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Lauren Mense '17, management and organizational leadership major, took part in an internship last summer that changed her perspective, both personally and professionally. At the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mense was thrown into real-world situations that are hard to duplicate in the classroom.
"All of these opportunities provided me with a substantial amount of event management experience, the opportunity to work with diverse groups of people, as well as the ability to handle multiple projects."
Dalton Kerans '17 looked forward to going to work everyday at his summer internship with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and learned a lot about what it takes to have a successful career.
"I learned how to do jobs in the most efficient ways in both time and coast, as well as make the important networking connections."
Miriam Reed '17, a biology major with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine, already had an idea of what she wanted to do after graduation. Her internship in the antelope department at the St. Louis Zoo open her eyes to even more possibilities.
"I was already interested in exotic animal veterinary medicine working in a zoo, but after working with the keepers and veterinarians at the St. Louis Zoo, I now also want to pursue a career abroad working with exotic conservation programs to preserve wildlife populations."
Heath Bruce '17 knows the value of an internships - he sees it as a step to greater opportunities. Bruce, a  management and organizational leadership and communication and rhetorical studies double major, had the opportunity to put his two majors to the test as an intern for the Gateway Grizzlies.
"My internship has impacted my drive towards my career because it allowed me to see what it was truly like to work for a professional sports team."
Internships can take place anywhere in the world. Tierra Russell '17 had the chance to work at the Prisoners' Advice Service office as a communication and fundraising intern.
"“I learned that there is so much more to a charity than what a person sees on a website.”
You can read their entire stories and more in the latest issue of the Illinois College Quarterly.
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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

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