At this time last year, I stepped outside my comfort zone and accepted an internship with Brand Marketing at Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) for spring 2017. While nervous at first, the four months’ experience I gained was invaluable.
Here are six reasons why you should consider doing an internship during the school year (especially with MPC):
You have so many opportunities — Many companies offer internships year round, meaning there are opportunities for students to fill in during the school year. Also, because most students believe that internships are only meant to be taken in the summer, there is much less competition for getting positions.
You get to do fun stuff — A semester spent at college means exams, projects and papers nonstop. My semester spent at MPC meant traveling to places such as Fort Wayne, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis and Columbus learning about marketing the … Read More »
Meet Amber Dingeldein, Findlay’s Best!
So, you must get to know the most useful resource on campus that I discovered â€” the Internships and Placement Office (Career Services.) This office is packed with a team of people who are ready to help students enhance their careers. Most students go here for help building their resumes, learning interview skills, finding internships, connecting with employers, and finding jobs. Being prepared and gaining knowledge to help in going down your career path are essential. It is important to always start early, especially as a freshman. The earlier you can connect with companies and gain experience, the better opportunities that will come your way.
I was surprised to find out that the people in this office would be some of my favorite staff members at the university. Amber Dingeldein, Phil GunderÂ and Bradley Hammer are … Read More »
Professionalism can mean many different things to many different people. Â However, there are a few commonalities observed across many disciplines. Â Shaking hands and eye contact are two of the first lessons young professionals are taught, and over the years they become the cornerstones for the lessons accumulated over the rest of their careers.
Many times, through many years, you will meet people that act like they are above the basic manners and the lowest courtesies of professionalism. Â The trick, and the most challenging part of having a job, is not sinking to their level. Â I have had my share of these situations, and each encounter reminds me that I still need practice with the art of emotional detachment. Â As well as the lesson taught by life and reinforced in my classes that “The client is always right.”
In every discipline, there is … Read More »
Networking is an invaluable tool, luckily I have been able to hone this skill at Findlay so I felt prepared to make connections on my internship. Both the cadre and other interns have continuously supported each other and have formed great bonds.
Living with the people you work with can be challenging, especially if members of the group don’t get along. I’m happy to say that, for the most part, the other interns have been great, both at work and at our â€œhomeâ€ at the Econolodge. Working with the people you live with is a great way to challenge your professionalism and courtesy. When is an appropriate time to talk about non-work related activities? When do you take a break from work and enjoy each other’s company? Most of this is answered by the work environment.
You also learn … Read More »
Now that Echo Company has arrived for their time at LTC (Leaders Training Course) my life has definitely increased on the work end. Saturday and Sunday I readied myself like usual and then stepped out into the still-dark sky to drive myself to work … at 4:30 a.m. I have to note that I haven’t really minded getting up this early, my day lasts longer and the mornings are so peaceful so it’s a great way to start off what is going to be a long and challenging day. That being said, running on 4 hours of sleep and no caffeine is sometimes a struggle and I look forward to curling up in bed at night.
Saturday was the cadets first PT (physical training) test. They had to do one minute of push-ups, one minute of sit-ups and a … Read More »
The young man next to me is sitting on the floor beside one of the many supports. Â He looks around every once in awhile trying to gather his courage. Â I started talking to him, asking where he was from, what he’s going to school for, etc. trying to distract him from the fact that we’re 50 ft in the air. Â Eventually, after a lot of coaching from the officers and support from the other cadets, he made it down the wall and was back up a few minutes later with a smile on his face ready to conquer the open side.
I don’t have a fear of heights (that was knocked out when I did a ropes course in the rafters of an ice rink) but as I told the cadet who was getting his courage to conquer his fear of … Read More »
I recently described my internship as “not so much a push outside of my comfort zone but more of a drop kick off a cliff” and I don’t think I could have come up with a moreÂ accurateÂ statement. Â (By the way the reply was, “The internship is doing what an internship should do!”) Â I am equal parts scared, excited and overwhelmed every single day. Â Being a naturally quiet person, everyday is a new lesson. Â I’m learning how to be outgoing, how to introduce myself, and how to be present in a conversation.
The other day I learned about teamwork as I watched the cadets race cadre (instructors) in building a one-rope bridge to cross the river. Â The team had to work together to tie the proper knots, support each other as they made their way across, all the way to the … Read More »
I’ve now been in Kentucky about two weeks and I feel strangely at home as I drive onto the base every morning. Â From the time I lace up my combat boots in the morning until I peel off the green socks at the end of the day I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything else. Â The teamwork just within the interns is awesome, no one ever really is working alone and it’s a great collaborative effort.
I’ve been going out with Alpha Company to get footage for my stories and I’ve already gathered a few good stories. Â Monday, I went up one of the rock walls at the high ropes course, and I plan on doing the Â high ropes obstacle course before I leave. Â The drill sergeants are awesome and so much fun to work with and always pushing everyone to … Read More »
So I’m finally in Kentucky! Â I arrived last Sunday evening after 407.5 miles, one traffic jam, only getting lost once, and lots of random radio stations. I consider that a successful first long drive by myself. We had orientation on base last week, getting used to where we will be going (which might take me a couple weeks) and what we need to know about working on the base. Wednesday we had meetings with our supervisor and the interns in our â€œgroupâ€ or, in my case, the videographers and photographers together.
We decided who would be working with each company and dug in a little deeper into what was expected of us and our projects. I was placed with Echo Company, they come in on July 5th so I still have a couple more weeks until my big project begins. Until … Read More »
I apologize for my long hiatus in blog entries, every time I sit down to write out a blog I’m either called away to do something else or am simply too tired. Â But that is no excuse, and I apologize to my readers. Â So let’s rewind and start at the beginning of what so far has been a very exciting summer.
I spent a week in Las Vegas with Drew and his parents (the Monday that Jason was in his accident). Â It was absolutely amazing. Â Of course, we saw the strip, but we also went to the surrounding mountains. Â We explored Red Rock Canyon and the Hover Dam and even went to a winery (yes, in the desert). Â And if I have one suggestion to all those who may make the journey to Las Vegasâ€”drive to the mountains, (you … Read More »