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Hillsdale College

Arboretum student worker

May - August 2021 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

I loved getting to work outside all day! It was also great to learn how things work behind the scenes at the college. I have so much more appreciation now for all the hard work the grounds crew and maintenance staff do throughout the year!

What I wish was different

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Call Center Agent

May - July 2019 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

The internship involved a personal project component which allowed for time to focus on finding some way of improving college life.

What I wish was different

The only down side to working in the call center is the environment. The job requires students to work in cubicles in the basement of Kendall.

Advice

Working at the call center provides students with a unique opportunity to talk with various groups we otherwise probably wouldn't be exposed to. I found it so encouraging and gratifying to speak with donors over the phone.
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Hillsdale Blog Writer

April - September 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

The hours were very flexible and I got experience with informal writing.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be creative with your articles— write about what you would want to read. Use the opportunity to talk to interesting people and ask them about themselves!
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Research Student

May - August 2019 • Luther, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed getting the hands on experience of this job

What I wish was different

I wish there would have been a more defined schedule

Advice

I would advise having an open mind and flexibility
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Hillsdale College Admissions Intern

June - August 2019 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

I loved interning in admissions. The team was so much fun to work with.

What I wish was different

I wished I could have worked more than 27 hours a week.

Advice

Spend a summer in Hillsdale. It's a great time. Hang out with the other interns as much as possible. It goes by fast.
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Biology Research Intern

May - June 2019 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

Fantastic mentor and very interesting/ high level project

What I wish was different

Longer amount of time

Advice

If you're looking to go to grad school/ lab research after college, this is a fantastic chance to gain knowledge and experience in a lab
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Library Student Worker

May 2019 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Always follow instructions even if you think you know better
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Alumni Office Intern

June - August 2019 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

Mainly the flexibility of the hours and overall ease of the job

What I wish was different

I wish there had been a greater variety of tasks and more interaction with people--it was a very solitary job.

Advice

If you want to try office work, this job is a good start.
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Alumni Ambassador

May - August 2019 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

The flexibility and the amazing opportunity to talk to alumni

What I wish was different

Should have done more interviews!

Advice

Email a ton of people early and set up interviews over the summer. Expect to hear back from about 10% of those you email.
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Admissions Intern

May - August 2019 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

My favorite part of this internship was working with the people in the Admissions Office. The relationships I built over the summer allowed me to develop both my personal and professional networking skills. I also loved the nature of the work! I got to work with prospective students, but I also got a taste of what an office job is actually like. It was so much fun!

What I wish was different

The only thing I would have changed is the number of hours I was allowed to work per week. They only allowed us to work 30 in one week, but the amount of work we had often required more than 30 hours.

Advice

Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone a little. I made the most out of my summer in Hillsdale by building relationships with the adults around me who previously had been in my shoes. Even if I don't end up working for admissions post grad, the I now have mentors that I did not have previously, and professional skills I did not have previously as well.
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Accounting Intern

May 2019 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed the people I worked with and the work that they had me do. I did basic secretary work and also basic accounting work such as balancing accounting’s and helping with accounts payable.

What I wish was different

I wish I the balance of secretary and accounting work wasn’t 50:50.

Advice

Be willing to scan for a few hours and having a set schedule.
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Admissions Summer Intern

May - August 2018 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

I loved developing my interpersonal, data entry, and organizational skills. I loved coordinating the summer study abroad trips and completing the long-term summer project.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be willing to ask for projects to do and be proactive!
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Project Manager Intern

May 2018 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

the organization my boss has made it easy for me to do my work. Additionally, she was very helpful with training me in general business skills.

What I wish was different

hours is limited to 27 hrs a week

Advice

Take your time your, your boss doesn't need you to be done with things as soon as possible, but they do need it to be as neat and accurate as possible.
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Digital Marketing Intern

May - September 2018 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

Great community who was consistently willing to give feedback on my work

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had bigger projects to work on

Advice

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Biology Research Intern

June 2018 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

My research project was an ecological study so I spent time in the lab and in the field. I enjoyed learning various aspects of field research and the ways it can be conducted. Working with Dr. VanZant has been a wonderful experience. He is dedicated to helping his students decide how they want to execute their research project. He is very knowledgeable and does a wonderful job guiding his students through the process.

What I wish was different

There isn't much I wish I had done differently.

Advice

One piece of advice I would share if you are planning to do biology research is to be creative. There are many ways to go about conducting ecological studies. I built my own fish traps using household materials.
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Contact Center Intern

May 2018 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

I loved being able to work in an uplifting environment that also provided me with essential communication skills.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have addressed any problems I had with constituents to my supervisor sooner, as it would have been solved faster.

Advice

Pick a project you're passionate about! Make the internship work for your field of study to really get the most out of it! I was able to help create new outbound scripts, which improved my rhetoric and communication skills as well as my writing skills!
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student research

May 2018 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

The research involves both field and lab work.

What I wish was different

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Biochemistry Research

May - July 2018 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

I loved the in lab experience. I was able to learn and become sufficient in multiple different laboratory techniques.

What I wish was different

I wish that I would have more time to spend on my research. The project was only 8 weeks long. I feel like if I had another 4 weeks of research, I would have had adequate time to complete my research project.

Advice

If you are a science major, I highly recommend doing some kind of in lab research project. Research has given me the opportunity to explore the research side of my Biochemistry major and it has taught me multiple valuable skills.
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Research Assistant

May - July 2018 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

Research provided an opportunity to solve interesting and complex problems while learning a new coding language . Professor Dolch was particularly helpful and encouraging throughout the entire process.

What I wish was different

I wish the workspace had windows so that the LAB we worked in did not feel like a dungeon.

Advice

Make sure you truly enjoy the topic you are researching because otherwise then 6-8 will feel like torture. I enjoyed my topic so the days went by quickly, but I could see how it would be unbearable if you didn’t.
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Digital Marketing Intern

May 2018 • Hillsdale, MI

What I liked

Good community and experience.

What I wish was different

More work to do.

Advice

Do it, it was a blast and the people are great.e
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