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Internships Prove to be Key to Many Students’ Success

February 25, 2020 | by Jacob Harvey

Students looking to gain experience in their intended field often turn to internships at local, and sometimes less local, companies. Other times internships are taken to build connections with people whom may hold future job prospects, or even to earn money or class credits.

Briar Cliff University senior, Aubury Coleman, 23 years-old, is one student whom has grasped the opportunity to immerse in an off-campus internship with a semi-professional hockey team in Sioux City, the Sioux City Musketeers. Coleman, a sports management major, was approached by the assistant coach about the available position, as well as another student in her class, Jovon Woods.

Coleman is the “video coach” for the 2019-2020 season. “As the video coach you work with the analytical side of sport,” says Coleman. “Having little knowledge of the sport my first task was learning the ins and outs of the sport.” The senior says, “after a few months in the role, my knowledge has grown immensely.”

Internships are a way to build lasting relationships and gain insight into positions that students perhaps might not have seen before.

“This internship has offered me not only knowledge of the sport, but also, helped with my degree studies whilst providing me with experience to take to job opportunities in the future,” says Coleman.

Another BCU student, Luisa Ramirez, also filled an internship role during the summer of 2019. The junior from Puerto Rico was based in Washington D.C all summer. She was introduced to the idea by her professor, Mark Rossi, the head of business at BCU. Ramirez was a lobbyist for a company called International Paper. This title meant that she had almost a “new role and task every day,” she says.

“As a lobbyist, my role, mainly, was to interact with senators and representatives to advocate for the companies interests regarding certain policies,” Ramirez says. “I even once went to a $15,000 breakfast.”

Some of the major benefits of off campus internships include the chance for students to get out of their comfort zone and push themselves in a new environment. “Even though it wasn’t paid, the internship was great.” Ramirez says. “It’s not always about being paid now, the value will be added later in job roles where I can use this new experience.”

Internships help develop practical skills that transfer into the real world. “Exploring your options and building lasting relationships in your future field is priceless,” says the 20-year-old.

To find more information about on and off campus internships, students are encouraged to contact their academic advisors, peer mentors or the BCU website.

The Sioux City Musketeers playing at the Tyson Events Centre Fleets Farm Arena

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