Internship Services is the central location for organizing, promoting and coordinating the internship process. Our mission is to support engaged learning and student success at Utah Valley University by developing exceptional internship opportunities, coordinating the internship process and offering comprehensive information. We provide reliable and extraordinary service to faculty, students and our community partners.
Pictured from left to right. Back row: Steven Pugmire, Martin Overly, Mckay Isham,Brooke Bakker, Devan Mclain, Front row: Mike Jensen, Christina Ruth, Marsha Haynes, Stacie Brown, Jessica McArthur
Internships, Internships, Internships! That is my passion right now in my position as Director of Internship Services. I have been the director since 2007 and enjoy helping students find professional engagement opportunities that will enhance their careers by giving them actual experience in their major field of study. Before becoming the Director of Internship Services I was involved in career counseling both on the high school and university level. I worked at Bingham High School in the career center and counseling office and later at UVU as a career counselor. I serve on the Board for the Women's Business Network for the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, am a member of several national internship organizations as well as the National Association of Colleges and Employers. I have a Bachelor's degree from BYU in General Studies with an emphasis in Business Management and a Master of Education degree from California State University East Bay. I teach on-line and face-to-face Career and Major Exploration courses as an adjunct professor here at UVU. In addition I am a certified professional interview coach and resume writer. It is a pleasure to work with UVU students as well as employers in the community.-Marsha Haynes
In my position I get the opportunity to work with a great team of individuals dedicated to the professional growth of our students. Our team works hard to foster an environment in which we can say with the utmost assurance that student success and advancement is the motivation behind everything we do. As a part of this process I am given the opportunity to develop relationships with various businesses and agencies. Working with employers not only gives me the chance to increase opportunities and resources for our student body, but it also allows me to contribute to the growth and success of organizations. I get to work with employers locally, nationally, and even internationally. Bridging the gap between students and employers is truly a privilege and is something that enriches my life both professionally and personally.
As for my history, after receiving my Masters degree I immediately began an adventure by heading east. I was initially employed with a program through the National Institute of Justice focusing on providing continuing education to forensic scientists. Following this experience I was a faculty member with the West Virginia University’s Forensic & Investigative Science department. At WVU I taught courses in forensic science and coordinated student internships. During this experience I developed an increased interest and ability relative to the various aspects of internship coordination. This has involved assisting and mentoring students in regards to career exploration, professional development, and providing students with useful resources. Eventually I decided to make a transition and focus more on this aspect of my career. Fortunately at UVU I been able to dedicate myself fully to the Internship Services department, yet I am still fortunate to have a small teaching role as an adjunct in our Forensic Science Department, instructing a fingerprint examination course.
At UVU there is little debate that our heavy emphasis on engaged learning is the keystone to our success. The recent growth and development of this institution is truly remarkable. Spending my younger years in Utah County, I have to honestly say that I viewed UVU as a small Community College best fit for those who were unable to get into more established universities or for those individuals primarily focused on technical and/or trade education. Times have changed. The present state of our university is one of progressive evolution, academic progress, and growth in numbers, Today UVU is a thriving and reputable university. Sure, we don't fill a stadium of 70,000 people on Saturdays, but we merge quality classroom experience with experiential and engaged learning. Fortunately UVU's Internship Services department is a core element to the mission of our institution.
On a side note, If I'm not working, I'm sure you can find me on a golf course somewhere or relaxing in a chair, playing blues riffs on my guitar. I also really enjoy attending concerts and sporting events, I am a complete nerd when it comes to discussing and reliving the enjoyment I have experienced attending games and concerts all over the country. I am a sucker for college football and basketball games as well as professional golf tournaments.
I began working at UVU back when it was UVCC in 1988! After working in several departments for 10 years, I decided to stay home with my children. When they were older, I worked as an Instructional Assistant at their elementary school.
Now I am back at UVU, and it feels like I never left! I have always felt a close tie to UVU and am very proud of the wonderful institution it has become. I love coming to work each day on such a beautiful campus with all of the students and employees improving their lives each day.
Internships are a great way to gain experience so you can be prepared to enter the work force when you graduate with your degree. Internships are a great way to get engaged and enhance your educational experience.
We help students find their dream internship and we help employers find their dream intern. Come stop by our office and see the possibilities that can be discovered for you.
When you tell people you’re majoring in English, their number one response is “Oh, so you want to be a teacher right?”. In my case, the answer to that question was no. So, I was a UVU student studying English Literature, who didn’t want to teach and who had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. That’s where internships entered the picture. I completed my first internship in Fall of 2014 with Congressman Jason Chaffetz’ local office. The semester after that I went back to Washington, DC to complete an internship with The LDS Office of Public and International Affairs. These two internships gave me the opportunity to discover what I was really passionate about—legislative, and international affairs. So, yeah I’m pretty much a poster child for how internships can help a person find their path. Now, I’m working as the Government/High Impact Internship coordinator helping students find and complete internships just like the ones I completed. I’m passionate about promoting student success and I’m grateful to be able to share my experience and expertise with UVU’s incredible students.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, I’m a registered Democrat from Southern Utah, I can eat a whole Little Caesar’s Hot N’ Ready by myself and yes, this is my natural hair color.
High Impact/Government Internships are not just for those interested in politics (though it you are we DEFINITELY want you too) there are tons of opportunities that fit your interests, no matter what they are. So, if you want dreams to become actualized, passions to become pathways, and hard work to turn into incredible opportunities—come talk to me about completing an High Impact/Government internship, locally or back in Washington, D.C.
I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science; Family Studies emphasis from Utah Valley University. I then obtained my Master’s Degree in Public Administration; Student Services emphasis from Southern Utah University.
My interests and life-long need for learning has brought my career path to higher education. I got my first opportunity to serve higher education students by working in the Career & Professional Development Center at Southern Utah University. While there I discovered a passion for engaged learning, and learned the importance of developing professional skills to become employable. I enjoy helping students reach their professional and life goals.
I believe that those who use their passions and personal strengths to guide their education and career choices will naturally succeed. Passion and purpose are the fundamental necessities for happiness in professional life.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Southern Utah University. As a student I was an orientation leader, student mentor, and a member of the women’s volleyball team. After graduation I was hired to work at SUU as the Assistant Coordinator of Orientation. I also worked in the Student Involvement and Leadership office which included the Career Center on campus.
I look forward to building relationships with students, faculty, and potential employers. Please contact me for any inquiries about internships in the College of Science and Health.
I was nearing the completion of my Bachelor’s degree in Communication I was in a spot familiar to most students. Graduation was only semesters away and I was still asking myself: "What do I want to do with my life when I grow up?" That question, along with nudging from my supportive wife reminding me that I was no spring chicken anymore, prompted me to enter uncharted waters and try an internship. When I thought of internships I simply thought of getting experience in a field that I was interested in, and then living happily ever after making lots and lots of money. However, in my case, my two semesters-worth of internship experience unveiled that I did not actually like the career path I was working towards. Had I continued in my classes without experiencing an internship, I would have been stuck in a career that would not have been my "happily ever after." Luckily, I was able to switch my degree path quickly without having too much lost time, and instead graduate in a field that was more fulfilling for me.
This experience, along with my passion for helping others, is why I’m excited to be part of the Internship Team here at UVU. Each day I come to work, I get to help others find opportunities that will assistance them in discovering their interests and passions through hands-on experience. If you are a Technology and Computing student and are interested in doing an internship, please come see me any time so I can help you find opportunities to gain real world experience while building your professional resume. Internship experience, coupled with a college degree, will give you the tools necessary to jump right into your career.
Jessica McArthur is the Internship Coordinator for the Woodbury School of Business.
I’m a southerner, born in Texas, raised in Georgia, who is slowly courting Utah. I think we’re in a full-fledged relationship now, or maybe just going steady. I'm always up for a good challenge, and get my thrills by connecting people with solutions. I love the weight of a camera in my hands and creativity on my mind. I graduated from UVU with a BFA in photography, and a minor in art history. Sometimes, at night, when I can’t sleep I pull out my old art textbooks and read.
I love the artist community and enjoy promoting and encouraging local artist. Our School of the Arts is ripe with talent, and I am passionate about connecting students with worthwhile opportunities. In this industry it’s all about who you know, and getting your foot in the door. So let’s work together to get you a great opportunity!
When I was in college I thought internships were a waste of time. I carried with me a lot of misconceptions about internships (including that they were all unpaid), primarily thinking they were a way for employers to cash in on some free labor. I didn’t understand the value of internships – that they give you an introduction to valuable skills and training that employers are looking for while allowing you to form relationships and connect to people that are in the field. The truth of the matter is that once I graduated from college and looked back, I wish I had done an internship. It would have given me a lot of direction and perspective.
One of the most important things you can do to help your career – and yourself – is to do an internship. An internship can help answer some really important questions: Do I enjoy this kind of work? Can I see myself doing this as a career? Is there maybe a different branch in this field of work that I would be better at or enjoy more? Is this line of work even what I thought it would be like? What am I good at? Or even, what do I want to be good at?
Finding answers to these questions are key. The sooner you can get these answers, the better off you’ll be. They can help establish an end destination and sometimes even help plot your course on your journey through college.
Additionally, employers are looking for two things in general: education AND relevant experience/skills – something I didn’t learn until I graduated. Internships can offer both by complementing your education and giving you experience.
I graduated from SUU with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology / Minor: Psychology. Being a first generation college student, I didn’t really know what I was doing when I first went to college. Additionally, I didn’t even really know what I was doing when I graduated either! Eventually, I found that I had a passion for helping students and I wanted to be involved in a meaningful career where I could offer assistance to students who maybe felt like they were a little lost with their education or career plans as I did. I am happy and grateful to say that being an Internship Coordinator has given me that opportunity!
If you have any questions or need any help with internships, please feel free to contact me. I’m always happy to help!
I’ve been at UVU since 1993 in both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. I was originally hired to create the Volunteer/Service Learning Center on campus and have also worked as with Student Government and as Career and Academic Advisor. UVU is home to me and I cannot envision working anywhere else.
I earned a bachelor’s in Organizational Communication from Utah State University and a master’s in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University.
I am brand new to the Internship Services Department!
Right after graduating from Marsh Valley High School in Idaho I attended LDS Business College with the desire to achieve an Associate’s degree in Office Administration. Marriage and children changed my path for a time and now several years later with my 4 children all attending school I found myself wanting to experience the joys of working at a University with options to learn a great deal and push myself to new accomplishments.
I am thrilled to have been hired by the Internship Services Department and am excited to learn all there is to know about the ins and outs of internships. I can already see the how important it can be for a student to complete an internship. To get their foot in the door and experience amazing new possibilities in regards to their personal interests could be such a fantastic opportunity for every student.
I look forward to working closely with the students and coordinators to see great successes in internships. I am eager to help anyone in any way I can.
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My high school was small enough and far enough away from things that I didn’t know what internships were. Since working at the Internship Services office at UVU, I’ve learned about awesome internship opportunities at Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, you name it, it is so exciting to see that I can do a hands-on internship with any of these companies which I’m excited to be able to do while I’m here at UVU. I can gain experience by learning how I learn best, hands-on, and take what I’ve learned in a classroom and the internship and do incredible things! I’m excited to do an internship and if you like doing what you’re learning about in books, you should be excited too!
I feel very lucky to work in the Internship Services Department at UVU. I have been going to school here for two years studying both History and Political Science. During this time, I have developed a great passion for learning and serving others. Despite being a total nerd, I still greatly enjoy sports, music, and of course, binge watching Netflix.
Growing up in a small town in Southern Utah, I always imagined that being an intern meant running around and getting coffee for some rich old guy that doesn’t really care about you. BOY WAS I WRONG! Internships are a great opportunity for you to further your education and get a head-start on your career path. Being a UVU intern is a valuable learning experience that could make all the difference in your future as you gain quality hands-on training in the real world. I recently completed an internship at the Utah State Legislature and I am currently an intern for the Doug Owens Campaign. Both experiences have been opportunities for me to not only learn about my field of study, but they have also enabled me to network with a large amount of people with the same interests that I have.
I wouldn’t consider an Internship as a break from school, or a waste of time. I would much rather consider it as a necessary part of your schooling that provides endless opportunities for your future after graduation. UVU has thousands of opportunities for its students to fulfill internships across the country and has created a reputation as a school that provides excellent students who are prepared to enter the work force. I would strongly encourage anyone to join our elite group of student interns here at UVU.
As a student at UVU I have learned that internships are invaluable to your college experience and to your future career. Internships give you an opportunity to learn and grow, as well as explore future opportunities with companies and organizations. I’ve had the chance to do three internships so far while attending UVU each one has helped me in a variety of ways. Each internship challenged me to learn new professional skills as well as let me contribute and add value to the organization. Perhaps the biggest benefit of doing internships is the chance to network and establish connects with individuals who can help find the best opportunity for yourself once you’ve graduated. It’s never to early or too late to do an internship, get experience that enhances your resume, earn college credit and help further your own goals. I’ve learned that there are incredible opportunities for UVU students locally, nationally, and across the globe with hundreds of different organizations, industries, and career fields and that those opportunities begin with internships.
I did my first internship when I was 19 while going to school at Arizona State University. I got to get real world experience as a creative designer for an advertising design firm. Though I left to go on a mission, I gained professional skills that I use in my personal life and for my college career. My internship helped me realize what I wanted to do in my life. That journey has brought me here to UVU to study game design and animation! My internship even helped me get this awesome job on campus!
For Internship Services, I am the creative designer. You can find my work around campus and on our website!