As a student in the Robert P. Stiller School of Business, Kelly was eligible to apply for the Freeman Foundation grant, which allowed her to complete a summer internship in Shanghai, China. She took the opportunity and ended up having an internship with QuintilesIMS.
"I had a Digital Marketing internship, so I did content creation for a pharmaceutical and consulting company. They did medical research and would report it to the Chinese government and local pharmaceutical companies on a global scale through their multinational branches. They also did drug development and drug testing, which was very common in the U.S. branch as well as the European branch. "On the digital side of things, they made content to ensure important information for consumers was getting out there. If there was a new drug being developed that was going to be released in China, they would make sure there was an article written about it. That's what I was doing-making sure that the information was getting out there."
Thanks to the Marketing program at Champlain, Kelly felt prepared for the internship. From professionalism to technical skills, her classes had given her enough experience to ensure her success abroad.
"I handled myself pretty well in that environment, and now I have a lot of professional connections there. Champlain really set me up for it by having the correct classes, including all the things I learned in my Digital Marketing and Marketing Research class. Even my Accounting class was applicable, because I did look at some accounting numbers for my internship as well. It helped so much to know what the market trends were."
Kelly's experience aligned with her own professional values, and the kind of organization she wants to work with in the future.
"I'm looking to work somewhere that has a social and community focus as opposed to a profit-making focus. The company I worked for had that corporate social responsibility. They offered low-cost healthcare and consultations for companies trying to get off their feet. There are a lot of companies trying to develop cost-effective drugs in China for people who can't afford brand name drugs. QuintilesIMS aids those companies as much as they can to make sure that as many people as possible have access to those medications. It's great to have worked with a company that had more of a focus on people as opposed to profit."
Kelly, Marketing majorRiverside County, CAStudied abroad in Shanghai, ChinaROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
In Ireland, I was able to work with Lucy Masterson, who is one of the people who helped start Champlain's Dublin campus. She's also the Chief Executive Officer of a charity organization called Charities Institute Ireland. I got there the first day that company was in existence-I helped them move in-so it's really special to think that I was part of their very first steps.
The work that I did as a Digital Marketing intern helped spread the organization's name online, and let people know that they were there to do good. My own duties included market research, SEO optimization, compiling a contact database and spearheading the application for Google Ad Grants. I had the opportunity to work on some incredible projects for an incredible cause and a part in shaping the environment of the Irish charity sector. I am really proud of that.
I also had an incredible, hardworking team of Irish coworkers who were great about answering any questions I had about the Irish culture, and we had some really engaging conversations around the differences between Ireland and America. I was not just learning in the classroom from Irish professors, I was also learning what it meant to be Irish in the workplace. My semester abroad was infinitely more special because I was able to have so many in-depth conversations with my wonderful coworkers. Not only was I enriching my classroom experience but also my knowledge of the world, which felt really special.
Bianca, Marketing majorColumbia, SCStudied abroad in Shanghai, China and Dublin, Ireland ROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Over the course of her Champlain education, Michelle has held four internships in her program, Early Childhood/Elementary Education. When she decided to study abroad, she knew she wanted to continue this hands-on learning.
"While abroad in Auckland, New Zealand, I volunteered at the Gladstone Primary School. I was able to study an incredible education system and formally learn about restorative practices in an educational space. I went two full days a week and rotated between classrooms throughout the day. This helped me experience different teaching styles as well as gain an understanding of how their educational programming functions."
Throughout her placement, Michelle worked primarily with Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms and was given many opportunities to get involved.
"The educators were extremely willing to give me tasks and roles in the classroom, which was amazing. I monitored my own reading and writing groups, implemented behavior management and helped run advisory activities as well as group lessons."
Even before travelling across the world, Michelle studied New Zealand's educational philosophies and practices in her classes at Champlain.
"New Zealand has these amazing programs in place that we read about in my Education classes at Champlain, so being able to learn from them and see them implemented firsthand was extremely beneficial to my career."
With a major in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and a minor in Foreign Languages, Michelle has very specific goals in mind.
"Given that my current goal is to teach abroad after graduation, this internship was amazing for my job prospects—I am able to say that I have international experience in a classroom. I now have professional and personal connections across the globe that will last forever."
Now that she's back, Michelle can confidently say that this was a life-changing experience.
"I was able to grow personally and define my goals and aspirations, while having the time of my life with my Kiwi flatmates."
Michelle, Early Childhood/Elementary Education major
Studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand
DIVISION OF EDUCATION & HUMAN STUDIES
James had a summer internship in Montreal...
"I was a Network Programming intern for Behaviour Interactive in Montreal, Quebec. Having a full time summer internship in Montreal was an awesome experience, and very different from living and working there during a school semester-especially during the winter semester! I was blown away by how the city opens up and everything becomes alive when the weather gets warmer. It really sold me on Montreal, and I'm hoping I can move there after graduation."
James' classes prepared him for the work environment...
The experience expanded James' knowledge of programming....
"The project was something far more challenging than anything I had done before. The team threw me into programming my very first week there, and it was an awesome opportunity to practice all the things I had learned in my classes, and expand my knowledge even further. Behaviour Interactive was a very quick-paced but supportive environment."
James feels prepared for the workplace...
"My experience as an intern in a real game company was similar to a full time position after graduation, so I'll keep in mind all of the communication and problem-solving skills I learned. It's really awesome to have worked on something that eventually people are going to be able to play. It's a great feeling, and it's very different from class projects."
James, Game Programming major
Studied abroad in Montreal, Canada
DIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
Danielle was immersed in all stages of production right away...
"For my internship, I worked with Ned Kelly Pictures and Violet Gibson Films to create a feature documentary film. I acted as the Production Coordinator, so I was involved extensively during all three stages of pre-production, production, and post-production."
She had real responsibilities throughout the process...
"I created and implemented spreadsheets for use in pre-production for budget management, expense tracking, and production schedules, while also handling logistical planning and organizing and managing location releases and contracts. I assisted with script breakdowns and production scheduling, created call sheets for production shooting days and managed release forms for cast and crew. In addition, I assisted the camera department during shooting days with camera building and tech. This wasn't a "go get me coffee" internship. It was a real job, and I was doing a role that I could see myself doing post-graduation. It gave me the opportunity to see what it's really like to help produce a feature film without a two-year commitment. It was the best internship I could've hoped for."
Danielle's classes at Champlain gave her an advantage...
"My numerous filmmaking classes at Champlain helped prepare me for what it's like to work in the industry, especially on set. It gave me an advantage when conducting location scouts for my director-I was able to get the information he needed without him asking."
Even as an intern, her opinion was valued...
"It was amazing to see a project go from conception to completion, getting to experience all the nitty-gritty to make a film, from securing finances to hitting the record button on our first day of shooting. It's being part of something bigger than yourself, and I am so thankful to be able to contribute to a project where my opinion is valued by my director and my other coworkers."
Danielle, Filmmaking major
Studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland
DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
Colton wanted to go to Montreal even before he came to Champlain. He decided to study abroad there for two semesters and the summer in between, which gave him a unique opportunity to work in his field.
"My internship was at a small indie company called Tuque Games. It was a dream situation where the effort I put into it was also what I got out of it. It was incredibly hard work and incredibly rewarding. During the summer, I was working as a character artist, so I was making the monsters for a game that I grew up hearing about."
The classes that Colton had taken in the Core and LEAD* at Champlain helped get his foot in the door in Montreal. "Before Tuque Games saw my portfolio, we went on a tour and I met a guy who was later going to be my boss. Before he saw any of my art, I was able to engage him in conversation and speak clearly about industry trends... things I wouldn't have been as comfortable in if it wasn't for LEAD* and the Core. This really allowed me to establish a rapport with him, and when he saw my portfolio and my art, he was happy to have me work there."
(*LEAD is the former name of Champlain's career and personal finance education program, now called InSight)
After having spent a year in Montreal, Colton can't speak highly enough of his internship.
"The industry experience I had was incredible because it taught me how to work with other people. The only way to know what skills and mindsets are going to be valuable is to actually be there and experience it. I'm now able to work a lot more efficiently than I could in the past."
So what was one of Colton's favorite parts of his internship?
"One of the most rewarding memories that I have was the first time I got to play against one of the monsters that I'd made. Because I'm a sculptor I created the mesh and the body, but an animator had moved it around, the special effects guy brought his talents in, and the programmer and designer put it into the game. That was such a rewarding experience."
Colton, Game Art & Animation major