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While Nate Wielgosh is working toward a Master of Public Administration, UW Oshkosh’s Student Titan Employment Program (STEP) is giving him the opportunity to develop both technical and interpersonal skills as an online content migration manager.

Name: Nate Wielgosh
Role: Plone Migration Manager
Department: Office of Graduate Studies
Major: Master of Public Administration
Year: Graduate student
Hometown: Princeton, Wis.

What specific tasks do you do for your internship?

“I am responsible for content migration from the existing graduate studies Web site to the new Plone platform and overseeing the project process. I am also responsible for overseeing the testing and training of the graduate studies e-bulletin program.”

How will the internship benefit your education?

“This internship offers an opportunity to utilize program management skills while learning a developing Web platform.”

How will the internship benefit your future?

“It helps me develop my communication and training skills. It also offers me an opportunity to experience a full-scale development environment for Web sites.”

How is the internship benefiting your department?

“It is allowing the graduate studies Web site to be completed without overpowering the man-hours of the traditional office staff and allowing a dedicated eye to oversee the entire progress and provide updates as necessary.”

What has been your favorite part of the internship? Why? 

“Testing the e-bulletin. It is a new Plone application developed internally and offers an opportunity for in-house testing, along with development of maintenance and reference material.”

Have you faced any challenges?

“The biggest challenge was managing a schedule that involved two very busy departments and myself. Only through constant communication was the team able to overcome this challenge.”

Supervisor Greg Wypiszynski, director of graduate studies, says …

“No one else in the graduate studies office has the type of skills Nate has, which are necessary to develop a new Plone Web site. His skills have saved us time, and his work has helped create a high-quality Web site.”

The Student Titan Employment Program (STEP) offers students quality educational experiences while providing faculty and staff members with needed assistance in areas such as media services, student-faculty research, supplemental instruction, library assistance, instructional technology and academic computing support, and Web page development and maintenance. The program is funded through a one-time investment of $500,000. More than 110 students are funded through STEP.

Photo by See Xiong.