Working toward the future

May 17, 2013 | 11 a.m.

Four students who will complete summer internships in fields they hope to work in

Culture | Michaela Mohs and Amanda Ahlm for The Clarion

Working toward the future

And you thought you had a sweet summer job...

Gone is the preconceived notion of interns fetching coffee and making copies. According to an article by Jacquelyn Smith on Forbes.com, a recent study by internships.com showed that 86 percent of students had a positive experience as an intern, saying that they liked, “learning new things, real world experience and working with colleagues.” The survey also found that 69 percent of companies offered full-time positions to students at the end of the internship. Four Bethel students have taken the initiative and found internships, in hopes of gaining experience and furthering their career goals.

Brooke Van Remortel

Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo

Sophomore Brooke Van Remortel will be a summer intern at the Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo, which is located in her hometown of Green Bay, Wis. Her daily responsibilities will include presenting animals to visitors – particularly children – feeding and caring for animals and marketing the zoo within the community to encourage more guests to come.

The internship isn’t paid, but Van Remortel, a biology major with an emphasis in animal studies, may use it for credit to cover an upper-level biology class. After learning about internships from the Minnesota Zoo’s Career Day, Van Remortel decided to find out if her local zoo offered similar zoo internships. She knows this internship will benefit her in terms of experience for her career goals.

“I want that job where you wake up and you want to go,” said Van Remortel. “And I feel like being a veterinarian is that job for me.”

What are you most excited for about your internship?

The thing I am most excited for about my internship is working with the animals. There is a large variety at the zoo, and I can't wait to learn something unique about all of them.

What is your best piece of advice for someone applying for a job or internship?

My best piece of advice would be to read over your internship requirements before you interview and try to do a face to face interview because phone interviews are hard to convey who you are as a person.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a veterinarian. I don't know the specific field yet, whether large animal, small animal or zoologist.

How do you think your internship will get you to where you want to be later in life?

This internship will help me with the future, because I can gain more knowledge about a large variety of animals and have hands on experience. This internship also helps narrow down what field I want to get into.

Krissi Dines

Minnesota Opera Education Department

Combining her love for the opera with her desire to work on the business end of a performance venue, Krissi Dines plans on interning at the Minnesota Opera House in the Education Department. She has been classically trained in voice for the past six years, and through this, fell in love with the stories operas tell.

The marketing department at the Utah Opera, where she worked as an intern last summer, forwarded her resume to the Minnesota Opera because they thought Dines could gain good experience working in the education department.

Dines will be completing administrative duties that will make others' lives easier. It is unpaid and part time, but Dines is excited to meet people and make connections in the business.

What are you most excited for about your internship?

I'm most excited to see how the education department at Minnesota Opera compares to the Utah Opera and just continue to learn the inner workings of opera companies.

What is your best piece of advice for someone applying for a job or internship?

Find a company that fascinates you and don't be afraid to accept a position in any department because you never know what you'll discover about yourself. Follow your passion and be open minded.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be the artistic director of an opera company, a job where I can oversee everything that goes into putting a show up in front of an audience. It's such an integrative form of art and the way everything comes together is beautiful to me and to get the opportunity to have a hand in that would be incredible.

How do you think your internship will get you to where you want to be later in life?

The connections I will make and becoming more familiar with the company will definitely help.

Ben Thom

Thomson Reuters

Junior Ben Thom hopes to connect his summer internship with a more long-term career goal. He will be interning as a financial analyst at the Eagan office of Thomson Reuters, a multinational media and information company with over 60,000 employees. Thom was inspired to apply after hearing a presentation given by two Bethel alums who work at Thomson Reuters, which detailed all that the internship could offer a business major. His tasks will include forecasting revenues and expenses as well as working on a special project that will culminate in a presentation to top executives of the company. “[This internship] will offer me a significant amount of experience in the financial field,” said Thom.

Thom, having already done internships for credit, isn’t receiving credit for this internship. It is paid, however, and he is treated as a full-time employee within the company. If all goes well this summer, Thom hopes to be hired by the company after graduating in December 2013.

What are you most excited for about your internship?

I'm most excited for the opportunity to work for a global organization that will offer me the chance to begin a successful career. Also, I'm excited to implement some of the concepts I've learned in my business classes by applying them in the real world.

What is your best piece of advice for someone applying for a job or internship?

1. I would encourage them to network as much as possible. I cannot put into words how important it is to get to know people and expand your network. Doing so will lead to inside connections when applying for jobs.
2. Sell yourself to the potential employer. They're looking for what you can offer them. You need to differentiate yourself from the competition so that they'll pick you over another applicant.
3. If you don't get the job, don’t be discouraged. Not getting the job doesn't mean you weren't good enough, you just weren't the right fit. Keep working hard and you'll land a job that best suits your skill set.

What is your dream job?

My dream job would probably be the CEO or CFO of a major company located in the Twin Cities area like Thomson Reuters, Target Corporation, 3M or General Mills.

How do you think your internship will get you to where you want to be later in life?

Thomson Reuters offers one of the best financial internships in the area, so I believe the internship will provide me with a substantial amount of experience and knowledge that I'll use throughout my career.

Shiloh Larson

Office of Congressman John Kline

Sophomore Shiloh Larson will be interning in the office of Congressman John Kline. While she won’t be working for pay or for school credit, Larson said that she’s excited to complete the internship. The internship will involve talking to constituents over the phone or in person and doing administrative work.

Later in the summer, when Congress adjourns for its August recess, Larson will be involved with Kline’s campaign as they visit various areas of the voting district. She says what she is most excited about this task, as it will give her an idea of what a career in politics is like.

“Modern day politics could be bettered through good communication, and so one day I hope to use my major and minor together in the field to accomplish this,” Larson said. The internship promises to offer experiences related to Larson’s communication major and political science minor.

What are you most excited for about your internship?

I am most excited to encounter local politics face-to-face. I have always wanted to witness how political decisions are made and see elected officials in action.

What is your best piece of advice for someone applying for a job or internship?

My best piece of advice is to do a little research on the place where they are applying for an internship. During my interview, I was asked what I knew about the Congressman and his work, and I was so glad that I had done my research.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be an executive assistant to a politician. I would love to support the legislative process and change our government from behind the scenes.

How do you think your internship will get you to where you want to be later in life?

I believe that this internship will allow me to take a step toward my dream job by teaching the communication skills and providing the hands on experience necessary to be an effective actor in the political sphere. It will also allow me to start networking with professionals in the field.

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