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Tonks.jpgRJ Tonks, senior junior sports management major and marketing minor

Intern, Carrick Brain Centers in Marietta, Ga. 

When considering internship possibilities, RJ Tonks found a way to combine his passion for athletics and marketing with a very personal passion for health and rehabilitation. Tonks, who suffers from a rare virus that affects his hand eye coordination, mobility, speech, balance and fine motor skills, chose an organization he knows very well, Carrick Brain Centers. The Centers have treated his condition for the past three years and have dramatically improved the symptoms. 

He spoke with Dr. Ted Carrick, chief of Functional Neurology at the centers, about applying for an internship with the place that changed his life. Not only did he assist with the marketing activities of the Center, but Tonks also received rehabilitation treatments throughout the summer. 

As an intern, he happily shared his story with potential patients, distributed marketing materials to current patients, scheduled patients' appointments, filed paperwork and patient files and ran notes to doctors.  

“Waynesburg University helped me to be professional in an office setting and in compiling marketing materials,” he said. “The mission of the University guided me in my interactions with patients. Aside from gaining a bunch of knowledge about marketing, I'm even more compassionate towards individuals with disabilities.”  

 

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Giuliani.jpgHayden Giuliani, senior athletic training major  

Intern, Pro Performance RX in Morgantown, W.Va. 

Hayden Giuliani’s summer internship with Pro Performance RX, a regional leader for fitness training, sport training, rehabilitation and overall health training, was a natural fit. After observing there as part of her Waynesburg University athletic training clinical rotation, she proved to the training staff that she could succeed in a summer setting as well. 

“Being able to put a client through a workout on my own and see her progress from week to week was the best part,” Giuliani said. “It felt like I had proven myself, and all the work was worth it.”

Giuliani, who serves as the vice president of Waynesburg’s Athletic Training Student Association and who plays varsity basketball and participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, said that she entered the internship with a “very good foundation of knowledge” on strength and conditioning.

“Being an athletic training major gives me a step above exercise science majors at other colleges in some ways, because I must learn more about how the total body works and what can affect it,” she said. “I ended up making a name for myself with all the trainers and stood the test of being independent as a trainer, which was extremely encouraging and beneficial to my future.” 

 

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Ferko-2.jpgRobin Ferko, senior forensic science major

Intern, Allegheny County Fire Marshal in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

After a fire has struck a home, it is up to the county’s fire marshal to visit the scene, investigate the damage and determine the cause of the fire. Most people may find this job intimidating, but Robin Ferko finds it thrilling. 

Ferko spent her summer months as an intern for the Allegheny County Fire Marshal in Pittsburgh, Pa. A senior forensic science major, Ferko found herself applying what she had learned from Waynesburg University into her everyday duties and responsibilities. As an intern, Ferko was on constant call in case of a fire emergency. 

In one case, Ferko and the team found evidence of arson. 

“Someone got arrested based on the evidence we collected,” she said. “It was amazing to be able to contribute in that way and see my work make a difference.”

When arriving at a scene, she examined the buildings affected by fires to detect fire hazards and ensure that federal, state and local fire codes were met. As an investigator, she helped to determine the origin and cause of fires by digging through debris, taking photographs and sketching out the scene. 

“It is one thing to have mock crime scenes and practice at school, but it is another to actually put the tape on and collect evidence that will go to the lab,” said Ferko. “My studies at Waynesburg University definitely prepared me for the fire scenes I encountered.” 

 

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Brittany Stowe, junior arts administration major

Box office intern at the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

It takes more than setting props and placing actors on a stage in front of a live audience to produce a musical theater performance. What often goes unnoticed is how audience members receive their tickets, get into the theater and find their seats every night for a performance. An integral team in musical theater must run like a well-oiled machine in order to make every show a success. 

At the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa., Brittany Stowe recognized this and worked to ensure that every performance ran as smoothly as possible. Stowe, the box office intern, was able to take what she learned in her arts administration classes at Waynesburg and apply lessons to her everyday duties and responsibilities. 

Stowe answered phone calls from patrons interested in purchasing tickets for the Opera Theater’s summer events. Once tickets were purchased, Stowe confirmed ticket orders, organized them and shipped them to the appropriate customers. During performance nights, Stowe assisted in running the box office and selling tickets at the door.  

 “I really enjoyed the Opera Theater,” said Stowe. “I made so many connections through all the company activities and performances. It was a great experience.”

 

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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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