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Internship Spotlight: Zach Glynn, Element Mobile

Zach Glynn (Far Left), Marketing

Element Mobile: Overview and Background

Element Mobile is a new cell phone carrier as of 2011.  This company bought the small Wisconsin territory, which is based in central Wisconsin, from a company formally known as Alltel.  The company employs between 100-200 employees across central Wisconsin.  The company is locally managed but has national coverage.  Being local allows the company to become part of some great communities, while giving them the same national coverage other carriers can provide.

My Role

I am an intern in the marketing department with the Element Mobile SWAT Team.  There are four members on the team including myself.  We do a lot of tasks in the office, but also work in the community out of the office.  In the office, my tasks range compiling a competitive analysis, advertising searches, writing a blog for our website, social media, data entry; and that is just a start.  Out of the office Element Mobile is very involved in our community.  We sponsor many local events and sports teams.  For example, we sponsor 5K cancer walks, our local college wooden bat league team, etc.  At these events we do a range of tasks from collecting data, interviewing participants, or just promotionally being there.

My Advice

Network as much as you possibly can rather that’s through the College of Business at Oshkosh or through your own personal networks.  I started to look for my internship through Titan Jobs and I had a few bites, but when it came down to the internship I am currently in with Element Mobile I used my own network to find it.  It is never too early to start looking for an internship either.  Our college is huge and a lot of students are looking at the same time, so the earlier you get a start on it the better off you will be.

Internship Spotlight: Adam Schubert, First Source Worldwide

Adam Schubert, Accounting

A First Source Experience

                My name is Adam Schubert, an Accounting major at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  I plan on graduating after this upcoming spring semester in 2013.  I have completed much of my coursework required to obtain my degree with a few classes left for one final year of college!  I had still needed an internship though and was pretty stressed out about finding one.  And then I found an accounting internship with First Source Worldwide.

First Source Worldwide is a supplier that manufactures and distributes chemicals for other company’s needs.  Some of their clientele include Rawlings Sporting Goods, Hanes, and Fruit of the Loom.  Many of the chemicals they provide are pigments/colorants used in clothes that we wear every day.

I had stumbled across this internship by signing up for the email program offered through the Internship Program at UW-Oshkosh.  I received an email stating that interns were needed at this company and responded right away.  After completing an interview, FSW had contacted me and they offered me an internship.  I was able to start mid February 2012.

At first I was really nervous about this new endeavor.  I was unsure what to expect besides what they had told me during the interview where they gave me a vague list of responsibilities.  After about a week I realized what I had gotten myself into.  It seemed overwhelming at first but as time went on, I became very comfortable in my role at First Source Worldwide as an intern.

I have been able to incorporate a great deal of my previous coursework in this internship.  One of the courses that I have been able to apply the most is Bus 305 (Accounting Information Systems).  This class had taught me to use Peachtree which is very similar to QuickBooks.  I use this everyday when entering and approving bills.  Another course that I am using in my position at FSW is Quantitative Business Analysis (QBA).  I use Excel every single day and this class has helped me become efficient in using the program.

My main responsibilities on a daily basis consist of entering and approving bills for both U.S. and Mexico operations.  I also help occasionally with some costing projects in order to supply the business with information that helps them price their products competitively.  I also help out with the purchasing department when they need the additional support.  This has exposed me to various areas of the business giving me a fuller understanding of the business operates and a broader overall experience.

Although I have been exposed to various departments of the company, this exposure reassures me that I would like to stick with the accounting field.  I love everything about it and I continue to learn every day I’m at my internship.  I have recently been offered to continue this internship throughout the upcoming school year and I look forward to the additional experiences ahead of me.

Internship Spotlight: William Rasmussen, JL Property Services LLC

William Rasmussen, SCOM

My name is William Rasmussen, or “Tricky” at work, and I am doing my internship at a company called JL Property Services LLC. The company is a year round landscaping company that serves commercial and residential properties alike. The main sources of income for JL are lawn maintenance, fertilizing, concrete work, decorative concrete curbing, snowplowing and salting. I have worked at the company for over four years and have grown exponentially in the company.

In terms of my start, it was pretty uneventful. A good friend of mine was buds with my current boss, Jake Lutzow (hence the JL name). Jake, at this time, had just quit his full time job as a tin worker and decided to dedicate everything he had into this part time business. Jake and his partner, Brad, were growing drastically and needed more workers…and that is where I came in.

When I first started at the company, I was just general labor. Over the past few years, I have gained an extensive knowledge of the business. Thanks to Jake, I am now fully capable of doing any task that JL offers. I know how to operate all of our equipment, know how long things take to do, know costs of labor and materials, and know exactly how to do jobs better than our competitors.

My internship has been a whole new experience for me. I’m now considered one of the top employees in the company, and have gained responsibilities far greater than general labor. Over the last few years, the owners of JL have been shaping me into a sort of prodigy for the company. I was a completely fresh slate for them, and they have been teaching me things exactly how they want me to learn.  The best part about my history with the company is that they have been able to directly influence my college years. Everything I learn in my classes is quickly contrasted with the mass of knowledge I have gained at JL over the years. I’ve never been afraid to tell Jake, my boss, things I’ve learned at UW-O, and he has never been afraid of correcting me of things UW-O has taught me. Jake has showed me the real world application of the incredible knowledge that UW-O has given me.

My average day at JL starts at around seven or eight in the morning. Typically, I coordinate the daily activities for JL’s multiple crews. After everyone is set up for the day, I usually end up at a specific job site. Usually, I am at a certain job because of my experience level, or to train new employees. After the specific job, my day is far from over. While the majority of employees may be done for the day, I need to do my office duties for the day. I am solely responsible for a new system being implemented at JL. This system is likely to be the lifeblood of the company within the next year. All job data, billing information, daily organization, crew direction, and customer information, will be done through the system we are implementing right now. And that means that I need to enter, delete, or alter information in the system on a daily basis.

Nearly all employees are long gone by the time I start working on my additional office work. After a long day of organization, jobsites, and system maintenance, I still am not done. At this point I coordinate with the owner of the company on upcoming plans for the next day, week, or month. Calendars, post-it notes, rough sketches, excel documents, etc. all aid in our planning to maximize efficiency. Lastly, billing is done at our company on a weekly basis. And since I am responsible for our new system (that has all billing information), I am a major part in this process. It is very normal to see 12 hour days for me at a minimum.

While my internship may be highly demanding, I love it. I will keep working at this company for as long as I can. I personally have helped the company grow from nearly nothing; to the awesome company we are now. JL has given me nothing but opportunity, and I intend on continuing to provide them with phenomenal work for years to come. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has helped me become strong academically, and JL has helped me become a true business specialist.

Internship Spotlight: Lauryn Jashinsky, Keystone Click

Lauryn Jashinsky, Marketing

Company Overview

Keystone Click , a Milwaukee based web agency, offers website design, content management system website development, Social Media marketing and consulting services,  eCommerce, Internet marketing and more. Keystone Click works with clients to redesign their website to the exact request of the client. This can include the visual appeal, speed, functionality, or whatever the customer desires.

Getting the Job

When they say it is all about who you know, they aren’t kidding. Having an apartment lease that didn’t start until September, I needed a job close to home in Milwaukee.  Titan Jobs had a lot of internship opportunities but not any within a reasonable distance from my house. I searched multiple companies in Milwaukee looking for marketing interns but kept getting the same response. No one wanted a student just finishing their sophomore year to intern. I hadn’t taken enough classes related to my major. It was true. I had just started scratching the surface of my marketing classes, only having taken Essentials of Marketing.

When I had nearly just accepted the fact that an internship was no longer an option for the summer of 2012, my cousin told me the company she works for was looking for a summer marketing intern. The timing couldn’t have been any better. They wanted someone young and eager to learn. “Hey, I could do that.” The next thing I knew, I was applying, interviewing, and starting my first day.

My Role in the Company

My small responsibilities change from day to day, but there are core projects that I work on daily. I am in charge of all of the Social Media for the company. I manage the Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest pages. Every week I fill out a calendar and schedule all of the different posts I will need to make that week. I am in charge of thinking of fun and creative ways to get people engaged in our Social Media pages.

Currently, I am in the process of planning and organizing Office Olympics! Other projects include: identifying niche companies and targeting them through a marketing strategy we are in the process of developing, exploring other ways to advertise our company, and working on my own core project. My core project consists of developing a customer service survey and collecting the data myself through contact with the company’s last year of clients.

Is Having an Internship really as Important as Everyone Says it is?

Absolutely! Now that I have begun experiencing what an internship is really like, I finally understand the undoubtedly important role it will play in my future. I learned more on my first day than I thought I would learn throughout the whole duration of the internship. I am learning marketing lingo I never knew existed, a multitude of Internet tools used for Search Engine Optimization, and what it feels like to just get a taste of the direction I’m taking with the career path I have decided to pursue, just to name a few. It feels great having a job with responsibilities and tasks that actually interest you. Coming to work every day doesn’t feel like a chore, and that’s the way it should be. I would encourage sophomores, even freshman, to start looking for internships now. The sooner you get your first internship, the sooner you can use that experience to get more internships before you graduate. The more internships and experience you have, the more appealing you are to future employers. Don’t wait. Start looking for internships now.

 

Spotlight Internship: Erin Severson, Lakeview Credit Union

Erin Severson, Finance

My name is Erin Severson and I am a Finance Major graduating in December 2012. I am currently interning as a Business Services Specialist at Lakeview Credit Union in Neenah, Wisconsin. Lakeview was founded in 1934 by nine Kimberley Clark employees with the intention of establishing a credit union for the employees of the Lakeview Mill. Originally the organization was run by volunteers. Today the board of directors is still made up of member-volunteers however there are currently 41 paid employees. Lakeview has three branches, two in Neenah and one in Appleton.

How I Obtained the Position:

This June marked my seventh anniversary as an employee of Lakeview Credit Union. My career with Lakeview began as a high school student teller. Over the years, I have experienced working in member services and the accounting department.  When it came time to fulfill my internship requirement for my bachelor’s degree, the organization was very accommodating and offered me a position in the business services department. I began my internship this June and the plan is to stay in the department after graduation this winter.

My Roles and Responsibilities:

As a Business Services Specialist I work with our commercial loan accounts. I am responsible for reviewing each note to be certain that compliance requirements are met.  This includes verifying collateral, working with insurance companies to ensure adequate coverage, and making sure that each file has all of the necessary documentation to support the loan. I also work closely with our credit analyst to compile data for specific reports. I am very excited to continue learning the ins and outs of the department in the coming months.

My Advice:

If I were to re-do my college career, I would look for opportunities to intern in different positions much sooner. I have learned that the more you express your interests and needs the more your employer is willing to expose you to different areas.  Don’t be afraid to network and get to know the employees at all levels of the organization, you may find mentors where you least expect it. In my opinion experiencing different jobs before graduation helps to decide what areas of your major you would like to make a career.

Spotlight Internship: Eddie Dominguez, UW-Oshkosh

Eddie Dominguez, Information Systems

 

Overview

My name is Eddie Dominguez. I am an Information Systems major  and I work for the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as a Computer Programmer Intern. I am planning on graduating in December of 2013. The College of Business here has been around since 1965 and is one of the most respected colleges in the state and Midwest. They offer many advantages to help student establish a career for their future.

 

How I Obtained the Position

During the fall semester of 2011, I joined the Information Systems Club. There I met the president of the club who held the position that I would later apply to. As the year went on and when I was looking for internships, he told me that his position would be up for grabs because he was graduating this previous semester. I took it into consideration. Once it was posted on TitanJobs, I applied for it, had an interview and later received an email saying that I had received the job and could start as soon as possible.

 

My Roles and Responsibilities

As a computer programmer, I am not coding  all the time as people think. I manage several different systems for the College of Business that they use on their website. If something were needed to change or to be fixed with those systems, I would be the one to take care of it. Also, I am assigned projects throughout my time here. I am currently working on rebuilding the internship application system. It is the same one that students use to apply to the college in order to approve a student’s internship. I have also done smaller projects that involve creating application by coding.

 

My Future

I will continue to work at the University but it will be another 3 semesters before I graduate; I am in consideration of applying for another internship before I graduate. With an IS degree, there are so many different career opportunities out there: computer programmer, business or systems analyst, database administrator, network specialist, and more. I would like to have another internship to gain more knowledge on what is out there and what different organizations with their IT.

 

Internship Spotlight: Marquise Jones, EAA

From left to right is: Nate Smaglik. Tom King, Cari King, Brian Lutze, and Marquise Jones

How many people actually know what EAA stands for……? I didn’t either until about a couple weeks ago.

I was looking for an internship on Titanjobs and found a company looking for an intern to be a computer technician. I applied immediately. One of the resources that I used in applying for this position was my professor. He was really involved in my search to find an internship and was happy to see that I did indeed find a internship that he had knew about. One of his friends was in the IT department here at EAA. Next thing you know, I have an internship!

I started my internship on June 5th .  The first day was really me going around meeting and touring the buildings.  After all the formal stuff was done, we got right to work and started unloading computers and starting to take them to where they needed to go. That day, my boss bought the whole staff lunch from Pizza Hut.

My first impression was this was a great place. It’s really laid back and easy going and everyone is nice and willing to help, which was a surprise. I was coming into this internship not knowing what to expect; the interview was formal yet laid back.

The coursework that has come from the internship has been ok. It was difficult to catch on since it was an online class so things weren’t getting turned in on time but I think that would change. Some of the challenges that I had come across during the internship happen to be how to find drivers for printers and wifi networks, because each vendor has their own way to set things up and sometimes it is difficult to find the right drivers to process the information.

Now that I have some experience I believe that I have chosen the right path, and it has also showed me another section of IT that I would be willing to explore now that I have a better understanding of what the job entails. My internship involved working with another intern who was really cool and we worked well together. He is from Platteville and he is studying Engineering, but he is interested in computers as well.

The most important thing that I have learned at my internship was to have an open mind and that communication is very important when working in any organization. I also learned what EAA meant- Experimental Aircraft Association.

Internship Spotlight: Justin Mahlik, State Farm

Justin Mahlik, Finance

 

My name is Justin Mahlik. I am majoring in Finance with a minor in Insurance and Financial Planning and plan to graduate May of 2013. I currently work at State Farm Insurance and Financial Services as a Marketing Services Intern. I work at an agent’s office in Fond du Lac, WI. The agent is an independent contractor with State Farm and owns his own small business.

How I Obtained My Internship

I used my family to obtain my internship. We have been involved in the insurance industry and with State Farm for three generations now. Since I was young I had always wanted to work in my father’s office and when I finished freshman year of college he gave me the opportunity. Since then, with much training and hard work, I have grown into a productive member of the organization. When I told him I needed an internship for the College of Business he gave me the opportunity to assist him in running his small business.

My Role

A typical day as a Marketing Services Intern can consist of many different things. I usually begin the day by helping potential clients with insurance quotes. Once these are finished I proceed to work on one of the many ongoing business projects such as marketing cost tracking, office accounting, or learning about products offered by State Farm. After project work is completed for the day, I move on to setting up insurance and financial reviews for existing clients. All of this work is permeated with service calls from existing clients. I often find myself having three to four things going on at once so time management is critical.

Course work

I have applied many of the courses taken at UW Oshkosh. They include Quantitative Business Analysis (QBA), Human Resources, Accounting, English, and almost every Finance course. QBA has by far been the course that helps me add value to the organization. I am able to use Microsoft Excel to analyze revenues, expenses, and client data in order to better allocate our resources. Human Resources taught me that if you are not 100% sure about something involving HR you should consult someone who is. Keeping organized is critical in the Marketing Services Intern position and all of my classes have helped me perfect this skill.

Internship Spotlight: John Flanigan, Kelly Green Lawn Care LLC

John Flanigan, Finance

 

My name is John Flanigan I plan on graduating in December 2012 with a Marketing degree. I’m currently working at Kelly Green Lawn Care LLC as a Marketing/Scheduling Manager. Kelly Green Lawn Care LLC has been serving the Fox Valley since 2004, and is one of the top companies in its field

How I Obtained my Internship

I have been working at Kelly Green Lawn Care LLC since 2004 when the company first opened. I have always felt at home with the company so when I told my boss I needed to complete an internship for the College of Business, he created a position for me with more duties and responsibilities.

The decision was easy for me to make, Kelly Green Lawn Care LLC has always respected me as an employee and I didn’t want to pass the opportunity to “move up” in the company. When given the new position at Kelly Green Lawn Care LLC, I also thought I would be able to use the knowledge I have learned from my education to better the business.

My Duties and Responsibilities

When first discussing my new position with my boss, he asked me “What do you want to get out of this internship”? I told him I wanted to experience what it was like to run a small business, and I wanted some face-to-face interaction with customers.

A typical day for me starts at 6 A.M. when I arrive at our shop. I need to organize all of the crews with the proper equipment, and I also need to make a schedule for each crew to follow that day. After that is done, my boss and I will then meet with potential customers and give estimates and quotes. I end my day back at the shop going over what jobs crews completed during the day. I usually will leave the shop roughly around 4 P.M.

I also have some tasks that I do on a weekly and monthly basis that I need to find time in my schedule to do. Those things consist of balancing the company’s accounts and going over some of the companies goals with my boss. I’m also always on call throughout the work day to aid crews with any problems that present themselves such as equipment breaking, customer questions, or anything else that may present itself.

My Future

After I finish my schooling I’m going to look around for a job that best benefits my family and allows me to use my education to the fullest. I would love for Kelly Green Lawn Care LLC to offer me a job with roughly the same job description as I have now. If they don’t, I will continue to work with Kelly Green Lawn Care LLC until I find a job that benefits my family and I to the fullest.

Internship Spotlight: Kimberly Fenske, First State Bank

Kimberly Fenske, Finance

My name is Kimberly Fenske and I work at First State Bank as a Consumer Banking Assistant. First State Bank is an independent community bank which was first built in 1933. There are six branches located in Waupaca, Outagamie, and Shawano counties.  Our main branch location is in New London which is my primary working location. However, I also travel to the other branches in order to fill in while other Consumer Banking Assistants are on vacation.

How I Obtained the Position

I have worked at First State Bank for about four years now.  When I was in high school, I was a co-op student and began my banking career as a teller. After high school, I was able to maintain my teller position while I attended college.

When I was a junior in college, I became a Loan Servicing Assistant. After one year of working in the loans department, I informed Human Resources that I needed to complete an internship in order to satisfy the College of Business requirement. Human Resources immediately started making arrangements in order to fulfill that requirement. After accepting the internship offer as a Consumer Banking Assistant, my training started May 21st.

My Roles and Responsibilities

As a Consumer Banking Assistant, I work with customers to both open and close accounts, complete maintenance on account, start the loan renewal process, complete projects for Senior Management, etc. Each and every day is different when working with customers and their financials.  Whether a customer wants to dispute a transaction on their account or close their Certificate of Deposit, every transaction is different.

Challenges

Since all banks have countless regulations to follow, I am extremely cautious about following compliance policies. Also, working at a bank requires a high degree of professionalism with little margin for error.  Accuracy is key to being successful and gaining the customer’s trust.

When I first started my new position, I was so nervous about making a mistake and it was affecting my efficiency. A coworker confronted me and said, “There is no mistake that can’t be corrected.” This statement helped me gain confidence and I am now more proficient in completing my job responsibilities. Instead of worrying about what mistakes could be made, I focus on completing the job tasks the way I was trained and gaining new knowledge along the way.


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