Intern Success Stories features Dominican students who have participated in Dominican University's for-credit academic Internship Program.
These experiences represent student interns in a wide array of majors and internship sites from businesses, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies.
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"I have gained a lot of skills working as an intern for KQED,” says Sukey Lewis, a Humanities and Cultural Studies major. “I have learned how to research and craft a relevant story, to produce a show, to write content for a web site, and to communicate assertively and confidently with well-known, successful people.”
The latter has been the most challenging for her. “I was not very assertive before starting this internship,” she confesses. Sukey worked with Michael Krasny to help produce Forum, a weekday morning show heard by people around the world, which explores issues of local and international interest. Sukey also contacted prospective guests for interviews and assisted in researching show content. Through Michael’s encouragements she was able to come up with her own ideas for shows.
" assisted me in pinpointing an internship at and tailoring my application specifically for KQED," recalls Sukey, "Thanks to the Career Services office, I am now an Advanced Intern with Forum on KQED! I received assistance in rewriting my resume, which was a mess of too much information and poor organization." Sukey confesses that when she first heard about the internship requirement she was a bit irritated, and thought, "I don't have any time for that!" But since working at KQED, her point of view has drastically changed: "This internship experience has been great, and I think it is one of the most valuable things I have done while at Dominican, and I highly recommend it to all my fellow students." See samples of Sukey's work or read entire story.
As an International Studies major, Sarah Miller was fortunate enough to participate in two trade related internships during her time at Dominican University of California. Sarah’s first internship was at TransFair USA, the leading fair trade certification agency in the United States! Her second was at the United States Commercial Service (Department of Commerce). Sarah believes that these experiences provided invaluable experience to launch a career in trade and led to her current position with UBIFRANCE – the French Embassy Trade Department in downtown San Francisco -- where she consults with French startup companies in technology and helps with their business developments in the United States.
Sarah explains that “the office offered great help in obtaining both of [her] internships." Sarah visited the office and received “invaluable advice on resume writing and review, cover letter writing, job resources and career counseling.” Sarah highly recommends that students visit the Career Services office at least once to help get on the right track towards a successful future. Sarah looks forward to a career in international business consulting experience and admits, “I could not have gained such a position without the guidance and support of office."
Ben Whiteman, a Business Administration major, chose an internship with Ghilotti Bros. Inc., one of the leading construction companies in the Bay Area. Ben values his internship as “truly priceless.” The most invaluable part of his internship was the real life application of material covered in class. He explains that "interning gave [him] the opportunity to not only apply the concepts that [he] learned in the classroom, but also gain knowledge from the workplace, and Ghilotti Bros. Inc. was a great place to learn exactly how a successful business operates."
“The value and experiences from this internship are ones I will never forget and I know I will apply [for a job] in the near future and would advise interested students to familiarize themselves with the world of construction before applying/interviewing," suggests Ben, " has always been a great place to go to find upcoming internships, job openings, and more. They provided the support and knowledge necessary to complete my internship from start to finish. No matter what the issue was, the Career Services staff always found a way to help.”