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Really Cool Internships

November 29, 2011

Really Cool Internships

Learning at PLU means much more than class participation alone. It also means venturing outside the classroom and actively engaging in the world – we believe there’s no better way to prepare yourself for success – no matter where your passion takes you.

Meet five students who have recently taken part in internships while at PLU – and see why they believe it is a great way to build a resume, develop contacts and hone the career skills they need.

Annika Carow ’12

Major: Business with marketing emphasis
Internship: The Puyallup Fair

Annika Carow is a busy person. She has a full class load of 17 credits, and is the assistant general manager of MediaLab, PLU’s student-run media organization. But when she locked-down a coveted 40-hour-a-week internship in the public relations department of the Puyallup Fair, she couldn’t pass that up.

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Aaron Hushagen ’11

Major: Sociology
Internship: 88.5 KPLU-FM

Aaron Hushagen is a sociology major. He’s also an audiophile. So, during his senior year when he was taking an audio production class, he found himself thinking that he’d like to learn more about it. It didn’t matter that it didn’t have anything to do with his major.

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Paris Cochran ’13

Major: Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies
Internship: HELPS International (Oaxaca, Mexico)

Every student who participates in PLU’s Gateway study-away program in Oaxaca, Mexico, has to participate in a four-week internship. In Paris Cochran’s case, she was able to find something that matched perfectly with her two majors and interest area.

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Andrew Whitney ’12

Major: Business
Internship: Bank of New York Mellon

Of the many numbers Andrew Whitney recalls from his finance class, this one stuck out to him: 70. “I remember my prof telling us that 70 percent of interns get offered a position,” Whitney recalls. “He always said ‘numbers like that you just don’t get anywhere else.’”

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Ted Charles ’12

Major: Anthropology
Internship: Mt. Rainier National Park

When the director of cultural anthropological services at Mt. Rainier National Park came to PLU to speak to his anthropology class last fall, Ted Charles had an idea: He loves anthropology and he loves the outdoors. Maybe he could combine the two?

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Stories by Steve Hansen.  Photography by John Froschauer.