26. March 2013 08:30
An internship is an invaluable experience for any college student. Before receiving that diploma, it is imperative for each student to begin his/her professional career while still in school. This parallel experience exposes students to real-life application of academic theory and teachings, acclimates prospective graduates to various professional cultures, and builds the students personal brand and professional network.
More important than academics is having the knowledge and experience to apply them. Each internship provides a student with real-life problem-solving skills in a professional atmosphere. As a double major at Cleveland State University with two years ago, I chose to participate in multiple internships in parallel with my academic career because school can only teach us so much. College teaches us the theories and fundamentals applied in our industries, but life experiences make those fundamentals a reality with complex problems and evolutionary solutions. Confucius verbalizes this concept best: “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
As well as acclimating the student to the professional realm of business, interning is a chance to find one's niche in the grand scheme of one's career. A business is about more than just processes and people. Each company has a culture structured through missions and values, implemented through management, and executed through people. Thogus has a unique, family-like culture and set of processes known as “the Thogus way.” Thogus and its people have created a welcoming, energetic, high-paced environment providing a productive and pleasant work space for all. An internship gives the student a jumpstart on finding where he or she fits as an individual. After all, as human beings, we long to fit in a culture similar to who we are and how we think. The culture is the face of the company.
Lastly, every internship helps a student develop a professional network all her (or his) own. During this fast-paced and communication-driven generation, the importance of networking is at an all-time high. Every student will establish connections all over the city in which she works to build her “personal brand.” Thogus has been an amazing opportunity to learn with this team as they grow and expand and meet some fantastic people to remain in my network of professional people for years to come.
My internship at Thogus has been an eye-opening experience. I have never worked somewhere so many people were happy with where they work. As a rapidly growing small business, Thogus is commemorated for its game-changing innovation and technology in the manufacturing industry as well as ability to maintain a positive, energetic work atmosphere. “The Thogus Experience” has been memorable for from a perspective of real-life application, great culture, and fantastic additions to my network.
Written By: Kristen DeSantis