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: Mallory Oliverson, Martin Overly, Niki Swan, Steven Pugmire, Brooke Bakker, Mckay Isham. Front row: Christina Ruth, Amy Saville, Jessica McArthur, Stacie Brown, James McCoy, Mike Jensen (not pictured)
As of July 2016 Niki Swan is the new Director of Internship Services.
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 a historical biography, 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 focused 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 talent in the various aspects of internship coordination. This 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 enough to have an Instructor role as an adjunct in our Forensic Science Department, teaching 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 60,000 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 an avid enthusiast 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.
Growing up, I knew that whatever I ended up doing with my life I wanted to help people, but I just wasn’t sure how I was going to do that. When I finally got to college I had a hard time sticking to a career path, and changed my major four different times. I was so confused about what I wanted for a career until I transferred to Utah Valley University and was offered the best education and engaged learning opportunities of my collegiate experience. During that time, my husband and I accepted internships in Washington, D.C. through UVU’s DC Experience Program. This was a turning point for me as my internship at The Heritage Foundation taught me what I really wanted to do with my life…work with students!
Soon after completing my internship in Washington, D.C. and graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Family Studies, I became the High Impact/Government Internship Coordinator here at UVU. I have the best job in the world because I get to make students dreams come true through internships. I am passionate about our Washington, D.C., New York City, and Utah State Legislature internship programs, as they provide students the opportunity to network with some of the most influential organizations and people in the country. I love internships, and if you want one that you will love too, come and see me!
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!
Having served four years in the military prior to attending college, I attended as what is called a non-traditional student. I was in my 30’s, married and with a couple of kids whom I often took to class with me. Life was so complicated during my college career that an internship never entered my mind and the school never advertised one to me either. Consequently, I graduated in a field that it turns out I didn’t and don’t have any interest in working in. I worked for the State of Utah in social services for nearly 7 years prior to coming to work at UVU as an Internship Coordinator. I am finding a lot of enjoyment in helping students avoid the mistake I made by not completing an internship, luckily for me I had a good chunk of work experience and life experience that helped me get the fine job I’m in now. Having an education is a fine and necessary thing in today’s world, but what really sets a student apart is his or her real world experience. There is truth in the saying, “it’s not what you know, but who you know”. Internships not only allow you to gain needed experience, but allow you to make those needed networking contacts to land a great career. Look online and find that lifelong dream job and look at the job requirements, then find internships that allow you to gain that experience. This will truly set you apart. Contact me to help find those opportunities for you!
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.
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.
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!
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.
I have a passion for creating, love design, and try to put a little bit of my own design personality into everything I do. I get to spend my time creating for the Internship Services Department here at UVU. My previous design agency experience allowed me to work in many different advertising areas. I’m excited to now be working somewhere that will make a difference in people's lives and help them achieve their goals. An awesome internship can really change the trajectory of a career and I'm proud to be a part of the team that helps make dream jobs a possibility for the UVU community.
When I'm not busy creating something, I'm either spending time with my beautiful wife or exploring in my Jeep. I recently moved back to Utah and am excited to be creating for this great university!