Laci Petronack

Laci Petronack

Intern Name: Laci Petronack

Major(s): Global Business Leadership

Minor(s): Communication

Title/Place of Internship: Admissions Engagement and Marketing Intern, College of St. Benedict

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.?

I worked in the admissions office the previous year and really enjoyed the work I was doing. This summer Carliene and I were emailing back and fourth and decided to create an internship! That way I could continue what I did last year, but add many tasks/elements to increase what I could learn!

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.?

My responsibilities changed weekly or even day to day. I really appreciated this aspect so I wasn't stuck doing the same things every day.

I was the supervisor for the prospect student relations assistants (PSRA). When my supervisor was traveling for work it was my responsibility to train them in and make sure we were completing tasks on time. I worked a lot with my supervisor Carliene to create a way to use information from prospective students in a more efficient way. We also did a lot of brainstorming and changed how the PSRA's did their work and what their day to day tasks were as well!

I was able to shadow a variety of meetings and even contribute my thoughts and participate in the tasks at hand. The other portion of my internship was marketing! Working with the marketing directors was incredible. I was fortune to be working in a time where there is a lot of change happening in the department. I was not only able to observe how creative and excited the employees were, I also was able to be a part of it!

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience?

All of it! Being able to work side by side with Carliene was very beneficial for me. She is a very intelligent and hardworking women, so being able to learn from her and see her work ethic really showed me how to be successful in an office.

By having the flexibility to jump around to different departments meetings along with still being a supervisor. I was able push myself creatively while being in a leadership role. Which I will use for jobs in the future!

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.?

The most surprising thing I learned was how CSB functions "behind the scenes". It was so intriguing to learn how many steps goes into finding new students, training student employees, new marketing campaigns, and being a supervisor.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future?

I can apply what I experienced here in the future because I will use leadership, communication, and observation skills for the rest of my life.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience?

Take risks!! It can never hurt to take risks in that first step of talking to a company. I took a risk by asking Carliene to create an internship with me and it was the best decision I had made all year.

(October 2019)