Exemplary Interns

By Matt Hawkins
February 20, 2014

Bradley’s Springer Center for Internships has announced the Bradley University 2013 Outstanding Co-op/Intern of the Year Award winners. The recognition honored one student from each of university’s five academic colleges.

Over the past five years, Bradley graduates averaged a 92 percent placement rate, which means those graduates found employment, continued their education, or choose neither of those options within six months of graduation.  The high placement rate is bolstered by job-seekers’ experiential learning as students, with 96 percent of students participating in experiential learning projects and 84 percent completing internships while in school. Students who registered their internships with the Springer Center were eligible to apply for the award.  

“The winners exemplify the university/career center's emphasis on experiential learning through their positive experiences,” said Springer Center Associate Director Molly Drenckpohl. ”This combination of added value for their classroom experience at Bradley, assistance for their career after Bradley, and benefiting the company embodies the importance of experiential learning.”

The Outstanding Co-op/Interns of the Year are:

Foster College of Business — Lindsey Petersen
Petersen, a business management and administration major from Prospect Heights, Ill., interned over the summer and returned over winter break for LCN Closer’s human resources department. During the two summers, she developed a crisis response plan, designed a recognition plan and assisted with employee hiring and training. Additionally, Petersen developed a training schedule on a budget and organized social events for recruiting purposes.

College of Education and Health Sciences — Kayla Darby
Darby, a Learning Behavioral Specialist I major from Peoria, Ill, was honored for her 2013 work with Camp Big Sky in Farmington, Ill. Darby began as an intern at the camp for people with disabilities. As part of her internship, Darby implemented curriculum she developed for the program.

Caterpillar College of Engineering and TechnologyKevin Wollscheid
Wollscheid, an Industrial Engineering major from McHenry, Ill., interned with Los Angeles aerospace company SpaceX. He worked on computer analysis and production floor tasks related to the transport of Falcon 9 rockets into space.

Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts — Nicole Van Schaick
Van Schaick, a graphic design major from Pekin, Ill., spent a year as an intern for the Boy Scouts of America - W. D. Boyce Council in Peoria. Her logo and branding efforts for the Council’s Mud Mayhem 5K run received honorable mention in the Boy Scouts’ National President’s Awards for Marketing Excellence.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences — Abby Schierer  
Schierer, a history major from Brimfield, Ill., volunteered for one summer and interned the following  summer at Wildlife Prairie Park outside Peoria. She organized and researched the park’s historical information the summer of 2013. The research became a 160-page historical guide for the park. It also was used in the park’s updated marketing materials.