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.