Introducing Interns Becky Towns and Emily Kaufman: Backstage at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau

One Internship, Two Interns

By Samantha Martens

Say hello to Becky Towns!Becky Towns

How did you find out about this internship?

Everyone who does the Witt in Wittenberg study abroad program gets an internship, and I requested mine to be theatre-related.

Did it relate to your major/field of interest?

Yes, because I have a technical theatre minor.

Briefly describe your internship and your duties as an intern.

I spent a month working at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau in Germany and shadowed the different backstage departments. Some I stayed with for two days, and some I was with for a full week. I helped them with their jobs if they needed it, for example I painted a bowl for the props master and I helped him bring all of his props to their other performance space. If they didn’t want or need my help, I was taught the way they did things. I got to make a small toy truck in the woodworking department and I made a painting with the paint department. With the stagehands, I learned how all of the moving parts on the stage worked and got to “drive” the stage.

What was your favorite part about the experience? Least favorite?

My favorite part was seeing how a large German theatre was run. It was so much bigger than any theatre I’ve ever worked in. My least favorite part was the language barrier. I speak some German and some of them spoke English, but one department in particular was really hard to communicate with because they spoke almost zero English.

Did your internship supervisor happen to be a Wittenberg alumni? Or are they unaffiliated with the university?

My supervisor was only affiliated in the fact that I did the internship through the Witt in Wittenberg program.

Would you recommend having an internship during one semester versus another? Or over the summer?

I would say you should probably do an internship before senior year, so you can know if the field you’re studying is actually what you want to do. The earlier the better, but you also want to have some knowledge of what you’re doing before you dive in. The summer might be easier just so you’re not trying to juggle school work and an internship. I was lucky that my internship was built into the Witt in Wittenberg program schedule, so that classes were finished before I started at the theater.

Do you have questions for Becky regarding her internship? Contact her using her Wittenberg email!

Now say hello to Emily Kaufman!

Emily KaufmanHow did you find out about this internship?

When you sign up for the Witt in Wittenberg study abroad program, you also have to select an internship for the last part of the trip. On the sheet of options was the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau. I wanted something creative and I love theater, so I was automatically drawn to this internship.

Did it relate to your major/field of interest?

The internship was not related to my major, but theater has always been an extracurricular interest of mine. I’ve been involved with theater since I was a child and acting in Community Theater. It was an amazing experience to see what a professional theater atmosphere is like, and it created a new passion that I may want to pursue as a career someday.

Briefly describe your internship and your duties as an intern.

I floated around the different departments in the theater. In the beginning, I was in the painting department, so I did a lot of art projects and learned about their duties. I also painted tables and chairs that they needed to use for their opera sets. Then I was in the theater active department, so I was able to attend a lot of their workshops and helped to teach children about acting. After that, I was in the props department which involved a lot of organizing and cleaning props for their shows. It was great to learn about the many different aspects that make a theater operate.

What was your favorite part about the experience? Least favorite?

My favorite part about the experience was how excited the people were to show me everything in the theater. They acted like they wanted me to have fun every day. I got to move all the aspects of the stage, including lowering the orchestra pit into the floor and climbing up in the rafters to see how they manually lower sets from the ceiling. It was exhilarating.

Did your internship supervisor happen to be a Wittenberg alumni? Or are they unaffiliated with the university?

Because I was in Germany, my supervisor was a German woman living in Dessau. She’s not affiliated with the university, but she made the experience truly amazing with how much she was willing to include me. She always wanted to make sure I had something to do every day.

Would you recommend having an internship during one semester versus another? Or over the summer?

The only reason this internship was particularly easy with a schedule was because it occurred when we were no longer taking classes in Germany. I could focus solely on the internship. So, I would suggest taking internships in the summer when you can pour your heart and soul into the experience, and truly get everything out of it that you can.

Do you have questions for Emily regarding her internship? Contact her using her Wittenberg email!

Introducing Intern Maxwell Baker

Working His Way Through JPMorgan Chase and Co.

By Samantha Martens

Maxwell Baker

How did you find out about this internship?

I knew I wanted to intern at a large company so I searched online for summer internships at companies that were relevant to my majors and found the JPMorgan Chase & Co. summer internship.

Did it relate to your major/field of interest?

Yes. Since I study accounting and finance, the summer internship related heavily to my finance major, and I am interning during this school year in a different area that relates to my accounting major.

Briefly describe your internship and your duties as an intern.

I worked on an asset and wealth management financial analysis expense team. We worked on analyzing expense data comprised of salaries, benefits, compensation packages, and headcount to create presentations for top executives. I also gained experience communicating across all lines of business and levels of management to gain insight on historic analysis, and forecasted expense trends based on historic data and analysis.

What was your favorite part about the experience? Least favorite?

I loved the big company environment along with all the people I worked beside and the people I met throughout the summer. Since financial analysis is not my ideal job, the actual work was my least favorite part, but the good thing about the program at JPMorgan is that it is rotational. Now that I have accepted my full-time offer, I will be placed into a line of business based off my preferences and their need for employees in two different roles each lasting one year.

Did your internship supervisor happen to be a Wittenberg alumni? Or are they unaffiliated with the university?

My supervisor is unaffiliated with Wittenberg.

Would you recommend having an internship during one semester versus another? Or over the summer?

The company is huge and I interned in a building that is 2.1 million square feet with over 10,000 other employees. It could be overwhelming to intern during the school year, but the summer is the biggest internship program with over 300 interns in the Columbus location alone.

Do you have questions for Maxwell regarding his internship? Contact him using his Wittenberg email!

Be Prepared

By Samantha Martens

“Be prepared” is more than just the Boy Scout and Girl Scout motto. When it comes to internships, jobs, and graduate schools, you want to make sure you are prepared to impress. Here at Career Services, we can help you accomplish that! We can help you to design a business card (because yes, you can have a business card without belonging to a business), tweak your résumé, and create a cover letter. All of these things are vital when applying for jobs or schools, because you want to make yourself official, presentable, and marketable.

Having a business card can be so convenient! We just had our Networking Learning Event on Tuesday the 18th, and we spent a whole block of time discussing how to hand out or ask for business cards because they’re THAT important. Did you know that we will help you to design your own and give you 20 cards for FREE? We want you to feel prepared to present yourself to potential employers or recruiters during those times when carrying around your résumé isn’t exactly convenient. Your business card should be fairly simple, including your name and contact information. Everything else is pretty much optional, but you are free to design them as you please. Don’t know where to start? You can visit the Career Services Office and Teresa Cantrell, our administrative assistant, can show you some example business cards that students have made in the past.

We can also help you with all aspects of your résumé. Whether you’re starting from scratch or you’ve had a few different work or internship experiences, we can point you in the right direction. For those of you who have had some more work experience, we can help you prioritize and showcase the jobs that will look the most appealing to future employers. It’s important to remember that your cumulative résumé (the résumé that has everything you’ve ever done on it) is NOT the one you want to be sending out to each place you’re applying. It’s great that we’re all so well-rounded, but businesses and organizations really just want to see what we have done that makes us qualified to work with them. Here at Career Services, we can help you pick and choose which past work experiences will do you the most good, and we can help you with formatting your résumé, too!

And if you’re not familiar with cover letters, don’t worry, because you’re not alone. I didn’t even really know what a cover letter was until last November (2017)! But I knew that I needed one, so I came to Career Services to pick up a cover letter template to base mine off of, and once I had written out my first draft, I came back to the office to have Wendy Smiseck, our director, help me edit it. Cover letters basically tell companies how you found out about the position they are offering, what makes you qualified, why you’re interested in the position, how you can benefit the company by working there, and that you would like to have a personal interview.

Once you have your business cards, résumé, and cover letter ready to go, you’re pretty much set! We can always help you to edit any of these items at any time if you gain a more relevant work experience, or if you just think you need a change in design. We’ve got you covered so that you can always be prepared.

It’s Good to Know Career Services

By: Samantha Martens

Now that our Job & Internship Fair and Grad School Fair have come and gone, and you know everything you need to know about the Networking Learning Event, it’s time to brush up on your general Career Services knowledge!

Here at Career Services, we can assist you will all kinds of things. As a freshman, some of the most helpful things we can have you do are to take a skills assessment and get closer to declaring you major. We can also help you find job-shadowing opportunities so that you can confirm that you are interested in a certain field and are capable of doing the type of work that is required. As a sophomore you must declare your major, so be in contact with your advisor and feel free to ask us questions as well. You can also be thinking about your “marketable skills,” which are activities or experiences that you can add to your résumé to make yourself more marketable to potential employers. Résumé-building in general is something that you should be keeping at the back of your mind this year. Consider taking classes that improve communication, critical thinking, and writing skills! Finally, think about your community service requirement and see if you can tie in your service hours with your field of interest. For example, I am interested in grant writing/fundraising for non-profits, so I spoke with Wendy Smiseck – our Career Services director – and she put me in contact with an alumni who works at Clark State Community College’s Foundation Office! Not only did I fulfill my community service requirement, but I learned more about the grant writing profession and found out that I really enjoy it.

Now juniors, it’s time to start hunkering down. Continue to update your résumé after each new accomplishment, activity, job, or internship. Consider joining professional organizations that are related to your field. Begin to network and develop contacts – which you can do at our Networking Learning Event! 😉 If you see graduate school in your future, begin to look at your options, talk with your advisors, look into the application process, and take the entrance exams. If you are a science major, think about doing a summer research project to impress those medical/health professional schools. Seniors, this is it. The last year of undergrad! We know it can be bittersweet, but we’re here to help. Some of the employers at our Job & Internship Fair, or even Wittenberg alumni in general, will be looking to interview and hire May or December graduates right off the bat. Start to write drafts of your cover letter as it pertains to the job you’re interested in. Set up a LinkedIn account to get your information out into the world! Practice your interviewing skills by setting up mock interviews at the Career Services office. Finalize your grad school entrance exams and applications (including letters of recommendation, personal statements, and fellowship/assistantship experience). Be sure to take the tests in your Fall semester because they’re good for the next five years!

By no means do you have to follow this guide word for word. Some of you freshmen might have already started your résumés, or seniors might still be working on refining their “marketable skills.” These are simply guidelines that could be beneficial to you, should you follow them. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Teresa Cantrell at tcantrell@wittenberg.edu or (937) 237-7521, and we’ll get you hooked up with Wendy and all her advice.

Networking Learning Event

Quick reminder! Our Grad School Fair is TOMORROW (Thursday, September 6th) from 11:50am-1:00pm in Geil Lounge. It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a senior, be sure that you dress to impress, stop by, and get some more information about graduate schools!

On the chance that you missed our last blog, here’s all the information you need to know about our Networking Learning Event on Tuesday, September 18th from 5:30-7:00pm in Shouvlin 105:

  1. The event is FREE but you MUST REGISTER in order to attend.
    1. To register, follow this link: https://candidate.gradleaders.com/Wittenberg/Candidates/Login.aspx?pid=3646
    2. First, enter your full Wittenberg email in the “Find My Account” section. From there, you will be sent an email instructing you on how to change your password.
    3. Then once you’ve logged-in, update your profile so that we know your class year, major, fields of interest, etc.
    4. Finally, on your “Dashboard” look for “My Events” and then select the “Networking Learning Event” link and “Sign Up” at the top.
  2. There will be FREE FOOD if you have registered!
  3. Terri Thompson, the Etiquette Consultant, will be there to teach you all of the dos and don’ts of etiquette while networking with other professionals. She will also address questions such as:
    1. “How do I enter into a conversation?”
    2. “How do you shake hands with someone while juggling a plate and drink?”
    3. “How do you eat a hot wing and what do you do with the bone?”
    4. “What is the correct way of handing out your business card?”
    5. “Is it OK to fill my plate?”

It’s going to be a great evening of self-improvement while we better our etiquette skills for professional settings. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Teresa Cantrell at tcantrell@wittenberg.edu or call (937) 327-7521. You can also stop by and see us – we’re room 210 in Thomas Library’s COMPASS Sweet Success Center. We hope that you all have an easy time registering, and we’ll see you there!

Upcoming Events

By Samantha Martens

Congratulations everyone – we survived the first week of classes! Now that you’re settling into your routines, be sure to add the Graduate School Fair and the Alumni Networking Learning Event into your busy schedules.

The Graduate School Fair is on Thursday, September 6th from 11:50am-2:00pm in Geil Lounge (located in the lower level of the Student Center). If you are even considering attending grad school, then this is the Fair for you! If you’re a freshman looking to get an idea of which schools and programs are out there, make sure to stop by. If you’re a sophomore or junior looking to find the perfect school or program for you, make sure to stop by! If you’re a senior checking to see what final steps you need to take to be ready post-graduation, make sure to stop by!! Our biannual (we also host one during Spring semester) grad school fairs are designed for students of all ages and majors, meaning that everyone can benefit by attending! Of the 29 (out of 35) schools already registered, the programs available include theology, law, social work, business, health science, [veterinary] medicine, agricultural/environmental/development economics, and general graduate and professional studies. One important thing to remember is that if you want to make a really good impression on the grad school representatives, dress to impress! We realize that you’ll likely be stopping by the fair between your classes, but looking nice and presentable will leave a lasting impression for the schools that you interact with. If you have more questions about the Fair, schedule an appointment with Teresa Cantrell (in person or at (937) 327-7521) in Thomas Library’s COMPASS Center, room 210 so that you can speak with Wendy Smiseck, our wonderful Career Services director.

Our Alumni Networking Learning Event is on Tuesday, September 18th from 5:30-7:00pm in Shouvlin 105. This event is a little different because we require that all students register in advance in order to attend, so be checking your emails for the link to do that. If you’re really eager about making it to this event, you can also register through our Job Board! Just follow the hyperlink, log in using your full Wittenberg email address, request “password reset instructions,” and once you’ve officially logged in using the password you created, go to your Dashboard, click on the “Activity Calendar” tab on the left side of the page, click over to September, and select the “Networking Learning Event” link. The first option under the heading is to sign up! You will also find a short description and details about the event on that page. This is another event where dressing to impress will be a really good idea! Although this is just a casual networking event where you will learn the do’s and don’ts of networking, you may really hit it off with an alumni in your field of interest, and maybe an internship could come out of it! You never know, so you might as well register and find out! Again, if you’ve got any questions, please schedule an appointment with Teresa Cantrell (in person or at (937) 327-7521) in Thomas Library’s COMPASS Center, room 210 so that you can speak with Wendy Smiseck.

We hope to see you at these two events, and remember: always dress for success!

Welcome Home!

By Samantha Martens

HELLO TIGERS and welcome back to campus! We here at Career Services hope you had a fantastic summer, and wish you lots of success during the school year. One way we KNOW you can succeed is by attending the Local Part-time Job and Internship Fair this Thursday, August 23rd from 11:50am-2:00pm in Geil Lounge (the lower level of the Student Center)! Whether you’re looking for a part-time job to save up some money during the semester, or you’re already planning ahead for next summer, stop by the Fair and see what Springfield and the surrounding area has to offer. Our Fair includes up to 35 recruiters looking for students from all types of majors with varying levels of experience. Even if you want to gain some experience and spice up your résumé with an internship, this Fair will likely have something to satisfy your needs.

Are you thinking about grad school? It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a senior – stop by our Graduate School Fair on Thursday, September 6th from 11:50am-2:00pm in Geil Lounge! This Fair also has up to 35 grad schools in attendance, and of those schools, all kinds of programs are available. From Archaeology to Zoology, these grad schools represent numerous areas of interest.

Last but not least, get to know some local business representatives and alumni at our Networking Learning Event on Tuesday, September 18th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Be sure to check your emails for information on how to register for the event! Wittenberg’s alumni are always excited to get to know current students and learn about their interests. Our network of alumni and Springfield business representatives are a great way for students to make outside connections and potentially find jobs and internships within Springfield. Personally, I have had two internships and a job where I’ve worked with Wittenberg alumni, so don’t think we just say this to get you to attend the events!

Seniors! Discover Financial will have an information session about their “Operation Leadership” positions in Shouvlin 201 on Tuesday, September 4th from 12:00-12:45pm. At this info session, they will provide you with all the information you could need to apply for the position. Their goal is to hire Wittenberg students this fall, and you could be guaranteed a job post-graduation come May 2019! Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

Some important things to remember are that 1) both the Local Part-time Job and Internship Fair and the Graduate School Fair are “walk-ins.” We simply ask that you sign in at the W Tables on the main level of the Student Center near the info desks, and from there you are free to peruse the different opportunities available to you in the lower level! 2) You must register to attend the Networking Learning Event, otherwise you will not be allowed to participate that evening. 3) The Career Services Office is here to help you find the part- or full-time job, internship, or summer job of your dreams, and with the help of our connections and alumni across the country, we can turn your dreams into reality. If you ever want to schedule an appointment with our director, Wendy Smiseck, please see Teresa Cantrell in Thomas Library’s COMPASS Success Center, room 210.

Tiger Up!!