Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on February 26, 2019 at the 13th 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.
I am currently an undergrad at Butler University. I am planning to graduate from the Lacy School of Business in 2020. While I am currently majoring in Marketing, I am looking to pick up a Finance double major this upcoming semester when I return from my study abroad in Bilbao, Spain. I have had a marketing internship with the Indy Chamber, Patachou, Inc. and this summer I will be interning at Eli Lilly and Company.
Indiana INTERNnet: You are a graduate of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. What made you interested in pursuing that?
Michal Sophie: When I first got to Butler I had a good feeling that I would choose to major in business but I wanted to explore all my options before I declared. Through Butler’s exploratory studies program I found that not only do I love marketing because of the ability to use creativity with a business structure background, but that I also love and want to explore so many different things too. I chose business because I love it, but also because it is a great foundation so that someday I can pursue my other passions as well.
IIN: Describe your internship experience with the Indy Chamber. What were your favorite aspects?
MS: My Internship at the Indy Chamber was incredible. I could not have wished for a better first internship. I had the opportunity to work with the marketing team which is made up of 4 very strong women. Their support, trust in me, and willingness to help me allowed me to learn and grow so much in just one summer.
IIN: What was the most challenging project you were assigned?
MS: I remember early on in my internship being given a pretty big project with a lot of room for creativity. I found it to be very intimidating when they showed that level of trust in me. Throughout the project the team was very supportive, and the project actually gave me the opportunity to collaborate with multiple people in the office. I was able to run with it and produce something that I could be proud of and genuinely take ownership for. That project ended up being the one I am most proud of. I grew a lot in both experience and confidence through projects like this one.
IIN: How many internships have you completed? Could you describe the benefits you’ve gained from these experiences?
MS: In both internships that I have had, I have been surrounded by strong leaders and strong leading women. It has been very inspiring and empowering for me.
IIN: Was this your first internship? Why did you choose to complete an internship?
MS: I chose to pursue an internship because I have very large goals for myself, and I know that in order to attain them I must take in as much knowledge as I can. I find this knowledge through both my peers and professors at Butler, the hands-on experience I gain through internships, and by surrounding myself with people who inspire and empower me such as those I met through the Indy Chamber.
IIN: Has your nomination for IMPACT Awards impacted your life?
MS: This IMPACT award has meant so much to me. The Chamber had such a positive impact on me and it means so much to me that I was able to have a positive impact on them as well.
IIN: Why are internships important?
MS: I have learned so much through my experiences gained from my internships. I have not only gained technical skills, but I have also learned a lot about myself. I am now more confident in what I want to do someday and that I will be able to do it well. I have also met so many wonderful people and made such positive relationships through these internships. I am forever grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been given.