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Only after she had time to finish the interview, drive home, have dinner and relax did Ashley Clark, a junior Waynesburg University marketing major and accounting minor, acknowledge the phrase that had been buzzing around in her head all day. 

“Every day is an interview,” a piece of advice imparted by Clark’s Waynesburg University accounting professor Joshua Chicarelli, resonates in all aspects of her life. Clark believes that each day is a generous gift from God and therefore treats all of her interactions as a means to make a lasting impression. 

That advice served her well that day and throughout the days of her upcoming internship with 84 Lumber Company.

“An education at Waynesburg not only prepares you for your career, it also offers a close-knit experience with professors and advisors, which is crucial for development and preparation in the work world,” she said. “A professor personally recommended that I apply for an internship at 84 Lumber. He saw the position and told me that my skills would fit well there.”

And fit well, they did. Clark impressed 84 Lumber with her “quiet confidence” and strong character, resulting in a summer-long marketing coordinator internship at the company’s corporate headquarters in Eighty Four, Pa. 

“They told me that a lot of applicants all have the same qualities and skill levels, but they were looking for something different,” Clark said. “Confidence can make all the difference.”

Clark said her confidence came from practice and the knowledge that her Waynesburg University education could hold its ground in a fast-paced corporate marketing environment.  

“After interning for a couple of months, my boss told me that I was chosen because I researched the company and could confidently answer questions, as well as ask my own questions at the end of the interview,” she said. “I would not have been so prepared without Waynesburg.” 

At 84 Lumber, Clark created and managed a multi-departmental and 30-store-spanning advertising calendar that allowed her to keep track of the company’s advertising needs, contracts and costs. She proofed and sent ads to local and regional newspapers and sent weekly updates to concerned parties. 

“A lot of money is spent on advertising, and it is important that all the ads are created correctly and are on time,” Clark said. “I was really able to showcase my organization skills and I enjoyed working with various departments, store managers and newspaper representatives.”

She also served as the contact person and organizing manager of the annual 84 Lumber Boy Scout Golf Outing event and helped to plan a customer event for more than 400 people. Throughout the summer, she fulfilled ad requests from many of the chains’ 250 store locations across the United States.

One of Clark’s favorite experiences was volunteering alongside her 84 Lumber coworkers as they partnered with Rebuilding Together and the Pittsburgh Steelers to rebuild a veteran’s home in the area.

“I continue to believe that it is essential to incorporate serving into a business organization because it helps to stay you humble and thankful,” she said. 

In December 2014, Clark will graduate a semester early and begin working in retail marketing and advertising at Lowry's Western Shop in Washington, Pa. She will create and manage the shop’s advertisements throughout the year, bringing with her a wealth of advertising experience from her 84 Lumber internship and from selling advertisements for the campus newspaper, the Waynesburg University Yellow Jacket.  

Her internship became the culminating point for moving forward into a new semester with enthusiasm and energy, and eventually on to a job with that same disposition. 

“All of a sudden, it just clicked that my purpose at Waynesburg University is so much more than just going to class and learning,” she said. “It is making friendships in unfamiliar places, connecting and networking. It is being brave and being myself. It is an interview every day and a chance to make something out of myself. We have that opportunity every day that God lets us wake up in the morning, so why not make the most out of it all?” 

 

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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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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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