Melcher ’23: Trek10

Hello, my name is Max Kercheval. I am a rising sophomore at Wabash College and this summer I interned at a company called Trek10 through the CIBE program. At Trek10, I was mentored by Shane Fimbelthe Co-Founder and CEO of the company. Some of my tasks for the summer included working in programs like Google Spreadsheets, Salesforces, Y-Combinator, etc. I was tasked with many projects this summer that keep me busy and excited for what was next. I was given tasks like sorting through the Trek10 Google Drive and Salesforce account and looking for documents like NDA’s, MSA’s, and SOW’s that Trek10 may have with the clients in these two places. Another project I had worked on was creating heatmaps through a program called HotJar. I would copy each URL from each tab of the Trek10 website and put in through the HotJar system to record the number of visits to every page to see where the most traffic is in the Trek10 website. The two most important projects I worked on this summer, however, were going through the master sales spreadsheet of Trek10’s and making Comparative Bar Graphs with totals of sales ranging from present to December of 2018. The end goal of the graphs is to show the trend in which Trek10 is heading with their sales, where their high point was, and where their low point was. The graphs that I have created with these two projects have been used in every sales team meeting since their creation and will continue to be in use after I have finished my internship with Trek10. Something I am grateful for learning with this experience is time management. With this internship, there were times where I was juggling two or three projects at a time and I had to figure out how to divide my time evenly between them. Having the presence of mind to do this has enhanced my way of planning and prepping for the days ahead. Having learned this critical skill will help me tremendously with the rest of my time at Wabash and I could not be more thankful to Roland, Alejandro, Anthony, Shane, and the whole Trek10 family for giving me this wonderful opportunity to showcase my knowledge and help me growand develop more than I ever thought I could!

Stefan ’21: Legal Aid Society of Louisville

 The Legal Aid Society represents clients from marginalized communities in the counties surrounding Louisville, Kentucky. Nestled within their office in downtown Louisville, the Legal Aid Society aims at addressing aquestion persistentamongunderrepresented clients who require assistance: how do I navigate the justice system? The Legal Aid Society matches these individuals with experienced attorneys compartmentalized into various Family Units. Each unit specializes in a unique facet of civil law, rangingfrom assisting clients handling eviction threats to waving debts levied by the IRS.

As the Jeffrey Been Fellow, my internship experience is centered within the Development Unit, which hosts fundraising campaigns, applies for public grants, and builds strong rapport with the surrounding community. Daily activities vary from using platforms like Blackbaud Razors Edge to collect information on donors from established law firms to compiling litigation dockets that provide brief summaries of client cases.

Furthermore, Nick Maraman ,the Senior Attorney managing the Economic Stability Unit and a Wabash alumnus, provided me with the opportunity to help complete and file forms for expungements. Typically, misdemeanors and traffic violations remain on an individual’s criminal record for an established period of time, which becomes a potentialissue forseeking employment. Expungement follows as a court-ordered process that erases past misdemeanors from one’s record, providing manywith an invaluable opportunity to financially re-establish themselves with a stable job.

Interning with the Legal Aid Society appealed to me as the most effective means of informing my decision to attend law school. Exposure to the intricacies of the legal process and the necessary means for sustaining the impactful services provided by the organization reshapedmy perception of the judicial system. The Legal Aid Society appeals to the lawto protectthe unheard voices in society byupholding their rights to unprejudiced legal representation. I am beyond grateful to Wabash College for funding this valuable experience, and the staff at the Legal Aid Society for granting me the opportunity to work within the organization.

Thompson ’23: Bridge Builder Strategies

My name is Liam Thompson and I am currently working as an intern for Bridge Builder Strategies based out of Indianapolis for the summer. At Bridge Builders, we are focused on creating a measurable impact in our community. We aim to do this by tackling someof society’s most pressing issues in various areas such as poverty, education and more. Currently, I am working with a team in order to research and develop actionable steps in order to improve experiential education for college students and beyond. We are working both with Wabash and various other institutions in order to better understand and develop experiential learning opportunities as students prepare for what lies beyond college. As we are transitioning from the research to action phase, some of my duties involve identifying specific areas which we can target to improve as well as establishing contacts to do so.

Throughout my experience so far, I have learned how to effectively distribute research tasks amongst a team in order to come to a better understanding of a topic. I believe my abilities to find important and relevant information within my research as well as how to effectively communicate what I have learned have improved greatly in the process. Another extremely valuable set of skills and habits I have begun to establish involves how to effectively approach a potential client. There are many subtleties within both the best way to address a client and in how proposals are composed which play heavily into what kind of response one may receive. These are all skills I plan to use in whatever professional endeavors I take on during and after Wabash.

I have also learned many extremely beneficial skills in my experiences with the CIBE Business Innovation Program this summer. One session which I found to be quite applicable was the financial bootcampwith recent alumnus Zack Carlwho taught us several skills from using excel to what finance is in general. I did not have a great knowledge of finance before and feel much more comfortable with the idea of it now and plan to use what I learned in both my personal and professional life. I have already found the skills we learnedin excel to be useful in my work at Bridge Builders in keeping records of potential clients organized in order to help the business run more smoothly.

Strain ’22: Archon Tech

This summer I was fortunate enough to be able to work remotely for a company called Archon Tech. I did so much and learned even more, from marketing to website development. I began the summer by creating and editing service desk articles for a security software (CSA360) that is used daily by security professionals across the United States. Through working with CSA360 I was able to practice my Amazon Web Service skills (AWS) by launching three separate Amazon instances as well as creating routing policies, CloudWatch alarms and logs. I created documentation for trouble shooting any possible problems within AWS that could come up after my internship has finished. Not only did I set up CloudWatch about the instance, but I was also able to determine the best possible time to perform server maintenance that would have the least likely chance to interrupt and users using the software. Not only did I do software development and IT solutions, but I also was able to practice my sales skills by cold calling over a hundred different security companies. Along with making cold calls, I also created several different user personas and journey maps that are used for further development and marketing of the CSA360 software. By working for Archon Tech I was able to get creative when making these user personas, as well as making a pitch deck that can potentially be used in the future when attempting to gain new cliental. To help CSA360 stay at the top of security software I conducted extensive research on competitors and made a lengthy competitive analysis. Throughout the internship I gained many professional skills that will help me stay competitive for future internships and jobs. These skills include knowledge and use about various software such as Slack, Jira and Salesforce. I learned what it means to work remotely and what is expected of me as far as communication, teamwork and accountability. I was taught how to create pitch decks, user personas as well as how to conduct a competitive analysis. Working for Archon Tech was a dream and I cannot imagine a better way to spend my summer.

Bailey ’21: Mielke Fellowship

Joel Bailey ’21–This summer, I did a computer science research internship for Wabash College. I worked with Dr. McCartin-Lim virtually; we would meet for about an hour daily. We typically discussed what we accomplished the previous day, and then planned out our next steps. After each meeting, I worked independently for the rest of the day. Each day, I was usually either reading through relevant research papers or working with the code provided by the authors of those papers. The research project is in its early phases, so we are currently focusing on learning from previous research.

The objective of our research is to apply machine learning techniques to proving mathematical theorems. Writing proofs is about using hypotheses that are assumed to be true to reach some conclusion. A simple example would be “Assume that Matt gave Dana an apple. In conclusion, Dana has an apple.” There already exist programs that automatically prove theorems, but our goal is to use machine learning for that task. A machine learning model identifies patterns in large amounts of data, and these patterns can be tested. For example, a model that receives a large dataset of cat images may learn to look for whiskers or cat eyes. Afterward, when the model is asked to identify if an image has a cat, it will look for those patterns and report its conclusion. Machine learning has been successful with problems previously solved only with human intuition, not with technology.

There are a lot of different models available. My primary duty was to find the model that worked best with our research. There was a lot of reading involved; I had to analyze the models and results from previous research and identify each paper’s key points. They were usually not easy to read. I often had to reread passages to understand the technical details behind the researchers’ models. Sometimes researchers publicly released the code they used for their research, which was useful for me to get a hands-on approach to the model they were using. Even if the researcher’s experiments were not relevant to proving theorems, I could still reuse their model to work with a problem that is more relevant to proofs. Running the code was often resource-intensive, so a big challenge was to keep my laptop from overheating.

I learned from this experience that it takes a lot of work to get the foundation for anyone’s research. Before this internship, I already noticed that research papers of any field often had many references to previous documents and data. Now, I appreciate how much work goes into reading and compiling all of those references. Based on my experience, it seems researchers may have to go through many papers that do not end up directly contributing to their research, which may be two or three times the number of papers the researchers do reference.

Eaton ’22: Career Services

Jeremiah Eaton ’22–This summer, I have had the pleasure of working with the Wabash College Career Services department as an Operations Intern. Over the course of this internship, I have worked ona variety of tasks which I find to be very rewarding. On the one hand, I’ve been working with Career Services administrators and faculty on the Freshmen Fifteen program. This program is designed to integrate the incoming freshmen into the world of resumes, LinkedIn, and Handshake to get them ready for the world of job searching and applications. The Freshmen Fifteen program requires certain steps to be met by the incoming freshmen including the aforementioned tasks of completing a resume (which Includes creating a LinkedIn profile), activating Handshake accounts, and receiving goodies from Career Services (getting a food bag and a free t-shirt). Once these steps are completed, freshmen are then eligible to enter a raffle for either GameStop gift cards or a Nintendo Switch. During the creation of this year’s Freshmen Fifteen program, our team brainstormed possible themes to follow and ultimately chose video games. Video games connect dearly to our young generation, so it seemed like an easy choice. This themealso made the rest of the program creation fun as we created a sample resume for the popular video game character Mario. I also created the flyer graphic for the Freshmen Fifteen program that might be seen on campus this coming semester. Other than this, I have been steadily reviewing and providing feedback for resumes that are submitted through Handshake. It has been a very rewarding task to review resumes because I have seen quite a few peoples’ resumes change dramatically after following my advice in myfeedback. It was also very nice to see what some of my fellow Wabash brothers have been doing this summer as well as what big things they have accomplished. Obviously, these are private things, but nonetheless it is always interesting when I review resumes.

Through this internship, I have learned the importance of holding myself accountable to complete the tasks I set out for myself in a timely manner, especially since the internship was virtual this year. I did not have an environment that made sure I was doing what I was supposed to be doing, so taking the initiative to spend time completing even the smallest tasks as soon as possible was very important and helped me become a more productive intern. I also learned how fun trying new things is! I never saw myself as a Career Services type of worker, but after working with the department, it has been nothing less than eye-opening and fun! You will not always like what you do, but this was not the case for me this summer.

Daly ’23: Safe Hiring Solutions

James Daly ’23–This summer, I had the great privilege of serving behind the scenes as a research consultant while interning remotely for Isaac Wynne ‘19 at background check/security solutions company Safe Hiring Solutions LLC beside four other Wabash students. During this time, our short-term goal focused on reaching out to nationwide affiliates, informing them of a state-of-the-art innovation for ensuring the safety of every visitor and employee giventhe ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although this provided me invaluable first-hand exposure to the world of marketing, my primary experiences centered around compiling information about Safe Hiring Solutions’s clients. Because of this necessary research, I gained the opportunity to build from my high school-acquired skills in Microsoft Excel to create countless individually formatted spreadsheets specifically tailored to each client. Furthermore, it unexpectedly honed my soft skills in communication by requiring me to touch base with multiple business owners and government officials to retrieve any obscured contact information.
Also, my experience at Safe Hiring Solutions received supplementation through my engagement with Wabash’s Business Innovation Program. This program instilled in me an array of applicable approaches of problem-solving and analytical thinking via discussion-oriented meetings concerning a wide range of topics: effectively using Excel, understanding emotional intelligence, implementing A3 thinking, etc. Moreover, the program placed me in the shoes of a business manager through rigorous Harvard Business School case studies and challenged me to consider, debate, and concede upon solutions among my peers at a postgraduate level. All in all, the BIP broadened my comprehension of the day-to-day workings in business management which applied to my main internship by introducing to me the operational rationale of Safe Hiring Solutions as a company. Through this novel outlook, I recognized the true significance of my work for them, promptly responding by garnering responsibility in setting deadlines for myself and even discovering unconventionally efficient ways of locating information.

Goodwin ’23: Marion County Prosecutor’s Office

Jakob Goodwin ’23–I am interning at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office this summer. I am an undergraduate intern for all four court teams, meaning I can potentially help every prosecutor in the office. My duties vary every day. For the past three weeks, I have been reviewing parole records and putting together a timeline for one of my managing prosecutors. On multiple occasions, I have had to help schedule depositions or taped statements with witnesses. One of my other major responsibilities is listening to jail calls. Calls by inmates, except for those to lawyers, are available to the police and the prosecutors, so someone has to listen to them. I have not heard anything of any importance, but others have heard substantive things and we mainly hear conversations with family and friends. 

On the education end, I have learned more about practical legal practice than I could have thought. Throughout my week of orientation, we had many classes about legal procedure and the responsibilities of lawyers. Theseincluded discovery procedures, rules and policies regarding depositions and statements amongst other things. We had a shortened version of criminal procedure where we learned about the process from an arrest to a conviction.From the booking process to trial tactics and when a prosecutor should let a case go.

My most important education was not an actual education experience but more of a life experience that has made an impact. I was simply responding to phone calls when I got sort of wrapped up in a case. This defendant had gotten COVID-19 and was transported to the hospital without anyone knowing. His parents were calling and asking what was going on, and long story short, the charges were dropped after he had gone on dialysis. I learned a lot about how to treat people and what justice means. That experience will follow me and will be useful when I become a prosecutor.


Seidler ’22: Division II Summer Intern

Hunter Seidler ’22: This summer, I’ve had the privilege of working with Professor Todd McDorman toresearch Indiana’s baseball history. Over the first couple of weeks, I collected 48 scholarlyarticles covering the exploits of Pete Rose and his recent attempts to achieve reinstatement tothe MLB. In addition, I compiled a comprehensive list of 380 professional baseball players, pastand present, from Indiana. After completing this, I selected a player from my list who did notpossess a biography on the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) website: CraigCounsell. Counsell spent 16 seasons in the majors, but many in the Midwest may know himbetter as the current manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. After contacting a few members of theBrewers’ front office, I secured a 30-minute interview with Counsell; it is exceptionally rare for aperson without media credentials–much less a college student–to get access to such ahigh-level sports personality, so I was very grateful for the opportunity.

After probing the Internet for articles and statistics, I worked on writing the biography forthe entirety of June and into July. After some revisions, I presented the biography to SABR’seditors and ultimately published it to the SABR website.

I thoroughly enjoyed this internship for a few reasons. First, the process of compilingscholarly articles, amassing extensive lists and publishing a biography improved my ability asboth a researcher and a writer. Second, gaining membership to the Society for AmericanBaseball Research afforded me access to an incredible amount of information about one of myfavorite sports and allowed me to deeply explore the history of the game. Third, while Wabashoffers many opportunities to improve performance as an ​interviewee​, this internship improvedmy skills as an ​interviewer​. The Craig Counsell interview forced me to step out of my comfortzone, as it was the first time I had conducted an interview and I felt a fair amount of pressure tomake sure it went smoothly.

I’d like to sincerely thank Professor McDorman and the Wabash College RhetoricDepartment for making this experience possible. While this was a summer without sports formany, I got to appreciate a game I love from a new perspective while honing professional skills.This internship was truly a game-changer.

Egan ’22: WLAIP Summer Institute

Henry Egan ’22: Throughout the past few weeks, I have had the privilege to work with the Doctors Sarah and Jeff Drury on their edited book Rhetoric, Politics, and Hamilton: An American Musical. This experience has been rewarding in many ways.

First, I was able to familiarize myself with Hamilton and its intricacies. I was not very familiar with the musical before this internship, so it was a joy to take a deeper dive into the musical itself but also the many creative processes that worked together to create this phenomenon. As an English major, I greatly enjoy analyzing and taking apart a text so being able to read people’s critiques on the show was very interesting. I was excited to gain a new appreciation for the musical as well as for musicals as an art form in general.

My duties have been to assist the Doctors Drury in the various stages of preparing a book for publication. This included copy editing, proofreading, indexing, and organizing other materials for publication. Most of this process was completely foreign to me before the start of this internship. I have had to learn about and teach myself the steps of the publication process. I had to perform copy editing and proofreading referring to the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style as well as the style choices outlined by the publisher. This was a big change from my experience editing my academic papers. Indexing was an entirely new skill for me. It was fascinating to learn about the nuances of creating an effective index and then apply mine knew knowledge to compile one for this book.

The fact that I (like most people) have been doing this internship remotely has been a challenge. I have had to hone my communication abilities so that I can do the best work possible.

Overall this has been an extremely rewarding experience. It was intriguing to learn new skills that I can apply to my future schoolwork at Wabash. This experience has also opened my eyes to a new potential career path in copy editing that I did not consider before. I greatly appreciate Roland Morin and the
Doctors Drury for this opportunity to expand my horizons this summer.

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