Senior Terran Sobel Smith took his passion for the environment international. Interning at the Edinburgh, Scotland office of Environ, the Biology and Philosophy double major was able to experience the work environment of another country. Environ is a non-profit organization that provides consulting services in health, safety, and environmental management. The company has over 90 offices in 20 different countries. As a part of the Kemper Scholars Program, Terran was required to find a for-profit company to intern with over the summer. Terran was attracted to this internship because of his interest in the environment and sustainability industry as well as the great location options. Terran says that one of the best parts of his internship was having the opportunity to live and work in another country. He also enjoyed the integration of office and field work he got to participate in. He was not just sitting behind a desk, but doing consultant and survey work as well. This internship provided Terran with the opportunity to find the bridge between philosophy and biology. “Science does provide many wonderful facts and information about the world, but understanding how to use and apply that information creates a larger impact on the future of the planet,” said Terran. When looking for an internship, Terran says to look outside your comfort zone, but not outside your ability. Terran was able to do this by completing an internship in his field of interest, but challenging himself by having to learn how to work in another country. “I would implore all students to use internships at a test to see if they are actually right about direction they are heading in school. Many times it is correct, but if it isn’t, better find out now than later…”
It all began with a question. Senior Health Education major, Alex Christensen had just met the Youth Market Director of the American Heart Association (AHA) in one of her classes here at Linfield. Having heard about the powers of networking Alex decided to take initiative and ask a simple question, “Do you need an intern?” To her delight, the AHA had an opening! She encourages others to do the same, “Don’t be afraid to ask a company or person about an internship, the worst they can say is no, but you may get the perfect experience that you were looking for, just by not being afraid to ask.” Alex was particularly interested in interning with the AHA because, “The AHA is a well-known organization that has a mission that I was passionate about and could get behind. It seemed like a perfect fit and a possible career path I might be interested in.” Her internship duties were diverse ranging from office work, scheduling meetings and answering phones to researching potential partners and sponsors. Additionally she was in charge of maintaining spreadsheets of AHA sponsors while connecting with school leaders to develop new connections and AHA school programs. By interning with the AHA, Alex continually was presented with opportunities for personal and professional growth. “I really had to step out of my comfort zone the first few times I had to make blind calls. For me it was a big challenge to call people I didn’t know how to ask for support for a company I had just started working for. It was tough, but I really learned a lot and grew from the challenging experience.” An experience which would become her favorite aspect of the internship, “Getting to know new people on the phone and out in the field… It was incredible hearing people’s stories.” Alex’s internship experience began in the classroom and learning didn’t stop there, her internship experience, “perfectly aligned with my health education major. I was in the health field, educating others. Many of the things I learned in class directly related to what I was doing in my internship. I felt very prepared by my coursework and professors to succeed in my internship.” “I think the best thing I got out of my internship was learning more about myself; what I wanted out of my career, what I liked or didn’t like. It really helped me make decisions about the next steps in my life, career and education wise.”
Kayla Lisac is currently using what she has learned in her Communication Arts classes in her internship at the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce. Kayla has been working on communication projects including developing the 2013-2014 fiscal year and a year-end communication audit for the Chamber. She is also working on advertising for the Chamber and attends networking events such as Greeters and Women in Business. Having been an intern with a national non-profit during spring of 2014, Kayla worked directly with Kristi Mackay, Assistant Director, Internship Programming. Kristi introduced Kayla to professionals at the McMinnville Chamber, and after attending a few Chamber networking events, Kayla was excited to apply for the communication internship that the Chamber CEO was developing. Kayla was initially attracted to the internship because she was looking to get involved in the community and work face-to-face with the people she would be helping. The reasons she was interested in the internship are also her favorite parts of it. She says she has learned a lot about how many large businesses and organizations that are unique to McMinnville through her work with the Chamber. Stay tuned for an update in spring about Kayla’s progress with her internship!
Danielle Granier completed an educational internship with the Center for Research in Environmental Science and Technologies (CREST) through the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. CREST is a program dedicated to educating students within all the schools of the district about the environment. This program was not new to Danielle as she had been a part of the program since she was in first grade. She approached the director of the program, Bob Carlson about the possibility of interning with CREST once she went to college. Danielle had the opportunity to work with students on educational activities and camps as well as do administrative work such as class prep and field trip planning. She worked on a farm for three weeks running a CSA (community shared agriculture) that fed over 25 families. She also taught hour-long classes where students learned about ecosystems right outside their door. As an Environmental Science major, Danielle was able to experience what a possible career in her field of study might look like. She was able to use what she has learned in her coursework to teach the children she worked with. The highlight of Danielle’s internship was learning and using practical environmental science skills outside the classroom. She also enjoyed learning from the students she worked with as they would ask questions she would never have thought of. When looking for an internship, Danielle suggests you should “Call up teachers of subjects that you admired in high school, they have great advice and connections.”
Junior Achmat Jappie will complete a six month internship with Amazon beginning in January. By working with Kristi Mackay, Assistant Director, Internship Programming, Achmat was able to connect with an alum working at Amazon, Eva Lorenz. During an informational interview with Eva, Achmat was able to learn about the culture of the company and projects they were working on. Achmat followed up by sending a thank you note as well as his resume which was then passed on to a recruiter. After two interviews, Achmat was offered an internship position. While working as a Financial Analyst Intern, Achmat will be able to relate what he is doing in the office to his coursework at Linfield. He is going to be able to apply what he has learned in his Intermediate Accounting class as well as his Financial Management class. Achmat is excited to have the opportunity to work with those at Amazon because they are “constantly raising the bar and are extremely driven.” He will be working in a competitive environment that will prepare him for a similar workplace in the future. When it comes to getting an internship, being self-motivated is the best way to obtain one according to Achmat. He suggests going in to the Career Development office for assistance in finding connections. Networking is important when looking for your dream internship and having someone to refer you can make all the difference. Lastly, he says you need to be persistent. If you do not get the first internship you apply for, keep looking. “I can’t stress the fact students need to be driven and put forth there best effort when trying to find the right internship. You have the resources you just need to be able to utilize them!”
Lauren became interested in an internship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon because of her passion for sports. “I was interested in the sports aspect of the job, I was a sophomore when I did my first internship and I… got involved because of sports at the beginning, but it evolved so much more.” Lauren’s initial interest in sports resulted in a fulfilling internship over the next two summers. Lauren found her internship through Linfield and the power of networking, “I did an informational interview with two employees for a class and they told me about the internship.” Lauren worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, which serves children with life threatening medical conditions living in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Her responsibilities included, “working with the three Wish managers, helping plan wishes and creating wish specific itineraries. This included making all trip reservations like hotel, car, and airline reservations then creating a comprehensive itinerary for the wishes that involved travel.” Lauren’s favorite aspect of interning for the Make-A-Wish Foundation was, “working at a place where I was so supportive of the mission and values of the company.” She was particularly grateful for the guidance that the three wish managers provided, “(they) helped me develop and gain new skills.” Lauren also excelled at the organizational and detail-oriented work. By beginning the internship the summer after her sophomore year, Lauren was able to develop her skills early. Her success was not without challenges, “I had never worked in an office setting so adjusting to that setting was new to me… I was just a sophomore and I felt like I didn’t know anything… working hard helped me make up for it.” Lauren’s internship allowed her to gain an up close view to a career she could attain, “I gained insight as to what I could do for my future how to work in an office setting, managing my time, and communicating professionally.” She highlights the importance of internships in the process of finding a career that is personally fulfilling. Her internship with Make-A-Wish Oregon provided Lauren with an inside look at possible career choices and a great experience, “To be honest, I really liked everything about the internship.”
Sophomore Xenabelle Neypes, Nursing major, took the initiative to find an internship that would allow her to explore the different avenues her Nursing career could provide. Xenabelle served as the Intern of Activities at Hillside Retirement and enjoyed exploring the different types of nursing opportunities that are present in the retirement field. Xenabelle found her internship through CatConnect; the online Career Development resource that is designed to help students connect with employers for job, internship or volunteering opportunities. Her responsibilities at Hillside included organizing and setting up events, creating presentations, office tasks, conducting surveys and interviewing residents. This was a unique aspect of her internship because Xenabelle was able to write about the residents’ life stories and interact with them on an individual level. This internship was not without challenges as Xenabelle worked to develop a trusting professional relationship with the residents at Hillside. She credits her Interpersonal Communication class for helping her gain competency in communication. “I used the skills I learned (in class) to help me communicate well with others and to not be afraid to speak up.” Xenabelle’s favorite aspect of her internship was interacting with the residents and learning more about their life stories. “Interning at Hillside has opened my eyes to wanting to work not just with kids, but with people of all ages. It has encouraged me to aim higher and pursue my dreams. I want to be prepared to help whoever come my way, (this internship) has encouraged me to become a family nurse practitioner. “ Xenabelle advises, “Use your resources! Cat connect is a great resource if you don’t know where to start! Also go to Career Services and make an appointment, they are great at helping you figure things out.”
Senior Alexis Sayer, Anthropology and Nursing major from Alaska, had a "study abroad experience in (her) own state", through an internship with the Igiugig Tribal Council in Igiugig, Alaska. Alexis immersed herself in the vibrant community of Igiugig, population of 69 individuals and only accessible by boat or bush plane. "The Council is the motor of village life, facilitating a variety of services for its community ranging from healthcare and educational programs to air traffic control and management of the village greenhouse." Alexis found this internship through her job at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Igiugig, after she met with the Tribal Council office and met the Councilwoman. It was the people of this close-knit community that led Alexis to choose to complete this internship. "Members of the Tribal Council are active and passionate about their community - my internship gave me the unique opportunity to more fully experience Village life while working alongside active members of the community." This internship is particularly unique because of the vast services that the Council offers. Alexis's, internship responsibilities were diverse, including paperwork, gardening, conducting safety surveys, and creating visitor guide materials. She was assigned to work on important projects such as collaborating with the Council to create a commemorative book to honor the Village elders. Alyssa also had the responsibility of writing drafts of proposed Village ordinances. Alyssa found success and fulfillment through her internship with the Igiugig Tribal Council. She considers managing her time commitments between her internship and fulltime job to be the most challenging part of her internship. Alexis also describes an unusual challenge; "At times it was difficult to focus on office tasks with a natural wonderland right outside my window!" She particularly enjoyed interacting with community members that would visit the Tribal Office throughout the day. "The Council office is the hub of the village, so just spending time there as part of the Council helped me get to know the community in greater depth than would have otherwise been possible." As Alexis became immersed in the culture of the Igiugig community she was able to utilize her Anthropology major. "My education in anthropological concepts helped me find greater meaning and growth in living in a new place - the writing preparation I have gained at Linfield was especially helpful as I helped draft both the commemorative book and the drafts of Village Ordinances." Her internship experience helped provide perspective on what kind of role Alyssa would like to have in the future. "Whether in a professional or personal capacity, my internship inspired me to take on a greater role in local organizations." She encourages students to find an internship in an area that they are passionate about and stresses the opportunities for personal and professional growth that internships present. "Internships are a unique opportunity to take a check out a career or organization or experience without the pressure and long-term commitment of a career choice. Think big, be adventurous, have fun!"
Sophomore Lizzie Carson combined her Physics major with her Alaskan roots, in an internship with R&M engineering. Located in her hometown of Ketchikan, Alaska over this Jan term. Lizzie had a clear goal in mind, to solidify her career choice. She accomplished this and more during her month long internship. Lizzie was responsible for material testing, assisting the wastewater analyst, filing, and utilizing the draft program AutoCAD. A majority of her time was dedicated to learning how to use AutoCAD, a program for drafting computer-aided design. This became Lizzie's greatest challenge, "I taught myself how to use AutoCAD, they gave me a text book and let me learn, it was better because I figured out how to do it on my own." The challenges were not without rewards and Lizzie was able to, "work on a project that was pretty significant, for Trident Foods, by being able to get on the server and actually contribute to projects." Lizzie's efforts not only brought her success in a new work environment but it also reaffirmed her choice of study, "my favorite part was being able to actually see what I was going to do in the future and that I actually enjoyed it." She credits her Linfield coursework; particularly her applied physics classes, for providing her with problem solving skills. She looks, "forward to grad school to continue to develop these important skills." When asked if she recommends IDST Internships, Lizzie said, "Yes! It was incredibly beneficial because I got credits during Jan-Term but I didn?t have to pay for a Jan-Term and all my credits transferred to spring." Lizzie also stresses the importance of networking; "I found this internship because I previously worked for the owner of R&M as a nanny. I asked if he had internship opportunities at his company and he did!" For Lizzie, the benefits of this internship go beyond gaining credit, "Overall this experience was incredibly advantageous and I got a summer job out of it." After her experience Lizzie recommends that everyone complete an internship, "It really is a great way to continue networking, because even if you want to go in a different direction, you can still get a recommendation."
Alyssa Townsend, Mass Communication major from Caldwell, Idaho immersed herself in the world of corporate social responsibility and public relations through her internship at Waggener Edstrom (WE) Communications in Portland. Alyssa interned specifically for the Citizenship Team, which works on initiatives and projects to support WE's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Alyssa had significant responsibility, as her role included managing the @WE_Citzen Twitter, writing the monthly citizenship newsletter, blogging, researching CSR initiatives, and working on pro bono projects with WE's nonprofit partners. Despite her significant workload, Alyssa was confident in her abilities and credits the Mass Communication Department for providing her with a well-rounded education. The internship with WE was a great opportunity for Alyssa to familiarize herself to working in a professional environment. She states, "It was challenging in the beginning of my internship to feel comfortable sharing my point of view in a room full of PR professionals." The internship helped Alyssa gain confidence in sharing her opinions with professionals in her desired field. She was able to combine her education and experience working in the Office of Communications at Linfield to create a social media plan for the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue. This was a highlight of her internship as it was a pro-bono project, "gave me the opportunity to provide a needed service that might not otherwise have been available for a nonprofit I want to see succeed." Overall, the experience helped Alyssa hone in on what she desires out of her future career. "It ultimately reaffirmed that I want to work in the PR Field. However, I also learned that I want to make a difference and become a part of asking the crucial questions (necessary) to make a company succeed."
The CEO of GoDaddy gave high praise to Linfield Junior Chris Beresford, a Computer Science major who interned at the domain registrar and web hosting company this past summer. Chris interned specifically for the Hosting Performance/Hosting Core Team at GoDaddy. He was responsible for helping build software, "that the operations teams could use to diagnose, fix and monitor server performance." Chris enjoyed the, "energetic environment," that challenged him with projects of substance and meaning. He came across challenges in regard to learning the new technologies and languages during his first weeks at GoDaddy. However, these materialized into success when he was able to commit code into production. Which resulted in praise from Blake Irving, the CEO. Chris also enjoyed working in a group environment, "I gained an understanding of how teams work, which will assist me in obtaining my goal of eventually managing/leading teams in the software industry." Apart from providing him opportunities to increase his knowledge of tech language and software, his internship created opportunities for Chris to interact with 42 fellow interns. Chris attended the GoDaddy Intern Hackathon of 2014 where he and his team, "Jillian and the Devs" competed. They built a tool called "the Social Media Dashboard (Social Dash)." Chris credits his Linfield education and professors for providing him with the skills necessary to flourish in his desired field. Chris advises, Nobody is expected to know everything, but if you are capable of learning anything, then you'll be a huge asset to any company.
Senior Shaterah Hall, Creative Writing major from White Sands, N.M. stated that she like many others was, "pleasantly guilty of wishing they owned a time machine." Her wish to become immersed in history became reality through her internship this summer with archivist Rachael Woody and Rich Schmidt, director of resource sharing here at Linfield College in the Nicholson Library. Shaterah was responsible for housing, repairing, digitizing and creating an online search tool and inventory for the Linfield College Photography Collection. The experience was thought provoking, as Shaterah describes, "I have never felt quite so transfigured. The gentle handling of what are essentially artifacts is both sobering and exhilarating." Due to the long history of Linfield College, Shaterah had copious amounts of material to work with. She states that a considerable challenge encountered was ensuring that she attached accurate and approximate dates to certain series. However, this was a welcomed challenge because she has a newfound appreciation for the pride that Linfield alum have about being involved on campus. Shaterah also was able to, "perceive... something so profoundly beautiful in looking back at the doors that the college experience opens." Her college experience as a creative writing major has certainly opened doors as Shaterah was able to utilize, "the close reading, thematic critical analyses, and practice in defending and revising derived viewpoints". To ensure that she was successful in the necessary detail oriented work that her internship required. In addition close attention to the heritage of items was particularly resonant of her Linfield education and involvement in a community that Shaterah states, "loves learning." She believes that her Linfield education was invaluable in providing her with the skills and understanding to succeed in this internship and in her career. Shaterah's internship experience has her looking forward to combining a, "passion for the creative arts with anthropological practices", within the realm of archival projects.
Brittany Erickson experienced going up in a 150-foot man lift during her internship at Cascade Steele in McMinnville, Oregon. Brittany says that the best part of her internship was the people she got to work with as well as learning what kind of job she wants in the future!
This past summer, Riley Stormont completed an internship at Vista Capital Partners, a registered investment advisor firm in Portland, Oregon. Riley was able to utilize the skills he learned in his classes during his internship.
Junior Michael Metter was able to apply his physics major in a working environment when he interned at Torex Gold Resources, a mining company. The internship, based in Nuevo Balsas, Mexico, provided him with the opportunity to meet new people and experience the cultural differences".
Kelly Carmody, a student interested in media and film, found an internship at the Dawson Media Group in Portland through an internship site called InternMatch. Through this experience, Kelly explored media and discovered her immense interest in film production and film business management.