This semester, students have been completing a variety of interesting internships with companies from around the area. These internships have given students the opportunity to participate in experiential learning while narrowing their focus on potential careers paths after graduation.
BUSINESS COMMUNICATION STUDENT COMBINES FASHION AND MARKETING
Bradley Crumbacker, a senior business communication major, is currently interning at Wonderful Wardrobes, located in Owings Mills. His site supervisor, Salli Ward, started the company in 1990 after realizing she could combine her love for fashion and helping her friends with their wardrobes.
“Wonderful Wardrobes is a fashion consulting company that assists successful women with business casual and professional attires,” Crumbacker explained.
The senior knew he wanted an internship in the fashion industry, but also wanted to focus on the marketing and communication aspects of a business. At Wonderful Wardrobes, Crumbacker has had the opportunity to put those skills to use while learning what is it is like to be a professional fashion consultant.
“As an intern, my duties include writing and creating blog posts and newsletters for the company, as well as consulting with clients one-on-one about fashion,” he said.
Crumbacker has enjoyed being able to put his creative ability to use at his internship.
“My favorite part of my internship is constructing appealing newsletters and layouts that will excite new and existing clientele,” he said.
The skills that Crumbacker has gained at Wonderful Wardrobes will be helpful in his future career choices. While he has enjoyed his internship this semester, Crumbacker also wants to gain experience in the event planning and public relations fields after graduation.
BIOLOGY STUDENT FOCUSES CAREER PATH ON ANIMAL CARE
Mary Edens is a biology major who was an intern for the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals this semester. The MDSPCA is an independent nonprofit organization that is focused on improving the lives of pets and people in the community and is located in Baltimore.
Edens, who loves animals and wants to pursue a career as a veterinarian, knew interning at the MDSPCA would be the perfect fit for her. As an intern, Edens was trained to volunteer in multiple sections of the organization.
“In the exam room, I helped the vet techs with cat and dog exams by holding the animals for shots and blood work as well as preparing vaccines,” she explained.
Edens was able to sit in on surgeries during her internship, where she had the opportunity to operate the autoclave, a machine used to sterilize surgical instruments. She was also trained to help the animals socialize.
“I socialized the dogs by taking them on walks and socialized the cats by spending time with them in their cages,” she said.
Although her tasks changed from day to day, Edens’ consistent role was to feed and clean up after the animals at the shelter.
“The best part of my internship was being able to spend so much time with animals,” she explained.
Edens’ said that her hands-on experience at the MDSPCA has been very rewarding. She enjoyed her internship so much that she plans on pursuing a career with the shelter once she graduates.
Two more students at Stevenson have completed interesting internships at companies or organizations that speak directly to their career choices.
GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN WORKS WITH STEVENSON ALUMNI
Hannah Pickett, a senior visual communication design major, recently completed an internship with 2Fold Collective, a rapidly growing graphic design company owned by a Stevenson alumni.
When it came to getting her internship with 2Fold Collective, Pickett said that the company doesn’t actively seek interns, but always has opportunities available to interested and qualified students.
According to Pickett, 2Fold Collective “successfully designs through thoughtful concepts, meaningful messages, and a clear purpose, while using creativity and technology,” to create printable material, content for social media, websites and applications.
Her role as a graphic design intern at 2Fold Collective was to “design flyers, email banners, infographics, post cards and greeting cards,” as well as collaborate on other projects. 2Fold Collective allowed Pickett the chance to work with actual clients, instead of just completing projects for her classes.
As an intern, Pickett enjoyed collaborating and seeing the progress of a project from the beginning to the end.
PUBLIC HISTORY STUDENT TEACHES CHILDREN ABOUT BALTIMORE’S INDUSTRIES
Lastly, Jahlani Harris, a senior public history major, was an intern with the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) in Baltimore City, which showcases the history of Baltimore’s industries, such as the garment industry, canneries and pharmaceuticals, ranging from the late 19th century through the present day.
When getting the internship, Harris realized that the BMI was willing to work with any student who had a genuine interest in either history, teaching or both.
As a museum educator at BMI, Harris, who intends to become a history teacher, educated elementary school children about the experiences of industrial workers in Baltimore from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.
“Being able to see kids experience what it was like to work over 100 years ago and seeing how most leave more appreciative of what they have,” was Harris’ favorite and most fulfilling part of his internship.