Intern Spotlight: Sarah Pokorny

How did you find out about the internship and what was the application process?
My faculty advisor, Rick Saucier, told me about the opportunity. I sent my cover letter and resume to the VP of Sales and Marketing and later interviewed with both the VP and the Marketing Coordinator.

What were some of the highlights?
I enjoyed the event planning experiences – working on Senior Safety Day, 2009 Expo for Seniors, the St. Cloud Arthritis Walk, etc. My major project for the semester was creating the 2009 Getting to Know Your Neighbor booklet. It involved interviewing five tenants from each of the apartments and then compiling their stories into a booklet, which is handed out to every tenant. It was a great experience meeting with the tenants and hearing about their lives, many have such amazing stories to share. I really liked that Jodi let me carry out the project how I saw fit and I was able to complete the whole booklet from start to finish.

What was a “typical day” like? What were some of your major responsibilities?
I really didn’t have a “typical day” but some of my responsibilities included: writing press releases, attending a variety of meetings, generating event publicity, creating flyers and informational materials, conducting interviews and editing/designing the layout for the Getting to Know Your Neighbor (GTKYN) booklet.

What were some of the challenges of your internship?
It was challenging at times to work with our 6 day class schedule – it would have been easier to work the same two days every week instead of switching off. Also with the schedule, it was hard to schedule interviews with the tenants since my schedule varied so much.

What did you learn?
I've always felt my writing was not very strong and through my internship I was able to greatly improve my business writing skills. I also learned that staying organized and prioritizing your workload is essential for getting things done. In addition, I learned a lot about the different requirements and stipulations healthcare marketing entails and how important relationships are, especially for this kind of marketing.

What advice would you give other students interested in internships?
Go ahead and apply, even if you’re unsure that the internship is exactly what you want to do – it will be a great experience either way. Also, consider an internship during a semester to earn credit, although it can be tough to work around our 6 day schedule – most supervisors, like Jodi, are willing to do so and are very appreciative for the extra help. Check out the internships in Handshake!

Compiled by Teresa Walch