Intern’ in it up
Students spend summer working/interning in respective fields
| Audrey Dighans copy editor |
There is only one Gorilla Nation in the world and while many may have enjoyed relaxing poolside or spending time with family, several Gorillas spent their summers away from the Jungle working and interning to learn from experience from professionals of their fields.
Tyler Loseke, junior in wood technology, spent his summer in the sun in Reno, Nev., working for Victory Woodworks.
“It was a great experience for me,” Loseke said. “I heard about the company while attending company day at the tech center. I applied for three different internships and finally chose Victory. The fact they are based in Reno was an added bonus because I wanted to travel for my internship if I was able to, and I ended up getting to do both.”
While at Victory, Loseke and his fellow interns worked on various woodwork projects for companies across the United States in cities such as Atlanta and Las Vegas.
“I gained a ton of experience while I was there,” Loseke said. “I’m still exploring areas in my field but I could definitely see myself working at a company like Victory.”
Loseke earned $14 an hour, with room, board and travel expenses to Reno paid for by Victory.
Dylan Haralson, junior in automotive technology, also spent his summer away from home in Dearborn, Mich., at the Ford Technical Hotline. The hotline serves as a reference for Ford technicians when they encounter a problem with Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Haralson applied for his interview at the Advantage Technical Resourcing/Ford information session held by the Pitt State Automotive Department last year.
“When I arrived I found I was the youngest at 19 by three years and only two other students have previously been awarded this opportunity at this young of an age,” Haralson said.
Haralson says the hardest part of his internship was learning the vast amount of technical knowledge about all the vehicles in a short period of time.
“In addition I also had to learn and follow a very precise process in order to adhere to legal requirements as well as the hotline’s process.” Haralson said.
The interns for the hotline worked a total of 40 hours per week.
“We were paid $16 an hour, but overtime was not an option for interns,” Haralson said. “We did, however, get to go on a special tour of the Ford Rouge River Factory, which produces all of the F-150 pickups.”
Haralson says students who desire an internship in this field should have confidence in their capabilities.
“It’s important to find the balance between being confident and being humble,” he said. Haralson says he likes to remember the quote, ‘The smartest people are the people who know what they don’t know,’ to help him stay level-headed.
While Haralson and Loseke spent the summer away, Matthew Mestepey stayed close to home volunteering at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita.
Mestepey, sophomore in automotive, started volunteering at the zoo in 2009.
“The days are pretty long,” he said. “It is great to work with the animals. This year I watched tiger cubs grow up.”
Mestepey says he has always liked animals and volunteering at the zoo was a natural fit for him.
“It’s in no way related to my major in school, but it’s a rewarding experience that I look forward to every summer,” he said.