One will research salmon behavior in Alaska. Another will research medicine in the world-famous Mayo Clinic. Two will study architecture in Japan. Though interns are sometimes regarded as go-fors and office baristas, a number of Drury students are proving that internships can be rewarding and career-affirming.
Internships are required for most Drury majors, but even students who are not required to take on an internship are opting to do so in order to better themselves and their resumes.
Angela is currently participating in an internship in the Media Relations department at St. John’s Hospital. As a junior advertising/public relations major, she is putting her education to good use and loving every minute of it. She has had great experiences already: writing press releases, working on communication plans and even escorting local media crews through the hospital for news stories.
Tracy is a fifth-year architecture student as well as a graduate MBA student. She interned with Ross Barney + Jankowski Architects in Chicago, Illinois during spring break. Though the internship was unpaid, she says the experience was invaluable: “I really gained an insight on how Ross Barney Architects work. It’s one thing to do research on a firm on the Web and try to learn how it would be to work there, it’s another to actually dive in and work for a week."
The health field is an ever-growing opportunity for students of all disciplines, and Josh is taking advantage of those opportunities. As an assistant office manager of Dr. LeRoy Richardson’s dental office, he sits in on all of the work the clinical director does: hiring, firing, payroll, marketing, and accounts. Josh obtained the internship after previous work with the dental office, and hopes to stay on after graduation.
Environmental architecture is an area of interest for Tom, thanks to his internship at Hagerman New Urbanism in Springfield. After researching the firms he was interested in, Tom went through a formal interview process. At his internship, Tom assists a project architect with the development of accurate construction documentation and design development drawings. Tom has also created presentation models to use during client meetings for the design review process. Tom recommends internships for all students, “Internship experiences are great. Everyone should attempt to do one in whatever field they are in. You will always gain valuable knowledge from it."
Audrey has been a marketing intern with 417 Magazine since June 2005. She has the opportunities to help with all major photo shoots, design layout spreads for the magazine, call for pick up art, and a few photo assignments of her own. Interning for 417 has helped her explore her majors in advertising, public relations, and design arts. Next year Audrey hopes to attend Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and then pursue an art director job at a major advertising agency.
Yasuko is not new to the world of interning. Having landed three coveted internships, Tarumi is soon traveling to Tokyo, Japan, for eight weeks for her next one. As a third-year architecture student, she will be doing anything and everything she can in a local Tokyo architecture firm. Yasuko says she is taking on so many internships to be as prepared for the real world as possible: “[I’m doing this to get] professional experiences, and to get to know what I am going to do as an architect for the rest of my life.”
Daniel plans to intern at Tezuka Architects in Tokyo, Japan, during the summer of 2006. “I expect to get a unique perspective in the field of architecture, which like all things in today’s world, is becoming more and more dependent on a global working environment,” Daniel says. The internship was made possible through the hard work of professor Marshall Arne. Daniel is a fourth-year student majoring in architecture and art history.
Chris has been interning at the Missouri House of Representatives this summer. His internship entails everything from keeping the calendar up to date, to writing arguments for debate on the House floor. He got his internship through the state representative of his district. Chris feels this internship will help him greatly in the future. “I think it will definitely improve my options to have something like this on my resume, whether it’s going into law, politics, or public relations. This gives a broad base to start on.”
Working in the receptor biology lab in a program called Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the Mayo Clinic is Kara’s summer plan. Kara, a sophomore majoring in biology and psychology, applied for the program on the National Science Foundation website. Kara is excited to begin neuroscience related research: “The Mayo Clinic is known for research and is also a top hospital in the neuroscience field. Being in such a competitive and advanced environment will help give me a glimpse of what career opportunities that I may pursue.”
Travis, a junior business administration major, will be interning at the Wal-Mart home office in Bentonville, Arkansas. The 10-week internship “pays well” and will provide Baker with valuable experience working in a purchasing/merchandising team. Baker says he is excited to work for the world’s largest retailer: “ I'm hoping to learn how such a large company operates so efficiently—and how individuals fit into a massive corporation.”
Drew is a junior biology and environmental science double major who will be roughing it this summer for his internship. For 12 weeks, Lane will be interning with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in King Salmon, Alaska. He will be working on the tundra north of King Salmon spending his days snorkeling and observing the behaviors of Coho salmon smolts. Completely isolated from civilization, Lane will be without electricity, running water and…e-mail! But he’s looking forward to it. He even has some words of wisdom for fellow Drury students: “Life is a precious thing. And so is your education. I say, put them together and don't waste a second of your life.”