UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Featured Intern

Mara Strand

Mara Strand_Intern Photo 1 (2)

My name is Mara and I plan to graduate in 2015 with a B.S. in Business Administration and Management. My marketing internship in the Alumni Office at UW-River Falls has been a great way for me to transition from college to working in my field.

My experience has been very valuable because I am working with professional staff just like I will after I graduate. I have been able to expand my network of both professional staff working in the field and other contacts who can potentially help me in the future.

My relationship as an intern working with experienced professionals in the field is different than working for a student manager; they are good role models, help me try new ideas, learn from mistakes and provide feedback on my performance. I've learned that I really enjoy going to work and most days would prefer to stay at work rather than going to class or back home.

This internship has been an invaluable stepping stone in my process of becoming a business professional. The internship process was easy to navigate and I had no problem getting started. Current students should definitely consider taking an internship because it will only benefit you in the long run. I had a wonderful experience in my position. Even if your experience does not go as planned, you will still have the opportunity to learn and grow.

Emily Hancock

EmilyHancock_InternPhoto
I am planning to graduate in 2015 with a B.S. in Computer Science so I decided to apply for an internship at Securian Financial Group in St. Paul before I graduated. This experience was so valuable because it gave me practical, hands-on experience in the real world and I was able to see how all the concepts that I learned in class could be applied to a larger project in the workplace.

I am positive that my college classes have provided me with the tools and background I need for success in a career. My computer science classes at UW-River Falls especially gave me an excellent foundation. This all helped me to excel in my internship at Securian Financial Group. The company was dedicated to my success and I honestly felt like a part of the company and not just a young intern. Co-workers collaborated with me a lot and it was a super friendly work environment. It was a very different experience than being a student in classes all day.

I truly think that all students should complete an internship because it really helps you figure out if you are on the right career path. Thankfully for me, I loved my experience. It only excites me more to continue my learning inside and outside the classroom and to jump into the computer science field after graduation.