Students find value in experience at internships

Music business major, Kayla Brandt, in Disney World for Disney’s College Program.

An internship is a necessity in the pursuit of a job in today’s workforce. Whether one has a degree in athletic training, business, or history, many employers deem education incomplete without tangible, real-world experience. Anderson University students like Kayla Brandt and Michael Weigel are taking advantage of these opportunities. 

Students look for a lot of things in a job; experience, pay, and daily duties all play a role in applying for internships.

Junior music business major, Kayla Brandt, had the opportunity of a lifetime, as she was accepted into Disney’s College Program. This is an opportunity that most students can only dream about, but Brandt had the chance to turn that dream into a reality last year. She spent the fall semester of the 2016-17 school year living in Orlando and working at Walt Disney World. 

On a daily basis she put on a warm smile with her costume and helped direct visitors through the amusement park. On days she wasn’t working, she took an entertainment class through Disney, attended professional seminars, and played in the parks with her roommates and coworkers. 

Brandt learned humility at Disney as she became a kid again, ensuring that everyone who walked out of the park had a smile on their face. 

“I met so many people from around the world who came to Disney to experience the magic, and sometimes I was able to give a little extra magic out by giving away gifts or experiences to guests. Knowing that I helped make a family vacation extra special was the greatest feeling,” Brandt said. 

Brandt has nothing but good things to say about her experience at Disney as it prepared her for her career going forward. 

Michael Wiegel, political science major, poses in front of books.Another Raven who gained valuable experience at an internship this past year was senior political science major Michael Weigel. Weigel is interested in pursuing a career in politics, and gained valuable experience with the town of Brownsburg this past summer.

Weigel’s work varied from office work to being present in the community with the residents working at the city farmer’s market and fielding concerns and praises alike from the townspeople. In the office, Weigel worked directly with the assistant town manager with the budget, learning about the intricacies of a city’s economy. Spreadsheets, city council meetings, policy research, and more experiences gave Weigel tangible hands-on experience on how real-world politics operate.

When asked about his most valuable experience on the job, Weigel said working on the town’s 2018 budget: “It was fascinating to start a project largely from scratch and watch it progress through the work we put in doing meetings with department heads, scrupulously checking numbers in Excel sheets, and setting priorities.” Weigel loved soaking up information in his career field, and he added, “My hope is that working on a project of that scale will be a relevant experience in the future!"

Through the long hours of observing, learning, and experiencing, these internships proved to be well worth the time for both Brandt and Weigel. The experience on the job combined with the education from Anderson University will prepare them well for the job field in the future.

Wes Davidson is a junior from Saint-Étienne, France, majoring in communications and double-minoring in history and marketing. Davidson is a member of Adelphi, the men’s basketball team, and the Campus Activities Board staff. He is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of Anderson University Office of Communication and Marketing.

Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, theology, and music education.

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