Summer Internship Series: My #Paid Summer

Emily Walsh ’19

Influencer Marketing, #paid, New York City

My name is Emily Walsh, I am a Communications Major with a concentration in Organizational Studies. This summer I had the opportunity to work for an influencer marketing company, #paid.

#paid is an influencer marketing company that is based in Toronto, Canada. Recently, they have expanded their offices to New York City. I was fortunate enough to be the second employee ever in the NYC office. Influencer marketing is a form of the marketing world that focuses on social media influencers. These individuals have extreme influence over their followers and brands reach out to them to help market their product in an organic fashion. Influencers are seen as new age celebrities, they have high followings on different social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Influencer Marketing has grown to be one of the more trusted forms of marketing as most people trust and check their social media channels more frequently than reading magazines. What #paid does for these influencers is provide a middle ground between the brands and the influencers. They have a hybrid solution of technology and managed services that provide a streamlined process to make partnering together easy and effective.

Since I was the one of the few people to be in the new NYC office, my internship was not your typical workplace environment. My boss was head of sales in New York City, and we did work together and he taught me many valuable lessons. I was able to attend some of his Sales presentations and Marketing Panels. Most days my main priority was talking over “Slack” which was the main form of communication the company used and to work with the Creative and Marketing Team. Initially, I thought I would be used to help with some unfinished projects and loose ends. However, my role at #paid was far greater than I ever could have expected. My responsibilities this summer ranaged from researching data on different companies, to helping format excels, to creating new proposals and searching our database for the perfect influencers that would fit the campaigns. The variety of campaigns I was able to work on ranged from North Face to Canada Goose to Local Grocery Stores in Canada.

My summer at #paid helped me grow in a way I hadn’t known possible yet. It helped me see my strengths in working under pressure and how important communication skills are in person and over the computer. It allowed me to fuel my passion for Marketing and put into perspective what the working world truly is like.

I would like to thank Cole Tone the Sales director in NYC for being my mentor, and Bryan Gold and Adam Rivietz the Co-Founders of #paid for giving me the opportunity to grow and learn at the company!

Summer Internship Series: Making a Difference Through Medicine

Kira Sawyers ’18

Medical Intern, Columbus, Ohio

My name is Kira Sawyers, I am a senior and a Biology major with a Violin Performance Music minor.  This summer I had the opportunity to intern with two Denison alumnae as a medical intern in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Anne Taylor is an alumna of Denison University and runs her own medical office as a plastic surgeon, called Aesthetica Surgery and Spa. The primary focus of Aestethica is to empower patients to feel comfortable in their own body. Dr. Biggs is also an alumna of Denison University and works as a hospitalist at Doctors Hospital and OhioHealth. Dr. Biggs focuses on extremely sick patients who have been admitted to the hospital. Both Dr. Biggs and Dr. Taylor provided an inside look into the career of medicine.

During the internship, I was able to watch live surgeries, interact with patients and work on medical cases. My role was to observe Dr. Biggs and Dr. Taylor and choose a specific medical case of interest to further research. This was a challenging task as many of the cases were fascinating and I had to interact and work directly with the medical residents. It was intimidating to work with them, but it allowed me to experience the different stages of the medical profession. Overall, my internship allowed me more fully understand the demands and needs of medicine and gave me valuable hands on experience that I will use in the future.

Dr. Biggs and Dr. Taylor were great mentors. Both Dr. Taylor and Dr. Biggs were extremely helpful in explain how to apply to medical schools, and how to prepare for the MCAT.They also taught me relevant medical terminology and procedures as they interacted with patients.

At the end of the internship, I had the opportunity to write a case report on a case of my choice. I chose a case involving the effects of intravenous drug use in the development of bacterial endocarditis. This case was complex and required analysis and research. Despite the difficulty, I was able to learn valuable knowledge on the effects of drugs on the body. I also gained valuable experience in having to follow strict medical guidelines for a case report, which will be a necessary skill for medical school.

My summer with Dr. Biggs and Dr. Taylor has helped me solidify my professional goals and has given me insight into a career in plastic surgery and internal medicine. I am certain that a career in medicine will allow me to help those in need and to give back to the community.

I would like to thank Dr. Taylor and her medical staff, and Dr. Biggs and OhioHealth for a wonderful internship experience.

Summer Internship Series: My Summer at a Historic Mansion

Michaela Shea-Gander ’19

Bryn Du Mansion, Granville, Ohio

My name is Michaela Shea-Gander, a junior Communication major with a concentration in Narrative Non-Fiction Writing. This summer, I lived on Denison’s campus while completing an internship at the Bryn Du Mansion.

Bryn Du is a historic mansion about a mile away from campus, where various events take place every week, such as weddings and polo games. Bryn Du’s property comprises 52 acres, including the 32 acre lawn, and eight buildings. The estate is on the National Register of Historic Places, and people come from all around the country to visit it or attend weddings. The mansion and other buildings are used for weddings, meetings, and other community events. This summer, I assisted my supervisors with overseeing events and other projects. Every weekend I attended multiple weddings, and was in charge of locking up the historic property. I was given the opportunity to see what went into event planning and coordinating.

Besides the events, I worked on various projects at Bryn Du. I created marketing materials such as pamphlets and brochures, and organized financial forms. I also answered questions from visitors and set up for events. My largest project, which was my favorite part of the internship, was researching and writing a historical booklet about Bryn Du. From this research, I learned about Bryn Du and Granville’s rich history, and the families who owned the mansion in the past. I dug through historical archives and newspaper articles, interviewed individuals who were knowledgeable about the history of Bryn Du, and acquired photographs for the booklet. The history that I learned was more dense and interesting than I thought it would be, and I am glad I had the chance to learn more about the town of Granville. I felt accomplished writing this booklet, because I felt that it was a valuable asset to Bryn Du.

The internship experience I had at Bryn Du this summer tested my adaptability because it was not always what I expected it to be. Different situations would arise that I did not feel I was equipped to deal with, but that is how I learned a variety of skills. After this internship, I do not see myself going into event planning or coordinating, but I do see myself working for another non-profit organization in the future, and I am glad I had the opportunity to utilize my research and writing skills. Bryn Du is a beautiful place that is not well-known on campus, and I hope that others get the chance to learn about its history.

I would like to thank my supervisors, Bruce Cramer and Athena Koehler, and the Knowlton Center for this opportunity.

Summer Internship Series: Journey on the Path to Find the Cure for Cancer

Neel Kejriwal ’18

National Cancer Institute

My name is Neel Kejriwal, I am a Biochemistry major and currently a senior. Over my summer I had the opportunity to work at one of the top cancer research labs in the country- NCI under the guidance of well renowned scientists from all around the world. It was a three-month experience where I spent the first few weeks shadowing and understanding the roles of the researchers in the field and then actually working on a research project. My project was interesting. It involved fixing and operating a digilab robot which could pipette up and down tumor cells and dispense them into 96 well plates in forms of microdroplets. This was created in a 4X4 array of drops. To these drops, drugs of different concentrations were added and using accurate imaging, the results were displayed. It was particularly fascinating, in my opinion to see how different fields of research played a vital role in studies primarily in the chemistry and biology fields, through modern innovations.

The robotics system I was working with was a sophisticated piece of equipment which was bought 2 years ago but was unused since it was very difficult to operate. I was given the task to understand the mechanism of operating it and perform the experiments. This was a very useful contribution to the national cancer institute since there is so much potential which microdroplets of cells could have with drug resistance. My results initially kept leading to errors but with constant observations, tweeks, and changes, I came up with a concrete protocol which matched my hypothesis.

In addition to the fantastic experience I had working for the organization, living on my own by renting a room in a single-family house gave me a perspective on independent living. My lab was in the middle of an army base called fort Detrick, so it was also really interesting to see the tight security and the safety precautions that was standardized in these government buildings.

Overall, my summer experience gave me a very broad experience on skills which would help me in my career into pharmacology and research and allowed me to have the exposure to work for a public based organization such as the national cancer institute. I have made some major contributions which might be published with more research and would help advance more innovations in science.   

Summer Internship Series: Business in the Bay-Area

Khalig Howard ’19

Magnolia Prime, San Francisco, California

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My name is Khalig Howard, and I am 3rd year student at Denison University. At Denison, I am a Global Commerce Major, a German Minor, a member of the Black Student Union, a player on the Varsity Lacrosse team, and a volunteer with the local Big Brothers & Big Sisters Lunch Buddies program.

This past summer I worked in San Francisco for a tech start-up called Magnolia Prime. This was my first time being in San Francisco, and I had the summer of my life learning and working in the Bay Area. At Magnolia Prime, I worked with a small team based in the Silicon Valley to develop and market SaaS Interactive Voice Response (IVR) services to Home Care Facilities, Senior Living Communities, and Small Medical Practice providers. My duties included, but were not limited to, disseminating news through Constant Contact, creating market competition reports, and working in tandem with the Vice President of Business Development to identify and pursue perspective clients.

In addition to working for Magnolia Prime, I coached a U15 lacrosse team based in San Francisco called the NorCal Braves. This was a real pleasure for me, and provided a much needed break in my work week. My formal title was “Summer Marketing and Business Development Intern”. I learned a lot about the procurement process, and managed the social media platforms of the company. I spent a large majority of my time working with the Vice President of Business Development to identify, pursue, and engage prospective clients for our SaaS based IVR software. I was able to increase our website’s web traffic two-fold in the time I spent working with the company this summer, and I even made my way onto the front page! (

A typical work day for me involved waking up a 6:30 am to take the 1BX from my apartment in San Francisco to the Cal-Train station, where I would then train down to Redwood City (where the company headquarters is located). The whole journey took me about 3.5 hours daily! I would meet with the CEO, Karen Routt, in the mornings and she would brief on my tasks for the day. Additionally, she would inform me of times she planned on phone conferencing current and potential investors so that I had the opportunity to sit in on the meetings. Once a week, I met with Marketing Director, Stacey, to plan our social media posts for the upcoming week. We would discuss frequency of posts, content, and website analytics. Stacey and I would also review items such as Elevator Pitches, Pitch Decks, and 1-page information sheets to ensure that our content was always fresh and engaging when we presented it to investors and client prospects.

My experience in San Francisco this past summer showed me that I am very fond of small-team work environments. I had the opportunity to learn from, and work closely with, each department that comprises Magnolia Prime.  Also, since our team was so small, I was able to get personalized attention from each department head whenever I had any questions about my work. I also grew to love San Francisco, and although quite expensive, it is an amazing city and I hope to have the opportunity to work there in the future.

My Internship was unique in the fact that I am still an employee for Magnolia Prime. I signed a contract to do outside consulting work for the company part-time throughout the course of this Fall. I will be working with the CEO, Karen Routt, in formulating ideas to secure funding from potential investors, as well as, researching and creating market competition reports, to ensure that Magnolia Prime is always on its ‘A’ game.

I want to give a special thanks to the Knowlton Center Staff and Denison, for helping me make this Internship possible!

Summer Internship Series: Shoes and Clothes for Kids

Gena Banta-Long ’18

Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Cleveland, Ohio

My name is Gena and I’m a senior PPE major. This past summer I lived and worked in Cleveland as a Summer on the Cuyahoga intern with Shoes and Clothes for Kids. For the past 50 years, this nonprofit has been dedicated with providing free school uniforms and supplies to kids in need in the Cleveland area. It recently acquired another nonprofit that focuses on school supplies and helping out Cleveland teachers As a strong proponent of education, I was glad to have the opportunity to work with an amazing nonprofit.

Every day of my internship was different. Most days I directed and worked with volunteer groups, collaborated with others to reorganize our space to be more efficient, or participated in the organization’s special projects. I worked with volunteer groups to maximize our output as we had to a quota of uniforms to pack a day. I was able to polish my communication, organization and problem solving skills throughout my eight weeks.

My supervisor Monica was super funny, willing to work with me and helped me to succeed as an intern. I really appreciated her willingness to get to know me, hear me out when I was frustrated and worked with me to resolve the problems. She was a major part in making this internship manageable. I also had an amazing coworker, Kim, whose friendships and understanding really helped me to get through the summer.

After this summer, I realized that I won’t go into nonprofit work until later in my career. I do very greatly appreciate SOTC, especially Jean Koehler, and the Denison alumni network in supporting me throughout the summer.

Summer Internship Series: What Inspired You Today?

Kristina Wright ’18

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Summer internship series: what inspired you today? - screen-shot-2017-10-03-at-1.36.54-pm.png image #0My name is Kristina Wright. I am senior Anthropology/Sociology major and Psychology minor. On campus I am the president of Big Brothers Big Sisters, a member of SHARE, a research assistant in the Psychology department, and I work for a legal aid office in Newark.  This summer I had the amazing opportunity to work with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. I worked specifically with their summer camps and sleepovers. The summer camp had children ages 5-14, camp counselors called YTAs (Youth Teaching Assistances) ages 15-18, and instructors for each camp. The camp lasted a total of 9 weeks and each week there were about 10 new camps. The theme of the camps ranged from Ghostbusters to the Art of Recycling. The goal of camp was to get children excited about learning. Instructors would take students to various museums and relate exhibitions to their topic and help them in creating a project for the end of the week to show their parents. My typical day consisted of organizing classrooms for summer camp, making sure all the campers were checked in and smiling, applying band aids when needed and sometimes when not needed, handing out water bottles because 5 year olds forget that water is necessary and teenagers are too cool to drink water, and listening to all the amazing tales that children live to tell while I would sit with them at lunch.

Summer internship series: what inspired you today? - screen-shot-2017-10-03-at-1.37.14-pm.png image #1Our theme of camp was inspiration.  I was inspired everyday by not only the intelligence and energy of the campers, but my coworkers as well. All of the children had such varied interests that no conversation was ever the same. They cared so much about what they were learning and it was obvious during their project displays, or show and shares as we called them. I counted so many google eyes, sharpened endless pencils, and supplied too many snacks to campers that “forgot” their lunch, that at points my internship seemed like a never ending trip to the copier or Costco. All of this was worth it however when I went to the show and shares. Nothing can quite describe the sense of pride and accomplish that comes with seeing all your efforts and 12 hour work days being appreciated. All the long days, blisters, and permeant glitter on my skin seemed worthwhile when a 5 year old called my name from across the room to show me his frog project he created on the rainforest and used the toilet paper roll that I found for him. I was so inspired by the energy and drive of these children. Being a part of this helped me realize that I want to work with kids after graduation because I gained as much from them as they do with my help. I was also inspired by my coworkers. My boss developed the Smithsonian summer camps from the ground up. She was originally a theater director, but stumbled onto this career path and has not left since. She inspired me daily through her positive outlook, care for the children, realism, and awareness of the difficultly working with children. She allowed me to have hands on experience and trusted me enough to deal with issues I had never dealt with before, but she knew I can handle even when I did not think I could. It is because of her that I am looking into educational programing for children and I know that she will be there to help me whenever needed.

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Camp is crazy, but inspiring. I miss waking up and metro-ing to work to see the faces of 200 children asking me to walk with them or hold their hand on the way to class or showing me this new book that they are reading. I miss my boss placing coffee on my desk because she knows I have not set down since check in. I miss the craziness and joy of working with kids every day. I was inspired every day and now every day I hope to work towards inspiring others.

Summer Internship Series: A Summer at Shriners Hospital

Thiele Schroeder ’18

Shriners Hospitals for Children, Boston, Massachusetts 

My name is Thiele Schroeder and I am a senior Communication major and Psychology minor. This past summer, I worked at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston in the Development Department.

Shriners Hospitals are non-profit organizations. Each hospital specializes in specific pediatric treatments. They pay for every patient’s medical care regardless of the family’s ability to pay. As a result, the Development Department is extremely important in order to fund the expensive medical procedures that come with treating severe medical conditions. The Boston location treats mostly burn patients.

Throughout the summer I was helping plan the organizations 50th Anniversary events. I utilized my corporate event planning skills that I learned during the summer of 2016 and learned new skills pertaining to fundraising and creating relationships with corporations through grant writing. I was in charge of finding venues for the 50th Anniversary Gala, accompanying the Director of Development on site visits, creating mailing lists of possible donors, and developing pre-event material for donors and corporations in the area.

I was the only intern in the office and consequently was assigned major projects and built a strong relationship with my mentor. While I was working mainly for the Director of Development, I worked in a small office so I worked collaboratively and completed projects for the other two permanent positions in the office, as well. All three women in the office genuinely wanted me to learn skills that would be applicable through my career path. Without their desire for me to learn, I would not have been challenged to attempt projects that I had no previous experience in. Although I was encouraged to step outside of my comfort zone more than I expected to be, those instances of discomfort made me produce my best work and enforced skills that I will utilize across my future professions. It was an invaluable summer.

After this internship, I have adjusted my aspirations for my career path. Although I would still love to end up coordinating and planning corporate events, I realized that I have a strong passion for non-profits with a mission that aligns with my personal values. Because of this, I realized that I would love to work to improve communication between corporations and non-profits in their respective area in order to enhance community relations and outreach.

I would like to thank everyone in the Development Office at Shriners Hospital – Boston for an incredible summer and for allowing me to experience a new field of work.

Summer Internship Series: Commerce in Cleveland

A.J. Koch ’18

US Commercial Service, Cleveland, Ohio

My name is A.J. Koch and I am a junior PPE major from Shaker Heights, Ohio. This summer I was fortunate enough to have the privilege of interning at the US Commercial Service in downtown Cleveland, which is the export promotional arm of the US Department of Commerce.

A typical day in the office consisted of not only the usual intern tasks of making calls, filing and data entry in Salesforce, but real concrete projects that helped trade specialists and clients directly. The Commercial Service is a network of offices in all major cities domestically as well as in 70 different embassies abroad. The goal of the US Commercial Services is to assist small-mid level local American companies in any of their export pursuits. Each company we worked with had different needs meaning that every day was different. Some common projects that I worked on for companies were market research and international marketing plans for a variety of industries in most regions of the world. These projects were very satisfying because the trade specialists would directly present my research to the clients in their meetings. It was great to actually help these small businesses grow their sales, with some of them reaping the benefits by the end of the summer.

Amy Freedman, my supervisor was an excellent source of information, putting together a weekly intern meeting with me and the other intern to go over all the big areas of exporting, compliance, and marketing. Through these sessions, I was able to learn a lot of technical, in depth business skills that my economics and political science classes weren’t able to teach me. I really appreciated her willingness to answer questions. I was extremely grateful of the extra effort that she put in such as letting me tag along on client meetings, and inviting me to networking opportunities with the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.  Sue Whitney, the office director was also extremely helpful. After working on the administrative planning for the Discover Global Markets Conference all summer, she invited me to come help out at the DGM in September. The skills, information and connections that I made this summer were extremely invaluable, and I couldn’t have asked for a better internship experience.     

Summer Internship Series: Big Apple, Little Al

Allison Schacht ’18
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My name is Allison Schacht and I am a senior Psychology major, with a Queer Studies concentration. This summer I interned at a non-profit called God’s Love We Deliver, located in SoHo, New York. God’s Love essentially works with clients who suffer from a range of diagnoses (a list of over 200) that prohibit them from being able to cook or grocery shop for themselves. The organization cooks, prepares and delivers thousands of meals every day to individuals free of charge.

I have always been involved in various non-profit organization throughout my life, but I wanted to actually spend a significant amount of time working “behind the scenes” to see how things actually run. I was a research intern for the COO and did a variety projects such as how to broaden the volunteer base of certain sections of the organization and completing a video promo for their website. I was also able to complete client paperwork and understand how much work goes into a non-profit every single day in order to keep things running smoothly.

Since this was my first time working in this type of an office setting, I developed confidence and skills regarding how I behaved and interacted in a work setting. Throughout the summer, I was able to complete a volunteer shift with each additional section of the organization: kitchen, packaging, and delivery. Helping deliver the food was definitely the most impactful because I was able to meet the clients and get a true sense of how much they relied on this organization.

Working for God’s Love We Deliver was a great experience for me, motivating me to continue my involvement with non-profit organizations after graduation.