Internship Inside Stories
BBA students are the focus of Internship Inside Stories. Whether it’s working for Country Music Television, an international company in Brazil, or a local community organization, each story highlights a Business Administration undergrad’s experience on the job and his/her thoughts about the process and benefits.
Alyssa Wright recently completed an internship with Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services in 65 countries. She emailed our program:
“I can’t imagine how unprepared I would be entering the workforce if I had not had this AST experience. It is an advantage that will help me throughout my life and career. I have now attained a full time position with the company I interned for, and I look forward to learning more and advancing my career.”
Click on the links below for our students’ Internship Inside Stories.
“I had this preconceived notion that I would be fetching coffee and sorting mail, similar to Hollywood’s portrayal of an intern. However, my internship at NGAI went far above that, as they gave me the tools and real-world experiences needed to succeed in the future.”
“With the goal of being sole proprietor in mind, I knew that this internship would give me a chance to learn new skills and evaluate my goal.”
“I learned how to stay on task and take responsibility. I also discovered how hard you have to work in this “business world” we live in today. . . . and because of that hard work, Fastenal has extended an offer to me to stay the Spring 17 semester and continue to grow with this company. I would like to thank everybody that helped me along the way, I wouldn’t have done it without you!”
“It was a great feeling to have others depend on my work, and I had a great sense of accomplishment.”
“I received a lot of opportunities to improve my communication skills . . . The internship definitely will be beneficial to my future career.”
“I developed a deep understanding of why it is important to use my skills to assist others. As I continue to further my career, my AST placement will always be something that I reflect on and cherish.”
“Having a focus in management, the main emphasis of the internship was to work with all the department managers, store manager, as well as the CEO and owner of the company.”
“Coming into this internship, I was lacking in experience in a professional business setting . . . I have learned through my hard work and support of my managers and supervisors that I can definitely succeed, and thrive, in a professional work environment.”
“While here (at Caterpillar), I’ve been able to get great exposure to the field in which I hope to have a career.”
Read more about Jalyle’s internship in his own words.
“One of the best decisions I’ve ever made … This internship was a perfect fit for what I hope to achieve in life.”
Scott Cross, supervisor, and intern Phuc Ngoc Hoang, Enroll America Internship
“The internship brought me opportunities to grow all possible skill sets which would benefit me for my future career and have an insight of the American culture.”
Read more about Phuc’s internship
Supervisor Anne Dietz & Alyssa Wright
Internship employer: Cargill
“I would take this opportunity again and again given the chance.”
Supervisor Ann Frescura & Megan Zumbahlen
Internship employer: Downtown Springfield, Inc.
“This AST experience definitely allowed me to get out of my shell and to apply what I learned in school to more real-life situations.”
Elena Shimanchik and supervisor Storm Edwards
Internship employer: Cromwell Radio Group
“Learning how to network was invaluable because many of those I met were business owners, or employees and managers within ADM and Caterpillar. I even had a few who told me to use their names as references when I apply for a job.”
BBA student Jill Gossett
District 23 Mercantile and Foundry to benefit the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation
“My Business Administration coursework, including courses in marketing, advertising, management and human resources, greatly enhanced the work I was able to accomplish during my internship.”
Kendra Tucker & supervisor David Earhart
Internship employer: Springfield Chamber of Commerce
“Without this experience, I truly feel I would be at a disadvantage entering the workforce.”
Supervisor Alice Seaton and BBA student Katie Palzer
University Student Financial Services & Cashier Operations (USFSCO)
“I appreciate that an internship experience was part of my BBA at UIS because after completing the AST,
I feel more prepared to enter the workforce.”
JLC Direções e Câmbio Ltda.
“The opportunity that this AST in Brazil gave me was unique.”
Internship employer: Springfield Urban League
Jaleesa choose to work at this community organization that’s vital to Springfield.
Internship employer: Country Music Television
“Interning with CMT in Nashville has been the best experience of my life.”
Internship employer: Illinois Dept. of Revenue
“From this experience I have gained knowledge and insight into tax issues and would not mind after college possibly applying for a job at the Department of Revenue. Overall this will be an experience I will not forget!”
Internship employer: SSC – Health Revenue Company
“My internship has truly changed my perspective on learning . . . opened learning up to an endless list of opportunities in all areas of life, which really enriches life.”
An internship is required for BBA majors beginning under the Fall 2013 catalog and highly recommended for all business students using catalogs prior to Fall 2013. Up to 6 hours credit can be earned fulfilling the ECCE engagement and/or elective requirement. Internships provide practical work experience while applying theories and concepts learned in the classroom. In the past approximately one in four students has been offered a position with their internship employer. They are great resume builders too.
The process begins with resume preparation and interviewing techniques. Employers include business, government, community services, marketing, development, healthcare, personal service and many more. Most interns are 2nd semester juniors or seniors with a minimum of 12-15 hrs of completed upper division business coursework.
- The UIS Internship & Prior Learning office has developed paid and unpaid internship placements in the Springfield area for UIS students.
Students who already work full-time may contact the IPL Office to discuss using their current employer for a possible internship placement.
- If you would like more information about internships at UIS, please visit the Internships and Prior Learning Services website