Knights Take Advantage of Summer with Internships, Mission Trips, and Research

by Julia Kelb | Aug 20, 2015

Summer opens the door for once in a lifetime opportunities for some students and faculty. From internships to mission work abroad, these Marian University Knights took advantage of their time off from the classroom.

Marketing Internship in Indianapolis, Indiana

Through networking, Max Jackson ’17 heard about marketing internship opportunities at Delta Faucet Company and decided to apply for a position.  Jackson mainly worked on market research and financial analysis for the company’s luxury line of faucets called Brizo.

Delta Faucet Company

“Summer internships are extremely important.  Future employers only look at hiring students who have past experience in the workforce.  It also provides you with a two to three month job practice, so you can really see what it’s like to work in that field full-time.  If you end up not liking it, it’s better to find out while you are still in school.  With that being said, the best thing I got out of this is experience is the opportunity to meet and network with other business professionals.  I have multiple co-workers that can help provide me with the resources I need to find a career.”

Mission Trip to Las Canas, Dominican Republic

Majoring in nursing with a concentration in theology and pastoral leadership, Elizabeth Witchger ’16 traveled to Las Canas, Dominican Republic for a mission trip put together by the Marian University Timmy Global Health chapter and the Timmy Global Health headquarters. Witchger worked with other volunteers and local doctors to assist with medical care for the community.

Elizabeth Witchger

“I was amazed at how much organization and teamwork it takes to complete the healing process. Our team was only there for a week, but Timmy ensures that once we leave, the community workers and doctors from this area will make weekly rounds to check up on the patients. It was amazing to see Dr. Chuck Dietzen’s (founder of Timmy Global Health) vision—"We are not all born to be doctors or nurses, but we were all born to be healers"—take shape before my eyes. From the staff at Timmy, to our translators, to our recruited team of physicians and students, it's a continual process that works to give people the care they deserve despite social, economic and political status.”

Teaching Position in Jilin City, Jilin, China

Alan Guillen ’16 spent his summer abroad teaching conversational English to students at Jilin Medical College, a college  working to build careers in China’s health field. At Marian University, Guillen has had the opportunity to travel to four different countries and hopes to visit another this fall through the English department.

Alan Guillen

“It might sound cliché but when I am abroad, I feel the most alive. I guess the mystery of discovering a new city, trying a new cuisine, making a new friend, or learning the most from different cultures are the reasons why traveling is so attractive to me. Probably the most important benefit I have gained while being abroad is getting to know who I am. By placing myself in cultures different than my own, I not only questioned the actions or beliefs of the people who surrounded me, but I also began to question my own culture and beliefs. I have found that I have grown through this comparing and contrasting process by embracing the qualities of my culture that I find positive and trying to change or understand the negative aspects.”

Research Internship in Indianapolis, Indiana

Through Marian University’s partnership with Eli Lilly & Co., second-year Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine student Chelsea Ullmann was able to apply and participate in the Lilly Medical Student Summer Internship Program.

Eli Lilly & Co. 

“At Eli Lilly, I worked alongside my preceptor in the Global Patient Safety department in the oncology division. Specifically, I researched and learned more about early phase clinical development using an Eli Lilly investigational new drug as an example. In addition to my specific project in the Global Patient Safety department, all of the medical student interns met with various medical leaders at Eli Lilly to discuss different topics and learn about their experiences as physicians in the pharmaceutical industry. We also had the opportunity to travel off-site to the Indiana State House to meet with representatives involved in developing health policy and to learn more about the Family and Social Services Administration. We traveled to Anthem to learn more in-depth about the insurance industry as well.  This experience at Eli Lilly was an incredible opportunity, and I learned so much.”

Medical Mission Trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Ben Huang, MPH, DO, FACOEP, associate professor of clinical affairs and director of ICM, traveled for the second time to San Pedro Sula, Honduras where he treated hundreds of patients in the Merendón Mountains with the help of other volunteers. The mission trip was started by third-year Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
 student Brian Kaltenecker.

Dr. Ben Huang

“I rather the students organize it themselves and raise funds and figure things out because I think they learn so much more from doing it rather than us saying ‘okay, this is how you do it.’ When you do it yourself it’s just so much more fun. That’s the part that I am really excited about. I think all the students that went last year and this year, the thing that they got out of it is the fact that they can put some of their training into use by seeing patients first hand. There were some exotic diseases that they will never ever see in this country, but just the fact that they can help people in a very real way, and the people are so appreciative, I think it was worth their sacrifice.”

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