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  • National Intern Day: What our Summer Interns are Learning

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    Internships are a great way for students to gain real-life work experience and develop the skills they need to succeed in their future careers. At Dean, all of our bachelor degree students are required to complete an internship before graduation.

    This summer, we’re lucky enough to have some of our own students on campus completing internships in a few different departments. In honor of National Intern Day on July 26th, we checked-in with some of our interns to find out more about what they’re learning!

    Read on to find out what they had to say!

    Q: What have you enjoyed most about your internship?

    Nora S. (Advising): Being able to see the behind-the-scenes of what the advisors do and all the work that goes into putting together schedules.

    Ethan K. (School of the Arts): The fact that I get to work with people that I look up to in my department. To see how much work goes into getting ready for the school year.

    Pat B: (Marketing): What I have enjoyed most about my internship is getting to understand the concept of how to build a website and how much work goes behind creating a social media and online presence.

    Q: Have you had any tasks you weren’t expecting?

    Khanisha M. (DMAC): I have been getting footage of car seats and strollers for product videos with the staff at the DMAC.

    Pat B. (Marketing): I was not expecting to analyze and critique brochures and physical advertisements. While doing so I learned how to make things visually appealing and informative.

    Q: How has this internship prepared you for your life after graduation?

    Nayiri B.(Admissions): It has shown me different career paths. Having experience working in an office has helped me realize the possibilities of my life. 

    Scott M. (Residence Life): It has taught me how to work not only in an office setting but also in a team environment.

    Q: What is the most interesting thing you have had to do?

    Nayiri B. (Admissions): Working in Slate has been the most interesting part. Slate is the system that the admissions office uses to process applications and plan recruitment travel. It’s their database that they run everything happening in their office through.

    Pat B. (Marketing): The most interesting thing that I have been working on is creating blog posts for the website. I never considered myself any form of a writer but I quickly learned that writing is a big part of the marketing world and these blogs have helped me practice those skills. I also have had to interview some people around campus for blog posts and learning how to have those conversations and pull more information out of the speaker.

    Q: What is something you have learned from your internship that you will take with you after you leave?

    Scott M. (Residence Life): How important preparation is for making tasks go smoothly.

    Ethan K. (School of the Arts): I have more strengths than I do weaknesses such as organization skills, time maintenance, and knowing to ask for help.

    Khanisha M. (DMAC): I have been working with adobe suite which is an industry standard and it gives me a leg up when applying for positions.

    Need help finding an internship? The Dean College Office of Career Planning & Internships offers a variety of services to support students and alumni at every step of the career-building process. To learn more about the Office of Career Planning & Internships, visit www.dean.edu/careerplanning

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