Student Internship Testimonials

Shelly Merrill | Signs of Hope International | Ghana, West Africa


Shelly Merrill Internship in Ghana, West Africa

"Summer 2010 was easily the best time of my life.

"I completed an internship through UVU with Signs of Hope International. I traveled to Ghana, West Africa where I taught 30 students in a school for the Deaf. Every day I would wake up and go to the school (teaching anything from their own names to colors, shapes and numbers), go home and eat lunch, explore Africa and then return to the school after dinner to tutor and play with the children.

"The opportunity that I had to go on an internship through UVU was an experience of a lifetime. I would recommend anyone to go ahead and do an internship. It not only looks great on your resume, but helps build real life experience and allows you to know if you truly love the field you are in.

"My internship has enhanced my education and the desire that I have to improve the world around me. I can make a difference—I already have."
-Shelly Merrill

Jared Walker | Real Salt Lake | Sandy, UT


Jared Walker internship at Real Salt Lake

"I did a motion graphic design internship with Real Salt Lake, a Major League Soccer organization in Sandy, Utah. I was able to make motion graphics and animations for commercials, web videos, and stadium LED board/Jumbotron videos.

"This internship with Real Salt Lake was the perfect experience for me while I was in school. I wanted to gain real-world experience in my chosen field of motion graphics, and an internship that would help me get a job once I was done with school. This internship helped me accomplish both of those goals. I also love soccer, so working for Real Salt Lake was a dream job for me. I got to be down on the field right behind the coaches and players during the games.

"I would recommend that other UVU students do internships because many internships will lead to being hired on full time as long as you do a good job."
-Jared Walker

Leah Myer | Marine Conservation Society | Seychelles Islands


Leah Myer Internship in Seychelles

"Going on my internship gave me the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream and gain experience for my future career. I was chosen to be an intern at the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS) doing whale shark field research and ecotourism. Only six people were chosen and I was the only intern from the United States. This ten-week internship coincides with an annual whale shark aggregation that occurs in the coastal waters.

"When I wasn’t on a boat swimming with whale sharks, I was monitoring beaches to observe the tracks and nesting patterns of sea turtles.

"Being an intern with the MCSS gave me more experience than I could have imagined. I was able to network with professionals in my field and my internship was the only way I was able to get hands on experience in my future career. Most importantly, my internship reaffirmed shark research is what I want to do with my life."
-Leah Myer

John Paul Anderson | Neways, Inc. | Salem, UT


John Paul Andersen Internship at Neways

"I completed my internship at Neways, Inc. This internship was my first real world lab experience so it helped me immensely to understand how a lab functions, and how important it is to meet deadlines and keep accurate records.

"Having little to no experience an internship was a perfect chance to prove my strong work ethic and willingness to learn. I ended up getting hired on as a full time employee. Internship Services at UVU helped me realize the importance of an internship and why it is an integral part of a college education and now that I am finished with my internship I am able to testify of that.

"I would recommend an internship to anyone who wants to see what their future career will be like and wants a head start on it."
-John Paul Andersen

Abraham Engh | Utah State Legislature | Salt Lake City, UT


Abraham Engh with Mitt Romney

"I served as an intern for the Utah State Legislature for the 2011 Session in Salt Lake City.

"It was my responsibility to help my representatives stay informed and offer advice and assistance with the analysis and creation of bills. One amendment to a bill that I recommended helped my representative pass that bill and is currently in state code.

"The most important benefit was the professional contacts and relationships I made. I was fortunate to connect with UVU President Matthew Holland, Major General Brian Target of the Utah National Guard, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Mitt Romney, 2008 Presidential Candidate and Former Governor of Massachusetts."
-Abraham Engh

Bill Swadley | Senator Orrin Hatch & Woodrow Wilson Center | Washington, D.C.


Billy Swadley

"The facilitation of my internship with Senator Orrin Hatch opened the door for numerous opportunities in Washington, D.C. and beyond. I spent nearly a year in the nation’s capital. That time included an internship with Senator Hatch and another as a research assistant for Aaron David Miller at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. With Dr. Miller, I was able to assist him as he worked on his (now published) book titled The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President. With Senator Hatch, I was able to participate in the dynamic Capitol Hill environment and later accepted a full-time position with his talented Utah staff. I appreciate all that the UVU Internship Services team has done to assist me in my ambitions."

-Bill Swadley

Hadley Evans | Rising Star Outreach | Chennai, India


Hadley Evans

"This summer I had gotten the opportunity to go to Chennai, India to do my internship. I would work an organization called Rising Star Outreach, being their media specialist. They work within Leprosy colonies, aiding them with medical, education and community needs. None of this would have been possible with out the Li Ka-Shing scholarship I was able to receive. This scholarship gave me an opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do but seemed like it was a far reach."

"People in the leprosy colonies have very poor living conditions and also don’t own a photograph of them or more importantly of their loved ones. Because I didn’t have to spend much of my own money on my tuition or flight I got to spend that money on supplies for the children’s school. Also I bought over one hundred Polaroid’s, I was able to take photos of people and families I met and was able to give those photos to them there and then. After I would take their photo they would sit there and watch, as their Polaroid would develop, first confused and then overwhelmed with excitement. There were so many other blessings that came along with receiving this internship but that was just one of many. I am so grateful for the Li Ka-Shing scholarship and for the opportunities it had given to me and to the wonderful people in India."
-Hadley Evans

Brandi Menisinger | DigiCert, Inc. | Lindon, Utah


Brandi Mensinger with Pluto

"My internship was definitely one of the best things I’ve done all year. I worked with the CFO at DigiCert Inc. in Lindon planning events for employees and clients.

"We planned a Halloween party for 600 people which included decorations, catering, costumes, entertainment, and numerous animatronics and holographic displays. For the annual Christmas party, we flew all employees and their families to Disneyland for a weekend. We planned transportation, lodging, banquets, park admission, gifts, games, activities, and even a breakfast with the Disney Princesses.

"I learned many valuable skills while working to plan these two major events. Not only did I gain marketable experience for my future career, but also skills that I can use in my personal life: time management, perseverance, and the importance of communication.

"Thanks to UVU and DigiCert for helping me define my future career goals by completing this internship."
-Brandi Mensinger

John Lorz | The Living Planet Aquarium | Sandy, Utah


John Lorz feeding an Octopus

"My Husbandry Internship at The Living Planet Aquarium was great! It took the information from my class and transformed it into workable knowledge, reinforcing everything I was studying and gave me hands-on experience in a biology related job. Add that to the school credit I earned and there was no way I could have lost.

"I always knew that internships would be a critical aspect of my education, but the rewards are greater than I thought they would be. Even before my internship was over I was offered a job to stay on at the aquarium.

"The motto of the school is to “engage,” but you have to take the initiative. I think anyone who is passionate about their degree and the field they want to go into should do an internship."
-John Lorz

Trevor Tooke | Utah Valley University | Orem, Utah


Trevor Tooke Photograph with President Matthew Holland

"I interned at the UVUSA Office where I served as the Student Body President. My duties were to teach good management techniques and personally learn better delegation skills, increase campus awareness of the recycling program and issues around eco-friendliness, and improve campus safety awareness. I was surprised to see how the principles I was learning in class related to working in an office. I felt important and productive in my internship. This helped me realize what factors I wish for in a career.

"I met several great people including the UVU Board of Trustee’s, Board of Regents, State Legislators, and countless local community and business leaders. I even had a few successful business owners offer me their business cards and a job interview after a presentation I gave.

"I would recommend an internship because it is a great way to transition successfully into the next phase of life. It provided valuable lessons and furthered me to graduation. Doing an internship was the best aspect of my last fall semester at UVU."
-Trevor Tooke

Mike Cook | Office of Congressman Jason Chaffetz | Provo, Utah


Mike Cook with Jason Chaffetz

"When presented with the opportunity to be an intern in Congressman Chaffetz office in fall of last year, I wasn’t sure how to feel. Until accepting the job I considered myself very naive in the ways of politics, and wasn’t really sure where I stood politically.

"I am sure that this particular internship wasn’t the kind of experience for everyone, it being typically a political science major’s forte, and I being a business major seemed to clash. However, it has been an incredible road of understanding and learning.

"This experience has really opened my eyes and helped break me out of my shell."
-Mike Cook

Kyle Jellings | Real Salt Lake | Salt Lake City, Utah


Kyle Jellings

"I had the privilege of completing a media relations internship with the 2009 MLS Cup Champions, ReAl Salt Lake. I had many responsibilities, ranging from writing press releases to getting coffee for everyone in the office. I was in charge of putting together game-by-game recaps which would later be put into the game day media guide given to the press.

"As part of my internship, I had the privilege of flying to Seattle with the team on their charter plane, ReAl Blue, for the MLS Cup Final. I was on the field for the final match. When they won I was one of the many that rushed the field with excitement. I was even able to hold the championship trophy as the luckiest intern in the world.

"This internship helped me realize what I want to do once I graduate. I would recommend doing an internship to anyone who wants to have a job after they graduate. Internships are a great way to find out if what you are studying is really what you want to do for the rest of your life."
-Kyle Jellings

Nathan Bagley | Orange Soda, Inc. | American Fork, Utah


Nathan Bagley

"A little over a year ago I received an internship at OrangeSoda, a local Utah internet marketing firm. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with both the “Pay Per Click” and “Search Engine Optimization” marketing strategies.

"Because of this internship, I have found my passion in life and am currently starting my own consulting business to put me through the rest of school.

"I was also awarded the "Best Use Of Twitter Award" at the first ever Utah Social Media Awards. Without my internship, I would never have been able to enjoy the success and opportunities I've had thus far in my life."
-Nate Bagley

Akwasi Frimpong | Neways Global Sales | Springville, Utah


Akwasi Frimpong Photograph

"I received the opportunity to work as an intern at Neways Global Sales department in Springville, Utah. My duties included product price analysis and promotion for existing products, English to Dutch language translations for Neways' European market, and researching a Not-For-Resale program in Ghana.

"I gained professional experiences and status in international business by tracking communication with distributors around the world through their country managers. Through Neways, I have been able to use what I learned in the classroom in the field of business and communication.

"I would like to thank [my career counselor] from UVU Career Services who helped me polish my resume and prepared me for the Neways' interview. Through their help, I got this internship."
-Akwasi Frimpong

Brittany Buckhannon | Sea World | San Antonio, Texas


Brittany Bukchannon

"My internship was exactly what I am looking for in a career. It was a fun atmosphere and I honestly learned something new every day. I got to work with the media, which is a huge aspect of public relations. My writings were sent out to thousands of people and my work actually made a difference.

"Because of my internship, I have contacts I would have never met before. I was working with some of the top people of SeaWorld. This is nothing you can learn in school. They remember who I am and told me to come back for a job when I graduate!

"Having an internship with SeaWorld San Antonio has given me an edge that most students don’t have. I feel confident going into an interview for a job because I know I have the experience and credentials it takes to get the job."
-Brittany Buckhannon

Austin Horton | KFAN Sports Radio | Salt Lake City, Utah


Austin Horton

"I was fortunate enough to serve an internship through UVU this past semester at a sports radio station in Salt Lake. Not just ANY radio station. The highest rated, most listened to sports station in Utah: '1320 KFAN, The Sports Leader.'

"I was taught how to produce on-air talk shows, which included researching topics/statistics and recording/editing sound and interviews from sports events. I learned from the best the local market has to offer, as evidenced by the station's history of leading the industry in ratings and sponsors, earning them the exclusive rights to the biggest ticket in the state: The Utah Jazz.

"Without the internship, I may have never discovered the skills necessary to put my career on the fast track to early success."
-Austin Horton

Alisa Perry | Target | Orem, Utah


Alisa Perry

"My internship story started at the career services at UVU. I was looking for an internship that could lead to a job.

"At the Orem Super Target, I got to see what it would be like to be an Executive Team Leader (ETL). I never once did anything that a real ETL would not do themselves.

"I had the opportunity to review candidates for seasonal positions and have now experienced the other side of the desk during an interview.

"During my internship I was the acting manager for the store, and was offered a salaried Executive Team Leader position when I graduate."
-Alisa Perry

Kristopher Lang | American Heart Association | Logan, Utah


Kristopher Lange

"My research internship was an outstanding educational experience. I was involved in researching new ways to crystallize the protein Mtr4. This information can be used to help prevent disease states.

"This internship has benefited my career path in many ways. I applied my hands on learning that UVU’s Biotech program has instructed me in. This experience helped me fulfill requirements for medical school and my major. It amazed me how my experience has made my classes this semester seem so much easier because I understand my subject on a whole new level.

"This was young scientist’s dream come true! I encourage all students to seek internships in their chosen field."
-Kristopher Lange

Mike Henrie | Orem City | Orem, Utah


Mike Henrie

"As a Student at UVU I was able to take advantage of the services offered in Career Services & Student Employment. With their knowledge and help I got an internship with Orem City where I worked directly with Jim Reams, the current City Manager.

"I attended various meetings for the City Council, Planning Commission, Heritage Commission, Youth City Council and others, where I was lucky enough to see first-hand what the responsibilities of a City Manager includes.

"Throughout my internship I had the opportunity to spend time with each department director. During this time I was given opportunities to learn various aspects of business. Through this internship I have been able to better understand the responsibilities and what is expected of the position. I have also learned all I need in order to accomplish my goal of becoming a city manager."
-Mike Henrie

Abigail Pesci | CLAS Ropes Course | Provo, Utah


Abigail Pesci

"I have always been interested in working in the outdoors with people. I completed an internship at CLAS Ropes Course in Provo. I wanted to intern at this location was because of how perfectly it fit into my career, as well as personal, interests.

"I had the opportunity to work with various church organizations, schools, and business groups throughout the community, each different in its own way. However, every group came to the ropes course hoping to achieve team unity and fun!

"I was responsible for finding creative ways to make sure each participant was included in each activity and took something meaningful away from their experience. I learned skills involving time-management, sales, public relations and account/data management.

"I am currently on call with CLAS Ropes Course and plan to work there in the future."
-Abigail Pesci

Krissi Cook | KSL 5 News | Salt Lake City, Utah


Krissi Cook

"The internship program has by far been one of the best choices I have ever made.

"At first I almost turned down the opportunity because of the grueling 3 A.M. to 7 A.M. schedule they proposed, but I realized that sometimes it’s worth the sacrifice to really get where you want.

"I 110% recommend doing an internship. Now that I’ve done it, I can honestly testify that hands-on experience will far exceed learning in any classroom. I recently got a job at (posted on UVU job board) as their video editor for their website. A large part of their decision was that I had already had hands-on work for a professional company.

"Recently I got a job at (posted on UVU job board) as their video editor for their website. A large part of their decision was that I had already had hands-on work for a professional company."
-Krissi Cook

David Iba | Afghanistan Embassy | Washington, D.C.


David Iba

David Iba served as an intern under the deputy chief of mission and political counselor of Afghanistan at the Afghan Embassy in Washington, where he used his Portuguese language skills to help the embassy improve relations with Brazil.

"It was a really odd sequence of events to speak Portuguese for the Afghans. I attribute it (the internship) totally to working at the [UVU Review].

"It was a huge opportunity. It was such a fast pace, I felt like my work was meaningful and will really make a difference."
-David Iba