Business Scholars Program

Project-Based Internship Placements Summer 2009

Rob Allega '10

Major: English

Minor: Economics

Internship Host: Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: The two primary assignments Rob worked on while at Shepherd were conducting research for a potential microloan program and writing job descriptions for Shepherd's staff. Shepherd is a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty on the near eastside of Indianapolis. It achieves this goal through providing a continuum of care for its clients. This continuum includes a preschool academy and day camp for young children, as well as several other programs designed to assist teenagers and adults.

Alex Bucksot '10

Major: Communication

Internship Host: River City Distributing

Project: Alex was responsible for merchandising, writing contracts and taking orders with salesmen for stores ranging from convenience stores to large format stores like Wal-Mart, working with salesmen and the key account managers. He also helped with store resets and helped to collect data and create spreadsheets to show trends in various areas of the business.

Patrick Buley '10

Major: Economics

Internship Host: Edward Jones Investments - Louisville, KY

Project: Patrick sent notices to clients and followed up with confirmation calls for a speaking event hosted by the Edward Jones Branch featuring a Goldman Sachs Representative as well as the Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Patrick also coordinated the number of attendees, the menu and the event location. On Patrick's own initiative, three speaking events were set up with the Financial Advisor where he spoke to parents at local school open houses about the various financial options available for saving for college education.

Dan Cornely '10

Major: Communication

Internship Host: Florida International University (athletics), Miami, FL.

Project: Danny participated in two different areas at FIU. For the first area he worked with Sales and Sponsorships in the athletic department. He helped sell sponsorship deals to different companies for FIU's athletic department. For the second part he was involved with football operations. Danny helped coordinate meetings, camps, and study sessions for the football players. He was also involved with recruiting football players and made sure they were NCAA eligible to receive full scholarships from the university.

Phillip Forkert '10

Major: Art History

Internship Host: Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio.

Project: Phillip worked with the Registrar's department and collaborated with fellow interns and other departmental staff on a variety of projects. He had to chance to assist in reaccessioning and packing art for auction, installing and uninstalling several gallery exhibitions, downloading and converting digital photos for the museum's online collection database, and assisting and preparing for the museum's new East Wing Gallery's grand opening.

Eric Fritz '10

Major: Sociology

Minor: History

Internship Host: InCASE - Indianapolis, IN

Project: During the course of Eric's internship with InCASE, he was responsible for upholding the three part mission of the organization: education, organizing, and advocacy in favor of a moratorium on the death penalty. Some of his tasks included developing marketing and social media materials (Facebook, blog, and Twitter), researching current and historical capital cases, assisting in development and community outreach efforts, and planning for InCASE's first press conference. At the end of the summer, InCASE was featured in the Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, WRTV-6, and many other news outlets.

Christopher Gerth '10

Major: Economics

Minor: Communication

Internship Host: Cummins Engine - Columbus, IN

Project: Chris interned for the Market Strategy & Planning group at Cummins. He was responsible for developing a competitor familiarization source in which new hires of MS&P could refer to. He developed a high horsepower engine evaluation that compared a particular high horsepower Cummins engine with the engines of their top two competitors. He also offered assistance for the Market Research team. In addition, Chris offered support with projects related to product planning, market planning, competitive intelligence, and six sigma.

Stephanie Goss '10

Major: Psychology

Internship Host: Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County, Indiana.

Project: Stephanie helped manage the donor database. She updated it daily with information changes, updated the organization's website and added new pages for summer programs. She added over 500 individuals to the database, updated the webpage with current information as a main source for event information and contact information. She also helped plan the annual fundraising event, Smart Futures, down to the three course meal served at the dinner.

Jim Gregory '10

Major: Cultural Anthropology

Project: Jim Gregory founded his own company in 2007 producing soap. In 2009 the Business Scholar's Program gave him a grant to grow his company over the summer. Today, he is continuing his senior year while maintaining full operations within his company. Grandma Gee's Soap is focused on principles of sustainability; each bar of soap is packaged by Sandstone Industries, a NPO workshop for adults overcoming boundaries such as down-syndrome and autism while earning a paycheck in an environment suitable for them.

Kirk Herrmann '10

Major: Economics

Minor: Biology

Internship Host: Pearl Street Venture Funds in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

Courtney Hyde '10

Major: International Studies

Internship Host: San Francisco State University

Miles Kroner '10

Major: German

Internship Host: The Global Center of Greater Cincinnati (which is now the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council) in Cincinnati, Ohio

Project: Miles' projects varied from web-design, to the creation of educational programs, to the coordination of professional speaker events. He helped update, reformat, and design the company's web page. He also was put in charge of the development of two programs, focused on educating the young professionals and elementary students of greater Cincinnati about the importance and influence international relations has on their everyday lives.

Adam Miller '10

Major: Chemistry

Internship Host: LIDS Indiana Bulls Baseball Organization in Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: Adam worked with the 14 year olds team as Assistant Coach. Along with coaching the kids, he was in charge of creating the line-up cards for each game and keeping a running statistics line for each player. He found flights and hotels and created itineraries for the players and parents for the FL and GA tournaments. The organization was created to get premier young baseball players from Indiana exposure to college and professional scouts.

Christopher Neumann '10

Major: History

Internship Host: Louisville Metro Government-Community Relations and Special Events

Project: Chris worked on three events for Louisville Metro. For the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Hike and Bike he organized a spreadsheet to show where the participants were located so the department could show their sponsors the demographic they were hitting. He also kept in contact with vendors to see if they were coming back for the Labor Day Hike and Bike while also trying to find people to supply door prizes. For Light Up Louisville he was responsible for researching other events they could run since they didn't have a lot of sponsor money. The events would help make up for the lack of lighting effects and fireworks. For Worldfest he researched local restaurants for cultures they didn't have represented at the event. He also updated events going around the city of Louisville on their webpage.

Will Pappano '10

Major: Sociology

Internship Host: AIT Laboratories - Indianapolis, IN

Project: Will worked on two projects for AIT. He worked with the sales team, mainly the inside sales personnel, and created a market research powerpoint. This project enabled him to communicate with the sales team across the country to discover what was going on in different regions.Will also completed extensive research through the internet on new drugs that are going to be released in the upcoming years. His second project was to research smaller companies for possible acquisition by AIT. Will learned about statistics that showed which companies were successful, or going to be successful, as well as determining if the company would not be beneficial to purchase.

James Peck '10

Major: Communication

Internship Host: MainGate Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: Jim worked with three departments: Apollo, Event, and Finance. With Apollo, he did data analysis for their merchandise locations on the NHRA circuit. While on the Event team he was able to go out and experience an NHRA race, as well as participate in events at O'Reilly Raceway Park and St. Louis Rams' training camp. Finally, while working with the Finance department, he was able to work on various aspects of event financing, as well as work through daily problems that a finance department faces.

Samuel Pollom '10

Major: Political Science

Internship Host: Muhammed Ali Center

Sam worked in the Education and Development departments at the Center. He implemented the Center's summer educational program called "Community Green" which encouraged students to be environmentally friendly in coordination with Ali's core values. He was responsible for every school group's visit to the Center. Sam also worked in Development department where he conducted the Center's first ever member survey. He was in charge of the creation of the survey as well as its distribution. Also, Sam collected and analyzed the results in front of the Center's executive team.

Katherine Read '10

Major: Psychology

Internship Host: Catholic Charities in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Project: Katie worked in adoption/pregnancy services and assisted the Family Service Coordinator. She completed tasks, such as creating home studies for adoption couples, and file reviews for each client. She also spent some time at the daycare for low-income families. Catholic Charities is a non-profit social service agency providing help in different areas, such as immigration, job seeking, pregnancy counseling and more.

Alexandra Ross '10

Major: Art History

Internship Host: Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center in Louisville, KY

Project: This summer Alexandra worked as a Special Events intern at Mellwood Art Center, a 30,000 sq. ft. complex of artist studios, galleries, and event rooms. Her daily duties included giving tours of the rental facilities, maintaining a schedule and collecting contracts, as well as creating a database of event contacts. In addition, she played a significant role in coordinating several major events hosted at Mellwood, including the F.A.T. Friday Gallery Trolley Hops, the Louisville Visual Arts Festival, and Arts for the Animals, a charity auction for the Shamrock Foundation.

Jacob Schwartz '10

Major: Communication

Internship Host: LIDS Indiana Bulls Baseball Organization in Indianapolis, Indiana

Project: Jacob was able to pursue his coaching dream as an assistant coach for the 14 year olds team. The organization was created to get premier young baseball players from Indiana exposure to college and professional scouts.

Charles Summers '10

Major: Spanish

Internship Host: Switzerland County Economic Development Center in Vevay, Indiana

Project: Chuck focused on the updated economic development strategy of Switzerland County, based off a 2008 Progress report of the original SCEDC strategy. His work mainly consisted of in-depth research for potential initiatives such as asset mapping, economic multipliers, think local campaigns, small business development tools, creation of regional economic development group, and many others. He was able to digitalize the mapping of available broadband internet use in the county and recreate and update the quarterly newsletters and annual report. Chuck's most significant project was developing, organizing, and executing an Employer Growth and Potential Evaluation. He was able to meet with many county business owners and discuss their needs, future plans, and how SCEDC could help them. From this information, he created a customized database which will make for easy updates in the future.

Travis Summitt '10

Major: Exercise Science

Internship Host: Hanover College and Firebelly Marketing (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Project: Travis' internship was to create a five-minute video promoting both the Business Scholar's Program and Hanover College. Hanover College hired Firebelly Marketingto oversee the project and see to the video's fruition. To produce the video, Travis and his supervisor traveled to multiple locations around Indiana and Louisville to interview fellow Business Scholars at their internships. Firebelly Marketing utilizes both social marketing (facebook, twitter, blogging, etc.) and traditional marketing (in-store promos, giveaways, advertisements, etc.) in order to boost market penetration for their client.

Mallory Woody '10

Major: Art History

Internship Host: Wiels, Contemporary Art Center, Brussels

Project: Mallory spent her summer interning at Wiels, Brussel's main contemporary art center. She had the opportunity to work closely with the art director and residency coordinator in the final applicant selection process for the 2010 resident artists. Her projects included organizing and managing the exhibit, "Making of the Means" by Ben Cain, wrote several visa application letters, conducted research for potential donors and sponsors and edited communication texts. She also planned travel arrangements for the art director, residency coordinator, and fellow artists to attend the 2009 Istanbul Biennial. While in Brussels, the Queen of Belgium made a visit to Wiels, in which Mallory had the opportunity to assist in the preparations.