Connor Phelps ‘20 Business Development Intern SafeHiring Solutions– I would like to start by thanking the CIBE at Wabash for providing me with the opportunity, as well as the funding that has made this internship possible. I would also like to thank the staff at SafeHiring Solutions for supporting and pushing me to develop as my internship continues.

For those who do not know, SafeHiring Solutions LLC is a background company founded by its CEO Mike McCarty. Mr. McCarty also found two other LLC in SafeVisitor Solutions, a management system, and RefLynk, and automated reference checking system. For my internship, I am working with the Business Development Team and was specifically assigned to Technical Analysis. This could include anything from conducting research of a new system or application that would benefit the company to testing the API connection between two websites and then providing reports on your findings – both of which I have been given the opportunity to do in my short time at SafeHiring Solutions.

            On Day 2 of my internship, the Business Development Team provided me with my first project for the summer.  I was tasked with finding a software that would allow us to record via webcam or screen casting, edit the existing and new videos for educational or marketing purposes, have the ability to convert videos into multiple formats as needed, and allow us to track any analytics of the videos we were to post. Without any prior knowledge of video editor systems, I was able to educate myself on some of the specifics of the video editing world and more specifically what would be most constructive for the company. After multiple days of research, I was able to download multiple systems that fulfilled all required fields and compare their user-friendliness.  By the end of the week, I was able to present a full report, with multiple demonstrational videos for reference, of which software I believed to be best to the CEO and Executive VP & COO.  Since the approval, I have been able to edit and create between fifteen and twenty videos, post them to YouTube channels I created for the separate LLCs, have them embed in the websites for the companies, and track multiple analytics to see what type of videos receive the most spotlight for future reference in future videos.

I believe it is important to note that coming into this internship, I was not a technically savvy individual. Through this internship, SafeHiring Solutions has taught me a significant amount of how the technical side of a business is operated. When I began this internship, I did not have the slightest clue what and API is; within two weeks, SafeHiring had taught me so much that I was able conduct tests on whether the API was properly connecting two websites.

Once again, I would like to thank SafeHiring Solutions and the CIBE at Wabash for the opportunity and I look forward to finding out where it can lead me in the future.