b2ap3_thumbnail_Hershelman.jpgWesley Hershelman, a senior accounting major with a minor in business management, came to Waynesburg University because his father and sister had done so before him. He didn’t realize that by fulfilling a family tradition, he would open doors to a competitive summer internship with Mylan Inc., one of the world’s leading generics and specialty pharmaceutical companies.

In May of 2013, Hershelman began his internal audit internship with Mylan at the company’s corporate headquarters in Southpointe, Pa., just a mere 35 minutes from Waynesburg University. His work included preparing audit work papers, recording accounting transactions and documenting understanding through narratives and flow charts. He spent time analyzing and manipulating data as well as verifying EPS models.  

“I grew leaps and bounds as a student and person,” Hershelman said. “I gained a new appreciation toward the education I have received at Waynesburg. I now have more confidence, am more aware of my weaknesses and am not intimidated to engage in professional conversations with superiors.”

Hershelman believes that Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, serving and learning guided him to be the best possible worker during his internship. 

“Colossians 3:23 says, ‘And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.’ I always tried to keep this verse in the back of my mind,” Hershelman said. “It provided me with motivation to do what was right, not necessarily what was easy.”

Not surprised by Hershelman’s adherence to a strong moral and spiritual code, Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of business administration at Waynesburg University, said Hershelman will continue to find success wherever he goes. 

“I expect that Wes will be extremely successful in his future endeavors. He will serve as a great asset to any company for which he works and will represent himself and the Waynesburg University community very well,” Chicarelli said. 

As he prepared to leave his desk at Mylan to return to Waynesburg University in August, Hershelman realized that he could push the experience even further. He approached his Mylan supervisor with his fall class schedule and asked if he could continue at the pharmaceutical company 20 hours each week. 

“I was the one who initiated the conversation with my mentor,” Hershelman said. “He then presented that to the team in a weekly staff meeting. I was formally asked by my manager during my exit interview if I would like to continue on during the fall.”

Hershelman happily accepted the challenge, eager to continue working and improving his auditing skills at the innovative company. He’s hopeful for a full-time job with the company after graduation, but doesn’t feel pressure because God is guiding his path in the world of business. 

“As an emerging business professional, I see the demand for Christians in the business world and Waynesburg has given me opportunities to grow in my faith while studying to become an effective leader in business for Christ.”

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Wockley-2.jpgAs the city’s premier arena football league, the Pittsburgh Power, took the field, Ryan Wockley, a senior athletic training major at Waynesburg University, smiled with satisfaction and wished the players luck. More than a fan, the Pittsburgh Power athletic training intern watched as his hard work bandaging injuries, treating conditions and wrapping ankles resulted in points on the board. 

“My favorite part was game days,” Wockley said. “There’s nothing better than seeing all the work you’ve done with the players pay off.  When they can perform at their best because of the work you did with them, that makes it worth it.”  

According to Michele Kabay, assistant professor of athletic training and clinical coordinator for Waynesburg University’s athletic training program, Wockley began inquiring about possible athletic training internships in his sophomore year. 

“Ryan is a very hands-on learner, and although the athletic training curriculum includes clinical education requirements, Ryan took the initiative to begin networking with athletic training professionals, which helped lead to the unique experience of an internship with the Pittsburgh Power,” Kabay said.

Wockley, who serves as president of the Waynesburg Athletic Training Student Association (WUATSA), couldn’t imagine spending an entire summer not practicing his athletic training skills, so he applied for an internship with the well-known athletic team. 

“I enjoy the clinical work, and I didn’t want to go a whole summer without doing something related to athletic training, so when I heard about the Power internship I jumped at the opportunity,” Wockley said. “I saw myself become more confident in my abilities and my knowledge. This internship showed me that I have the confidence and the tools needed to succeed as an athletic trainer.”

He worked with the Power’s professional athletic training staff to tape, brace and treat the players before and after practices and games. Wockley and his fellow trainers were responsible for conducting rehabilitation programs for athletes both on the active roster and also on injured reserve to help them progress, maintain or return to play.

Without exceptional teaching from Waynesburg University and the structure of its programs, Wockley said he would not have made such an impact or had such a great experience.

“One thing that sets Waynesburg apart is that students are accepted into the advanced program and begin core classes and clinical rotations sophomore year, as opposed to other schools where that doesn’t happen until the start of junior year,” Wockley said. “Having that extra year of clinical experience really helped because I was able to call on past experiences other interns may not have had.”

Though he initially struggled with the autonomy granted to him in the internship, Wockley said he quickly learned to trust his knowledge. 

“The Power trusted us to work with the athletes and allowed us to treat their injuries as we saw fit,” Wockley said. “It was a challenge at first to trust in what I had learned and what I knew. Once I got into the first few weeks, I became very confident in what I was doing because I realized just how much I had learned at Waynesburg.”

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Myers_Juliana_3.JPGAt the beginning of her summer 2013 internship with the New Life Worship Center in Weirton, W.Va., Juliana Myers could barely approach the pulpit without her knees knocking together and her breath catching in her chest. The senior biblical ministries studies major at Waynesburg University felt prepared to share the message of God, but nervous to speak it to a congregation of more than 300. 

“The most challenging part I faced was getting in front of the entire congregation; I had to get over my fear of having everyone stare at me,” Myers said. “Eventually I had to just say a prayer, take a deep breath and get up there.” 

As she grew into the role and became familiar with the many faces she saw staring back at her each Sunday, Myers became more confident conducting children’s sermons, opening the service in prayer and counseling at Bible camps.

Myers, a campus ministry assistant (CMA) at Waynesburg University, said that her role of ministering to college students and hosting bible studies in the residence halls helped her to identify her beliefs and communicate them. She named her various theology classes at the University in giving her the confidence and biblical knowledge to develop spiritual curriculum for youth camps. 

Rev. Dr. Jeffery Kisner, professor of biblical ministry studies at Waynesburg University and the teacher of Myers’ theology courses, said that the young woman’s “amazing amount of experience in youth ministry” speaks for itself. 

“Juliana is kind and compassionate, possessing the heart of a servant and a quiet but infectious enthusiasm,” Kisner said. “I am excited for the way in which I have seen God working in her life and through her gifts to witness to God's shalom-making mission in the world.”

For youth camps, Myers’ favorite part of her summer internship, she began a series on creation and developed a sermon with visuals to harness the children’s creativity. She also chaperoned three young girls during an overnight camp at the church and taught a cooking club to interested young adults. 

“I’ve been the leader of children at a few different churches before, including my home church,” Myers said. “This summer I really wanted to work in an Assemblies of God Church.”

Myers, who said she was saved at the New Life Worship Center and who has attended a few mission service trips with a group from that church, didn’t mind the 45 minute drive from her home in Wheeling, W.Va. to the church. She spent the drive mentally preparing for children’s sermons and activities, an activity she took very seriously. 

“I think that working with youth is very different than the adult congregation,” Myers said. “It’s a very important age – when they learn who they are and when they develop their relationship with God. I wanted to help them have confidence in their faith.” 

By helping young people to develop confidence in their relationships with Christ, Myers said that she herself grew as a Christian and as an aspiring youth pastor. 

“I had to lean on God more and really listen to what He wanted me to preach to kids,” Myers said. “The internship was more than I could have ever expected. It has prepared me in so many ways to go out into my field when I graduate.”

 

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Knowing that his work would be seen by hundreds of spectators and educators, Jonathan Zeleny took his 2013 internship with the Pittsburgh Opera very seriously. From mid-summer to late fall, the senior arts administration (music) major spent 16 to 20 hours each week assisting the Opera’s Education Department. 

“I did anything and everything to help the opera company,” Zeleny said. “Most of my work included updating and reformatting the Opera Trunk Program, which sends trunks filled with information and props pertaining to certain operas such as ‘Madam Butterfly’ or ‘Carmen.’  I also created opera synopsis PowerPoints and historical/cultural PowerPoints that were presented in opera workshops and shown in the Benedum Center.”    

Zeleny, who said he couldn’t name just one favorite part because the entire experience was “wonderful,” obtained the internship after networking with the Opera’s education director via email. A strong recommendation from Melanie Catana, instructor of vocal music at Waynesburg University, sealed the deal. 

“I have seen a great deal of growth in Jonathan in the time I have known him, both academically and personally,” Catana said. “I strongly believe that he has the definite potential for great success in his career as he couples his knowledge and professionalism in business with his talent and expertise in music.”

Outside of the classroom, he’s involved in symphonic band, bagpipe and drum band, and private clarinet and bagpipe lessons. He has served as a student senate representative for Chamber Works, woodwind quartet, clarinet ensemble and the Waynesburg University Pep Band. He hopes to continue growing as a musician as he finishes his final year at Waynesburg and reflects on the success of his internship. 

“I have become much more self-sufficient in my work and more confident in my abilities as a young professional,” Zeleny said. “I have been able to grow as a musician because of the great environment at Pittsburgh Opera.” 

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Oland_Kyle_5.JPGWhen he accepted a prestigious media relations internship with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kyle Oland thought he had put the finishing touch on his summer plans. The senior public relations major from Westminster, Md., planned to commute from Waynesburg to the city for every home game and looked forward to spending the summer doing what he loved, while also supplementing his income with a job in fast food. 

But in the spring 2013 semester, when Oland opened an email from a professor at Waynesburg University and found a link to an application for a part-time internship at the Smith Brothers Agency, Oland figured that applying to the agency position couldn't hurt. The Agency, an acclaimed full service integrated advertising and digital agency in Pittsburgh, Pa., focuses on consumer packaged goods. 

“I talked to the Pirates’ vice president of communication and he said that having both sports and agency background makes you more marketable,” Oland said. “I always like a challenge, but I didn’t think I would actually get it.”

Two weeks later, God revealed a more exciting summer plan for Oland than he could have hoped. He notified his food-industry job that he wouldn’t be able to work that summer, because he now had two big-name internships competing for his time. 

“I am glad I opted to do two internships in two very different spectrums of public relations,” Oland said. “I discovered what I excel at and what I dislike, which has made me realize what I want to do upon graduation.”

Throughout his Pirates’ internship, Oland compiled media and press kits, wrote for MLB.com and the Pirates website and interviewed players and coaches. He distributed news publications to members of the media, broadcasters, TV crews, camera crews, the executive offices, players and coaches before each game. 

“During the game, I sat in the press box and communicated via Google Chat with the Pirates' announcers,” Oland said. “Following the game, I compiled box scores and stat packs and then distributed these packets to the visiting clubhouse and the media.”

During games in which he worked for Major League Baseball, Oland served as a real-time correspondent. In this role, he provided in-game coverage of the night's game by finding unique stories via pictures or video interviews. He worked hand-in-hand with the Pirates' social media manager and the visiting public relations manager and even had the opportunity to eat dinner with the president of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Frank Coonely, and other team executives. 

Across the street as a digital strategies intern for Smith Brothers, he monitored clients’ and competitors’ social media accounts, compiled weekly reports and researched trends in the field. Oland’s research was used by the firm’s public relations team to better plan and execute social media strategies. Additionally, he assisted in the planning and writing of various posts for the social media platforms of brands including Nestle Drumstick, Skinny Cow, Frosty Paws and Dolce Gusto. 

“Kyle worked on a Twitter strategy for one of our clients. He provided a very thorough analysis with great recommendations,” said Kaitlyn Kline, social media coordinator/acting analytics coordinator at Smith Brothers Agency. “He always handled his workload very well and was eager to learn all the nuances of agency life – even if they weren't strictly related to social media and public relations. His drive is really something to note.”

With major brands and one of the season’s best baseball teams to represent, Oland faced a full schedule of events each day. Each morning, he drove into the city to work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Smith Brothers, and then walked across the street to PNC Park. From there, depending on the game, he might not get home until around midnight or later. 

“Working two internships was definitely a challenge,” Oland said. “While the days were long, it didn’t bother me because I understood that many would love to be in the position I was. I counted myself lucky.”

Approaching the summer, Oland’s biggest concern was balancing the two internships, but said that his days were quite comparable to his fast-paced, comprehensive days as a student in the Department of Communication at Waynesburg University. 

“The Department of Communication teaches you to get involved and to manage your time well. It was no different than a day at Waynesburg where I could go from working in the Sports Information Office, to writing a Yellow Jacket article, to attending a PRSSA networking event, to covering an athletic game and of course classwork,” Oland said. “In so many ways, Waynesburg University prepared me for both internships. Waynesburg helped me gain the ability to juggle a variety of tasks and perform those tasks at a high level.” 

After a strenuous but rewarding summer immersed in the world of public relations, Oland felt more motivated than ever to pursue his ultimate goal. Since freshman year, he has dreamed of returning to beloved Maryland to work for the Baltimore Ravens. 

“The summer of 2013 has not only been a reward for the hard work I have put in the last three years, but also as a reassurance that I am on the right path to achieve my goal.”

 

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