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The most enjoyable aspects of my internship with the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce were coordinating a community-wide meeting and collaborating with small business owners.

NADINE BANKS
Internship location: Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce
Wilkinsburg, PA

How did you secure your internship? I located and secured my internships with the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce through networking.

What did you like most about your internship? I especially appreciated the opportunity to bring together the knowledge and skills I acquired as a business owner and as a marketing major at Chatham and apply them to a new setting and a new group of challenges.

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? I learned how the components of economic development actually impact small business owners.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? Utilize each opportunity to network. You never know where your contacts will lead you.

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Working for Mediators Beyond Borders and furthering its mission means you are helping to make the world a better place.

BARBORA BATOKOVA
Internship location: Mediators Beyond Borders
Pittsburgh, PA

How did you secure your internship? While attending a Chatham event, I met two members of Mediators Beyond Borders' board of directors. I offered to design a logo for their organization; they responded with an invitation to intern with their organization!

What did you like most about your internship? I liked the fact that my internship resulted in tangible products and great experiences. I met a lot of interesting people.

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? I learned many new web-design skills. Also, I learned how to work collaboratively with other people in order to accomplish a task.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? Be prepared to be organized, responsible, and ready to complete a task on your own.

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Working for the Pittsburgh Pirates has long been my dream job. My internships with the Pirates gave me the chance to live my dream and plan my future.

HALI DOUGHERTY-BRILL
Internship location: Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh, PA

How did you secure your internship? I sent in my resume and cover letter and hoped for the best! After I completed my first off-season internship, I reapplied through my former supervisor to secure an in-season internship.

What did you like most about your internship? There are so many things I liked best. I loved working for the Pirates organization during All-Star events. For example, I ran an autograph session for a group of the Pirate greats. Also, I was able to meet sponsors of the Pirates and network with them.

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? I learned how important communication skills are. This is a very fast-paced environment and communicating clearly made things more efficient and productive.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? Go for it! Doing an internship will give you positive opportunities to shape your future. It gives you a glance at the real world, a chance to network and meet new friends, and most importantly the chance to see if what you are studying in college is right for you.

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Cathleen Colbert (center-left) stands with Madame Ambassador Wagner (center-right), accompanied by Ambassador Wagner's husband and a Marine Security Guard Detachment, at the Abbaye de Neumunster in Luxembourg for the United States Embassy's commemoration of Independance Day.

I learned a lot about people, hierarchy, the government, and diplomacy through being stationed at an embassy overseas. The important quality one must have to acquire an internship like this is the gumption to go after it and the commitment to follow through with your decision.

CATHLEEN COLBERT
Internship location: U.S. Embassy, Luxembourg

How did you secure your internship? While attending a Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) conference in Washington, D.C. with Dr. Allyson Lowe, I discovered that the State Department offered internships. There was a long application process including waiting for conditional approval, security clearances, and then final approval.

What did you like most about your internship? I enjoyed interaction with my co-workers in an office environment. I feel that I not only completed an internship with a management office but that I also engaged in a rich study abroad experience geared around business protocol.

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? I dedicated myself to learning professionalism while I was in Luxembourg. The most difficult aspect of becoming a part of the professional world is learning how to interact with your co-workers and superiors in a professional fashion. This internship gave me ample opportunity to polish those skills.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? My best advice is to decide what career you might be interested in pursuing and then research what organizations offer internships in your chosen field. Even if there is no actual listing for an internship, send them a letter of inquiry about possible positions anyway. Many organizations are willing to enlist the help of interested and committed undergraduates.

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Naomi Doba (center).

Do more than what is expected of you. If you can try additional things, you'll learn a lot more too!

NAOMI DOBA
Internship location: Sakae Institue of Study Abroad
Tokyo, Japan

How did you secure your internship? I knew the site well because Sakae Institute of Study Abroad (SISA) helped me enroll at Chatham University. My admissions counselor at SISA put me in touch with her supervisor and I was accepted as an intern.

What did you like most about your internship? I loved the people I worked with at SISA. They were all smart, kind, hard-working, and professional role models.

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? I learned to work carefully. I also learned the importance of understanding the culture of the work place.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? Do more than what is expected of you. It is important to do the work assigned to you but if you can try more things, you'll learn a lot more, too.

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My internship was the most memorable time of my life. Nothing is more motivating than shaking the hand of someone you've admired your whole life and hearing her or his words of encouragement!

TRISH HREDZAK
Internship location: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX

How did you secure your internship? I found my internship opportunity online. (I'm a chronic "google-er.") I sent in my application and got accepted. I still can't believe I got in!

What did you like most about your internship? There were so many positive aspects. There were tons of perks -getting into lots of top-secret places, meeting other students who shared my interests, and networking with some really famous people.

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? I learned to accept criticism with an open mind, and view it as an opportunity to improve. My superiors were extremely busy people. They had high expectations and sometimes pushed very hard. I learned that as long as I was doing my very best, I had nothing to worry about. I also learned that good communication is a key to success.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? Don't be afraid to apply. It is true that not everyone who applies will be accepted, but if you don't apply, you don't have a chance. You never know unless you try. Just do it! Apply to lots of places, and be relentless!

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Matthew B. Little (far right) stands with Dr. Peter Jannetta and his wife Diana in front of the labyrinth Matthew designed in honor of the Janetta's daughter, Jessica Davant. The labyrinth was a gift to Chatham in Jessica's honor.

This experience was a wonderful opportunity for me to help design and implement landscape features. I have learned a great deal about the profession and myself.

MATTHEW B. LITTLE
Internship location: Eisler Landscapes
Prospect, PA

How did you secure your internship? I had worked for Eisler six years earlier while I was pursuing my undergraduate degree at Penn State. When I began my graduate study at Chatham, Eric French from Eisler approached me and asked if I would be interested in updating their landscape architecture department and working with their estimating team. Of course I said "Yes!"

What did you like most about your internship? I had the opportunity to work on many wonderful projects, which enabled me to redefine my design skills and increase my proficiency in computer software such as AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? My experience at Eisler has given me a much broader understanding of the design and construction fields, as well as exposed me to a broad range of new technologies and construction methods.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? I encourage everyone in the landscape architecture program at Chatham to participate in the construction field in one way or another, early in their careers. No other experience will provide a better understanding of how a project is executed, from the design table to the field.

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Mara Krotec and her therapy dog.

My internship helped me with my leadership, interpersonal, and organizational skills. As a result, I am now able to speak more self-confidently as well as multi-task at a much higher level.

MARA KROTEC
Internship location: Forbes Hospice
Pittsburgh, PA

How did you secure your internship? My psychology professor, Dr. Stubbs, thought I would be a good fit as an intern at Forbes Hospice. After I participated in an interview with the site supervisor, I was invited to be a summer intern.

What did you like most about your internship? I really liked working with professionals of all disciplines. I also enjoyed working with the patients.

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? I learned how to be myself in a professional setting. I also learned a lot about attending meetings and being the recruitment team leader.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? I encourage Chatham students to ask their professors for recommendations for possible internships. Also, I would remind students to learn all that they can, but to always be themselves and to have fun, too!

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Interning in government relations has given me a completely different view of politics than I had before. I worked on lobbying different senators and representatives to pass important safety legislation that I know will make a positive difference in people's lives.

KEARA McKENNA
Internship location: Hershey Philbin Associates
Camp Hill, PA

How did you secure your internship? I learned about the opportunity through a family friend. I submitted the initial application, interviewed with the internship coordinator, and finally interviewed with my supervisor, to make sure we would mesh well.

What did you like most about your internship? I liked lobbying at the Capitol for a railroad union best. I loved knowing that the organization I was advocating for was helping people be safer and have a better day-to-day life at work. I got to work with people who are creating change, and I was a part of that change!

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? I learned the importance and power of networking. As a result, I was offered three other jobs for next summer.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? Go for it! There is only so much you can learn from books. Interning in a real-world setting and having the opportunity to imagine yourself doing the work on a daily basis will help you decide the right path for you.

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The medical field has always appealed to me, and my experience in my summer internship has strengthened that appeal.

STEPHANIE WAGGEL
Internship location: Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

How did you secure your internship? I found my AGH internship with the help of Chatham professor, Dr. Glen Getz. I discussed my interests with him as well as my academic profile, and he suggested AGH as an internship site.

What did you like most about your internship? My summer internship in the field of psychiatry provided me with the opportunity to get a first-hand look at a profession in which I am very interested. I found my internship to be both enjoyable and rewarding.

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? I observed psychometrists perform batteries of neuropsychological tests on patients in order to learn how to administer and score the tests. I also attended lectures by various healthcare professionals in their areas of expertise.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? In order to truly understand a profession, it is essential to experience it in the work place!

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If I could replay time, I would choose to work at the National Aviary over and over again. They teach interns as much as we can learn. It truly is an amazing place to work.

SARAH WILKIE
Internship location: National Aviary
Pittsburgh, PA

How did you secure your internship? I learned about my internship through the PACE Center at Chatham and www.aza.org. After submitting my resume, I was invited to interview. At the interview, I discussed my previous experience with animals, my views on animal captivity, and my schedule. I was offered the position that day.

What did you like most about your internship? I enjoyed the one-on-one with trainers. I especially appreciated the time they took to answer my questions and explain everything they could about birds. The people there truly care about birds and education.

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? I was able to learn many things about birds including species identification, habitats, diet, and behaviors. I also learned about bird sicknesses and their treatments, and how to restore a sick bird to its habitat.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? I would suggest asking as many questions as possible. Request to work on specific projects that you enjoy. Don't be afraid to use the knowledge that your internship site gives you, and to be confident!

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Trista Yatsko (right) stands with Maggie Withrow, the Executive Director of Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity, and Pennsylvania Governor, Ed Rendell.

Interning with Habitat for Humanity was one of the most valuable experiences of my college career. I now have professional experience in my chosen field.

TRISTA YATSKO
Internship location: Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity
Pittsburgh, PA

How did you secure your internship? I found my internship by asking. I knew that I wanted to intern with a local non-profit, so I compiled a list of possible sites and called to inquire. Habitat offered me a position right after they interviewed me. We worked together to find a project that would benefit Habitat and also help me to increase my professional skill set.

What did you like most about your internship? The project I coordinated was under my control, even though my work and decisions were reviewed by my supervisor. To be able to have that opportunity was amazing; I learned a lot as I handled every aspect of my project. The internship opened up doors in my mind and for my future.

What are the most important things you learned at your internship? I learned how to apply business concepts and management theories to a real-world environment. Plus, I gained valuable insight into the real-world of managing a non-profit organization.

What tips do you have for other students who want to complete internships? Every student should take the search into her/his own hands. If there is an organization you really want to work for, then give them a call and ask if they are interested. There is no harm in asking, and you may end up with your dream internship.

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