Jazz up Your Resume with an Internship
Written by Gretchen Bachmeier, Sophomore Entrepreneur Major and College of Business Intern
For the past 42 years, the UWEC Jazz Festival has remained an anticipated event of the spring. This educational and cultural jazz festival has earned its distinction as one of the oldest and largest events by providing local, national and international artists the opportunity to showcase their creative work and by highlighting the enduring elements and important directions in this distinctly American music.
Wanting to become a part of “all that jazz”, IS senior David Fink, from Wisconsin Rapids, developed a paperless record-keeping database system for this years’ festival.
This past fall semester, an employee from Eau Claire Jazz attended David’s IS-344 class to discuss internship opportunities for their annual festival. Location and schedule flexibility were two qualities David was looking for in an internship, and because the internship with Eau Claire Jazz fit both of these qualities, David felt this internship opportunity might be the right fit for him. He sent in his resume to the Jazz office, and a week later David had an interview with the current intern and the director of Eau Claire Jazz. To his excitement, David was offered the internship and began working over Christmas break.
David’s internship involved creating a system to upload all recordings made by the participants at the festival. The recordings were uploaded to one system so that judges had easier access to the recordings and the participants could get their feedback from the judges more efficiently. David also was responsible for documenting his job details for future interns. This internship with Eau Claire Jazz has a high turnover rate, making a detailed job description for future interns, a necessity.
With any internship, an individual hopes they gain valuable job and life experience. Through his internship experience, David received a broader knowledge of how to interact with people and gained a better understanding of how to efficiently start and finish a task. Problem solving, as unexpected situations arose, was also valuable to his experience.
When asked what he learned about himself during the course of this internship, David replied, “I learned that I can be more organized and more task-oriented.”
David feels every College of Business student at UW-Eau Claire would benefit from an internship. Career-link, internship mania, and conversing with peers are all ways David advises students to start the process of obtaining an internship.
“Internships expand classroom material into real world experiences,” said David.