Internship Success Stories
Marymount California University senior Lauren Harf is currently an intern in the Human Resources Department at DreamWorks Animation Television. Harf assists the Human Resources team with general human resources administrative work, such as the new hire orientation, new hire I-9 documentation, employee status change forms, and other important tasks. Her responsibilities also include improving employee satisfaction by planning employee events such as the “Movie Under the Stars” Employee and Family event and an employee Halloween party.
Harf shared how serving as an intern has benefited her college experience by giving her real world experience in the field that she plans to pursue after graduation. It also has given her the opportunity to apply the skills learned in her classes to a real-life setting.
During the summer, Harf completed a previous internship as an HR Talent Acquisition Intern for the Scholastic publishing company in New York, where she supported the Talent Acquisition team and Human Resources Business Partners with their daily tasks. Her responsibilities also included resume screening, phone interviews, updating their HRIS system, new hire I-9 documentation, and over-seeing Scholastic’s summer internship orientation and events.
Harf describes these internships as being a great experience saying that each internship opportunity helped her grow as an individual and helped her develop necessary skills for a career in the Human Resources field.
In Spring 2016, Harf will receive her bachelor’s degree in Business, with emphasis in Business Management and a minor in Psychology. Plans for after graduation include pursuing job opportunities as a Human Resources Coordinator or Human Resources Generalist in the San Francisco or New York City area. When asked what advice she would give to students currently looking to apply for internships, Harf says to keep an open mind for the kind of internship you want. “Any experience is good experience. If you’re unsure of what career field you want to go into when you graduate, the best way to figure it out is by getting an internship in an industry you find interesting.”
Marymount California University senior Dominic Jackson is currently interning at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA). As a graphic design and photography student, Jackson shares how grateful he is for his internship working with the Graphics Department at the museum for more than a year.
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) was founded in 1996 in Long Beach, California, and serves the greater Los Angeles area. MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art.
Jackson’s responsibilities at MOLAA include updating the website with upcoming and current exhibitions and events, creating postcards, brochures, flyers and booklets, as well as any additional duties of graphic design that come between the start of a project and its finalization.
Jackson shares how his internship has definitely helped him get out of the college norm of just attending classes. “Being able to balance classes and steady work hours has given me the opportunity to push boundaries during the crucial years of entry level employment.”
Jackson’s plans after graduation include continuing to work at MOLAA to build more experience and then moving into the field of fashion and photography. When asked what advice he would give to current students, Jackson says, “Build your portfolio beyond the inside of the classroom to ensure that employers will see your experience and hard work.”
Marymount graduate Wendy Cervantes served her internship in the Economic Development Division of the Port of Los Angeles, a neighbor to the University’s Waterfront Campus that employs Marymount students as interns in a variety of departments.The Port of LA is known as the premier gateway for international commerce, and is a thriving seaport encompassing 7,500 acres of land and processing billions of dollars’ worth of cargo annually.
“When I first started working there, I didn’t know what to expect. I had never been exposed to what a real work environment would be like,” said Cervantes, who was responsible for approving and processing Applications for Port Permits (APP’s) for tenants of the port. These APP’s allow the tenants to build, excavate, or refine the property.
In addition to working with APP’s, Cervantes assisted with a yearlong project called the Port of Employment Survey.The employment survey is a bi-annual survey that measures employment trends within the port’s jurisdictional boundaries. Through this internship, she has learned the value of details, time and stress management, responsibility and a sense of independent work.
Sameth Al-Basith is a senior at Marymount California University. This past year, Sameth participated in three separate internships, worked on campus with the Office of Development, and was a member of the award-winning MCU soccer team.
At the Battleship USS Iowa in spring 2014, Al-Basith worked with its president, Jonathan Williams. During his time at the Battleship USS Iowa, he was responsible for growth within the tour and travel markets.
The LA Galaxy then offered Al-Basith a position in the business operations and management area for the summer, in which he worked with a team to deliver the LA Galaxy brand of soccer to youth across Southern California.
Al-Basithalso interned at Bob Gold &Associates during the spring and summer of 2014, assisting the Redondo Beach PR Firm expand their social media marketing footprint. He is now back on campus, continuing to work with the Office of Development, and completed the fall 2014 intercollegiate soccer season.
Laura Hernandez was the first Marymount California University student to be accepted into The Washington Center. The prestigious TWC gives interns an insider’s view of how the world really thinks and works. Hernandez participated in the academic internship program, which enables students to gain the experience needed for entry-level employment and to prepare for lives of achievement, engagement and leadership.
Hernandez’ internship was with the Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender as an investigative intern. In her summer internship, she supported various cases in the Circuit, District and Juvenile Courts in Montgomery County. Along with supporting the legal team in a few cases, Hernandez supported the Public Defender’s office by performing investigations, interviewing clients, performing criminal background checks, reviewing crime scene documents, preparing trial exhibits and serving subpoenas. In a few cases, she was called to the stand to help with testimony as a Spanish language translator.
While in Washington D.C., Hernandez completed the popular “Rising China and Its Impact on U.S. Economy and Foreign Policies” course.
During her internship, TWC offered weekly Leadership Forums, which interns were welcomed to attend. Among the speakers with whom Hernandez was able to meet and interact was the 46th Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney.
Recent Marymount California University graduate Joy Green completed her internship at Lake Family Resource Center located in Lakeport, California.The Lake Family Resource Center offers services to families living in Lake County. The mission of the Lake Family Resource Center is to “achieve safe, sustainable, healthy families and community.”Most of the services provided to families are provided at no cost.
While interning at the Lake Family Resource Center, Green aided families with childcare assistance and assisted with group activities. She also visited families inside of their homes and provided educational resources and programs essential for promoting a safe and stable life. Green’s work with the Lake Family Resource Center led to fulfillment and a need to continue strengthening families.
Green’s internship supervisor writes, “Joy was a pleasure to work with everyday. She always took the initiative to complete work related tasks and she was very helpful to our families.” Green now works full-time with the Lake Family Resource Center, continuing to strive to help families through her contributions to the center and by creating a lasting impact.
Recent graduate Ebony Perry served her internship with the Angels Gate Cultural Center located in San Pedro. The mission of the Angels Gate Cultural Center is “to provide diverse recreational activities, beautiful facilities, and innovative leadership for the universal enjoyment of our residents and visitors.”
While interning with the Angels Gate Cultural Center, Perry provided assistance to the art gallery director and wrote descriptions for each artist’s featured work. One of the most intriguing experiences she had during her internship was coordinating the “Howl and Scary Stories” event. Perry’s supervisor expressed that “Ebony was a great help in prepping for the October 2013 exhibition, and her creativity in coordinating the ‘Howl and Scary Stories’ event made a lasting impression on the Angels Gate community.” Perry expresses, “this is AGCC’s mission year round and being able to have volunteered and played a part in it has been great.”
Perry also said that working with Angels Gate “has had a positive impact on my professional growth, and much of the valuable knowledge and skill I have acquired from AGCC is due to the experiential learning we practice at MCU.” Perry also recommends that Marymount students get involved with AGCC, especially if they are seeking to gain valuable work experience in the arts.
The mission of the Career Services and Internship Office at Marymount California University is to provide opportunities for career exploration in order to assist students in developing their career plans. To fulfill this mission, Career Services provides career counseling resources; strategies; programs; workshops and webinars; job search and interview preparation; self-assessment tools; graduate school information; and recruiting activities.
Internships are structured learning experiences in a workplace setting that involve a partnership between a student, Marymount California University and a company or organization within the community. Through involvement in an internship experience, students learn career development skills and strategies across four major career management areas: self-assessment, professional credentials, networking and the job marketplace.