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Internships at Stephens College

Stephens College is committed to making sure students have the education and experience they need to get that first job after college. We work closely with students to prepare and help them get internships throughout their college careers. Here are a few of the amazing internships our students have completed or are about to conduct. 

Neesha Edwards

1Canoe2

Neesha Edwards ’16 interned at 1Canoe2, an innovative letterpress company.

Edwards discovered the company while browsing Poppy, a boutique in Columbia’s Downtown District and was immediately intrigued by their products.
After researching the company online, she discovered that they did not have an internship program. She decided to inquire, anyway, expressing her interest and emailing her resume.

“I kept in touch with the company’s founder over the next several months and after an interview, I ended up getting a position!”

Edwards was a production assistant and helped clean up artwork, prepare art for the printer, organize files and assisted with photo shoots and other marketing efforts.

She said the courses she’s taken at Stephens, including photo styling, graphic design and marketing, prepared her well. “It makes everything that I do in the classroom seem so worth it.”

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Emily Csengody

Calvin Klein Fashion Office

Senior Emily Csengody is interning for Calvin Klein in New York City this summer, a position she equates to winning the lottery.

“At least that’s what it feels like to me,” she said. “I work in the brand’s fashion office with 11 of the most creative, talented, knowledgeable and influential individuals who I’ve met in the fashion industry.”
Csengody is working as an assistant to photographers and stylists, helping coordinate fashion shoots and fittings.

One of her most memorable experiences to date was assisting famous French stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele with an upcoming fragrance campaign.

“I got to spend the entire day working alongside Carlyne, observing her styling tactics and admiring her remarkable French accent,” Csengody said.

While in New York, Csengody has been taking the opportunity to network with professionals, making sure she introduces herself and follows up with them on social media. She is also assisting her sister and brother-in-law as they prepare to open a restaurant in the city.

Although she feels fortunate to have snagged the internship, it’s taken more than luck to work for the prestigious company.

“I cannot thank Stephens enough for the preparation for my internship with Calvin Klein,” Csengody said. “From the fashion terminology I learned and all the classes I have completed, I have been able to confidently accomplish all projects and tasks assigned to me. My first week, I was asked to pack a styling kit to send abroad to Amsterdam. I felt incredibly prepared and even contacted my teacher thanking her for her excellent advice.”

What she loves most about the fashion program at Stephens are the real-world opportunities.

“It allows us to experience real-life situations that would happen in the fashion industry,” she said. “Last semester, I was a part of the Fashion Show Production class and got to be a part of building the fashion show from the ground up. The whole experience took months of work, but my classmates and I had something to show for it. This experience prepared me for entering the fashion industry and to know what to expect if I ever decide to go into fashion show production.”

Csengody said her internship has given her a better understanding of the modeling industry, as well, experience that will come in handy when she goes after her dream job of styling editorial spreads for a high fashion magazine.

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Jordan Collins

Television Academy Foundation

Senior Jordan Collins is participating in the Television Academy Foundation’s student internship program in North Hollywood this summer.

As a production management intern, Collins is working in both an office and on set of a television show.
“Each intern is assigned a host production company to work for,” she said. “I will be working for Tremendous Entertainment. They produce shows like Bizarre Foods, Ghost Asylum and many more.”

The academy—which bestows the prestigious Emmy Awards—also hosts networking events for interns throughout the summer, and Collins is eager to take advantage of them.

“I hope to gain many connections through professionals and other interns in the program,” she said. “TV is my passion and what I plan on doing after graduation, so I will gain so much knowledge and experience from this internship to prepare me for the job. This is my dream internship because I know it’s one step closer to a great career in the industry and a chance for me to learn.”

The foundation selects roughly 50 college students from around the country for the program each year. Collins learned about it from an alumna who also participated in the program. She credited faculty and her collegiate experiences for the internship.

“I don’t think I would be here if I hadn’t transferred to Stephens three years ago,” she said. “I have learned so much both through classes and opportunities provided by Stephens. I work for both True/False Film Fest and Citizen Jane, I work in the School of Performing Arts’ box office, and I stage manage the senior dance concerts. All of these opportunities have helped me gain skills I need for this internship. The faculty is so supportive in everything I strive to do—which is a lot since I am a film major, theatre minor and business minor.”

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Fiona Kerr

Serenity Forge

Senior Fiona Kerr is breaking into the male-dominated field of gaming with an internship at Serenity Forge, a video game development company in Boulder, Colo.

Kerr is working with a team of six other interns to develop a new game that is scheduled to be released at the end of the summer.
A native of Scotland, Kerr is an avid gamer who is majoring in graphic design communications at Stephens, where she has been able to tailor her studies to her interests.

“My advisor, Kate Gray, has been with me every step of the way,” Kerr said. “Even though she doesn’t personally have experience in the video game industry, she has been 100 percent supportive and one of my biggest advocates. She was the one who suggested I take a summer class on 3D modeling, which gave me skills I still use and is also where I met my game industry teacher and mentor, Jeff Byers.”

Kerr is an avid gamer who only recently decided to make it a career path.

“I have played video games since I was a kid, and I kept saying for the longest time I wanted to make video games or work for a game company some day,” she said. “Last year, I decided I should stop daydreaming and make it a reality.”

She credits attending Stephens for giving her the courage to pursue opportunities.

“Stephens has definitely helped me grow more confident, and part of that is because it is a women’s college,” she said.

Kerr found the internship through networking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where she went to present her portfolio of work from her graphic design classes at Stephens. There, she met the Serenity Forge team, and representatives suggested she apply.

“It might seem like an intimidating field to get in to,” she said, “but if it’s something you’re passionate about, it’s well worth it.”

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Livvy Runyon

Actuality Media

Livvy Runyon ’16 is headed to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where she’ll conduct an internship with Actuality Media, a highly selective documentary production company.

“It’s a huge blessing,” she said. “Not everyone gets this opportunity. I’m very thankful.”

Runyon will serve as a producer on a four-member crew that will film a person making a difference in his or her community.
Runyon won’t know the subject until she begins; however, the production company is focused on sharing stories of those making positive changes in the world. Once the team makes the documentary, it’s also on them to submit it to film festivals.

This isn’t Runyon’s first trip overseas, although it will be the first time she’s flying solo.

Last summer, she joined Assistant Professor Chase Thompson and another Stephens student, Jordan Laguna ’14, on a trip to Haiti, where they filmed a volunteer effort to build a school through the buildOn organization.

“The Haiti experience really helped,” she said. “It’s really competitive, so it helped that I had previous experience overseas.”

Runyon also credits her Stephens experience.

“I feel Stephens is so personal, and that’s what makes the difference,” she said. “The opportunities we get here and the people we get to meet are amazing.”

Filmmaker “Guinevere Turner was actually here on campus, reviewed my work and gave me feedback on my film. I still can’t believe that happened.”

Those connections and experience, Runyon said, are invaluable.

“It will make a difference in how far we go,” she said.

Runyon hopes to become a documentary filmmaker, although she hasn’t ruled out camera operation, especially for National Geographic or other types of programming. Next fall, she’s applying for a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.

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Alexis Hudson

Kentucky Horse Park

Alexis Hudson '16 will conduct her summer internship at Kentucky Horse Park, one of the largest and best equine competition facilities in the world.

“It’s huge,” she said. “Kentucky Horse Park is more than 1,000 acres, an equine theme park and a working horse barn—one of the only facilities of its kind.”
This summer, Hudson will take care of grooming in the park’s three barns: the Hall of Champions Barn, Horses of the World Barn and Big Barn.

“I’m really excited about the Big Barn and working with draft horses, which are a bigger breed of horse than I work with at Stephens,” she said.

During her internship, Hudson will also help prepare tours, presentations and horse shows.

Hudson applied for the internship at the suggestion of barn manager Sharon Marohl. After sending a cover letter and resume, the volunteer coordinator contacted her and invited her to the May 12 orientation.

Hudson transferred to Stephens from the University of Missouri to get a more equine-focused education. She praised Stephens' program for preparing her for the internship.

“Stephens has done a great job of preparing us for the real world,” she said. “I’m more excited than anything. I’m ready to put my skills to the test in the equine industry.”

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Sarah Vitel

San Lorenzo Bikinis

Sarah Vitel '16 landed her dream internship—which could turn into a dream job when she graduates.

Vitel applied for an intern position at San Lorenzo Bikinis, a prominent swimwear company in Hawaii.
A few days later, she got a call from the owner who interviewed her on the spot and asked one key question.

“They asked if I’d be willing to move if they offered me a job after graduation,” Vitel said. “Of course! I would love to grow with the company.”

At the company, Vitel, a fashion marketing and management major, will be a marketing assistant who will help manage the company’s social media and will assist with styling on photo shoots.

Although she found the internship through her own search, the Center for Career and Professional Development proved invaluable, she said.

“Everyone in the office helped me refresh my resume, plus my pre-internship class helped,” she said.

Vitel said Stephens more than prepared her to do the work. She praised faculty for their support and encouragement, and said having access to Stephens’ equipment closet—where she can check out cameras, video equipment and other items—has given her hands-on experience.

“It’s the little things that add up,” she said. “Having access to equipment and programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator really helps.”

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Katie Sharp

Cancer Research Center

Katie Sharp ’15 conducted an internship at the Cancer Research Center in Columbia the summer prior to her senior year—work that she has continued as part of her senior capstone project.

Specifically, Sharp and the research team are determining whether erwinia—a bacteria that causes plant rot but does not harm humans—will fight cancer cells while leaving healthy cells undisturbed.
The work involves testing lines of both malignant and healthy cells, and early results are promising.

Sharp got her first taste of hands-on research in 2013 when she and an equestrian student, Caroline Schwerzenbach ’13, teamed up to study deworming practices at the Stephens Equestrian Center.

“That’s when I got my foot in the door, and I knew I wanted an internship or summer opportunity that involved research.”

Sharp got in touch with Stephens alumna Alison Fea, senior technician and laboratory manager of the center, to secure the internship.

Although she’s learned plenty about cell responsiveness, bacteria and other molecular biology lessons through her research, Sharp said she also learned a lot about herself.

“My biggest take-away has been my ability to think independently and think critically,” she said. “I learned how to respond if an experiment does or doesn’t work, how to determine the next step and how to make sure I’m accurately representing the results.”

She said her Stephens education prepared her for the internship and research, which helped her secure a spot in graduate school. Sharp is now headed to the University of Oklahoma, where she’s been accepted to begin work toward a Ph.D. in chemistry. She’s found a researcher there doing similar bacteria therapy cancer studies and hopes to work with him.

“The courses here and research have prepared me well,” she said.

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Taylor Barber

Kansas City Fashion Week

Taylor Barber ’17 is conducting an internship this summer as the administrative assistant to the president of Kansas City Fashion Week.

“It’s a big deal,” she said. “I’ll be assisting her with model casting, designer coordination, marketing materials, social media, and event coordination and sponsors.”
While Barber has been a model for fashion week shows and already knew the president, she said the resume and portfolio she’s created while at Stephens “sealed the deal.”

“Connections get you far, but having something to show is better,” she said. “So this was a little luck and a lot of it all I’ve learned at Stephens.”

The internship is part of Barber’s strategic plan to keep her connected to the fashion industry in Kansas City. She’s determined to have a career that will help solidify Kansas City’s reputation as a fashion-forward city.

In addition to being part of fashion week, she’s also involved in The Fashion Accelerator of Kansas City, a new organization committed to making ethically responsible clothing in the community while providing jobs for at-risk women.

Barber is going to work at a resale shop this summer, as well, ensuring she’ll make even more connections in the industry.

After graduation, Barber plans to stay in Kansas City.

“I believe in the Kansas City market,” she said. “My peers have their sights set on New York or Los Angeles, but I just see the potential in that market. There’s a lot of growth and interest.”

At Stephens, she said she’s become ready to transition from model to fashion entrepreneur.

“I’m well versed in the industry,” she said. “I’m comfortable talking about fabric choices, marketing—anything that the boss throws at me, I can figure out, and that’s 100 percent attributed to Stephens. I’ve grown so much in my two short years. I’m thankful for that and excited to see where my next two years will take me.”

She said she’s also learned to believe in herself and has become more determined in her goals.

“At Stephens, I’m surrounded by amazing, strong, intelligent women, and that’s made me realize I’m an amazing, strong, intelligent woman.”

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Kyla Ranney

Jacob's Pillow Dance

Kyla Ranney ’15 is spending the summer in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts conducting an internship at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance, which will host more than 50 dance companies from around the world at its 2015 Dance Festival.

“It’s a great place to make connections and get my foot in the door,” she said.
The festival includes three free performances each week from June through August. There are also intensive courses for ballet, contemporary dance and musical theatre. As an intern, Ranney will have access to free courses as her schedule allows.

Part of a 33-member intern team, Ranney will help operate the festival, helping with ticketing and marketing. She’s ready: At Stephens, she’s gained box office experience, including helping promote productions on and off campus.

“I feel prepared,” she said. “I’m just really excited.”

Ranney will receive her three-year, two-summer B.F.A. in Dance in May. She says the best part of the program has been the guest artists and Stephens Summer Dance, which last summer brought in award-winning dancers and choreographers.

“Summer Dance is so intense,” she said. “It’s the hardest 6 ½ weeks I’ve ever had but also the best 6 ½ weeks I’ve ever had.”

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Sara Barnett

BOHAN Advertising

Sara Barnett '15 will have the chance to show off her graphic design skills at an award-winning ad agency this summer.

Barnett has an internship at BOHAN Advertising in Nashville, Tenn. An advertising giant, the agency works with clients such as Purina, Dollar General and Pigeon Forge tourism.
She’ll be part of a team of interns who will be assigned one client project to complete during the course of the summer.

“I’ll be the creative director, so I’ll oversee the design work—critiquing and editing designs and examining marketing products and materials,” she said.

Barnett has already worn the “creative director” hat on the staff of Creative Ink, the student-run marketing firm at Stephens. She also served as a graphic design intern for the Stephens College Office of Marketing and Communications.

“I feel very prepared for this position,” Barnett said. “The experience I’ve gotten here is extensive, so that’s helpful.”

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Heather Beger

Envelope Sky Productions

Heather Beger ’16 praises Stephens College faculty members for having work interests outside of the College. “It gives us opportunities to collaborate with them as professionals,” she said.

For Beger that means an internship at Envelope Sky Productions, a multi-media production company owned by Associate Professor Kate Berneking Kogut.
Through the company, Kogut has written and produced short films, including Nooner, which screened at the Beloit International Film Festival, the Kansas City Film Fest and Citizen Jane Film Festival.

Beger will serve as the company’s creative writer. She’ll help keep the social media presence updated and will contribute to Kogut’s “American Riviera” project. That’s a web series about a fictional town that includes a website with the town’s history, news, businesses and other features. Beger will write for the website.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “She’s got so many projects going on.”

Beger is majoring in creative writing with a minor in film. Her scripts are regularly chosen for the New Script Showcase, a professionally judged competition held at Stephens every spring.

Beger said knowing her professors have experience gives them extra credibility. In addition to Kogut, Professor Tina Parke-Sutherland is a published author, and Assistant Professor Kris Somerville is marketing director for The Missouri Review, the University of Missouri’s literary journal.

“They know what they’re talking about because they’ve done it,” Beger said. “They know what it takes professionally.”

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Sammy Dorman

Veterans United

Sammy Dorman ’16 is about to put her marketing skills to use when she takes on an internship at Veterans United, a Columbia-based business often ranked one of the best employers in the community and state.

“I’d always heard it was a great place to work, so I had it in the back of my mind,” Dorman said.
That paid off in her internship development class when a hiring manager from Veterans United was brought in to conduct mock interviews. Dorman made a connection and reached out to her again about a marketing internship. The manager told her about another internship opportunity in event planning and, after a follow-up interview, Dorman was hired.

Although she hasn't taken an event planning course yet at Stephens, Dorman said she feels prepared for the work.

“The marketing classes have helped me with organizational skills, and that’s key when it comes to planning events,” she said. “And it’s helped with my creativity. So I’m confident in my ability to do this. ... I’m excited. It’s going to be fun.”

Dorman said she hopes to apply that creativity throughout her career.

“I can see myself anywhere as long as I get to be creative,” she said.

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Delynn Uttecht

Crumpler Stables

Delynn Uttecht ’16 is conducting an internship this summer at Crumpler Stables in Simpsonville, Ky.

“It’s pretty prestigious,” she said. “I’m super excited.”
Crumpler specializes in training and sales of American Saddlebreds and Hackney Ponies. During her internship, Uttecht will serve as a grooming assistant and will work with trainers, teachers and clients. She will also live on the property and have the opportunity to attend a variety of horse shows in the area.

“I’m excited to attend horse shows on a different circuit,” she said. “I’m interested in seeing how they’re different.”

Crumpler Stables is owned by Kim and Fran Crumpler, who have served as clinicians at Stephens.

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Kyla Cherry

Seventeen, Elle

Kyla Cherry '16 grew up reading fashion publications and developing an eye for style—interests that brought her to Stephens.

Now—armed with a broad understanding of the industry she’s gained at Stephens—Cherry is spending this semester in New York City where she’s interning for Seventeen magazine. She credits her college experience for preparing her for the job, which is going well; Cherry is now preparing for a summer internship at Elle magazine.
“Stephens does a good job teaching you all of the skills you need such as graphic design and visual merchandizing,” she said. “Faculty members are committed to making sure you have an understanding of the industry across the board.”

At the prestigious teen fashion magazine, which was recently acquired by Cosmopolitan, Cherry works in the fashion closet, where she organizes samples and garments and assists with photo shoots.

She’s excited about the work, but also about meeting people and developing contacts within the industry, she said.

It’s not Cherry’s first time in the Big Apple. The Kansas City native spent the summer of 2011 playing the role of “Young Nala” in the Broadway production of “Lion King.” She was part of the traveling company and toured cities along the East Coast.

“I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was at the time; it was just ‘Lion King’ to me,” she said. “But I was paid to perform, so it allowed me to shop a lot and get exposed to different styles and what different cities had to offer.”

Her mother brought her to the Stephens campus for a tour when Cherry was 16.

“I fell in love with Stephens because it catered to the incoming student,” she said. “Everything was so personalized and it seemed so nurturing. I felt as though I belonged.”

At Stephens, she has taken advantage of a variety of opportunities, including studying abroad at the College of Fashion in London.

“It was truly amazing,” she said. “They taught me to trust my vision.”

Cherry worked with the Center for Career and Professional Development last semester to find an internship, which she expected to conduct during the summer. Seventeen offered her the semester internship with the caveat that she would be able to earn course credits. Her instructors worked with her to make sure that happened.

“They were happy to do it,” she said. “That’s what makes Stephens Stephens.”

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Sarah Coyan

Boeing Classic

Sara Coyan ’15 spent the summer before her senior year interning with Boeing Classic, a pro golf tournament on the Champions Tour held in August in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Coyan was a partnership intern, which meant she worked with sponsors to secure their signage, events and other promotional materials during the event.
“The internship involved everything—marketing, PR and event planning,” she said. “We covered literally all of that in my classes, so I was totally prepared. This incorporated every aspect of my major.”

Coyan got the internship after applying online and interviewing over the phone.

“The person who interviewed me wanted me to know what I was getting into,” Coyan said. “It was time-consuming work, so she wanted to make sure I knew exactly what I was getting into.”

Coyan is no stranger to long hours. In addition to coursework, she was also a member of Creative Ink, the student-run marketing firm on campus. She was account manager on the team that rebranded the City of Columbia’s transit system in 2014 and served as the firm director in 2015.

“That experience gave me an edge,” she said.

She hopes her internship gives her an edge, too, when it's time to start her career.

“I love sports, so it would be cool to incorporate sports into work that I love,” she said.

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Alexandra Hoffman

Dickerson Park Zoo, Endangered Wolf Center

Alexandra Hoffman '15 thought she wanted to work in zoo management until completing internships at both the Dickerson Park Zoo and the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis this summer.

“I actually prefer working with endangered animals,” she said. “It was a smaller center and had a close-knit feel.”
Getting a better understanding of what they want to do after graduation is one of the main purposes of summer internships, said Amanda Wooden, executive director of the Center for Career and Professional Development at Stephens.

“Internships allow students to test drive a career,” she said. “They experience daily life within their chosen field and find out if that’s really what they want to do.”

Hoffman, a biology major, was a keeper at the center, making sure endangered wolves had food and water, and overseeing tours of the facility. The center manages and breeds Mexican gray wolves to reintroduce them into the wild.

“Stephens prepared me well for the work,” she said, adding that the College’s partnership with the University of Missouri allowed her to take a specialized course in animal management.

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Lesta NewBerry

Renew Missouri

After completing a successful internship there during the summer, NewBerry '15 was hired as a policy assistant at Renew Missouri, a Columbia-based organization that promotes energy efficiency.

NewBerry discovered the internship opportunity while working in the Center for Career and Professional Development on campus.
“I had never heard of the organization, but I’m interested in advancing renewable energy,” she said. “I started in May and I loved it.”

The group hosts candidate and educational forums and other events to spread awareness around energy issues.

NewBerry previously interned for Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in Washington, D.C., and for the Missouri House of Representatives.

“I’ve always been interested in politics,” she said. “As a child, I would watch politicians on TV or listen to them on the radio and take notes.”

In her role, she enjoyed the opportunity to try her hand at lobbying legislators at the state capitol.

At Stephens, NewBerry is president of the senior class and formed a Young Democrats chapter on campus. She is majoring in Integrated Marketing and hopes to someday run for office herself.

Stephens, she said, is helping her prepare for that.

“I feel like I have so much more confidence than I had three years ago,” she said. “I am so much more prepared for public speaking and critical thinking.”

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Michaela Daniels

African Impact

When she was not teaching, volunteering at community gardens or working at a lion rehabilitation center, Michaela Daniels '15 spent the summer of 2014 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, teaching young people to “dream up.”

Daniels conducted a 12-week internship program through African Impact, a 10-year-old family-run organization that promotes volunteerism. While in Africa, she spent time teaching fourth-graders, doing errands for senior citizens and also working at a lion rehabilitation center.
Daniels—a marketing major who plays soccer and softball and is active in Student Government Association, Residential Life and Sigma Sigma Sigma—started the program last May, about a month after Stephens launched its “dream up” campaign. Daniels took the brand to heart and to Zimbabwe with her.

“I have been preaching the ‘dream up’ concept since I arrived,” Daniels said during the internship. “I told” some of the older children that “where I go to school, we strive to better ourselves through experiences and education. We use our strengths to follow our dreams. I asked them if they could do anything in the entire world, what would they do.”

One young man said he wanted to be an artist, so Daniels encouraged him to sell paintings and drawings to volunteers. In the first week, he and another boy sold $210 worth of artwork. Daniels helped them figure out how much they needed to purchase materials and encouraged them both to invest the remaining money wisely. Both decided to put their earnings toward fees to attend schools.

Daniels then contacted her high school, which agreed to donate supplies. She also arranged for sponsors to pay for a trip to a city in Zimbabwe to help them get passports.

“They may not use them in the next 10 years, but knowing the possibility is there if they have the chance to get out, that’s good enough for me.”

Daniels credits Stephens for preparing her for the overseas experience.

“I have learned responsibility,” she said. “I felt a sense of responsibility, and Stephens gave me the tools to follow it. Leadership: I quickly became a team leader here. I have organized and helped start many projects,” including a classroom improvement campaign and a senior citizen project.

Daniels said she’d gone to Africa with “big visions” to make positive impacts on poverty, health concerns and other problems there. Although she realizes she couldn’t turn things around on her own in three months, “you can help shape it for a little better tomorrow. I thought I would change lives, but the life that’s been changed has been my own.”

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Mary Eifert

Fashion House of Rachel Marie Hurst LLC

As an assistant design intern at the Fashion House of Rachel Marie Hurst LLC in Denver, Mary Eifert '15 got experience in not only fashion but also in marketing and graphic design.

She helped owner and founder Rachel Hurst design party dresses for a new line that supports the “We Are Women” campaign. The campaign and designs aim to highlight the unique qualities and strengths of different women. Eifert assisted Hurst with design, source fabrics and sewing the garments.
On Saturdays, Eifert also worked in fashion, meeting with clients and assisting in fittings for custom bridal gowns.

She helped Hurst prepare for the fashion market day in Denver, as well. Eifert made products for Hurst’s boutique at the event and helped with inventory and advertising.

Her most significant project, however, was redesigning the company’s website, developing a new online shopping feature. One of three interns, Eifert was selected to take on the redesign project because of her skills in marketing and graphic design, as well as fashion. The work involves taking photographs of garments and redesigning the site’s layout.

“Stephens has prepared me for this internship by providing me with a well-rounded education,” Eifert said. “I am aware of all aspects in industry from business and marketing, graphic design and, of course, fashion design. I have a leg up in pattern making and sewing skills. And the tight deadlines at school have taught time management, so I am able to balance all internship tasks, summer classes and working part time.”

Eifert said the experience was eye-opening.

“I have realized my strengths and weaknesses and that I am capable of more than I originally thought,” she said. “I have already gotten to work on so many different things, I’ve developed a better idea of what direction I want to move in as a designer and where I want to be after graduation.”

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Emily Marchant

Missouri House of Representatives

Emily Marchant '14 spent a semester of college interning as a legislative assistant for Rep. Rep. Jeff Pogue, R-Salem, and Rep. Randy Pike, R-Adrian, at the Missouri House of Representatives in Jefferson City.

“My first day at the capitol shocked me,” she said. “I expected to be in a stern setting, but I found the representatives’ office to be a comfortable environment in which to work.”
Marchant secured it through the career services office at Stephens. Her job consisted of answering phones, writing grant letters and speaking with citizens from multiple districts. Hearing about people’s concerns and helping them with their situations has been eye opening, she said.

“I see now how important representatives are to a community,” Marchant said.

A native of Oregon, Marchant found Stephens through a visit from an admissions counselor. At Stephens, she worked on Stephens Life, the student-run magazine; served on the staff of Creative Ink, the student-run marketing firm; and was co-editor of Harbinger, the award-winning literary journal.

The internship opened a whole new career path.

“I never realized I’d want to be a legislative assistant,” she said. “I didn’t consider it going in, but I really enjoy the work and the environment.”

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