by Kimberley Hill
This summer, I did an internship at Hussmann Corporation – a business that manufactures and sells refrigerated display cases to grocery stores and supermarkets. Sounds exciting, right? Actually, this internship turned out to be a great experience – full of projects, meetings, and new people.
I was involved in many different projects at Hussmann – from website updates to literature production to photo editing. Many of my projects dealt with Krack – and not the kind you are thinking of! Krack is a company owned by Hussmann that sells refrigeration equipment. Much of their literature and website content was out of date, and so many of my projects involved updating Krack. I will only name three of these projects.
- At the beginning of the summer, the Krack website looked pretty blank – particularly the News and Events tab. I researched some of the events with which Krack is involved, and then wrote descriptions of each event to be uploaded to the website. The Krack News and Events tab does not look so empty now.
- I helped to update the product catalogs and technical bulletins for Krack as well. I met with engineers and Krack salespeople (Imagine saying that you sell Krack for a living!) to determine what needed to be updated. I also met with our graphics design company to organize the information into neat, current layouts.
- Finally, I worked with Photoshop – which was my favorite project. I found and edited over 40 photos of Krack products to be used in a photo gallery on Krack’s website. I enjoyed the creative and artistic aspects of this project in particular.
I had never heard of Hussmann before being offered this internship. Earlier this year, I was talking to a member at my waitressing job at Lake Forest Country Club. I mentioned that I was looking for an internship for the summer; little did I know that I was talking to the CEO and President of Hussmann Corporation.
My advice for all those looking for internships is: Network! Network! Network! Ask the people you know if they know of any places that hire interns – or of any people who could hire interns. You never know when you could be talking to your future boss.
UGAB is a student newsletter for the Communication Programs at Maryville University. It highlights announcements, student/faculty news, and internship/job postings for our students and alumni. Enjoy!
- Community Note: We all continue to mourn the loss of communication student Isaiah Saucillo, who recently passed away. Our faculty and entire community of majors will remember Isaiah as a wonderful, warm, and kind student who made a huge difference in our Maryville community. We will miss you, Isaiah!
- Graduation Application: For students planning to graduate in December or May, the deadline to fill out the online application for graduation (found in AccessMU for Students on the Portal or at the Student Service Center) is Sept 15 (for Dec grads) and Nov 15 (for May grads). Fill out the form today to ensure you are all set for graduation.
- Two Upcoming Guest Speakers: Local Blogger Hannah Mayer will be speaking in COMM 232 today from 12:50-2:00pm in Reid 3315. Chris Reimer, local social media leader and Maryville’s own marketing team member, will be giving a guest lecture next Wednesday, November 4th from 12:50-2:00pm in Reid 3315. All communication students are invited to join us for either or both of these events!
- $1,000 Scholarship from St. Louis Ad Club: The Ad Club will give out two $1,000 scholarship to local communication students this year. Applications are due by the end of this week, so don’t delay if you are interested in applying. Details.
- SPCH 110 Test-Out Option: Students who are interested in testing out of the SPCH 110 – Oral Communication general education requirement should sign up for SPCH 110-60 next semester and plan to attend one of the two test-out date options in March. More details in this document.
- StartUp Weekend: For those of you who are budding entrepreneurs, take a look at Startup Weekend, an annual St. Louis event that helps you take your ideas from concept to fruition. This is a wonderful weekend experience for early stage entrepreneurs to meet others and begin to let your idea take shape. This weekend is scheduled for Nov 13-15 at the downtown T-Rex incubator. Register here.
- Undergraduate Research Society: For students interested in undergraduate research, I invite you to look at Maryville’s Undergraduate Research Society as a way to get involved on campus. This group is actively looking for social science students to serve on their executive committee. Contact Adam Brazzleto indicate your interest.
- Congratulations to alumna Silla Murabito who has accepted a full-time position as a Customer Service Representative with First Spear! Also, congrats to alumna Alex Amsinger who has accepted a position with Ascension Health! We love to see our alumni placed in great positions!
- The St. Louis Social Media Club ON TAP FREE Event Series: The St. Louis Social Media Club is hosting a series of free events at Bottleworks in Maplewood where individuals will tell their story of how social media impacted a particular situation. This free event does require registration. The next speaker in the series is tonight, October 28th at 5:30pm at Schlafly Bottleworks. Dr. Dohrman will be at the event and invites all of our students to join! Register here before it sells out.
- IABC – International Association of Business Communicators Student Coffee and Career Conversation: This local professional association is hosting an event just for local communication students! The event will take place Saturday, November 21 from 10-11:15 at the St. Louis Bread Company at 10336 Clayton Road. This event is strictly for students to help you network and meet professionals working in the field of communication. This is a free event, but you must register!
- The 2015 Ad Club Digital Symposium will take place on Wednesday, November 18 starting at 12;30pm. This is a fantastic half-day opportunity designed to be welcoming to students. Details.
- 314Digital is hosting their annual Digital Marketing Showcase on Tuesday, December 15 from 6-10pm.Details.
- Treehouse Networking is a local networking association that hosts wonderful, informal events that would be great for students. Their next event is tonight downtown and is just $5 to attend. Register here.
- Other Upcoming Networking Events: Look at these organization’s websites for other upcoming events: Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), American Marketing Association (AMA), Communication Service Public Relations Council (CSPRC), St. Louis Press Club, St. Louis Social Media Club (SMCSTL), Business Marketing Association (BMA-STL), AIGA, STL-ODN, and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN).
- Abstrakt Marketing: This firm, located in downtown St. Louis, is setting up a second location on our campus starting in January and they are looking for several paid interns to work 10-15 hours a week (number of hours is flexible) as part of a team working with their clients to arrange appointments. This is a paid internship ($10/hour) and several of you went on the tour of Abstrakt last week and enjoyed it, so I think it will be a wonderful opportunity for some of our students. Abstrakt is coming to campus for two information sessions for students who are interested. The sessions will be this Thursday, Oct 29 at 2pmin Buder Commons or Wednesday, November 4 at 4pm in Buder Commons.
- Hauser Group: This local PR firm in West St. Louis is looking for a Public Relations Intern. This would be a great place to work. Details.
- Ascension Health: Ascension Health is looking for a communication intern to work part-time on a variety of tasks. If you are interested in health communication, this would be a great internship option for you! Details.
- Cushman and Wakefield: This commercial real estate firm is looking for a part-time intern to work on their Portfolio Solutions team. More details are here and you can e-mail Jose Artiaga to apply.
- Health Literacy – Missouri Program – This local nonprofit is looking for interns for the Spring 2016 semester. It is a great opportunity for students interested in nonprofits and health communication.Details.
- St. Louis County Parks and Recreation: If you are interested in nature, you may love this internship with the County’s Parks and Rec office. Information here.
- Political Internship: For anyone interested in politics, consider doing an intern with one of the Republican candidates for governor of Missouri. These part-time internship (details here) would be a great way to get on-the-ground training and a behind the scenes look at our political system.
- Town & Style: Town & Style is seeking an editorial intern to assist with print and web production and social media. Duties include putting together event calendars, writing and scheduling social media posts to promote issue content, posting content and events online, and writing a few of our regular columns. Position is paid and part-time, requiring about 10-12 hours per week at our office in Clayton. Wonderful opportunity for an efficient, organized and independent communications/journalism student or graduate with good writing skills. If interested, send resume, cover letter and 2-3 writing samples to managing editor Stephanie Zeilenga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- St. Louis County Police Department is looking for an intern to assist with writing manual for a variety of computer programs used by their employees. They are looking for an unpaid intern to work flexible hours to accomplish the writing of these manuals. Please see this document for details and send your resume and cover letter to Sgt. Mike Wilson to apply.
- Maryville Career Connections: For many more opportunities, be sure to look at Maryville’s Career Connections website. It is a wonderful resource where a lot of St. Louis companies send their job postings.
- The Rome Group has dozens of part-time jobs available at local nonprofits doing communication work. Check out the list here and consider switching your current part-time job to something on this list as a way to build your resume through paid, part-time work!
- Part-Time Marketing Assistant Position – St. Charles Community College: This is a great position working on a team with alumna Amber Peterson from our program! Take a look. It won’t last long. Details.
- The Postal Service is hiring part-time paid ($12/hour) workers to help with the holiday season mail processing. These positions would be a great way to earn some money over Christmas break. Details.
- Green Rivers Gateway is looking for a Communications Manager. This is a fantastic organization dedicated to the mission of promoting nature and biking in the St. Louis area and would be a fun place to work! Details.
- River City Marketing is looking for an Events and Promotion staff position. Details.
- Resource Guide: Check out the Resource Guide for Finding an Internship/Job in Communication for starters.