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Junior Nicole Preradovic, a marketing major, and senior Daniel Kobin, an interactive Web management major, share a passion for marketing, and both are also heading off to summer internships at globally-recognized companies.

Preradovic will serve as an account management intern in Chicago at Ogilvy & Mather, one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world with more than 10,000 employees working in 450 offices in 120 countries.

Kobin will serve as a social media intern in Hillsborough, North Carolina for, a leading soccer retailer, with more than 300 full-time employees and more than 400 part-time and seasonal employees.

Preradovic and Kobin both work in internships at UW Oshkosh supported by the Student Titan Employment Program (STEP), which offers students high-impact learning opportunities outside of their classes. For each, their STEP internship was their first internship experience.

Students in STEP internships gain hands-on experience, enhancing critical and creative thinking, technology and information literacy, teamwork, leadership and problem solving skills through industry-specific experience, Art Rathjen, vice chancellor for advancement and UW Oshkosh Foundation president, said.

“The Student Titan Employment Program (STEP) adds even greater value to our students’ educational experiences by providing them with high-quality, paid internships to help support the work of our faculty and staff members,” Rathjen said. “It’s an opportunity for students to build on their classroom experiences through internships right here on campus.”

Photo of Nicole Preradovic UW Oshkosh Integrated Marketing Communications intern at her workstation on campus

Through her STEP internship at UW Oshkosh, junior Nicole Preradovic gains experience in using a content management system to update websites, completes trend research, keyword research and guides clients through the website redesign process.

“At first I was nervous about having an internship, since I hadn’t had any internship experience,” Preradovic said. “I thought it would be nice to contribute my skills to a brand that I feel like I am familiar with already since I’ve been here for three years, and it’s really convenient to have my internship on campus.”

Preradovic is a Web content intern, serving as a project manager on three website projects and assisting on several other website projects in the Integrated Marketing Communications office.

For Kobin, who is also a student-athlete, working on campus allowed him to gain professional experience while balancing a busy schedule.

“STEP internships are a great opportunity for students to get a taste of the real world and a professional work environment,” Kobin said. “It takes what I have been learning in the classroom and what I want to get into in the future and combined it into a really good opportunity.”

Photo of UW Oshkosh STEP intern Daniel KobinKobin is a social media intern in the Integrated Marketing Communications office, managing the University’s Instagram account, as well as assisting with the University’s other social media accounts, writing student life blog posts and managing a series of videos.

Preradovic said her STEP internship is a great opportunity to get a taste of the real world.

“It’s a good way to get your feet wet and see what you really do like to do and what you are good at and weigh your strengths and weaknesses, so you can figure out where exactly you want to go in the future with your career choice,” Preradovic said.