b2ap3_thumbnail_Champlin_Elizabeth_3.JPGElizabeth Champlin wanted a unique, hands-on internship during the summer of 2013 that would test her theatrical knowledge, production skills and physical and mental stamina. The senior arts administration major with a concentration in music expected to apply her Waynesburg University education and experience to a theatrical troupe – preferably in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area.

She didn’t expect to hop in a truck and travel everywhere from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Raleigh, N.C., with Squonk Opera, an award-winning, highly acclaimed and internationally touring theater group founded in Pittsburgh. According to Champlin, Squonk’s roadshow is on a truck, and everything, including the stage, folds out of the truck. She enjoyed being a part of the “interesting and innovative show” and won the praise of her internship supervisor along the way.

“Elizabeth accomplished a lot when she helped Squonk tour to North Carolina,” said Steve O’Hearn, artistic director at Squonk and Champlin’s summer supervisor. “She was helpful during a busy time for Squonk Opera, was pleasant to chat with, did tough jobs and even brought cookies!”

Not only did Champlin assist with theater production and management, but she also aided in the promotion of the opera. Citing her Waynesburg University public relations for the arts course as a helpful tool, Champlin sent newsletters, mailed postcards and helped her supervisor book shows.

“I realized that 100 people may not even open my email, but when I saw the 30 that did, it helped me to narrow my viewpoint and find the exact audience we were looking for,” Champlin said.

Her public relations and marketing efforts helped to secure bookings and bring people to the shows, while her active involvement with Waynesburg's Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Lamplighters Concert Choir and Yellow Jacket Pep Band familiarized her with Squonk’s musical offerings. Experience assisting with the production of campus events allowed Champlin to keep calm under internship pressure. 

“I wanted to help out with a theater group or company, and I wanted to see if I could handle being a part of a production team,” Champlin said. “I got to be active and use my hands and not just sit at a desk. It helped keep my attention and get me involved in a totally different way than other internships for which I might have applied. Squonk is a close-knit family, much like Waynesburg University. Everyone knew my name, and I liked that.”




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Internship supervisors across the country consistently rate Waynesburg University students highly and share how impressed they are with the students’ professionalism and knowledge. Dominic Zappa’s supervisor is no different.

“Waynesburg has done a great job making Dom a very well rounded individual,” said Michael C. Corcetti, Zappa’s supervisor at Northwestern Mutual.  “He was versed in all areas, not just finance.”

Zappa, a senior accounting major at Waynesburg University, spent the summer of 2013 calling potential patrons, setting up meetings, speaking with and creating illustrations and personal plans for clients at Northwestern Mutual’s Monroeville, Pa., office.

“On some levels, the internship was what I expected from a basis of sales,” Zappa said. “But on the other hand, it was more of a client building business, and I was able to make more of an impact than I first thought I could.”

As a Financial Representative Intern, Zappa sometimes worked a full 40 hours each week in an effort to get ahead and show his supervisors that he was committed to learning the field. He even paid his own way to the company’s annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wis.

“I got to see about 12,000 of the company’s best together at one time, network, learn more about the company and listen to and learn from the CEO, president and the top tier of representatives,” said Zappa. “It gave me a clearer picture of what it takes to be successful in our industry.”

He enjoyed the internship so much that he chose to stay with the company throughout his senior year at Waynesburg University.

“I choose to keep my intern contract open so that I can still work during the school year and even through my Master's education next year,” Zappa said.

Zappa plans to continue his education at Waynesburg University and pursue a Master’s of Business Administration degree immediately following his 2014 graduation. He speaks highly of the University and puts his full faith in the quality of classes, professors and, primarily, the mission that the school embodies.

“Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, service and learning guides me in the internship because the company stresses making the right decisions for clients and finding the best way to help them,” Zappa said. “My classes at Waynesburg have really helped because they teach the importance of finances and planning.”

Between excelling in his classes, participating in the University’s Enactus Business Club and Investment Club, completing regular community service and playing both Waynesburg football and Men’s Club Volleyball, Zappa shows professionals such as his internship supervisor what it’s like to be a Waynesburg University student.

“I see something very special in Dom and know he possesses the skills and persistence to be successful not only in this business but also in life,” Corcetti said. “Dom would be a great asset to any company. Waynesburg should be lucky to have a kid like Dom representing their University in a very positive way.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Della-Loggia.jpgSurrounded by the sounds of happy families and the smell of America’s most popular milk chocolate, Dana Della Loggia, a senior accounting major at Waynesburg University, settled in to the first day of her internship with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts in Hershey, Pa.

During the summer of 2013, the Hershey native completed her second internship with the famous chocolatier as a revenue intern. She assisted in reporting daily revenue, analyzing and entering data, administering revenue audits for entertainment groups, reconciling gift and credit card payments between system totals and much more.

The previous summer, Della Loggia interned with Hershey in the Resort Group Reconciliations department. Her supervisors gladly welcomed her back for a second summer and have extended her intern opportunities to Christmas break as well.

“This year she focused on the Entertainment Group; making that transition is not always easy due to the various revenue streams and how different they are,” said Michael Holt, daily revenue supervisor at Hershey. “Her experience from last year was very helpful in making sure we met our daily, weekly and monthly reporting deadlines.”

Della Loggia said that accounting classes with Anthony Bocchini, professor of business administration at Waynesburg University, helped her to develop accountability in her studies, which translated to success at her internship.

“Mr. Bocchini's accounting classes prepared me because of their academic difficulty,” Della Loggia said. “They helped to develop a self-learning attitude, which is very important in accounting. If you don't know an answer, you must find it.”

Bocchini places his full confidence in Della Loggia’s future. 

“Dana was an outstanding student,” Bocchini said. “She has an exceptional academic record, and due to her professional attitude and personality, she was very successful at her internships.”

She believes that her high grade point average helped her to secure the initial position, but that her drive, professionalism and Waynesburg University education enabled supervisors to envision her with the company for an additional summer.

“I have always been a very motivated person, so striving for good grades was never a problem for me,” Della Loggia said. “I think what makes a GPA even better is that all my business professors at Waynesburg University know me. I want to excel in their classes because I feel like they actually care and notice when I do.”

She also impressed with a wide range of extracurricular leadership and membership experience including the Waynesburg University Student Activities Board (SAB), Habitat for Humanity, touring and concert choir, the Waynesburg University golf team, intramural volleyball, Fiat Lux mentorship and more.

“I love that Waynesburg University is small so that I can be a part of multiple organizations,” Della Loggia said. “Organization, leadership and planning abilities are what companies look for. Being able to talk about these skills in an interview and show that you have them is irreplaceable.”




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b2ap3_thumbnail_Phillips_Colin_1.JPGIn his first week interning with Representative Pat Tiberi in the Capitol complex in Washington D.C., Colin Phillips got lost searching for the House Parking Authority. Quick to learn and eager to make an impact, the junior history and political science major at Waynesburg University knew the Capitol well enough to give tours by the end of the summer.


“While in the office, I had a multitude of tasks including answering constituent calls, sorting constituent mail, taking things to other offices or the House Republican Cloak Room and  completing projects for other staffers,” Phillips said. “But one of my favorite things to do was give tours because it allowed me to directly talk to constituents and get to know them on a personal level.”


As an intern for Tiberi, a Republican from Ohio’s 12th District, Phillips said his favorite summer experience was taking part in a GOP press conference about student loans.


“GOP Representatives, including the speaker John Boehner, walked down the steps right next to me and talked about how they wished to avoid the doubling of student loan interest rates,” Phillips said. “This was my favorite moment because I was able to be part of something important and because I am directly impacted by what they were talking about.”


Looking to add even more to his resume, Phillips applied for the internship based on the one he completed prior to his sophomore year. In the summer of 2012, he interned with the Ohio Board of Regents, which is the state agency for higher education in Ohio.


“Because I worked with state government in 2012, I wanted a new perspective and decided to look into a national government internship,” Phillips said. “Through both positions, I have seen myself become more independent and more open about my political thought.”


Phillips began both internships with a strong base of political knowledge as a result of his history and political science courses at Waynesburg University, as well as his involvement with the University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.


“Mr. Phillips stands out among his peers for his steady determination, positive attitude and high standards of integrity,” said Dr. Larry Stratton, the director of the Stover Center. “When he gently speaks, everyone listens. I expect that he will flourish in law school and as a political leader thereafter.”


As a Stover Scholar, Phillips regularly meets with cultural, religious and political leaders from across the nation.


“The Stover Scholarship and the opportunities that it has afforded me as well as the people I’ve met is something that could only have happened at Waynesburg University,” Phillips said.


Phillips, who keeps busy as a member of the men’s tennis team, an officer in the Waynesburg University Young Republicans Club, a member in concert choir, the football team and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, says his extracurricular activities prepared him for the internship in many ways.


“My campus activities have made me think about what is coming next, which allowed me to do things before the Congressman and staffers asked me to do them,” Phillips said. “I really care about the work I do. Instead of the work being boring and tedious and me putting little into it, I try to do what is expected and then some. Those are things that Waynesburg University has helped me to appreciate.”






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b2ap3_thumbnail_Carolyn-Highland.JPGPriority application offers a number of perks. For Carolyn Highland, a junior biology major with minors in chemistry and English, a 4.0 GPA and a bevy of leadership roles at Waynesburg University, those perks come as a result of hard work. When she applied early to Miami University’s Chemistry & Biochemistry summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, she was accepted almost immediately and had the opportunity to tailor her summer internship to her unique interests.

“Although most of the other students in my program worked as assistants to graduate student researchers for the summer, I was given my own project,” Highland said. “I examined quantities and structures of tannins, or plant-produced macromolecules, in several species of Juniper plants.”

She was selected from a pool of thousands nationwide to participate in an (REU) Program, an initiative sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).Programs pair students with professionals in the field of science based on research interests.

“Carolyn’s project required her to learn new concepts and new techniques.  Learning how to approach a new area of study and integrate new information with things learned in a formal classroom setting is an important professional accomplishment,” said Dr. Ann E. Hagerman, Highland’s internship supervisor and research professor at Miami University. “She is a good student and her background is quite strong.  She is well prepared to continue her studies.”

The undergraduate research associate spent 40 to 50 hours a week in Miami University’s science lab, immersed in her research of Tannins, which exhibit antioxidant properties for human health. She hopes to continue her research after graduating from Waynesburg University and to earn a doctorate in biochemistry.

Highland, who balances her academics and Waynesburg University biology club membership with involvement in Student Senate at the vice president level, said that Waynesburg’s mission of faith, serving and learning played an enormous role at her internship.

“It is very, very important that scientists record and report their results with absolute honesty and respect the earth and its inhabitants,” Highland said. “Sometimes, doing the most ethical thing in research is not the easiest, but Waynesburg teaches students to be honest and do what’s right, no matter what.”

Those teachings, coupled with rigorous Waynesburg coursework and a significant internship opportunity, prepared Highland to begin her junior year, validated her career goals and introduced her to a new level of analysis.

“The ability to perform an experiment is important in research, but only secondary to the ability to think through and understand the reasons for its potential outcomes,” Highland said. “The excellent classroom and laboratory instruction I received at Waynesburg combined with the REU internship gave me the opportunity to begin transforming my way of thinking from that of a student to that of a scientist.”

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