Intern Excellence

Matt Hawkins
March 14, 2016

Bradley’s Springer Center for Internships has announced the Bradley University 2016 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 97 percent of students participating in experiential learning projects and 83 percent completing internships while in school. Students who registered their internships with the Springer Center were eligible to apply for the award.  

This year’s outstanding interns are:

Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology — Taylor Gawthorp
Gawthorp, a mechanical engineering major from Peoria, interned last summer for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Placed on a project at Moraine View Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois, she monitored water usage and offered solutions to conserve water at the college.

College of Education and Health Sciences — Claire Annes
Annes, a special education major from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, assisted a child with special needs during her summer at Northbrook, Illinois-based Keshet. Keshet provides education and recreation for people with disabilities.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences — Sojourner White
White, a psychology and Spanish double major from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, interned for Bradley’s International Programs Office. She used a semester abroad in Spain to shape a new peer mentoring program for students studying abroad.

Foster College of Business — Melinda Schanzle
Schanzle, a marketing major from St. Louis, interned for Peoria-based Hult Marketing for the past year. She assisted with social media projects and marketing campaign development.

Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts — Aaron Freeman
Freeman, a sports communication major from Wheeling, Illinois, interned for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky during the summer of 2015.   Freeman redesigned the team’s game notes, assisted the Sky broadcasting team and assisted with the team’s social media accounts.