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b2ap3_thumbnail_Internship-Picture.jpgRyan Condello, a senior business management major from Arlington, Texas, began preparing for his future in business as a student at Waynesburg University, but little did he know his newfound skills and knowledge would lead to something bigger than scoring well on exams during his undergraduate career.

During the academic year, Condello is active on campus as the acting vice president of the Investments Club and section leader for the Symphonic Band. And after the spring 2013 term concluded, he was ready to put his effort toward something equally fulfilling—a summer internship as a sales management intern for Sherwin Williams.

“Several aspects of the program appealed to me,” said Condello.  “The fact that it relates so closely to my major had a profound impact on my decision.”

Condello’s ambitious character, as described by Gordon McClung, professor of marketing at Waynesburg University, facilitated his transition into the position at the renowned paint company.

“Ryan is a very well rounded student with a personality and demeanor that works well for managing others,” said McClung. “These characteristics of Ryan's made him an ideal candidate for the Sherwin Williams internship program.  His strong work ethic served him well during his tenure as an intern, as demonstrated by the highly positive evaluations he received.”

During his internship, Condello spent 40 hours per week applying practice and theory to real-world situations, where he was able to have his voice heard by management.

“My favorite internship experience was being privileged enough to present my findings and recommendations on company email capture rate policies to members of upper management,” said Condello.

In addition, Condello had the privilege of learning new concepts he will later be able to apply to his own life and future career.

“The growth that I have seen from my experience with Sherwin Williams has been twofold,” said Condello.  “Firstly, I was able to learn exactly how a multinational corporation functions in a variety of areas.  Secondly, I gained a more vast understanding of what post-graduate life will incorporate.”

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Hearing of Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA)’s search for another intern at their Western, Md., location, Nadine Leishman, a junior sports management major at Waynesburg University, knew she had to interview for the summer 2013 position, but the thought of leading camp activities left her on edge.

“Most people don’t know this, but I am dyslexic,” said Leishman.

Despite her fears, after receiving word of her acceptance, the Frederick, Md., native headed back to Maryland to begin her journey with FCA, an organization focused on incorporating faith into athletics.

“I was so nervous at first to read in front of people and the campers I had to lead in my huddles, but my boss, Scott Myers, was able to help me through that struggle,” said Leishman.

According to Scott Myers, FCA area director, the fears Leishman faced this summer were all a part of God’s plan for her.

“When we have a weakness, it forces us to look outside of our own abilities for strength and answers,” said Myers. “What I encouraged her to do was to embrace her weakness and don’t try to hide it.  Instead, share it with others and talk about how God is going to use this in her life.”

As a member of the Waynesburg University lacrosse team and a student previously involved with FCA athletics for the past four years, Leishman was given a chance to use her faith to make a difference in the lives of others as she worked at overcoming her battle with dyslexia.

“Nadine is an outstanding young woman with a strong faith and a passion for athletics,” said Dr. Gordon McClung, chair of the business administration department at Waynesburg University. “Her commitment to Christ and desire to help others provided an excellent foundation for her internship.”

Helping to foster her faith into what it is today, Leishman credits Waynesburg University and its mission for giving her the confidence necessary to minister to those around her during her internship.

“The mission statement at Waynesburg really helped me through this internship because I am living out my faith,” said Leishman. “But I am also seeing others grow in their faith. I was able to serve others’ needs at the camps and show campers that people care for them and want to be there to help them.”

Three days a week, Leishman served as a Student Athlete Leadership Training intern with a team of four other interns, giving her abundant opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.

During the day, Leishman updated rosters for camp, promoted the local Power Camp and other camps to athletes and youth, and contacted high school students and coaches about helping to serve with camp activities. Leishman also attended meetings and sat in on phone conferences with FCA staff, getting a firsthand look at the way the organization is run.

Leishman’s favorite part of her internship was being able to share her knowledge of lacrosse and her faith with the young girls who attended the FCA’s local Power Camp.

“It was the greatest experience I think I could have ever had,” said Leishman. “Getting to teach what I know about the sport of lacrosse to young girls that are willing to learn more about the sport and watching the girls grow in their faith was the best experience I could have ever had.”

Leishman did more than prove she can do anything she puts her mind to, she has proven to others that weaknesses don’t have to limit the ability to overcome fears and succeed.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Frick-and-Charlie-Gerow.jpgHope Frick, a senior public relations major from Elizabethtown, Pa., met Quantum Communications’ CEO, Charlie Gerow, on Waynesburg University’s campus during her junior year. After making a positive impression, Frick was offered an internship with the company in Harrisburg, Pa., for the summer of 2012 and, eventually, 2013.

“Charlie is extremely well connected in almost every political circle throughout the nation, so I jumped at the opportunity to work with someone so influential,” said Frick.

Working in close proximity to the state Capitol had its perks. The environment not only helped Frick see the interworking’s of a highly populated, central location, it also enabled her to meet with Governor Tom Corbett at Quantum’s June Policy Briefing, which was Frick’s favorite moment of her internship.

On a typical day, Frick conducted online news searches for Quantum’s clients and managed the blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts for the Friends of Natural Gas Alliance. Additionally, Frick helped plan a few of Quantum’s monthly events which host several business leaders, politicians, reporters and other associates of the company to an open forum discussion.

According to Frick, her time spent with faculty, in departmental coursework and as secretary of Waynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at Waynesburg gave her the confidence she needed to excel within her tasks at Quantum.

“As a student, Hope took advantage of every opportunity presented to her and always went above and beyond course or department requirements,” said Pamela Cunningham, lecturer at Waynesburg University. “In doing so, Hope has become driven and even more passionate about the field that, in my humble opinion, will be fortunate to have her.”

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A 40-hour-work week as an intern at Fulton Mortgage Company was more than processing mortgage applications, performing compliance checks and contacting employers and insurance companies for junior forensic accounting major Alyssa Daniel.

Her experience as a mortgage processor was something very few interns have the opportunity to experience: upbeat.

“I would have to say the funniest thing I did was help some people decorate our coworker's chair and desk with bubble wrap while he was at lunch,” Daniel jokingly said.

The ability to interact with her coworkers in a friendly, lighthearted manner was something memorable for Daniel, but her internship proved to be greater than good memories made with colleagues. It allowed the Manheim, Pa., native to grow accustomed to the type of office environment and career path she desires to obtain in the future.

From May 18 to August 9, Daniel worked in the office as a mortgage processor intern in which she had the opportunity to gain much knowledge in the field from day to day.

“My favorite aspect about the internship was learning to analyze tax returns to determine monthly income,” said Daniel.

With courses such as Investments and Federal Income Tax offered at Waynesburg University, Daniel was mentally prepared to take on her responsibilities at Fulton. Moreover, Daniel’s involvement in activities during semesters as a varsity tennis player; teaching assistant to Anthony Bocchini, professor of business administration at Waynesburg University; treasurer for American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Waynesburg University women’s tennis Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s (FCA) representative, only accentuated her merit for the position.

“Alyssa was an excellent choice for Fulton because of her strong work ethic and her professional attitude,” said Bocchini.

Through a recommendation made by an employee at Fulton, Daniel was instructed how to apply for the internship. After submitting an application and participating in a phone interview, she was offered a position for the summer of 2013.

“I applied for the internship because I wanted to do something that would give me work experience in my major field as well as help boost my resume,” said Daniel.

Even already having an idea of the things she would be doing at her internship, Daniel was still unaware of what the day-to-day procedures would be when she stepped foot in the office.

“I didn't really know what to expect going into the internship, since I didn't know much about mortgage banking, but it was definitely an enjoyable experience,” said Daniel.

As a student, Daniel receives the business department scholarship, Leadership scholarship, Margaret Bell Miller scholarship and AB Miller scholarship at Waynesburg University, which illustrates the intensity of devotion she places on learning and growing academically.

That same commitment was also utilized during her internship, making the experience as a whole, a success.

“I learned a lot of new information this summer that I can take and apply to my career in the future,” said Daniel. “And on a personal level, I made friends and networking connections that I really value.”

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For senior business management major Alexander Henry, interning at PNC Bank for the summer of 2013 meant having the chance to complete significant tasks for the benefit of the company, which was something he looked forward to every day.

“I decided to apply because I knew it would be an awesome resume builder, and I would get some great real world experience,” said Henry.

PNC is a company which offers a wide range of services for their customers, ranging anywhere from corporations, government entities, individuals, small businesses and more.

The Bridgeville, Pa., native worked 40 hours-a-week for the company June 12 through August 16 within the Finance Credit Reporting portion of PNC.

After applying online, Henry began the grueling interview process which consisted of three phone interviews and a fourth face-to-face interview in Pittsburgh, Pa., after which he acquired the title of Financial Analyst intern.

As a member of the Waynesburg University Yellow Jacket football team, president of the Investments Club and vice president of ENACTUS at Waynesburg, Henry understood the effort needed to persevere.

“Alex is a strong student with a commitment to excellence,” said Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of business administration at Waynesburg University. “What sets Alex apart is his ability to think logically and then follow up on his thoughts with strong research and critical thinking skills.”

Henry’s weekly tasks consisted of assisting financial reporting; creating workbooks to calculate the financial impact and TDRs by concession type variances’; creating a segment equity balance and preferred dividend forecast; creating numerous VLookup functions within Excel; and performing peer analysis.

Overall, Henry’s internship was what he expected and more, giving him an experience of a lifetime.

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