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Below are just a few success stories from our students that we thought we’d share.

Rob Surber

  • Major: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Management
  • Employer: Zimmer Biomet
  • Job Title: Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Date of Graduation: May 2016

What is the number one experience you had at Indiana Tech that prepared you for your career?

I’m not sure I can nail it down to one specific experience. I feel that it was the culmination of all the professors that had real life experience in the workforce. They were able to teach me the things that the books could not. Some had actually owned their own businesses, or managed large companies. In doing so, they were able to draw on their experience and make connections to the material they were teaching. They really seemed to care for this 43 year old student (who graduated at 47), and that filled me with confidence, that I really could reach the goals I thought were just dreams.

What advice would you give to a freshman new to college at Indiana Tech?

Take full advantage of the wealth, experience, and talent that is fully at your disposal. The staff of Indiana Tech want you to utilize them, ask them questions, learn from them. Your success is what drives them to do what they do. By all means have fun as a college student, but if you also work hard for four years, you will set yourself up for a lifetime of opportunity. Just so you know, my first attempt at college yielded a final .67 and a cumulative 1.67, so it was not much of a success by any measure. Nearly 30 years later, I was inducted into the National Honor Society and I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.938. I say all this not to brag, but so you can understand that this can be for everyone that wants an opportunity for something better. If I can do this, you can do it for yourself.

If you could go back and visit your senior self, what advice would you give regarding your job choices and career?

I really don’t have any advice for the past. I believe that the choices I made and the career that I had brought me to the place I am now. I am currently doing the job that I expected to be doing after graduation. I feel the plan I came up with, and through the help of Indiana Tech and their wonderful staff, and my bachelors degree, that I have unlimited opportunity ahead of me.

Deirdre Hendersen

  • Major: Master of Science in Management
  • Employer: United States Government
  • Job Title: Claims Examiner
  • Date of Graduation: May 2016

What is the number one experience you had at Indiana Tech that prepared you for your career?

The excellent curriculum of the CPS program. All of the instructors are knowledgeable and helpful. The set up of the coursework was easy to follow and maintain while being employed full-time. The discussion boards give students the opportunity to express their opinions and views on the subject and to broaden our learning experience. The information and knowledge I have gained has provided me with the tools I need to grow into a leadership position in my sorority. I plan to use my degree to become an adjunct online instructor so that I can give back to the university.

What advice would you give to a freshman new to college at Indiana Tech?

My advice would be to set up a meeting with an academic coach to help navigate through the first year. This will help with establishing study times and teach the student time management. If the freshman is engaged in extra curricular activities, it is very important to have a schedule in order to be successful.

If you could go back and visit your senior self, what advice would you give regarding your job choices and career?

Carefully research your career choice and make sure the degree you are earning will provide you with the proper educational skills to be successful.

 

Loni Robertson

  • Major: Criminal Justice, A.S. & Psychology, B.S.
  • Employer: Gateway Rehabilitation Center
  • Job Title: Research Associate
  • Date of Graduation: May 2014

What is the number one experience you had at Indiana Tech that prepared you for your career?

My overall experience at Indiana Tech gave me the tools to prepare for my future. The small classes allowed me to get to know professors better and learn from their experiences as well as developing a forever support system. One important experience from Tech was being able to work on a research project with Dr. Boyce, Edgar Bolanos, and Jemilla White. Luckily, then picked me to join their adventure that took us to Las Vegas to present our research. That opportunity led me to Gateway Rehab where I’ve accepted a job as a research associate and a drug and alcohol counselor. My goal was to become an additions counselor and because of the opportunities and experiences I’ve had at Tech, I’m achieving that goal. I have been extremely blessed to be supported by wonderful people including my family, boyfriend, and my Tech “family”, especially Dr. Boyce and Dr. Harding. Without the education, experiences, and support I’ve received throughout my college career, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

What advice would you give to a freshman new to college at Indiana Tech?

Take advantage of any and every opportunity that comes your way! Participate in events and activities on and off campus. Don’t be afraid to ask for help-your professors are there to cheer you on and support you in any way they can. Nap often. Go to class and pay attention to the professor. Their life experiences will probably help you in the future (thanks Dr. Boyce)! Cheer on your Warriors at every game. Get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Most of all, have fun and enjoy every minute of it!

If you could go back and visit your senior self, what advice would you give regarding your job choices and career?

I would tell myself to allow there to be options and take part in any events that could be helpful in the future, especially anything hosted by the Career Center. Things that may not seem fun or necessary at the time could really come in handy later on. I’d also say “good job” on adding a criminal justice degree to expand your horizons, taking extra electives, and listening to professors.

 

 Aubrianna Hazen

  • Major: Human Resources
  • Employer: Make-A-Wish
  • Job Title: Development Intern
  • Date of Graduation: May 2016

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your internship?

I learned that you do not have to be a doctor or a nurse to make an impact on children with life-threatening medical conditions and that was very beneficial for me to learn. I am extremely afraid of blood and I felt bad that I could not be a children’s doctor and make a difference in their lives. As a development intern, I got to make huge events that not only raise vital funds for the wish kids but also it gives the kids hope and strength to keep pushing forward in their medical journey.

What advice would you give other students on finding the right internship?

I wanted to be an employee at the Make-A-Wish foundation since I was in first grade. My advice to those who want to find the right internship is to go to a company that you could see yourself working at, will learn about the field or a field like your desired study, and look for something you would look forward to going to everyday. It will not be worth it if it is impossible to get up in the morning to go to it.

How has your internship affected you and your career goals?

I originally was positive that I wanted to be in the human resource field, this internship opened my eyes to the possibility of a development officer as well. It has also affected me by encouraging me to look for companies that are non-for-profit that will allow me to make an impact on the community around me as well as go for the career I would like to pursue.

Best Advice Received at Tech?

The best advice I have received from someone at Tech is not to do something because everyone else is doing it or because it might make you a lot of money one day but rather do something you are good at, will enjoy doing every day, and that you can see yourself doing for along time.

Who did you receive the advice from?

Dr. Stacy

Wiebke Schlender

  • Major: Sports Management & Marketing
  • Employer: Indiana Golf Association
  • Job Title: Tournament Coordinator
  • Date of Graduation: May 2017

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your internship?

The most beneficial thing I learned during my internship is that you should always do your best and also step up to do things that you don’t like. Moreover, I noticed that it is extremely helpful to have good communication skills. This gives you the opportunity to make great connections for the future.

What advice would you give other students on finding the right internship?

In my opinion it is really important to put much effort in researching available positions. I think that you should apply for multiple positions rather than just to focus on one. When I was looking for an internship I also spent much time in reading success stories from previous interns. It was interesting to see what experiences other people made. This also gave me an idea of how a typical day of work would look like. Besides that, it is also helpful to talk to professors and get their advice for a possible internship in your field of study.

How has your internship affected you and your career goals?

The internship strengthened my career goal to work in the Sport Events area. I noticed how much I like and enjoy to be around sports, deal with people, and organize things.

Best Advice Received at Tech?

I received many different advice from people at Tech. Here I especially want to mention my advisor, Craig Dyer and the Career Center staff. It is extremely important to have a good resume and you should also focus on gaining work experiences in order to figure out what you want to do in the future.

Who did you receive the advice from?

Multiple faculty and staff.

Chauntiel Smith

  • Major: N/A
  • Employer: Mack Sports Group
  • Job Title: Certified Sports Agent
  • Date of Graduation: December 2015

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your internship?

The most beneficial thing I learned with my internship was networking and building good positive relationships along the way for sure, but also learning the ins and outs of the sports industry.

What advice would you give other students on finding the right internship?

Get a LinkedIn account and Network Network Network especially with people around your field and reach out. Can’t get anywhere in life if you don’t reach out and speak.

How has your internship affected you and your career goals?

It has affected me a lot because now that I’m certified as a sports agent, my title has given me more attention and more athletes are reaching out to me as well as other agents, coaches, trainers, and GM’s. I’m in a place now where I can start building up my career. I’m able to become certified in other sports now as well.

Best Advice Received at Tech?

Follow your dreams and don’t stop ever!

Who did you receive the advice from?

Craig Dyer

Hunter Smith

  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Employer: Indycar LLC
  • Job Title: Verizon Indycar Series Official
  • Date of Graduation: May 2018

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your internship?

First off, it was a job offer I created through hard work while I was in high school and the most beneficial thing I learned from this whole experience is that it is possible to wake up from a dream go out in the real world and actually make it a reality. I found it incredible how powerful my voice could actually be and the funny thing is this isn’t over. Actually, this is just the beginning.

What advice would you give other students on finding the right internship?

Never ever go for the money and don’t you dare do something if it isn’t building your dream. Go into it telling yourself you know nothing. LEARN from those who have already done it. Picasso once said goo artists copy, great artists steal.

How has your internship affected you and your career goals?

Well, it has made me want to strive even further. I love the grind and cannot wait to go to work each and everyday to follow my passion and my love for motorsport. My generation can care less about it just because they can’t see the same thing I see. Cars going in circles is not what it is at all and it is very much far from it. Indycar is poetry in motion as every decision and move the driver makes must be purposely and deliberately made down to the smallest detail in less time than it takes for us to blink. Simply sad one of the last true sports where death lurks around every corner is now in a deep debate of whether or not it even is a sport. Its amazing that the ones who know the least are often the ones to be opening their mouth.

Best Advice Received at Tech?

Be stoic.

Who did you receive the advice from?

Dr. Susan McGrade

Chelsea Wiseman

  • Major: Recreation Therapy
  • Employer: Bradford Woods Recreation Department
  • Job Title: Assistant Cabin Counselor
  • Date of Graduation: May 2015

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your internship?

Don’t take things for granted. Because the smallest of things can truly be the biggest. The smallest things you can do for someone else can make the biggest impact on someone’s life. There was a saying of the woods the “best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Gandhi. The children I worked with this summer, all live with a physical or intellectual disability or have a chronic illness. These children are told “you can’t” or “you won’t” because they have a disability. An example of some things so small that most take for granted, that could mean so much; was the camper putting on their own pants for the first time (and it only took an hour) because nobody gave them the chance to do things for themselves because it’s easier to do it for them. Another example would be a little girl with terminal cancer. Getting to help her be a normal kid having fun and making friends. Despite the medicine pump and the lack of hair. How playing with a spider and make them so happy.

What advice would you give other students on finding the right internship?

When taking an internship for practicum, it’s a real job even If you don’t get paid or little pay. It’s chance to put in place I things you’ve learned in the classroom. The references connections you make at your internship or practicum can help you get a job later. Take all of what you learned about yourself and your abilities. Make changes maybe even take a few more classes. so that you can prepare for your real career.

How has your internship affected you and your career goals?

It has reconfirmed that this is what I want to do with my life. However I may have to rethink where I want to work. I still want to work with children with disabilities.

Best Advice Received at Tech?

When you have a setbacks, disappointments, or even failures, don’t give up keep trying. Don’t lose hope and learn from it. Make the changes you need to be successful. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help.

Who did you receive the advice from?

Professor Beth Robinson

David Vaught

  • Major: Computer Security & Investigations
  • Employer: Flex-N-Gate
  • Job Title: Quality Intern
  • Date of Graduation: May 2015

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your internship?

I was able to get a lot of knowledge and first hand experience in the field I want to go into.

What advice would you give other students on finding the right internship?

Just look for one in your field. If you cant get one there look for something close.

How has your internship affected you and your career goals?

No, it hasn’t affected them at all. All it really did is made me want to work it again!

John Wamhoff

  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Employer: Prevail Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Job Title: Technician
  • Date of Graduation: May 2017

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your internship?

I learned everything from the entire process of making prosthetic fits for patients, prescribing the correct types of artificial limbs for patients, making custom braces (ankle, knee, back/spine, helmet, etc), and prescribing specific types of braces for patients. The most beneficial thing that I learned though was how to work with patients and earn their trust and respect.

What advice would you give other students on finding the right internship?

Look and research companies that interest you and then fill out as many applications and send as many e-mails to/for those companies as possible.

How has your internship affected you and your career goals?

I’ve been offered to have my graduate school paid for and have a company that has a big interest in me. I also did not know exactly what I wanted to go for after college (I had 3 or 4 possibilities that I was considering), but now I know exactly what I want to do.

Best Advice Received at Tech?

The best advice that I received was guidance around the development of my resume.

Who did you receive the advice from?

To be brutally honest, I haven’t really received much solid advice while at Tech. I pretty much ended up going after this on my own instincts and merit.

Ryan Cavender

  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Employer: Quadrant EEP
  • Job Title: Research and Development Intern
  • Date of Graduation: May 2016

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your internship?

The most beneficial thing I learned was the many different areas of a technical lab I was a part of. Being in research and development I was able to be exposed to many different parts of engineering and influential people in the industry. Working with medical plastics was extremely important because it is in every aspect of biomedical engineering. Being able to discuss with my boss who has 40 years of experience with medical plastics gave me more insight then I have ever researched or learned on my own. Biomedical engineering is a fairly new engineering market and is continually growing, and being able to learn fro someone who has seen the development since the beginning was of unexplainable value. This taught me that you cannot learn everything yourself, that being able to converse with fellow employees and older individuals respectively will create a more well rounded individual in you and will shape you to be a crucial member of your workplace.

What advice would you give other students on finding the right internship?

In the areas of internships it is all about networking. Staying in contact with employers and personally reaching out to them is crucial. Employers love to hire inters from within their own employees (Children, close family friends, etc), so trying to find an internship on your own is really difficult. If their is an intern position that is really important to you, make sure the employer know who you are personally. Personal cards, emails, and written letters to follow up on a turned in application is crucial and a must. Employers remember names, make sure yours is one to remember!

How has your internship affected you and your career goals?

Being an intern at Quadrant has most importantly affected my confidence in engineering and solidified my knowledge that I have gained during my time at Indiana Tech. There was a substantial amount of learning that occurred during my internship. However, there was never a task or assignment that I was not able to complete. Having industry experience before graduation was extremely crucial to my future success because I know that I am just as qualified as any other engineer. Personally this confidence has really boosted me to really strive to be a biomedical engineer. It can be a scary and daunting task graduating college and not knowing the future. However, no matter what position the future has in store for me I know without a doubt I will be ready, and ready to make an impact immediately.

Best Advice Received at Tech?

You have to research every possible opportunity and revise your resume and cover letters to the specific position being sought after. A generic resume and cover letter is not enough. It takes a tremendous amount of time to develop these skills and needs to begin early. Don’t be lazy and work hard for what you desire because it will be beneficial in the end.

Who did you receive the advice from?

Jack Phlipot

Kelly Workman

  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Employer: Indiana Tech
  • Job Title: President Office Intern
  • Date of Graduation: May 2018

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your internship?

In my internship I learned the importance of the work you do. I have helped plan many events for Indiana Tech, and I was able to see what came out of it. Even the small things I was able to do brought joy and happiness to the employees and students at tech. That is all I want to do when I work. I want to help others be happy.

What advice would you give other students on finding the right internship?

When looking for an internship think about what will make you happy. You don’t want a job, you want a career. An internship is what helps you find your future career so it is very important.

How has your internship affected you and your career goals?

My internship has made me more sure what I want to do in my life. First, it has taught me that I want to help me be happy. Secondly, it has taught me that I don’t want an office job. Lastly, it has brought me happiness to help the students, and that’s what I want in future career.

Best Advice Received at Tech?

My best advice I’ve received was that I need to have a vision for my future. Not goals, but honestly consider what my future 10, 25, 50 years from now. I need to have a vision so I can achieve what I want in life.

Who did you receive the advice from?

Dr. Snyder, President of Indiana Tech

Andrea Ford

  • Major: Fashion Marketing/Management
  • Employer: Shindigz
  • Job Title: E-Commerce/Social/PR Manager
  • Date of Graduation: December 2015

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your internship?

The most beneficial thing I have learned is to try to be flexible for work and hours. And open to ideas and others. Also give every assignment/task your all! Everything I have learned in briefly doing the social media and doing PR events are the hands on experiences I get. I have great accomplishments that I can use on my resume.

What advice would you give other students on finding the right internship?

I would recommend getting close and personal with your professors because they are great resources. They know the hassle and they’ve experienced it. They are more than willing to help with your internship search and get you one relevant to your degree.

How has your internship affected you and your career goals?

My internship has made a huge difference in my resume. Career wise, it has opened up the door for a more corporate job and not a mediocre retail job! The experience has expanded my abilities to a more professional standard.
Best Advice Received at Tech?

Keep working hard and don’t settle on being content with where you are.

Who did you receive the advice from?

Jeffrey Walls

Amanda Dicks

  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Employer: K2M
  • Job Title: Product Development Engineering Intern
  • Date of Graduation: May 2016

What was the most beneficial thing you learned in your internship?

The most beneficial thing about my internship was getting to apply what I have learned in the classroom to industry. Getting to see the entire product development process was eye opening and fascinating. I was able to learn from engineers hands on and make a difference in a company.

What advice would you give other students on finding the right internship?

Apply everywhere, give yourself lots of options. There is a lot of different stuff out there that you don’t even know about. When looking at the internship job description look at what they want and compare it to what you know. You want to be able to have an idea of what they require but still have a challenge and learning experience.

How has your internship affected you and your career goals?

My internship has made me realize there are lots of different positions for my degree. It has made me consider lots of career paths.

Best Advice Received at Tech?

Take responsibility for your own learning.

Who did you receive the advice from?

Jack Phlipot