Featured Interns

Jessica Wilson

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My internship at Patterson Companies as an IT Security Analyst during the summer of 2015 marks the last task of my academic career at the UW-River Falls. As an Information Systems major, I could not have asked for a better internship. This experience has taught me so much about security operations in today's workplace, from assisting with compliance audit projects to proper implementation of a new company-wide anti-virus software. I look forward to applying these skills in my future career.

I sought out an internship because I had heard from current students and alumni about how the experience not only prepares you for the real-world, but more importantly gives you an opportunity to see if the position that you want is really what you would like to do for a career. This internship enabled me to choose the specific area in IT I want to pursue, which is a greater challenge than one might think!

During my internship search, the professionals at the CBE internship office were very helpful by providing details about the internship program, letting me know what to expect and ensuring that I get the most out of this valuable experience. To students seeking a career in any field, IT or other, I can confidently say that the internship experience is second to none in helping students prepare and gain confidence for the real world.

Over the past four years of attending UWRF, I am thankful to have met so many professional staff that were willing to go the extra step to help me succeed. Whether it was in the classroom, after hours or during the summer, UWRF was always supportive of my learning and worked tirelessly to ensure that I have the skills and knowledge to acquire and maintain a prosperous career.

Joshua Green

Joshua Green_photowebI'm planning to graduate in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from UW-River Falls. Currently, I have a financial services internship at Northwestern Mutual in Edina, MN. Initially, I was the last person to think I would need an internship, but many former students and employers inspired me to pursue one.

I learned about this internship through a friend, and knew right away that I wanted to pursue it. I pursued it because I met with a financial advisor right out of high school to start retirement planning and I knew it was the right career for me. My internship has been valuable and has led to personal growth in the following areas: people skills, sales skills and building personal relationships.

UW-River Falls is a great campus because it has a small town feel with professors that are personable and always willing to help. It's great to attend school in this kind of an environment, but have many opportunities close by in St. Paul and Minneapolis. I believe that you cannot find personal relationships like this at any other school. It has been great to be supported by the professors, Audrey Ternes and the mentors at Northwestern Mutual. I would recommend that students should most definitely do an internship as it has been very valuable to me.

Amy Becker

AmyBecker_Intern Photo (2)My name is Amy, and I am planning to graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration with a finance concentration. I have had two internships while studying here at UW-River Falls. One internship was at Valley Chevrolet working as an administrative professional with accounts payable responsibilities and the other internship is at RLI Insurance Company in Eagan where I am currently an insurance underwriting intern.

Internships have been very valuable for me because they enabled me to apply my knowledge to real life situations rather than made up scenarios in class. Both experiences have given me a feel for what it is like to work in a professional office. The internship at RLI has been valuable in exposing me to many facets of the insurance industry and helped to determine my future employment plans in that area.

I am very pleased with the internship process that UW-River Falls has set up. The internship board was the most helpful part along with receiving emails containing job postings. Looking at the e-mails made it easy to browse through different postings and pick and choose which ones were right for me. The internship website made it convenient to apply and submit reports.

The CBE courses here at UWRF have helped motivate me to apply for many internship positions. The instructors convinced me that internships were very important to my future and encouraged me to apply for positions. I learned not to give up when applying for internships. Sometimes I felt frustrated applying for multiple positions and not hearing back from employers, but eventually something fell into place for me. My advice for other students is to be persistent and not give up.

Bailey Zimprich

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My internship at Wireless World-Verizon has given me a taste of what life is going to be like outside of college. I have been working as a wireless sales consultant full-time and the experience has taught me a great deal in a short period of time. My internship has been great because I have been able to apply what I have learned in classes on the job. I plan to continue working for Verizon because there are advancement opportunities and I would be allowed to switch departments. My ultimate goal is to work in human resources.

Working in an internship has been invaluable because I have had the chance to determine my work preferences and what branch of business I would like to pursue. I have learned that business is really what I enjoy and am happy that I chose it as my major and career path. It does not feel like I am working at my job, but I am just doing what I want and enjoying it.

My experiences at UW-River Falls have helped me be successful in my internship. The internship process is easy and we have great advisers, teachers, classes and opportunities. Our class sizes are small and the personable staff care about students. It's great to be able to go to school in a smaller community with access to opportunities in the Twin Cities.

I would suggest that all students should try to do an internship as part of their college experience. It helped me gain a realistic idea of what type of career I wanted. Some of my friends told me that they never realized what they were getting into when they graduated and started working. I did not want that experience, and working in an internship was a good way for me to avoid that situation while benefiting greatly.

Molly Murphy

Molly Murphy intern photoMy name is Molly and I am completing my accounting degree this spring. I decided to complete an internship because I wanted to stand out; the accounting field is very competitive. My internship is at Lawrence Cumpston & Associates, PLLP (LWC) in Saint Paul, MN.

My internship has been a great learning experience. Accounting is a broad field with many opportunities, and my internship has helped me determine which areas I would like to pursue in the future. I enjoy preparing tax returns and participating in audits, so I want to work in a smaller firm where I can continue to do both. I was surprised to learn that professionals in accounting work over sixty hours per week during tax season. My accounting classes at UW-River Falls laid a strong foundation in terms of knowledge that I have continued to build upon in my internship.

I have learned and would like to share that building connections has been key in beginning my professional career. One reason I obtained my internship was because I attended an Accounting Society meeting in the fall and met a partner from LWC who is an alumna of UW-River Falls. Meeting her helped secure an interview at the firm. I cannot stress enough how important it is to talk to other professionals. Attending the Minnesota Accounting and Auditing Conference and other large career fairs is important. You may be offered a job, but also obtain valuable experience talking to professionals. Experiences like these have helped make me more marketable in the workforce.

Emily Hancock


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 was 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.