Summer 2007 Project-based Internship Placements

Margaret Mary Aiken United Nations

Margaret Mary Aiken

Major: International Studies

Internship Host: United Nations

Project: Margaret Mary completed a summer internship program with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations.  Margaret Mary was the first non-Korean student to every intern with the Permanent Mission. As an Intern, Margaret served on the Economic and Finance Committee. Her project, though broad in scope, dealt with providing primary research important to economic development within Korea and assisted the Director with communicating concepts to the rest of the United Nations delegates. 

Wesley Barnes Groups Unlimited


Wesley Barnes

Major: Mathematics

Internship Host: Groups Unlimited, a new educational software venture

Project: Wes helped develop and recommend a business and marketing plan for a new educational software venture, Groups Unlimited. To accomplish this, he conducted market research to test the pricing and distribution methods recommended for this particular software industry. He provided analysis of educational software distribution and pricing approaches and give appropriate recommendations to this new software venture.

Tiffany Black David Schuster Artist & Large


Tiffany Black

Major: Art

Internship Host: David Schuster Artist @ Large in Louisville, Kentucky

Project: David Schuster Creations is a firm in Louisville that has two fundamental goals; mural painting/design along with art education.  Tiffany worked directly with David on the creative output side. She contributed to a mural at Trinity High School along with a commissioned mural at a private middle school in Louisville. In addition, Tiffany was responsible for aspects of the day to day operations at the gallery along with art education classes.


Cassandra Bruce

Indiana Historical Society



Cassie Bruce

Major: Spanish

Internship Host: Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: Cassie helped the Indiana Historical Society research and plan their first New Year's Eve event for December 31, 2007. In addition to researching this event, she assisted the Director of Events execute the Concerts on the Canal musical series as well as special events throughout the summer.


Robert Brown




Robby Brown

Major: Political Science

Internship Host: UBS Financial in Cincinnati, Ohio

Project: Robby worked with UBS Financial by creating mid-year client portfolio performance reviews; researching, organizing and implementing the Private Wealth Client Education and Appreciation Event; and electronically processing multi-source monthly reports converted to UBS consolidated statements for UBS Institutional Investor clients.

Deborah Celizic WFPL 89.3 FM


Deb Celizic

Major: English

Internship Host: Public Radio Partnership in Louisville, Kentucky

Project: Deb interned with the State of Affairs show at WFPL.  Her primary responsibilities included but were not limited to conducting research in support of show topics, developing new show topics and facilitating brainstorming sessions focused on developing new topics, phone screening prospective callers to State of Affairs, and running the “Board” during State of Affairs. The Host also indicated interns who demonstrate the required skills will get the opportunity to interview guests on WFPL’s Studio 619 show.  

Rosie Cogswell CASA


Rosie Cogswell

Major: Political Science

Internship Host: Court Appointed Special Advocates(CASA) in Louisville, Kentucky

Project: Rosie helped CASA utilize an outputs model to define and measure results from CASA work with children in the court system. This measurement system has enabled CASA to improve their ability to raise funds through organizations such as the United Way. In addition to this assessment project, Rosie developed and executed a fundraising event to benefit CASA.

Ashley Crays

Windward International Corporation


Ashley Crays

Major: Communication

Internship Host: Windward International in Deerfield, Illinois

Project: Ashley was responsible for coordinating Sara Lee's Food and Beverage Division meeting to be held in Chicago during the August 2007 that hosted over 900 guests. Ashley was the liaison between Sara Lee's executives and the Chicago Sheraton Hotel for every aspect of the event from logistics and technical needs to food/beverage and entertainment for the divisional meeting.

Joseph Dages


Joe Dages

Major: Political Science

Internship Host: Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: Joe researched creative solutions for addressing the lack of a local grocery store on the Eastside of Indianapolis. The neighborhood where Shepherd Community Center is located had recently lost the only local grocery store, forcing individuals without transportation to be restricted to the number of grocery bags they can buy and utilize public transportation. Joe worked with local officials, business and community partners to seek a feasible solution to address the challenge within this community.

brock dawson Hanover College


Brock Dawson

Major: Sociology

Internship Host: Hanover College Basketball Camp

Project: Brock worked directly with Coach Mike Beitzel and his staff in support of the Hanover Basketball Camp.  Brock's primary responsibilities included but were not limited to the development of a survey to measure parental satisfaction with the program, the analysis and presentation of survey results, including development of recommendations for improvement, and the develop and lead focus groups for each of the 12 camps that were conducted during the summer.     

James Gentry Qdoba


James Gentry

Major: Psychology

Internship Host: 316 Investments in Indianapolis, Indiana (Franchise holder for Qdoba Mexican Restaurant Chain)

Project: James worked on a project for 316 Investments focused on Human Resources within the organization. He worked directly with the newly hired HR Director and assisted this individual in assessing, developing and implementing Human Resource Policies and Procedures for store locations throughout Indianapolis.

Clark Hall Hammacher Schlemmer


Clarke Hall

Major: Communication

Internship Host: Hammacher Schlemmer in Cincinnati, Ohio

Project: Clarke interned in the Customer Service Department at Hammacher Schlemmer.  Clarke spent 2 to 3 weeks training on the customer service systems and techniques utilized at the site.  Clarke’s primary responsibilities included but were not limited to working alongside the customer service reps. to gain an understanding of the operation, assisting the “Web Team" in handling customer emails and support functions for the Website, deliver training sessions to Customer Service Reps, and assisting the Training Supervisor in preparing “peak season” training programs for newly hired Customer Service Reps.  

Danielle Hazelbaker


Danielle Hazelbaker

Major: Exercise Science

Internship Host: Children's Theraplay in Carmel, Indiana

Project: Danielle worked with Children's Theraplay, a nonprofit organization, that uses hippotherapy (equine assisted) physical therapy to assist children with movement dysfunction. Danielle's project focused on defining assessment criteria to measure hippotherapy methods to traditional physical therapy techniques. In addition, Danielle also be worked with the American Hippotherapy Association to research and evaluate appropriate Hippotherapy Curricular requirements.

Todd Hill Jewish Hospital


Todd Hill

Major: Biology

Internship Host: Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky

Project: Todd supported the implementation of a Leader Evaluation Management “LEM” program at the hospital which is largely based on the Balanced Score Card approach.  Todd’s primary responsibilities included but were not limited to collaborating with support departments at the hospital (HR, Finance, Measurement Teams, etc.) to ensure LEM measures are supported by accurate and timely data, ensuring that leaders have the tools to use LEM effectively, and developing and implementing reports in the new LEM system for management.

Van Hoang Heritage


Van Hoang

Major: Chemistry

Internship Host: Heritage Environmental in Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: Van helped Heritage Environmental organize and implement a materials conversion program.  This program involved collecting waste from clients, transporting the materials internationally where materials will be converted and then sent back to the United States for re-use. To accomplish this project, Van researched logistics, material handling regulations, compliance requirements regarding transport packaging to name a few.

mackzeine Hutchinson

AAA Allied Group


Mackenzie Hutchinson

Major: Economics

Internship Host: AAA- Allied Group in Cincinnati, Ohio

Project: Mackenzie worked as a “HR Assistant” at AAA-Allied of Cincinnati.  The organization is currently working towards implementation of new HRIS (Human Resources Information System) and payroll systems.  Currently, these systems and functions have been outsourced to ADP.  Mackenzie’s primary responsibilities included but were not limited to phone screening, development and maintenance of HR employee databases, assist in the analysis of new HRIS and payroll systems, development of an employee wellness program, assessing Department of Transportation (DOT) compliance  (AAA hires truck drivers), and assessing AAA’s employee background check process.

Eric Kurth Ameriprise Financial


Eric Kurth

Major: Economics

Internship Host: Ameriprise Financial in Nashville, Tennessee

Project: Eric’s project at Ameriprise focused on developing a marketing strategy to build a targeted customer base for both investment and tax advisement.  To accomplish this, Eric researched unique and effective best practices within the industry. 

Marc O'Leary MainGate, Inc.


Marc O'Leary

Major: Communication

Internship Host: Main Gate, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: Marc worked with Main Gate, Inc. on program coordination, event planning, and financial work. He was a part of three different teams for four weeks each. On the first team, program coordination, he planned and procured merchandise for events. On the event team he actually took part in the logistics of two auto racing events. Finally on the financial team he conducted accounting for the events and merchandise.

Sara Pourheydarian Fort Wayne Neurological Center


Sara Pourheydarian

Major: Biology

Internship Host: Fort Wayne Neurological Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Project: Sara worked with Fort Wayne Neurological Center a clinic specializing in neurological and spinal disorders with nine institutes dedicated to specific areas of neurology and neuromuscular study and treatment. Sara worked in conjunction with Dr. Fen Lei Chang, practicing Neurologist, FWNC research director and director of the Wissman Stroke Center at Parkview Hospital.

Sabrina Radzieski Shriner's Hospital


Sabrina Radzieski

Major: Chemistry

Internship Host: Shriner's Hospital in Houston, Texas

Project: Sabrina helped the Child Life Department at Shriner's Hospital develop and implement an effective tracking system for the activities and statistics such as the number of children served, services provided, and activities and events. From tracking this project, she utilized the results to conduct a needs assessment for additional staff within the Child Life department. In addition, she conducted a Program Evaluation for the School re-entry program and she organized, coordinated and developed a more effective system for the Resource Library within the department.

Matt Rayburn Lt. Governer's Office


Matt Rayburn

Major: Political Science

Internship Host: Lt. Governor's Office Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: Matt worked with the Indiana Department of Housing Development. He replaced the current multi-family coordinator who was on leave. He also researched construction cost trends and other states' Qualified Allocations Plans for their rental housing tax credit programs.



Matt Revelette

Jean Farris Winery


Matt Revelette

Major: Philosophy

Internship Host: Jean Farris Winery in Lexington, Kentucky

Project: Matt interned with the Jean Farris Winery outside of Lexington, Kentucky.  He worked directly with Ben O’Daniel to gain an understanding of both the wine-making process and the day-to-day operations of the winery itself.       


Tyler Rump

Pearl Street Venture Funds


Tyler Rump

Major: Chemistry

Internship Host: Pearl Street Venture Funds in Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: Tyler worked with Pearl Street Venture Funds on examining business plans from firms seeking venture capital funding to pursue innovative contributions within the life sciences field.  Tyler applied his knowledge of Chemistry to understand the science behind the business plan along with financial analysis to develop an opinion on the feasibility of the project.

Angela Semrau Victory Capital Management


Angela Semrau

Major: Economics

Internship Host: Victory Capital Management in Cleveland, Ohio

Project: Angela worked with Victory Capital Management to develop a new method to organize client information that is currently housed in a variety of disparate databases. Through her work she became familiar with terms, concepts, and basic statistical approaches to fixed income, investing, and portfolio management.

Kelly Stephens Hispanic Learning Community Center


Kelly Stephens

Major: Spanish

Internship Host: Hispanic Learning Community Center Purdue Extension in Clinton County, Indiana

Project: Kelly worked with the Hispanic Learning Community Center to help set up a farmers' market in Clinton County. She will also aid in tutoring students who are working to earn a diploma in Spanish from Mexico. Through this project, she was able to learn and use the basics of writing, marketing, and business plans for small businesses. She actively used and expanded on her knowledge of the Spanish language.

Jessica Stewart Marion County Prosecutor's Office


Jessica Stewart

Major: Political Science

Internship Host: Marion County Prosecutor's Office in Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: Jessica interned in the Community Prosecution Division at Marion County Prosecutor's Office. Her projects were to develop a method to quantify crime prevention. To accomplish this, she conducted research programs in other jurisdictions or counties and used the SARA model to analyze the needs in other communities with which Marion County can share their efforts. She also traveled to precincts and attended meetings to see the issues faced by the public and the police.

Heather Trinkle River Valley Financial Bank


Heather Trinkle

Major: Cultural Anthropology

Internship Host: River Valley Financial Bank in Madison, Indiana

Project: Heather worked in an HR role with River Valley Financial Bank. Her primary responsibilities included but were not limited to revising the employee handbook, insuring RVFB's compliance with all state and federal employment regulations, reviewing and updating bank job descriptions, and conducting job analysis to ensure that job descriptions match the actual work done.

Kyle Truex Indianapolis Tennis Championships


Kyle Truex

Major: History

Internship Host: Indianapolis Tennis Championships

Project: Kyle was responsible for coordinating the minute by minute stadium activities including public address announcements, background music, sponsor identification, gate give-a-ways and stadium court events between match play. Kyle will secure donations for the silent auction held at the event to benefit Riley Children's Hospital. In addition, Kyle conducted research to identify a new title sponsor for the week-long event.

Jodi Warner Junior Achievement


Jodi Warner

Major: Communication

Internship Host: Junior Achievement in Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: Jodi planned Indy’s Best and Brightest event where Junior Achievement and KPMG LLP recognized the achievement of young professionals in September 2007.  Jodi assisted JA with organizing the event including an auction, table sponsorships, promotion of the event and recognizing sponsors. 


Christopher Webb




Chris Webb

Major: Economics

Internship Host: Cummins Inc. in Columbus, Indiana

Project: Chris worked as a market research analyst for Cummins Inc. He served as a project director for a customer satisfaction survey that he researched and developed. He also helped to set up website usability testing.

Alex Whiteman French Lick Springs Resort & Casino



Alex Whiteman

Major: Economics

Internship Host: French Lick Springs Resort & Casino

Project: Alex worked directly with the Benchmark Management staff in the Sales & Marketing area.  In addition, Alex worked with the teams responsible for construction of the West Baden Hotel and the Pete Dye Golf Course (opening in 2008).  Alex’s primary responsibilities included but were not limited to gaining exposure to the sales and marketing function of a major resort and golf course, working in the pro shop at the existing golf course, assisting the team responsible for the development and construction of the West Baden Hotel, and also working with the Casino team to gain an understanding of the operation.