For Marian University students, summer vacation does not mean heading back to their hometown and hanging out at the pool. Many students stay in the Indianapolis area throughout the summer months for internships and summer jobs. Being 10 minutes from downtown, 15 minutes from Broad Ripple, and 30 minutes from Carmel and Greenwood puts Marian University students in the perfect position to work with nearby businesses and gain hands-on experience in their field.
Laura Starnes ’15, motorsports marketing student in the Clark H. Byrum School of Business, had a very unique internship throughout the month of May with IndyCar Ministry, a program that provides spiritual support and counseling to IndyCar series drivers, teams, and staff.
Starnes said, “I worked with the chaplain, Bob Hills. We supported families if a driver was injured and had a rescue food ministry that took leftovers from catered events and gave them to local organizations such as Seeds of Hope.”
Ideally, Starnes would love to work within the realms of IndyCar after graduation. This was not Starnes’ first internship, but, she insists this was her best experience in the motorsports field to date.
Kristin Burks ’15, is currently interning for the Indiana State Police.
“I have been able to integrate my knowledge of sociology into this experience through witnessing suspects’ interviews, arrests, and searches. I was lucky enough to witness K-9 training and work with dogs while wearing a bite sleeve. So far this experience has been amazing.”
Majoring in applied educational studies while also minoring in sociology, Burks hopes to capitalize on this internship and eventually train to be a K-9 officer.
Clark H. Byrum School of Business student, Shannan Kelley ‘15, is interning with Medicaid Solutions LLC and has enjoyed the opportunities presented. She said, “My internship at Medicaid Solutions LLC gives me the independence to make successful business decisions with the guidance of successful business owners.”
When we generally think of internships, we often think of businesses or corporations; but those are not the only places students are interning.
For example, St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish on the west side of Indianapolis offers internships to students pursuing degrees in pastoral music ministry.
Jeffery Mayo ’16 said, “At St. Gabriel, I get to use my music ministry knowledge, piano and choral skills, and my Spanish language knowledge to direct a Spanish choir. Working in another language is often challenging, but it teaches me what it is like to be the outsider. However, this parish has become like a second home to me and the parishioners feel like family.”
Students have also found a variety of internship opportunities on campus.The Department of Projects and Procurement, the Office of Marketing Communications, the Business Office, the Office of Alumni Relations, the Indy Cycloplex, as well as the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab are just a few offices employing students this summer.
Intern Kolten Everts ’16, is working in the Department of Projects and Procurement. Everts said, “In my position as a project management intern I am responsible for overseeing the completion of different projects on campus. This includes everything from working with other university departments that are being relocated to newly renovated spaces, to performing research tasks pertaining to procurement, and how we as a university can be more efficient.”
This is only a small sample of the Marian University students who are out and about gaining experience this summer.
President Daniel J. Elsener said, “It is always great when our Marian University faculty and staff can offer our students hands-on experiences to further their learning outside the classroom.”
Additionally, students from the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine are interning at Eli Lilly and Company corporate headquarters, working alongside health care professionals in the pharmaceutical industry.
Next year, The Exchange will work with students to build even more off-campus connections with alumni, local business owners, and Indiana employers. The Exchange will connect students early and often to help them develop key skills and gain experience applicable to post-grad life.