Welcome Our New Interns!
Name: Hannah Kuenzi
Current internship: Marketing Intern, Business Success Center
Year in school: Junior | Graduation Date: May 2016
Major: Marketing | Emphasis: Business Analytics
Hometown: Fort Atkinson, WI
Current Involvement: Business Ambassador Program, International Business Club
My journey into college began at UW-Madison where I intended to study nursing. From my first week at UW-Madison, I knew that while the university was exceptional, it wasn’t the right fit for me. I toured UW Oshkosh in the fall of my freshman year, and fell in love with the campus. I loved how at home the campus made me feel, as well as the smaller class sizes. My father is a UW Oshkosh graduate, and upon his recommendation and my own reasoning, I decided to transfer here. I have loved every minute of my time here ever since.
UW Oshkosh has provided me with a wealth of opportunities that I am confident that I could have not found elsewhere. These opportunities include my work experience here at the BSC. What I love most about my job, is that it seems that no day at the Business Success Center is typical. Some of my essentials tasks include checking emails, scheduling social media, survey software programming, designing promotional materials, and much more! In my first week at the BSC, I had the opportunity to not only work within the survey center, but also to do market research for ThedaCare. I’m finding market research to be especially interesting within my job, as it is an area of marketing that I had not had the opportunity to explore before accepting this position. While working on my research project with ThedaCare, I found it very rewarding to be able to physically be with consumers and to get their personal feedback.
The experience that the BSC is granting me with will prepare me for the work force by making me a dynamic and well-rounded employee. The diversity in opportunities offered here is truly one of a kind. With this experience, upon graduation I hope to either return to the Madison area, or migrate south to explore career opportunities in marketing. Ideally I would like to work within a healthcare or health and wellness related industry. My dream job would to be a VP of Marketing of a company that has similar interests at heart as I do. I’m very into eating well, staying active, and living a healthy lifestyle. If I could apply these interests and work for a major health food or fitness industry, such as Johnson Health Tech Corporation, Trek, Nike, Whole Foods or Kashi, I believe I would be the most successful. I believe marketing should be a passion, not just a means of adding money to your bank account.
Name: Zach Schmitt
Current internship: Marketing and Sales Intern, Business Success Center
Year in school: Senior | Graduation Date: December 2015
Major: Marketing | Emphasis: Sales
Hometown: West Bend, WI
Current Involvement: Insurance and Risk Management Club, Campus Clean-Up Club
My college career has not been what one may consider a traditional one. When I graduated high school, I migrated to Raleigh, North Carolina where I was in a transfer program to N.C. State University. After finishing one semester and moving back to Wisconsin, I settled down in my hometown university, UW-Washington County. There I had a choice to transfer to a variety of business universities. Aside from its close location to home, Oshkosh was an easy choice for me because of the upper level business school, required internship for graduation, and it’s newly updated Sage Hall. Since transferring to Oshkosh, I have established so many connections with my fellow students, faculty, and local business professionals.
Within my current position, my day is filled with a variety of different tasks, which suits me well! I’ll come into the office and immediately check emails, voicemails, and my personal task notes. My main focus is to generate leads, promote sales, and call on those leads to see if they are in need of the BSC’s core services. My spare time is spent on social media and digital marketing platforms. I very much enjoy the sales portion of my position. Calling and following up with potential clients is a skill that can be transferred from one sales position to the next, so it is a skill that I find invaluable. In addition to this, I believe that having ability to be involved with various market research projects at the BSC is very useful, and will guide me in my future career.
With that said, I am very thankful to have received my position at the BSC. If it wasn’t for the Business Success Center, there would be a chance I would have little to no sales experience at all. The Business Success Center has prepared me to make a bigger stride in a future sales or marketing position by giving me direct experience in lead generation, sales promotion, social media, and digital marketing. With these skills in hand, after graduating from UW Oshkosh I plan to return to the Greater Milwaukee area. I’m planning on finding an insurance-related position at an insurance firm or insurance company whose core values align with my own. My interest at heart is in the insurance industry, and I could see myself there for a long time. After my internship with West Bend Mutual Insurance, I can see myself in a Regional Sales Manager position. Ultimately, becoming the VP of Sales would be a dream come true.