Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on February 8, 2017, at the 11th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon. Though the event is over and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.
These are their stories.
Tim Swanson is a sophomore at Grace College and Seminary expecting to graduate in May 2019. He completed an internship with the athletics department at his college.
Indiana INTERNnet: What made you interested in pursuing your dual major in marketing and psychology?
Tim Swanson: I have been interested in marketing and advertising since high school, but psychology didn’t tag along until I had a behavioral science course my freshman year. I took an introduction course after that and began to love studying it… which was new for me.
IIN: What were your favorite parts of your internship with Grace College?
Swanson: I loved the trust that they had in me. I got a lot of freedom when it came to coordinating and running summer athletic camps. I got to learn about the programming and system behind it, as well as coach the kids. It was a lot of fun.
IIN: Was this your first internship?
Swanson: No, this was my fourth internship actually! And I chose to pursue this one to get a bit of an athletic background to my experience. I had interned in three marketing firms, but I love athletics and knew gaining the experience would be beneficial.
IIN: What was a major project you completed?
Swanson: As I mentioned earlier, I got to participate in about eight summer camps. This included handling the payment, registration, room assignments and even coaching the kids.
IIN: Can you describe your role in coordinating the annual summer golf classic?
Swanson: I worked a lot with sponsorships, and calling local businesses to discuss whether or not they would be interested in sponsoring a hole. Also, I did general marketing on Facebook, and searched for teams to compete in the event. At the time of the event, I was able to help with registration and follow teams around while placing signs for sponsorships all over the course.
IIN: What are your plans and goals post-graduation?
Swanson: As of right now, I plan to stay in this area. I currently have a new internship with a blooming business in Fort Wayne, IN as their social media and marketing director. This is exciting for me, and I am looking forward to seeing where this goes!