Bolen ’22 – Archon Tech

Thomas Bolen ’22 — To begin I would like to thank all of the gracious alumni donors to the Dill Fund that makes
opportunities like these possible. I would like to personally thank Roy Kaplan at Career services
for all of his help.

This summer I had the opportunity to work for Tony Unfried ‘03 and his company Archon Tech.
I worked for the security software division of Archon Tech. Among many other projects like client
prospecting and advertisement creation, I learned how to navigate the software and in turn do
quality control for it as well. Over the course of two months I learned about what goes into
project management and what that requires, numerous marketing & advertising strategies, user
interface/user experience and the design process, project creation and how to pitch it, and
finally important concepts that are needed to be successful in the technology market.

Overall, this experience was fantastic. It is always exciting to learn new things and become
wiser in real-world realities and this internship definitely provided both. Everyone on the staff
was a big help not just professionally but personally. This internship has definitely helped me
determine what I want my future to be and how to get there.

Nolan ’22 – Film Research Project

Jack Nolan ’22 — During the summer of 2021, I had the privilege of writing and directing my own film. I would like to thank many individuals for their collaboration and help over the course of this summer; however, it would simply not have been possible from the start if not for the generous support of the Dill family that I have gained through my collaboration with Roland Morin. 

For my project, I was able to meet and get ahold of fellow Wabash students and alumni who shared the same dreams and passion for the film industry as I do. For an all Male school in the middle of Indiana to bring extraordinary individuals with varying experiences and talents together for a project like this was amazing. 

Although I have not completely finished the project, I am looking forward to sharing the production this upcoming year and letting everyone experience the power of storytelling and perspective created by the diverse individuals who helped me put the story together. Thank you again to all of my supporters near and from afar, and I look forward to sharing my film soon. 

Kadel ’22 – Hoosiers Heartland State Bank

Willie Kadel ’22 — First, I would like to thank the Dill Family Fund for granting me this opportunity to grow in my professional career at Hoosier Heartland State Bank. I would also like to thank Lacey Rogers and Lana Buck for their help in offering this great experience to me. They gave me the opportunity to learn about many aspects of banking. From the teller line to human resources, to marketing, they were there to guide and teach me the in’s and out’s. Because of this experience, I found a great interest in marketing and banking.

This summer, as a marketing intern I was in charge of assisting the marketing team wherever possible. Typically, this meant scheduling and posting social media content. During my 8 weeks with HHSB, I scheduled 3 posts weekly highlighting our team, the bank, and most importantly our community. Outside of social media, I assisted the marketing team in event planning for both community events and other customer events such as the upcoming Ag-Expo in Montgomery County. The best part of this internship was the work I got to do promoting these events. I spent lots of time utilizing and honing my Photoshop and Illustrator skills to create appealing flyers, newspaper ads, and even posters for our various events.

Overall, throughout my experience, I learned how to play my part in the team to achieve something great. I learned about the community and all the great things we are doing to make the area we live in a better place. Once again, I’d like to thank the Dill Family Fund, Hoosier Heartland State Bank, and the Wabash Career Services Office for this opportunity.

Drehs ’23 – Leonard-McDowell

Nick Drehs ’23 — First, I would like to thank the Dill Family Fund for allowing me to broaden my horizons this summer during my internship at Leonard-McDowell in Zionsville, IN. Also, I want to thank CEO Frank Leonard ’86 and Katy Copsey for providing an experience that has taught me more than I could ask. Because of this experience, I have found more interest in the world of technology.

This summer, I have been challenged to manage content and sales reach to five different technology companies in Indiana. Mainly working for Leonard-McDowell, my objective was to promote social media engagement and bring more awareness to the names of companies. CEO Frank Leonard ’86 is a venture capitalist, specifically in the technology industry. My work came from networking, researching, and creating relationships. I wrote around 15 blog posts covering the companies we were a vendor for and Leonard-McDowell itself. The goal of these posts was to spread awareness of what LM provides and how it is beneficial to our target audience. Also, I reached out to potential clients and set up meetings while growing my network. The best part of the internship was the meeting and presentation with fellow intern Nick Goode ’22, and I gave to the Secretary of State, Holli Sullivan, regarding our Wabash internship. By participating and asking questions, I found myself growing professionally.

Throughout my internship, I have learned and managed content for a different industry that I was not familiar with at first. Metaphorically speaking, CEO Frank Leonard ’86 repeatedly told us to drink from the fire hose. The tasks and obligations required of the interns were challenging and rewarding. This summer has provided me with both life and business skills. Our internship motto was, “Be bold, let’s go!” We had to be confident in networking, creating meetings, and ourselves when conversating with anyone. I was also fortunate enough to be mentored by Mike Ramirez from Clear Software. Mike Ramirez spent time once a week teaching the interns sales strategies. I learned sales from more of a confident and natural conversing realm. My summer internship was beneficial to me and my confidence in my skills in the business world.

All in all, it was an unbelievable experience, and I am grateful to everyone who made it possible!

Goode ’22 – Leonard-McDowell

Nick Goode ’22 — First off, I would like to thank the Dill Fund for its generosity. As one can imagine, obtaining an internship this summer was no easy task. Companies and businesses were selective when making decisions. The Dill Small Business Fund (DSBF) funded my summer experience while learning valuable business lessons.

The company that I ended up interning for this summer was Leonard-McDowell. Leonard-McDowell is a small venture capital firm located in Zionsville, IN. This firm mainly focuses on investing in Indiana technology startups. The firm is operated by CEO Frank Leonard ’86. During this internship, I made numerous connections and have had some great experiences, such as presenting to the Indiana Secretary of State to discuss what Leonard-McDowell does while figuring out how they help Indiana businesses. I was also able to expand my network to more than just the Wabash Mafia, which I believe is not easy. However, the most interesting, and to be frank, the most meaningful experience I had during this internship was doing a sales pitch to a board member from Sharpen, a call center software company. Not only was I presenting to a board member of a company, but I was also presenting at the Silo Auto Club after I was able to tour all the fancy cars in his garage.

The most important part about this internship was discovering my strengths and weaknesses. I was able to get a lot of feedback on my strengths and weaknesses and what I can do better when presenting and speaking in a business setting. Moreover, I discovered my likes and dislikes about business and help narrow down what kind of position I would like to end up in after graduating from Wabash College in the upcoming spring. All in all, none of this would have been possible if it were not for the Dill Fund.

Proctor ’23 – Crawfordsville | Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Sam Proctor ’23 — First, I want to thank the Dill Grant and Small Business Internship Fund (SBIF) for making my internship a reality. This summer, I interned at the Crawfordsville | Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Crawfordsville, IN.

In particular, I learned numerous new skills and attempted to master some of those skills. I experienced the day-to-day life of working in a nonprofit that focuses solely on giving back to the community. For instance, I interacted with associates and business owners in the community. Moreover, I navigated and helped construct a new website for the Crawfordsville | Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

Nonetheless, my favorite part was helping create the annual golf scramble organized by the Crawfordsville | Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. The annual golf scramble consisted of gathering support and donations from businesses across Montgomery County, setting up prizes and awards, helping run the golf outing itself, and ensuring that the participants understand the rules. The fundraiser supports many of the events throughout the year the Crawfordsville | Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce organizes annually. All in all, interning at the Crawfordsville | Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce brought me a sense of responsibility and pride.

Despain ’22 – Amazon Web Services (AWS)

James Despain ’22 — First, I want to thank the Dill Fund, the Wabash Career Services Office, and the Center for Innovation, Business & Entrepreneurship (CIBE) at Wabash College for making my summer internship a reality. This summer, I interned with Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Demand Generation Intern at their headquarters in Seattle, WA. AWS is the most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform that helps customers lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster. The experience I had working with AWS gave me the hands-on experience to deliver better results to customers while diving deep into my ideas at the same time.

The internship gave us different projects in which we utilized the skills we developed to deliver key points of data and improvements to help customers migrate through the cloud. For one project, I created and presented business outcomes for a publicly-traded cybersecurity company where revenue growth accelerated by 8% and increased the total obtainable market by 17% over three years. In particular, one project revolved around a made-up company that wants to move to the cloud. I was assigned to deliver a mock presentation that helped explain the benefits of moving to the cloud, compared their current infrastructure with AWS services, and presented an AWS architecture that solved their needs and cut current costs. Our final project provided me with hands-on experience owning core demand generation responsibilities, including researching accounts, executing strategic prospecting/outreach, and engaging in meaningful conversations with AWS prospects to build a high-quality pipeline and acquire new customers.

During the first month of my internship, I earned my AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification. The certification gave me the knowledge to better understand the beneficial tools that AWS offers to better the experience for their customers while on their journey working with AWS services and solutions. Furthermore, I worked alongside Solutions Architects at AWS to build out a mock architecture structure of AWS services where Wabash College could implement cloud computing to deliver computing power, databases, storage, applications, and other IT resources. The cloud-based architecture helps reduce IT costs while improving security and reliability for students and staff at the College.

All in all, the opportunities that Wabash College has granted me and prepared me for are something that no other institution could have afforded me. Without the help of the Dill Fund, the Wabash Carer Services Office, and the CIBE, I would not have been able to experience this opportunity!

Egan ’22 – Building Essential Skills Together, Inc. (B.E.S.T)

Henry Egan ’22 — I am an English Literature major with a double minor in Asian Studies and Gender Studies. I am a member of shOUT and the Center for Innovation, Business & Entrepreneurship (CIBE) at Wabash College. Thank you to the Dill Fund for funding my summer experience. I want to thank Seth Nunan, Lindsay Knez, Frank Knez, Associate Dean Roland Morin, and the alumni donors for this experience. Dr. Crystal Benedicks and Ms. Deborah Woods at Wabash College were also great resources.

This summer, I had the privilege of working with Building Essential Skills Together, Inc. (B.E.S.T.) as a grant writing and research intern. B.E.S.T. is a non-profit that provides skill-development workshops, supported employment, and volunteer opportunities to adults of all abilities. B.E.S.T. ultimately wants the individuals they serve to leave their programs with the skills and confidence needed to find fulfilling employment and seeks to address the needs of individuals with a disability that might require additional assistance to become independent members of the community.

As an English major, I am accustomed to writing. Grant writing, however, posed a new challenge. Grant proposals call for the writer to tell a story of their funding organization. Like any subgenre of writing, this poses its own set of challenges. I had to learn strict attention to detail. When researching granters and applications, one must be careful to ensure the granter is a good fit for your organization and fits the requirements for the grant. This research required much time searching across databases for eligible grant opportunities. Writing grant applications and proposals showed me the importance of compiling important information while making a thorough outline before the writing process. I made sure to collect and organize any information that I would need to write the applications correctly. 

Finally, this experience taught me the importance of taking time to revise and proofread. Attention to detail is crucial to grant writing. The proposal must ensure funds from the granter. Word choice must be on point and match the buzzwords and vocabulary used by the granter to appeal to their sensibilities. Overall, this practice gave me a new perspective on the time and number of revisions it takes to get a piece of writing to its best.

Lastly, I thank the Dill Fund for funding this great experience and all the Wabash staff and alumni for their help and resources throughout this summer.

Hansen ’23 – Stanton Chase

Thomas Hansen ’23 — I would like to start by thanking the Center for Innovation, Business, and Entrepreneurship (CIBE) at Wabash College, the Dill Small Business Fund, and Jeff Perkins ‘89 for helping to fund my internship this summer. Without all your generosity, we would not have had the opportunity to receive such wonderful summer experiences.  

This summer, I had the opportunity to work under Jeff Perkins ‘89. Jeff Perkins is the Managing Director of Stanton Chase: Executive Search Consultants. They are a digital-first executive search firm focused on humanizing the recruitment process and ensuring long-term success for candidates in non-profits, media, and technology. I spent the summer working in their Washington D.C. office as a Research and Business Development intern. My everyday part in the company consisted of numerous roles. I mainly aided in research for new companies, writing articles, creating business development decks that were presented to new clients, and professional development.  

Another great aspect of my internship was that it allowed me to visit many places. I had the opportunity to work in our Baltimore firm for a few days and I even got to spend a week in Barcelona. Apart from the fun I had in these two wonderful cities, I was able to benefit from working with new people from all sorts of backgrounds. I quickly learned the importance of building relationships, communication, and being able to work with tons of different people. I saw how clients from each place interacted and what I needed to do to adjust to that. Also, I learned how networking plays a tremendous part in the business world. Jeff Perkins showed me the importance of building a team and that a good reputation is the most important thing you can have.  

The greatest aspect of the work that I did with Stanton Chase was participating in active searches. I aided the company in researching and sorting candidates that I felt would be a good fit for our clients. To do this, I needed to learn a lot about what our clients wanted and then see if those people fit their qualifications. This was very interesting because if done right, some clients would like what I found.  Most of the roles that I did research on were executive positions. These candidates, if chosen, would be representing our clients tremendously. It was awesome to be able to contribute to such a big part of a company. I am very fortunate to have been able to work under Jeff Perkins and to have been able to experience Washington, D.C. for the summer. I learned many important lessons and skills that I will hopefully carry with me once I graduate. 

Lopez ’22 – Emergency Management

Carlos Lopez ’22 — I was blessed with the opportunity to intern at Emergency Management in Montgomery County. First, I want to say thank you to Dr. Roy Kaplan, Associate Dean Roland Morin, and everyone else at the Career Services Office for giving me this and many more opportunities. Second, I want to thank Brian Campbell, Sherri Harrington, and Jessica Burget for bringing me in at Emergency Management and providing me a second home. I know that the experiences and connections that I received from my internship have allowed me to excel in my professional career. Going into this internship, I didn’t know what to expect. I never was interested in local government or emergency management but when I was approached with this opportunity, I was quickly able to connect the dots. I am someone that is very interested in business and management. My major is in Art and my minors are in business and economics. Emergency management is very similar to project management. From conducting a very efficient pathway of communication to multitasking many different projects. They fall almost all the way in track where I was able to learn a lot in my internship.

For the beginning of my internship, I completed the FEMA Incident Management Pre-requisites (IS-100, 200, 700, 800) and the FEMA Professional Development Series (IS-120.c, 230.e, 235.c, 240.b, 241.b, 242.b, 244.b). In these courses, I was able to receive a certificate and the knowledge of Emergency Management, National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command System, and way more. Through the Internship, I was able to tag along to County Council Meeting, Joint Commissioner & County Council meeting, and many more. There and other locations I was able to establish connections with the Commissioners, Health Department workers, City workers, and many more. During this Internship, I was able to do a lot with the back of their building. From helping with placing the light towers, trailers, and street signboards, I was able to help the community with these resources for events like the Strawberry Festival, Tox-Away Day, and more. I was also able to help Sherri and Brian by creating an Inventory sheet and map to tidy up their warehouse.

In the internship, I was able to help develop planning projects for Active Shooter Functional Exercise. Emergency Management for Montgomery County was able to receive a grant last year right before COVID for an Active Shooter Exercise. Unfortunately, it was placed on pause while COVID-19 was at its peak. Luckily, we were able to pick it up in the summer of 2021. In this exercise, we were allowed the opportunity to provide trauma kits, tourniquets, emergency ladders to surrounding schools as well as providing the community with the opportunity to conduct a full-scale active shooter exercise.

Lastly, I want to thank the Dill Fund for providing me the opportunity to have this experience. Without it, the experience would not be possible!

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