An Internship with Hussmann

by Kimberley Hill

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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 Much of their literature and website content was out of date, and so many of my projects involved updating Krack.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.

Rebecca Dohrman

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Maryville University.

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Long Live the Intern (by Kelly Gould – Internship at St. Louis Blues)

Being an intern with the St. Louis Blues was just as is sounds, a BLAST. Sure there was busy work and a lot of it at times, but the perks of this internship were incredible. I am not a huge hockey fan, but after a year of working for the Blues, I now BLEED BLUE.

Of course some of the tasks were basic intern work, but most of the time I got to learn about the ticketing system here, put together huge excel sheets that were sent out to our biggest clients, and survey Blues fans demographics. Tasks that may not seem fun, but once I was finished with each one I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment because my boss was so grateful.

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                  I had so much fun working with the Blues and their amazing sales staff. I learned good communication skills both in the work environment and outside the work environment which is a skill I have been wanting to conquer for quite some time. While working here I have successfully achieved that goal and plan on making improvements on the way. Below are links to learn more about the Blues organization:

–        Blues Website

–        Blues 14 Fund

–        Social Media Sites

To all students looking for an internship; be happy, be responsible & be grateful. With these qualities you will go a long way. Always have a smile on your face, keep a planner, and always say thank you. I would also practice your communication skills!

Rebecca Dohrman

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Maryville University.

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Lauralee Gilkey: Internship at Childrens’ Services Coalition

In the fall 2013 semester, I had the opportunity to work for Children’s Services Coalition (CSC). CSC is a comprehensive resource that provides a one-stop portal for gatekeepers and families in the St. Louis region that allows them to browse non-profit organizations that can provide needed services. The service areas provided by member organizations include: bullying prevention, suicide prevention, intimate partner violence, housing and shelter, disability services, crisis intervention, and counseling.

Most of my time was spent working from home on the recently launched website – filling in gaps in information for the member organizations, making sure that the appearance of all pages was consistent, and verifying that all links to member sites were functional. I also updated CSC’s brochure and placed it on the website as a downloadable page and added additional tabs and pages to expand the information contained on the site. The goal of all of this was to create a website that was user friendly with everything someone would need to access the services they were looking for. The website can be viewed by going to csc-stl.org.  In addition to working on the website, I attended board meetings. Attending those meetings gave me insight into the workings of non-profits and how separate committees and members can all come together to work toward a common goal.

This internship was a wonderful experience! I learned a lot of valuable, real-life skills that will translate well into any future career. I would encourage anyone – whether considering a career in non-profit or private sector – to put CSC on their list of potential internships.

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Rebecca Dohrman

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Erin Edwards: Internship at LMI Aerospace

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? When I started as a freshman at Maryville, I sure didn’t. As my graduation date quickly approaches (May 2014), I’m still not exactly sure what my calling is. But, because of the internships I’ve had, I have a MUCH better understanding of Corporate America, professional etiquette, and most importantly, the direction in which I plan on taking my career. During my time at Maryville, I’ve worked in retail, with the customer service division at a Fortune 500 company, and spent time as an assistant at a local St. Louis news publication. Most recently, I served as Human Resources Intern/Co-Op with LMI Aerospace, Inc in St. Charles, MO.  At LMI, I worked closely with the Corporate Recruiter and the Corporate Human Resources Manager on day-to-day HR activities as well as many special projects.  These projects (benefit summaries, leadership surveys, applicant testing, job description revisions, etc.) allowed me to experience all facets of HR–benefits, training and organizational development to name just a few.

Maryville is home to an exceptional COMM program–I’ve learned so much invaluable information from my professors. However, I strongly believe that learning in the classroom can only take you so far. My internship experiences have taught me about myself, about professional life and the things I am looking for in a career. While I may not have found my passion just yet, I have great experience and a true understanding of what it means to have a ‘big girl’ job! My advice to you—just go for it! Don’t hesitate to apply for any position (paid or unpaid, full or part-time) that interests you! Your internship might not lead to a full time position or the career of your dreams, but the networking and experience is worth just the same (maybe more)! Don’t rule anything out, this is the perfect time to expand your horizons and try new things. Remember, you regret the things that you don’t try!

Rebecca Dohrman

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Maryville University.

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Magnolia Internship

by Whitney Dutton

I spent this semester working on staff as the public relations representative for the Magnolia magazine.  My responsibilities included organizing fundraisers at restaurants, advertising around campus, and editing the final pages of the magazine.  When the semester began I made it a goal to have the magazine more recognizable around campus.  One of the first things I did was create an advertisement video for the televisions around campus.  I also shared it on Facebook and YouTube. It can be viewed here.  It was super cool to see something I created on my own be shown all around campus.

One of the best things about the internship was achieving my goal by the end of the semester.  We received a record amount of submissions this semester.  In fact, it was a 200% increase!  I would like to think that the increase in social media advertisements and the video around campus helped to bring in so many submissions.  I am proud to have been a part of the publication of this magazine.

Rebecca Dohrman

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Maryville University.

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