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
Hello everyone! I am the Manager of Internship Services here at Utah Valley University. In my position I get the opportunity to engage with employers in the community and to help students discover potential career paths through an internship experience.
Before arriving to Utah Valley University I was employed with a program through the National Institute of Justice focusing on providing continuing education to forensic science professionals. 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 was able to truly help students explore career options and assist them with their professional development skills, therefore I wanted to focus more on this aspect of my career. It is exciting for me to be a part of UVU's mission of engaged learning and to be actively involved in such a positive and thriving community.
I have a Master’s of Science Degree. Fortunately I also enjoy the opportunity to still keep my forensic feet a little wet through the instruction of a Fingerprint Examination course here at UVU.
Finally, my favorite hobbies include playing golf, guitar and attending concerts and sporting events.
-Martin Overly (Click here for Professional Page)
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.
- Jillian Bull
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.
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.
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 am new to the idea of internships. Before I began working in the Internship Department I always was a little intimidated by internships because I’ve always thought all internships were unpaid. That was a deal breaker for me because I didn’t have enough funds coming in to do an unpaid internship and still pay all my bills. But I learned quickly upon my employment in this department, that paid internships are a main focus. Now I want to tell everyone I know to do one and I myself am looking into one as well.
I feel very strongly about hands on training as opposed to in class learning because it’s one thing to read and understand something in your mind, but it’s another thing to actually execute that action. I learned that concept well as a coach for the Girls Basketball team at Corner Canyon High School. You can write a play down over and over and over again and understand all the ins and outs of it but if you cannot execute it on the court in the game, it’s essentially worthless information. I’ve learned that internships are a way to do that! Getting the experience and hands on training in an area of interest before graduation where the real world starts… Sounds pretty great to me!
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!