Developed Controller Software and 3D model for NASA simulations

Jessica Turner

Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering and Computer Science Co-op: Metecs, Contractor for NASA’s Simulations & Robotics, NASA Control Center

““I was responsible for developing software for a translational hand controller and integrating it into the International Space Station docking simulation. My project now allows each astronaut to have a portable training unit. In my second co-op, I was responsible for modeling the new spacecraft-docking interface known as LIDS (Low Impact Docking System). After creating a 3-D model, I was able to perform contract dynamics simulations on it to see graphically how two spacecraft would interact within this interface."

"My internship definitely verified to me that I absolutely loved what I was doing and this was the right field for me. I was able to complete a project of which I had absolutely no prior knowledge and have it become a meaningful contribution to an organization. Just knowing I was able to accomplish something like that was a priceless feeling.”

Making Social Media Work with Emerging Technologies

Jennah Jodoin

Major: Marketing

College of Business

Internship: Auros Marketing Team, Emergent Systems 

“During my internship at Emergent Systems, I’ve worked on creating and posting content on all social media sites (twitter, facebook, linkedin, google+ and company blogs) as well as the company’s website. Shortly after I started, I quickly learned that I could make an impact by taking initiative. If you want to do something, do it. 

With support from my supervisor, I started setting my goals and bringing my perspective to the table.  Because of my involvement and leadership training with our student organizations on campus (VP of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity), I had the confidence to be effective in working with everyone within the organization.  I ended up accomplishing more because I had a sense of ownership.”

Writing NAFTA Compliance for English Major

Theresa Smart

Major: English

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Internship: Sanders & Travis Trade Advisory

“I am responsible for my client’s NAFTA (North American Fair Trade Agreement) compliance. I prepare legal documents for import/export border crossing shipments.

The best part of the co-op experience has been the people and the personal connections that I’ve made. Working with people who really understand NAFTA compliance issues and their willingness to pass on their acquired knowledge and experiences has made a great impression on me.  

Additionally, the organization has been extremely supportive and welcoming to me. They have offered me a full-time position to continue working on NAFTA Compliance.  From this experience, I’ve learned to have faith in myself. The boost to my self-confidence has been worth more than a just a paycheck.”

Gaining the Big Picture of Taxes: Preparation and Compliance

Mario Gonzalez

Major: Accounting

College of Business

Internship: Deloitte Tax, LLP; MASCO Corp.

“At MASCO, I was part of a team of six interns that did monthly compliance for MASCO companies; at Deloitte, I worked on a variety of projects from large corporate compliance to high income individual tax preparation.  

From both experiences, I gained a valuable understanding of how to work on analytical projects and tax research, as well as how to manage long term projects and client engagements. 

What I valued the most from my internship experience is that I got a jump start on my career before I graduated.  The College of Business Internship Office did an incredible job of preparing me for my internships.”

Behind the Scenes for a Major Exhibit at a National Museum

Caitlin Wunderlich

Major: Art History - Museum Studies

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Internship: Intern for the Registrar, Cranbrook Art Museum

“In every aspect of my internship, I was able to look at the behind the scenes world of a nationally recognized museum. In a key project, I compiled a comprehensive list of exhibitions held at the Museum over the past 81 years. This involved researching the Cranbrook archives, library, and museum files, since a complete and accurate list did not exist. In addition, I am very excited about my involvement in the current exhibit, No Object is an Island. I was able to properly handle and install the art while working with the Exhibition team."

"This internship gave me a great opportunity to explore my options. Now, I have a much better understanding of the direction I want to pursue. And, that is a master’s degree in collections management.”

Food for Thought-Leveraging Alumni Database to Enhance Non-Profit

Rachel Ruta

Dual Major: Digital Marketing, Information Technology Management

College of Business
Internship: Detroit Food Academy

“My primary task at Detroit Food Academy, a non-profit after school leadership program for young Detroiters, was to create an alumni database.  I also worked to improve the organization’s digital marketing and conducted research on product trends.  The experience taught me the importance of keeping a detailed and current database for alumni.  With it, the organization is able to stay in touch with former students and allows alumni to provide feedback, new ideas, and outreach.  They can stay connected and remain involved. I really value the connections I made during the internship. It not only strengthened the organization’s network, but also my own.”

Making an Impact from Radio Ads to Corporate News Coverage

Roger Castillo

Major: Communications

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Internship: Diesel Marketing Communications Internship, Robert Bosch, LLC

““From the first day at my internship, I was expected to deliver professional quality work, meet deadlines, and participate in key decisions. I have been involved in all aspects of public relations and marketing communications, including writing proposals, plans, press releases, articles, radio ads, and monitoring social media for the company’s strategic events and trade shows. For the Woodward Dream Cruise, I wrote radio ads that aired on 104.3 WOMC as well as identified giveaways to complement the theme for the event."

"In addition, I’ve written compelling news stories about the Bosch Kentwood facility and operations for internal communications. The most important outcomes of this experience were learning to remain confident, act in a professional manner, and be able to adapt to any situation.”

Finding the endangered Redside Dace in the Rouge River

Robert Muller

Major: Environmental Studies

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Internship: Survey of fish in three tributaries of the Rouge, Friends of the Rouge

“Working with another intern, my responsibility was to observe, identify, photograph and record the different fish species found in the Rouge and tributaries. Of major interest was an endangered minnow, the redside dace, which was last identified in 2005. Several sites were picked for our samplings.We identified the types of stream beds (muddy, sandy, speed of the current) and identified, captured, photographed, and measured the fish found at the sites.

As part of our internship, we were responsible for leading and teaching a group of volunteers to help us with the project. What I didn’t expect from the internship was interest in the survey from biologists with the Michigan DNR, MDEQ as well as the overwhelming interest from the general public and local media. The a-ha moment came when I was able to find and photograph the redside dace.”

Gaining the Big Picture of Taxes: Preparation and Compliance

Jamila Owens

Dual Major: Accounting and Finance

College of Business Internship: Tax Preparation, Deloitte Tax, LLP

“In my internship position, I was able to work on a diverse array of projects from large corporate compliance to small partnership and high income individual tax preparation.  The internship provided an excellent opportunity to work directly on large, long-term projects in a team-based environment.  

The most valuable part was the experience in learning about the path I want to take for my professional career, and the type of company that best fits my career goals.” 

Developed Environmental Educational Programs for Engineers

Ian Tran

Dual Major: Environmental Studies, Environmental Science

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Internship: Engineering Society of Detroit

“During my internship, I was involved in outreach programs for engineers that included developing technical and education programs on environmental sustainability and economic development issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.  I also helped plan and coordinate an educational symposium for area schools on green initiatives.  Additionally, I lead a team of fellow interns that analyzed and made recommendations for improving the organization’s website. 

Based on my internship experience, I have been selected to an advisory committee for sustainability in environmental education and community development.  In addition, I was hired by the Future City 2011 Project to develop integrated learning modules that complement requirements for the Future City program with state and national education standards.”

Gaining the Dual Perspective on Taxes: Preparing and Auditing

Matthew Keigher

Major: Accounting, Finance

College of Business Internships: Tax Preparation, MASCO Corp., and Auditing, Deloitte Tax, LLP

““In my internship position, I was able to see both sides of the tax and auditing process. During my first internship at MASCO, I was a part of the company’s internal tax preparation team. In my second position at Deloitte, I worked as a member of an auditor team. The Internship Program is the single greatest asset available to UM-Dearborn business students. It’s the reason I was able to lock in a full-time job at my dream accounting firm... nine months before I graduated.”

Learning the Art of Cinematography from a Master

Charles Ashley-Pelham

Major: Journalism and Screen Studies

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Internship: Video Production Assistant for Campus Media Services, UM-Dearborn

“With a passion to become a cinematographer, my internship experience has been extremely beneficial. I am responsible for producing video for coursework as well as recording events and seminars. This includes working on every aspect of completing a project: videotaping, lighting, sound engineering, digital editing, and adding special effects."

"I have been able to work with a master in the art and learn how to improvise when necessary to achieve exceptional results. It has been the day-to-day, hands-on learning experience that I have valued most from my internship.”