Executive interns recount experiences in professionalism

Caroline Kehrli, Staff Writer

The University provides students with many opportunities to network, develop professional skills, and prepare to enter the workforce upon graduation. One such opportunity is the Undergraduate Executive Internship Program (UEIP). The goal of this program is for students to develop their professional and interpersonal skills, supporting the University’s mission in the process.

The students involved with UEIP originate from all majors and backgrounds. Devin Collins ’16, a markets, innovation and design major and intern in the Office of Communications, appreciates the personal and professional development she has had working with the University.

As an executive intern I learned the importance of giving back to my community, while simultaneously working on and improving myself. Through projects and initiatives, I get to have an active role in the University’s future and change Bucknell for the better, long after I am a student here,” Collins said.

After graduation, she will be employed by the international accounting firm RSM, where she will work in technology and management consulting.

Jared Feindt ’16 is an executive intern for the College of Engineering. Feindt, who will be pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Lehigh University next fall, has been working on projects inspired by his mutual interests with the dean of engineering.

“I’ve had tremendous professional development through the program, I’ve made some awesome friendships, and I’ve learned about engineering education from the perspective of administrators and educators,” Feindt said.

Kortney Marshall ’16, a sociology and psychology double major, has had a great experience in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations, where she works toward creating and implementing different strategies to increase donations from young alumni.

“In the future, I want to do governmental healthcare research for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). I believe that the professional and personal development that I have gained from being a part of UEIP will give me the skills I need in order to work on large group projects, but also the persistence and individual work ethic to do independent research tasks,” Marshall said.

Patrick Newhart ’18, a computer science and economics double major, serves as an intern with the Library  & Information Technology department. Newhart says his main objective is to improve students’ experiences with technology at the University and help develop a stronger relationship between students, faculty, and the Library & IT department.

“I’ve learned so much about professionalism and time management in a project-oriented work setting. In addition, I’ve gained a lot of experience working in a team. The interns work together so much and help each other out in their respective offices. We support each other in everything we do, which makes the UEIP extremely rewarding for everyone involved,” Newhart said.

The interns worked together to plan the Back Up the Bison Tailgate on April 15. Alana Stein ’16, the executive intern in the Department of Athletics and Recreation, organized the event. The interns’ collective efforts to advertise for the event paid off, as approximately 625 students were in attendance. The tailgate generated support for the men’s lacrosse team in its game against Lafayette College.

“The Back Up the Bison Tailgate is an event for students to show support for their school, indulge in free food, beer for those over 21, lawn games, and music. The goal behind the event is to get more students supporting one another at Bucknell and to give Bucknell students more spaces and opportunities to do just that in a fun and safe environment,” Collins said. 

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