From the music world to the animal kingdom, Central Michigan University students hit the roads this summer and completed internships across the country.
Mount Pleasant senior Nicholas Cesena moved across the country for his summer internship.
Cesna interned at Silverback Artist Management, an artist management firm located in Los Angeles, Calif.
“For this internship, I did a lot with social media, marketing and promotions,” he said. “Basically, I have been working with bands like Slightly Stoopid, The Expendables, Mat McHugh and The Aggrolites all under the Silverback management firm.”
Cesena said he worked a lot with Photoshop and helped design tour posters. He also set up bar promotions all over the country and helped update social media outlets.
“I absolutely love this internship and would suggest it for anyone looking to get into the music industry and work with public relations,” he said.
Bay City senior Mia Banaszek interned at the Palm Beach Zoo in Florida, working in animal care.
“I provided husbandry, cleaning, feeding and enrichment,” Banaszek said. “I love working with animals, and this is a great chance for me to become familiar with new exotic species like jaguars, bears and capybaras, to name a few.”
Julia Sherlock, CMU director of Career Services, said internships are essential for college students.
“An internship is an experience that allows the student to practice what they learned in the classroom in a real world setting,” she said.
Sherlock said 85 percent of all hires within a company come from their internship pool and that most students nowadays have two to four internships completed upon graduation.
“They would appear more competitive,” Sherlock said of the students with multiple internships. “It really shows that they want to learn all they can about their field.”