Successful Internship Leads to Career Opportunities
Senior Marketing Major
When it comes to getting involved at EIU, Stefanie Mahan knows how to do it. As a senior marketing major, she currently serves as President of the American Marketing Association, Vice-President of Membership for Delta Delta Delta, and as a member of the women’s rugby team. In addition to all of that, in the summer of 2012, Stefanie found time to complete an internship with Medix Staffing Solutions in Lombard, Illinois.
Stefanie first became aware of Medix Staffing Solutions at the EIU Career Fair. Stefanie’s internship required her to place professionals back into work in contract, contract to hire, and permanent hire positions. She had the opportunity to offer jobs to people twice her age and even offer a career to one of her old high school friends. She also got to source for candidates, phone-screen candidates, interview candidates, and check references and submit them to hiring managers with recommendations.
Stefanie says that in order to succeed at her position, she had to apply everything she had learned in her business classes at EIU. “There was not one aspect of my internship that didn’t require me to use the knowledge that I had accumulated from all of my classes. I was especially surprised by the amount of accounting and finance I had to recall to be successful.”
The biggest challenge for Stefanie during her internship was talking to candidates twice her age who were struggling to find a job and support a family, knowing that she could not hire them. “The best part of my job and the worst part of my job was knowing that the product that I was selling was human capital. When it really came down to it, not every candidate I met with was 'hirable,' and having to tell them that was definitely the hardest part.”
Despite the challenges, Stefanie had a very positive experience and had the opportunity to grow as a professional. After completing her summer internship, she was offered a full-time position upon graduation. In the meantime, she is working part-time with Medix while she takes classes at EIU. This is the first time the company has ever offered a remote position to an intern, but due to her honesty and work ethic, they felt that she was the person to fill the position.
Stefanie says the most outstanding aspect of her experience with the School of Business has been the relationships she has developed with her professors. She knows that she can rely upon them if she needs any kind of advising. To other students in the School of Business, Stefanie challenges them to get involved. “Do things like Greek Life, sports, student ambassador programs, join clubs and take on leadership roles in those clubs. In addition, keep in mind that grades are an essential part of setting yourself apart from your competition. If you can, be extremely involved, get good grades and still have a little fun on the side. College only happens once, so enjoy it, but also realize that what you do while you are here sets the stage for the rest of your life. I am happier than ever and 100% confident that I have put myself in the best possible position looking forward. Make sure that you do the same.”