May 22, 2009
Lilly Grant Business Intern - SportZone
Heading into my senior year, I knew it was of the utmost importance to obtain a quality summer internship. However, I knew it would be a difficult task to accomplish while I studied abroad in Spain during this past spring semester. Throughout the entire process, the already high opinion I held for the Career Services staff was only reinforced and made stronger. From editing resumes and cover letters to setting up interviews for me through Skype, they did everything they could to help me find a job for the summer. As a result of this, I was offered an 8-week internship at The SportZone in Indianapolis funded through the Lilly Grant.
I chose to intern here because I felt that I would gain valuable experience in many different areas of business. Not only am I able to immerse myself in the sports world here, something that has always been a passion of mine, but I am also learning how to run a business from behind the scenes.
A few of my early projects right now include obtaining price quotes for shirts from several companies and determining which fits our needs best; signing sponsors, designing the layout, and getting quotes for coupon cards that we will pass out with admission this fall; and restructuring our database of contact information along with another summer intern from Wabash, Jason Eichler. I have already led 3 meetings with other companies to discuss our options and goals for the shirt project. Also during my first week at The SportZone, I wrote a contract agreement with a company wishing to rent 40,000 square feet of our facility for an event with around 500 people.
I have quickly learned the importance of every dollar when running your own relatively small business. It causes you to think critically about how you might be able to save a dollar or two here and there and also how to utilize every inch of your facility in order to bring in the most revenue possible instead of wasting space. I am looking forward to the last 7 weeks of my internship to see what new tools and experiences I will gather. Once again, thank you to Career Services for all the help they have given me, you are truly a one-of-a-kind staff that cannot be found elsewhere.
November 05, 2008
Last week I had a very exciting Tuesday! I explored two externships which I was able to schedule on the same day due to their close proximity. In the morning I had the pleasure of job shadowing Wabash alumnus Jim Kerr ‘92, who works for a business firm called Mercer. In the afternoon I job shadowed Wabash alumni Tim Rickard ‘08, who works for a smaller company known as CareGuide. Both experiences were worth the trip, and I learned valuable information as well as gained great insight on what it takes to succeed in the business realm.
I came to college this year, as a junior, without any idea of what I want to do after graduation. With this in mind I knew I had to act if I wanted to find out what I like and pursue that. I talked with Betsy Knott, Assistant Director of Career Services, and we decided that a good starting point would be to job shadow alumni in the healthcare industry. One of the things I learned, and surprised me, during my search was how willing Wabash alumni are to help out a fellow Wally. Almost immediately after Betsy sent out an initial contact to alumni asking them to participate, she received several positive responses, expressing a willingness to help. Once I set up an appointment with Mr. Kerr, he made me aware of Tim Rickard, with whom I later set up an appointment on the same day, because both work in the same area.
Meeting with Mr. Kerr was an exciting experience! Once I arrived to the 43rd floor of the Chase Tower, I immediately was presented with an awesome view of downtown Indianapolis as I was directed to Mr. Kerr’s office. He gave me some great insight on what it is like to be in the sales department of a business, showed me first hand of what he does on a day to day basis, and gave me advice to take away from the experience. One piece of advice he told me was that nobody will care more about my career than me, and that I can’t just wait for my ship to come in, rather I need to jump out and find it myself. He also introduced me to several other people working at Mercer. Mr. Kerr gave me a feel for what it is like working at a bigger company, and where I could be if I work hard to improve my career.
The meeting with Mr. Rickard was equally a learning rich experience. We met for lunch at “The Bearcat Pub”, which, just FYI the Rubens there are quite tasty! We talked about our Wabash experiences and Tim gave me a brief introduction on his company. We visited his office at CareGuide, where he showed me around and introduced me to many different people who work there. I also sat in with him as he made a few business calls, including one to my old friend and teammate John Kasey ‘08, who now works in Seattle. Shadowing Tim was great! It helped me get the feel for working in a smaller company as well as getting a feel for what kind of job I could acquire directly out of college. Also, the experience helped me meet and network with new people.
It was a fun and enlightening experience. Not only did I get to see what an alumnus does after being out for 15 years, but I also learned what Wabash graduates can do immediately following graduation. I was also able to learn about the differences between a large company like Mercer and a smaller more entrepreneurial business like CareGuide. Being able to see this dichotomy, as well as going to some neat places and meeting new people all at one time, made this day one to remember, and one to learn from.
Craig Vetor '10
November 04, 2008
Rabin Paudel Studying in Tennessee
Rabin Paudel '10 - I have been doing research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee since August. It is an off-campus study program designed as a science semester which gives the opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in on-going research at ORNL.
ORNL is the US Department of Energy’s largest lab. The main areas of research work that go on here include neutron science, nuclear fusion, “green” chemistry, genetics, alternative energy and national security. About 3000 scientists work here every year as guest scientists or permanent employees.
I first learned about Oak Ridge when I read “Surely, You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” by Richard Feynman. Feynman describes his frequent visits to Oak Ridge while he was working on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. The city of Oak Ridge has a rich history associated with it. The lab played an important role in ending World War II. It is one of the three labs built to make nuclear weapons for the Manhattan Project (the other two are in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Hanford, Washington). That’s where Oak Ridge got its nicknames The Secret City and The Atomic City. I heard that Oak Ridge was not included on the official map until the 1960s.
During my stay here, I am working on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) experiments. NMR is the same technology that is used in MRI, an imaging technology used in medicine. As part of my research, I am making micro-coils and LC circuits to do NMR spectroscopy in solid-state molecules. My second project is in the field of “green” chemistry. One of the groups at ORNL is working on developing more efficient batteries. I am assigned to measure the diffusion properties of the ionic-liquids used in such batteries.
Other than the research work, as a part of the science semester, I am required to attend weekly seminars and tours which overview different research-work going on at ORNL. The seminars are very helpful in getting the latest updates in science. Last month, we visited a supercomputing center, home to the second fastest supercomputer in the world. It was amazing. And last week, I got an opportunity to visit the remote system department and learn about robotics. Their work in making robots to work on the high radiation zones sounds groundbreaking.
Other than that, I have found East Tennessee very different from the Midwest. We are having nice fall weather, warmer than that in Indiana. The leaves in the Smokey Mountains look gorgeous. East Tennessee is full of outdoor activities ranging from rafting to rock climbing. It feels great to go outside and enjoy the fall weather.
This has been a great opportunity for me to come to a national lab to get research experience. I would like to thank the physics department and the off-campus studies office at Wabash for providing me this opportunity.
I will be writing more about my off-campus study experience. Until next time, so long!
August 18, 2008
A summer of experiences and opportunities…
Well, school is almost here again and the summer is drawing to a close. We, the summer project managers at the Schroeder Center for Career Development, are now going to reflect a little on our summer projects.
The Community Fair will again take place this year. Hopefully, we should have about 70 organizations participate in the festivities on September 2 from 11:00- 1:30. Pat and I learned a lot from the interaction with local industries. First and foremost, people want what’s best for them, always. So Pat and I learned quickly when dealing with potential participants and sponsors to raise a need. This was not too difficult, the whole “new client” spiel did the trick. Although, interestingly enough, some businesses flat-out told us “no,” which still today I cannot understand. Once we gathered sponsors, reserved the field house and caterer, and finally confirmed enough businesses, the rest was just management. Overall, the success of the project will be measured in the attendance on September 2.
Our other project which is about to hit shelves soon is the Career Success Tips from Wabash Alumni. We scoured the United States for the broadest, most diverse group of alumni to give our students the best possible career advice DVD. After six hours of footage, hours of editing, downloads and uploads, condensing and cutting, and just spending some quality time with Brandon and Jeana we had ourselves a DVD. I have to admit, there were times when I thought that this project was going to flop. However, once Pat and I got a clear vision of our goal, things started to work out. We interviewed alumni in Chicago, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Denver, and Boulder. The alumni took time out of their schedules to share their advice and stories. I know it is stated many times, but Wabash alumni are some of the best and most generous guys you will ever meet. There will always be technical issues, but the knowledge and experiences we gained over a great summer will stick with us.
Pat and I learned a little about ourselves this summer as well. Pat went from a guy who was thinking about a joint law and business degree after Wabash to pursuing a career in the film world. He has found a passion for making movies and writing scripts and is going to pursue this adventure after Wabash. I reaffirmed my belief that I want to pursue law after Wabash; furthermore, this experience has taught me that there are so many different types of law out there that I can practically do whatever interests me. I also decided to pick up an economics minor. I have always wanted to do so, but never have really pursued it. This summer’s interaction with alumni and fundraising has made me realize the importance of economics. We both appreciate the opportunities we were given this summer and we hope that our work benefits Wabash students this upcoming school year.
August 05, 2008
Theatre Helps Re-Discover Inner Child
Spencer Elliott '10 - I’ve recently come to the realization that if you become apathetic; the concrete jungle will slowly blot out your inner-child. The morning traffic, cold coffee, hour-long meetings, lunch lines, squeaky chairs, jammed printers, progress reports, and afternoon traffic take their toll over time.
This newfound understanding is not some divine revelation — it took my internship with the 2008 Summer Conservatory for Youth at the Indiana Repertory Theatre to realize that my inner-child was in peril. When I started the program I quickly realized that, compared to the children, I lacked wholehearted spontaneity and enthusiasm. However, over a period of four weeks, the students and teachers awakened within each other and myself a child-like desire to learn new things, meet different people, and take bold risks.
To those who are unfamiliar with the Summer Conservatory, let me enlighten you — this was the 11th year of the program with 67 students ages 8 to 18 participating with over 20 high caliber professionals directing and instructing classes. Acting track students received training in acting, voice, movement, Shakespeare, creative dramatics, and dance for theatre. Production track students received training in stage management, directing, lighting, scenic design, costumes, properties and playwriting. The four-week program culminated in a public performance that drew an enthusiastic full house of over 193 people.
While the final presentation was meaningful, at the IRT we believe that the ongoing education of youth is of the utmost importance. First and foremost, Summer Conservatory makes each student self-aware and self-assured members of a greater community that believes in the importance of theatre in modern society. In addition, over four weeks, while each student makes a different degree of progress on the stage; everyone is more prepared for the real world (for the post-it, the printer, and the paycheck). They learn to react truthfully, think critically, and unapologetically strive to achieve their goals.
I honestly hope my students bring the genuine to the real world that severely lacks it; I know my inner child and I will.
August 01, 2008
Gaining Invaluable Experience in awesome Ann Arbor
I have been participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Michigan since May. As the name suggests, the program gives opportunity for undergraduates from across the country to participate in a research work going on at the physics department at the University of Michigan.
I am involved in a research at an atomic physics lab, which is searching for an electric dipole moment (eEDM) in electrons using polar molecules such as tungsten carbide. The ongoing research has a big importance in the physics world. There have been a lot of theoretical predictions of eEDM and finding eEDM experimentally gives us a new idea about the symmetry of the universe. With that ultimate goal in mind, we are now studying the properties of a supersonic gas jet of tungsten atoms seeded with meta-stable noble gases and also a beam of tungsten-carbide molecules.
Ann Arbor has been providing me great hospitality. It is a college-town with a lot of things to do. Even though this is a summer time with maybe 10% of the total students present, there are a lot of interesting things going on. I visited Ann Arbor Street Art Fair last week. The festival is an annual event with about a half million people coming here to see top quality artwork by the finest artists.
In addition to the research work, I also got an opportunity to attend the Michigan Quantum Summer School, a two-week long conference on quantum information science and precision measurement experiments. I found myself lucky to be able to attend talks given by famous atomic physicists. When I worked at Prof. Martin Madsen’s lab at Wabash last summer, I read many papers on quantum computing, and this year I was able to go to the lectures given by the same authors. During the conference, I met Eric Cornell (2001 Physics Nobel Prize Laureate) from University of Colorado, Boulder who came to visit our lab. I also presented a poster on the work I am doing during the conference. One more historic thing I learned about the conference was that, Michigan provided a good location for the development of quantum mechanics in 1930s and 1940s by running quantum summer schools and, with the same spirit, they revived the concept of Michigan Quantum Summer School from this year after about 50 years.
Rabin Paudel '10
1) My research group
2) UM REU students in front of FermiLab
July 28, 2008
Internship with opportunities
Steve Popovich, '10--As we all know, internships are about giving students “real life” job experiences and the opportunity for them to figure out what they actually want to do after Wabash. The internship I have this summer has encompassed these beliefs completely. I am working with Adorant Services Group as a small business consultant. The experiences I receive from this job are quite unique compared with other internships offered. Basically, my prime responsibility is structuring and creating a marketing and sales plan for an up-and-coming company. Now you may be thinking, hmmm…that is a pretty hefty job for a kid in college that has no experience with this type of thing, and I couldn’t agree more! But, I have quickly learned that there is no experience better than real world experience; fully immersing yourself in something that you have no idea about, then getting the hang of it, then actually becoming good at it. The best gratification of this experience is the learning curve and finding the capability within yourself to accomplish difficult tasks. Kind of sounds similar to the Wabash curriculum huh?
This internship has also shown me much of Indiana, as well as Chicago, and even Milwaukee, WI. Our 4th of July weekend in Milwaukee was quite the memorable experience. My boss sent me and the other intern Mark Shultz up to Milwaukee for a consumer interview, but he wanted to make sure we also had a good time. It just so happened that during 4th of July weekend, Summerfest was going on. For those of us that are not familiar with Summerfest, it is the largest outdoor music festival in the world. So our boss got us a hotel room on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee and sent us on our way to Summerfest. All he said was, “I want you guys to have a good time,” and we sure did.
Another aspect of the internship that I enjoy is my boss’ enthusiasm to introduce us to other successful alumni and pick their brains about their careers. One of the notable meetings was with Greg Jania at W.P. Global Partners in the financial district of Chicago. It was a great feeling to walk through the financial district of Chicago dressed in a suit. It gave me a feeling of somewhat importance and substance. But, the lunch meeting with Mr. Jania in his 39th floor conference room overlooking the city was the highlight of the day. We discussed different aspects of his career and the challenges he had to overcome to be where he is today. We also discussed career paths that we could follow after Wabash that will give us the opportunity to have a great jobs. This meeting as well as all of the other meetings with alums throughout the summer have been enlightening and have made me finally realize what I wish to pursue after Wabash. As I mentioned in short earlier, this internship has given me some great work experience, but the “real life” experience has been priceless.
Pictured above Steve Popovich and Mark Schultz on one of thier company visits.