2007 Outstanding Co-op/Intern of the Year Award Winners

Amy Musselman
College of Education and Health
FCS - Dietetics
Camp Whitcomb/Mason

During the summer of 2007, Amy Musselman was a nutrition educator at Camp Whitcomb/Mason located in Hartland, Wisconsin. The camp is operated by the Boy's & Girl's Club of the Greater Milwaukee Area and is dedicated to serving youth from low-income, disadvantaged families from southeastern Wisconsin. Amy is currently a junior majoring in dietetics and working towards a minor in biology and health.

Amy began her summer creating lesson plans according to the USDA's dietary guidelines. Each one-hour lesson included a nutrition-related topic, discussion, snack, and activity related to the topic. Other duties included food prep, kitchen work, record keeping, menu design, and working with diabetic children.

It was a great opportunity for her to teach children ways to eat healthy and stay active while still having fun. Some of the topics discussed during Amy's nutrition classes included the benefits of drinking milk, getting adequate exercise, how to use the food pyramid guidelines, and prevention of diabetes and obesity.

Amy's experience has taught her how to adapt to multiple challenging situations and helped her grow as a leader. She learned the true meaning of being committed to an organization and the importance of working together as a team. These are both integral parts of a dietitian's job.

Amy's passion for educating others and working with children has grown tremendously. After graduating she will obtain an internship for one year and then hopes to work in a diabetes clinic at a hospital in the Midwest.

Ashley Sweeney
Slane College of
Communication and Fine Arts
Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce

After her sophomore year at Bradley University, Ashley Sweeney accepted an internship at the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, an organization that provides value to its members through strategic leadership on critical business issues and commerce enhancing products and services. The Peoria Area Chamber works in concert with the Heartland Partnership family of companies which include: The Economic Development Council for Central Illinois, TranPORT, Heartland Foundation, Heartland Capital Network, and Peoria Next in pursuit of opportunities to strengthen the local economy and business environment.

Currently, Ashley is an Advertising major with minors in Marketing and Asian Studies. Her internship has enhanced her knowledge and provided her with two years of critical work experience in her designated field of study. She has gained an understanding of the importance of committed work ethic and dedication to achieve all her goals. Her accomplishments exhibit these qualities both in and out of the work place.

Some of her main responsibilities during her internship include: planning, organizing, and participating as an active committee member for events such as the OSF HealthCare Chamber Golf Outing and Community Leadership School. Ms. Sweeney is the Administrator for the Ambassador program, and the liaison between the Peoria Chamber and the Police Department for the Police Ride Along field trips. Daily she updates Ambassador Call Reports, creates Monthly Newsletters, assigns new companies to Ambassadors, creates letters and flyers for events and programs, and updates database work in the Chamber member partnership program.

Ashley's work at the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce has assisted her in accomplishing her goals for professional and personal development. In May, Ashley plans to graduate Cum Laude and execute her internship experience to secure a career in the areas of advertising and marketing back home in Chicago.

Daniel Shore
College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences
Psychology & Electronic Media
Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute

Daniel is a Junior at Bradley University. He is very involved both in academics and in extra-curricular activities on campus. Daniel is working on two majors, one in Psychology and the other in Electronic Media. He is active in his fraternity, Bradley's Activities Council, Hillel, Psychology Club, and various other campus organizations. Other interests include volunteering to give back to the community around him, stand-up comedy, and working with kids.

His internship came this past summer while working as a counselor at an overnight camp in Wisconsin where he worked with hundreds of campers over nine weeks. Along with taking on responsibilities such as creating programs for these campers and helping all of them have a great experience, Daniel had some interesting challenges along the way. He encountered campers diagnosed with disorders such as ADD, Asperger's, and Autism. However, he went above and beyond the normal responsibilities of a counselor in an effort to connect with these special-needs campers and ensure that they were benefiting from being in the camp environment. Daniel gained invaluable experience from his summer at camp and hopes to use this experience as he pursues a career in Psychology.

Karianne Zache
Caterpillar College of Engineering & Technology
Industrial Engineering
CNH America LLC

For the past two summers, Karianne Zache has held internship assignments with CNH America LLC. CNH Case New Holland leads the world in manufacturing agricultural and construction equipment.

After her sophomore year at Bradley University, Karianne first joined CNH in June 2006 as an After-Market Parts Engineering Intern in Racine, Wisconsin. During this time, Karianne enhanced remanufacturing options for customers, consolidated part numbers, and created a bill of materials for gear pump assemblies. In addition, she submitted Engineering Action Requests, Deviation From Standards forms, and various Initial Sample Inspection Reviews.

During the summer of 2007 Karianne began her internship assignment as an Industrial Engineering Plant Intern in New Holland, Pennsylvania. Her first assignment in New Holland was to lead an investigation of alternative methods for shipping additional product lines at the New Holland Plant. She was able to make a recommendation as to which method to implement after studying shipping profiles, conducting live simulations for use in time studies, and developing cost models for the alternative methods after consulting various contractors.

Karianne also led a logistics project, which reduced the cost of returning shipping containers to the New Holland plant from their service parts depot in Lebanon, Indiana. She implemented a consolidation process immediately and worked with engineers in Lebanon to improve the process. To conclude the project, she took charge of writing a standard operating procedure.

Additionally, Karianne served as a member of the layout team for one of the warehousing buildings on site. As a member of this team, she created a grid system to help map out racking space. Ultimately, her efforts smoothed wrinkles in inventory transactions.

Both internships allowed Karianne to develop her professional expectations while holding an outstanding respect for integrity, teamwork, diversity, and excellence. She is grateful for both the valuable experience and mentorship CNH has granted her.

Karianne will graduate from Bradley University in May with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Business Administration.

Meghan Turner
Foster College of Business
Peoria County Government

Senior Marketing major, Meghan Turner, has interned with Peoria County Government since July 2005. Peoria County Government serves a population of approximately 183,500 people.

When Meghan started her internship at Peoria County the communications department was a new addition to the organization. Being part of a new department has allowed Meghan the opportunity to assist in the development of new programs within Peoria County. One such program is the Civic Leadership Program, which provides a hands-on learning experience of county government for Peoria County citizens. Meghan not only assisted in the development of this program, she participated in the first Civic Leadership class.

Meghan has also developed her marketing skills by assisting with the promotion of Peoria County events. During National County Government Week (NCGW) in 2005 Meghan assisted with the development and promotion of Peoria County's Emergency Expo. The Expo is now an annual event in which local emergency agencies offer citizens an opportunity to explore emergency equipment such as fire trucks, ambulances, and the life flight helicopter. Meghan has also assisted with the planning of several events for citizens and employees during this annual NCGW celebration.

Other aspects of Meghan's Peoria County internship include assisting with the development of various promotional literature for Peoria County programs and developing a monthly newsletter for Bel-Wood Nursing Home. The newsletter has a readership of 600 and Meghan continues to contribute to the newsletter on a monthly basis.

Meghan will continue her internship with Peoria County through spring semester 2008 and graduate in May.