply what you've learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

This internship has given me an experience. The drinks association is a small nonprofit. I have learned what it is like to work for a nonprofit, and I learned what it is like to work in a business setting. It has given me the opportunity to connect and build relationships in the office, and it has given me an idea of how a typical 9-5 work day really is.

What is a life lesson you have taken from your internship?

No question is a stupid question. When you are in a brand new environment in a completely different country, it doesn’t hurt to ask for help. I have asked questions about how to use the coffee machine—electric kettles are so much faster than ours. I have also asked questions about lingo that they use in emails and everyday talk. It’s a different environment, and you will not look dumb for asking anything you don’t understand.

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Kyle Gatlin '16

Major: Law and Society

Internship site: Sowing Seeds of Hope Marion, Alabama

 

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What made you want to intern with this business?

Having lived overseas, as well as several places in the United States, I have seen the amazing things that nonprofits do for people every day. Therefore, when I heard that Hood was offering a minor in nonprofits, I was extremely excited. This led me to decide to intern at a nonprofit this summer. Although I did some cursory checking into nonprofits in Frederick and other areas in Maryland, I ultimately decided to intern at Sowing Seeds of Hope in Perry County, Alabama—I heard about Sowing Seeds of Hope through my parents who had recently retired to the area.

The mission of Sowing Seeds of Hope is to improve the lives of the citizens of Perry County, one of the poorest counties in our nation. What really amazes and humbles me is how much difference the five or so people who work at Sowing Seeds of Hope have achieved and are achieving through their hard work and patience. After learning more about their organization, I knew I could not pass up the chance to work and learn in such an ambitious and motivated environment.

What are your internship responsibilities?

One of the fortunate things about interning at such a small organization as Sowing Seeds of Hope is that they have given me several responsibilities. These include interacting with local and state government leaders on issues related to Sowing Seeds of Hope’s activities and missions. I also research and draft grants that provide funding for Sowing Seeds of Hope. One of the larger grants that I am working on is the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development 523 Grant for Self Help Housing. This grant helps fund improvements on homes for residents of Perry County who qualify. I have also written a newspaper article about the activities of the nonprofit, correspondence asking for donations with follow-up letters thanking those who contribute either money or time and update the Sowing Seeds of Hope website and Facebook page. I have also helped repair houses, assisted as best I could in the clinic and helped at a sports camp for young people. However, one of my favorite responsibilities has been as a guest and even the host for a 30-minute radio program that discusses not only Sowing Seeds of Hope, but health issues, especially those related to the heat here in Alabama. I had previously co-hosted a show on Blazer Radio at Hood, which really prepared me for the radio show in Perry County.

How do you think you might apply what you’ve learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

In the near-term, I really hope to apply what I’ve learned at Sowing Seeds of Hope toward my major and minor classes. For example, one of my classes will be on grant writing, so this is giving me real-world experience. Also, having experienced a little bit of local and state politics will hopefully help me in my remaining political science courses.

In the long-term, I was already strongly considering a career in nonprofit work, and working at Sowing Seeds of Hope has made me even more excited about that path. I have no doubt that the organizational skills and teamwork I’m learning at Sowing Seeds of Hope will help me in whatever career path I choose.

What is a life lesson that you have taken from your internship?

First, I think a lesson that Sowing Seeds of Hope and the people of Perry County have reaffirmed in me is that if we work together, we can overcome anything. The staff, volunteers and people of Perry County have been absolutely fantastic to me. The lesson that stands out among all my experiences is patience. I arrived at Sowing Seeds of Hope full of energy and confidence that I would be able to solve a lot of issues during my summer internship. What I quickly learned is that things take time, especially at a nonprofit that is dependent on the government and others for funding and volunteers. Therefore, it takes patience and perseverance in order for activities to come to fruition. In fact, even when plans are laid out perfectly, from my perspective, there will inevitably be a slowdown or even a change in those plans somewhere down the road. This can happen due to a lack of funding and volunteers or because of bad weather or simply there is a larger event that has taken a higher priority in the community’s mind. At the end of the day, the hard work of nonprofits like Sowing Seeds of Hope are vital not just in the U.S., but around the world. However, that hard work is much easier when you have patience, a good sense of humor, exceptional co-workers and a great community like I did at Sowing Seeds of Hope and Perry County.

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Davon Hill '16

Major: Computer Science

Internship site: U.S Silica


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What made you want to intern with this business?

I actually was presented with the opportunity to work at U.S Silica through the career center. Once they sent out flyers indicating that U.S Silica was hiring, I took advantage of the opportunity to get some work experience.

What are your internship responsibilities?

I am most responsible for helpdesk and answering phone calls when employees within the company are having issues with any of our software or hardware. I also help with managing employees’ user accounts, which are responsible for different things like their emails or other software used company wide.

How do you think you might apply what you’ve learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

Being at U.S Silica has really taught me the importance of communication and working with a team. Here at our Frederick office, I have to work and communicate with a team of five or six people and complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner. We also have to be effective multitaskers. If I am busy with one task that I have a couple of days to complete, I must be able to do that and answer phone calls.

What is a life lesson that you have taken from your internship?​

This internship has taught me many things, but one that stands out for me is patience and being able to help others. I receive phone calls from employees when something is not working effectively and they are not able to complete their work. Keeping that in mind, sometimes employees are irritated and may take it out on our team. I have learned to relax and be a kind of calming and reassuring voice for our employees. I have learned to listen to the problem and not so much how the callers express themselves, even if they are impolite and aggressive. The most important thing is being able to assist our employees or redirect them to someone who can in a timely manner.

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Sarah Marcello '16

Major: Integrated Marketing and Communications

Internship site: JLG Industries, Inc.


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What made you want to intern with this business?

While studying abroad in London last summer, I interned with a matchmaking company. This company was run from home as a part of a larger matchmaking company. Working for an organization with only two or three employees was a great hands-on experience, but I wanted the opportunity to see the other end of the spectrum. JLG is a worldwide corporation with thousands of employees.

What are your internship responsibilities?

My current responsibilities as a marketing intern include researching best practices and opportunities for future retail in the emerging e-commerce space for manufacturing equipment. As many construction manufacturing sales have heavily relied on strong connections and good recommendations in the past, I am working to make the online space more influential in the generation of sales. I am benchmarking lead generation by B2B companies online and recommending ways in which JLG could better target those interested in purchasing machines, parts or services.

How do you think you might apply what you've learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

The culmination of my marketing classes at Hood College has given me the skill set to perform all tasks given to me in my internship. Approaching my senior year, I am excited to take the experience I gain at JLG and apply it to my final classes. Having a new perspective and real-life experience will allow me to apply what I’ve learned to class discussions, projects and papers.

What is a life lesson you have taken from your internship?

The biggest life lesson I have taken away from this experience is to trust yourself and your skill set. Many times in a school setting, the goal is to work to get to the one right answer. During my internship, I have learned that sometimes there is more than one right answer, and by trusting yourself as well as being confident in your work, you may reach one or all of the right answers. Also, I've learned to appreciate reworking a project until it is just right.

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Bonnie Monnier '16

Major: Communication Arts

Internship site: 3 Roads Communication


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What made you want to intern with this business?

I was interested in 3 Roads Communications because the business offered great public relations experience and incorporated a creative environment. They offer communication and video production services, which both cater to my end career goal post-graduation.

What are your internship responsibilities?

My responsibilities include writing press releases and op-eds, compiling media lists, speaking with clients, contacting media outlets and disseminating press and news releases. I also get to create graphic work for clients, participate in post-production work and attend events and video shootings.

How do you think you might apply what you’ve learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

This experience reassures me that I chose the right degree path and the right school. After working in a public relations environment, I have extended the lessons I have previously learned in class. Going back to school after this internship will allow me to help others learn through my experience. I will also be able to concentrate on the areas I realized require more knowledge before I exit my schooling career completely. I will be able to go back to class and truly relate to the topics that are taught. Being able to relate will allow me to share and extend the lesson beyond power points and lectures. My internship will only enhance my learning experience at Hood.

What is a life lesson that you have taken from your internship?​

I have learned that you always give your advice, but you always do what the client requests.

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Alex Smith '17

Major: Integrated Marketing and Communications

Internship site: 3 Road Communications


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What made you want to intern with this business?

When I first heard what services 3 Roads had to offer, I was immediately interested. Just from hearing the description of their accomplishments and giving their website a look over, I suspected 3 Roads to be a very innovative and creative atmosphere to work in. When I began working there, my speculations were confirmed true!

What are your internship responsibilities?

During my time at 3 Roads, I have assisted with several public relations campaigns. The first was for Esperanza’s National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast, the second was for the distribution of two public service announcements we produced for the Library of Congress and the third was for an ongoing healthcare-related client. Tasks involved with these PR campaigns include compiling media lists; reaching out to media contacts; and creating several press releases, newsletters and media advisories for the clients. Because I was also working in a video media production environment, I was given the opportunity to learn a handful of interesting and useful video production tricks and techniques that I can further utilize in my career.

How do you think you might apply what you’ve learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

What I have learned during this internship is invaluable to my future career and education; whether it be knowing to never turn down an opportunity to further my involvement in the field or improving myself as an individual, I will make sure to apply the knowledge gained from my experience with 3 Roads whenever I’m able.

What is a life lesson that you have taken from your internship?

During your lifetime, it is incredibly important to always be open to cultivating relationships. In or out of the PR world, you never know when you are going to make a connection with someone whose relationship will help further create mutually beneficial opportunities … so never be afraid to start up a conversation!

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Catherine Workmeister '16

Major: Business Administration

Internship site: The Callos Companies


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What made you want to intern with this business?

At first, I was drawn to Callos because of its great location and connection to the Frederick Community. After I interviewed, I really liked their working culture and how everyone in the office communicates and works together.

What are your internship responsibilities?

My internship duties vary depending on the day. On a normal day, I interview multiple candidates, create reports and review resumes and applications.

How to you think you might apply what you've learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?

Since my job duties vary so much, I have learned how to better multitask and sort tasks by level of importance and urgency.

What is a life lesson that you have taken from your internship?

The biggest life lesson that I have taken from my internship is to listen to my instincts when I have to make judgment calls.

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