Winter ’21: Adorant Group

The past two summers I have had the privilege of interning with Adorant Group out of Chicago. Adorant Group is a fintech company that delivers client and advisor facing tools. We help financial advisors nurture, plan, and manage their clients. My role of Business Development Associate was focused on sales, marketing, and business operations. 80% of my time was focused on reaching out to potential advisors and firms that may be a good fit for our platform. Since my experience last summer, I was able to shake off some of the green that can be expected in a new sales role. I felt calm and direct when speaking to prospects. Knowing the platform, inside and out, has given me greater confidence in my sales abilities.

An important part of sales is understanding the pain of your prospects and how your tool/widget can solve those pains. Finding the prospects pain is one of the most important lessons that I have learned. A good salesperson needs to locate and revel in the prospects pain. Once the pain is pointed out the salesperson can jump into questions that further reveal the issue. What could be working better at the office? Why is it important? What would be different if you could fix X pain? Would that increase your revenue? These questions help focus on the needs, wants, and desires that the prospect is trying to attain.

Overall, I am very grateful for the opportunities that I have had over the past three summers. Adorant group, the Small Business Internship Fund, and the CIBE have granted me real world experience and application in the field of sales. I feel both prepared and excited for interviews and experiences that will arise in my coming senior year. My Wabash liberal arts education has allowed me to traverse the topics of sales, marketing, and technology. Through trial and tribulation Wabash has pushed me to learn on my feet. The power of learning is the greatest tool that I have gained from my Wabash experience.

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.

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.

Pine ’22: Crawfordsville Regional Airport

Ethan Pine ’23: This summer I have been an Intern at the Crawfordsville Regional Airport, located four miles south of Campus. The Airport is equipped with a 5,505’ x 75’ runway which was built to accommodate private company jets for major businesses and manufacturers located in and around Crawfordsville. There are a total of five hangar buildings with approximately thirty spaces for tenant rentals, and one hangar designated for aircraft maintenance and flight instruction. 

At Crawfordsville Regional Airport, my duties include but are not limited to : Assisting with aircraft fueling, towing, parking operations, and fuel farm operations, Working with Airport staff and vendors to plan and execute marketing activities, Assisting with aircraft services, such as catering, rental cars, hotels, reservations, Ground Power Unit, and other needs and requests, Assisting with the cleaning of Airport Terminal, grounds and hangars, Performing Airport landscaping, mowing, trimming, and other airport grounds tasks,  and assisting Airport Manager in the performance of daily inspections of space and facilities, such as runway, taxiways, navigational aids and lighting to meet State and Federal airport rules and regulations. 

My time this summer at Crawfordsville Regional Airport has been an incredible learning experience and has solidified my decision to pursue a career in aviation after Wabash. The biggest thing I have learned is how much “behind the scenes” work there is to keeping an airport up and running. From things as simple as cutting the grass and oiling the hangar doors, to things as important as testing fuel quality and relaying information to incoming pilots, Everything must work like a well-oiled machine otherwise the safety of the pilot, passengers, Airport staff, and even community are at risk. Lori Curless, the manager of CRA, has also taken the time to teach me about aviation and airports during time not spent on airport maintenance.  One of the coolest things she has taught me is how to read runway markings. Much like traffic signs, there are markings on the runway that tell pilots everything they need to know: lights to indicate where the runway starts and stops, a series of six solid bars to signify the width of the runway, hold short markings where pilots must hold from the runway while making calls for intended take off, and many more.

Because of the connections I have gained and the nature of my internship, I also have had the opportunity to work towards earning my Private Pilot’s License and have flown approximately ten hours in a Cessna 172, learning basic maneuvers, Take offs and landings, radio communication, and weather patterns. 

Overall, this internship opportunity, thanks to the Crawfordsville Regional Airport and Wabash College, has led to one of the most exciting, influential, and educational summers of my life. 

Scheid ’22: Connecta Corporation

Dylan Scheid ’22: This summer, I interned for Connecta Corporation. Connectais a small manufacturing company on the north side of Indianapolis that makes precision parts for different manufacturers, such as airplane companies, pharmaceutical companies, etc. Connecta Corporation is led by Alan Pyle, a Wabash alumni and fellow brother of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. During my internship, I handled many daily tasks of the business. These tasks ranged from managing overall inventory and stock, construction different tools with specific parts, and assisting in the purchasing process for manufacturing. I also helped prepare for their summer audit. This audit was necessary for their certification to manufacture individual parts throughout the production process. The company later passed this audit certification with a near-perfect record.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic affected Connecta, just like the thousands of other small businesses across America. The pandemic caused Connecta to furlough half their workforce in early July. During this period, my task was to assist the newly unemployed in their next steps, which included filing for unemployment and filling out their weekly vouchers. However, a more saddening topic, helping with the unemployment process and being introduced to working with the Indianapolis government system was beneficial for my experience. A major lesson I learned/reminded of this summer was the reasons for pushing myself every day and pursuing my education. Although this was a great experience as an introduction to the workplace and experiencing different workplace dilemmas, this would not have been an ideal job for my long term. I feel that this internship reminded me of the true goals I have for myself in life and that my education through Wabash can help me get their as long as I stay committed. This internship reminded me that the Wabash network is a crucial network that can help a fellow Wabash man in a bind and a system that can bring a Wabash man to new heights. I was also reminded of the fantastic work of Roland Morin. In early May, my previous internship at a financial planning firm was canceled due to the pandemic. Within an hour of reaching out to Roland for assisting, he had contacted Mr. Pyle and secured me the internship. I could not have had these experiences without him. I am incredibly grateful to Mr. Morin and Mr. Pyle for all my experiences this summer and the entire Connecta Corporation as a whole.

I look forward to my next challenge.

Bluethmann ’22: The International Center

Drew Bluethmann ’22: This summer,I had the pleasure of working at The International Center in Indianapolis. I experienced some challenges during my time at The International Center,but ultimately,I prevailed in having a great experiencewith great people. I am excited to share this experience in the future when I advance in my career.

The intern cohort at The International center started the internship online in mid-May. Beginning this way disappointed andchallenged mebecause I am a social person. But I was well prepared for remote work because of my experiences post-spring break. Beginning in late June, I started going to the office twice a week. This opportunity added to my experiences working in an office while breaking up the work week and preventing the monotony of remote work.

At The International Center,I worked in the Programs and Services Department. The International Center acts “as a catalyst for international growth and as a guide to the world’s cultural landscape.” The main ways the Programs and Services Department approaches thismissionis through relocation services and educational programming. However, my internship mostly focused on market research and prospect research. So I researched and looked for potential clients in Indiana who would requireour services, i.e., programing or relocation services.

On one project this summer, I compiled data on prospective clients in Indiana by looking at data using the Import-Export bank of The United States. Using this source, it was easy for me to see which companies Indiana are the most active in the international market place.This summer, I also fell back on the skills I learned as a writer for The Bachelor. I researched and wrote a section of a “digital destination guide.” This guide is a resource for immigrants who
move to Indianapolis. The section that I wrote focused on leisure activities in the area like parks, concert venues, and museums.
On one project this summer, I compiled data on prospective clients in Indiana by looking at data using the Import-Export bank of The United States. Using this source, it was easy for me to see which companies Indiana are the most active in the international market place.This summer, I also fell back on the skills I learned as a writer for The Bachelor. I researched and wrote a section of a “digital destination guide.” This guide is a resource for immigrants who
move to Indianapolis. The section that I wrote focused on leisure activities in the area like parks, concert venues, and museums.

My experience was remarkable and unforgettable. I enjoyed working with my supervisor Ashley Eason, Wabash College Alumnus Garth Eberhart, and everyone else The International Center, who made my experience fantastic. I look forward to seeing where this experience takes me.

Lewis ’20 Has Life-Changing Experience In The Mountains Of North Carolina

Marlon Lewis ’20 — Before I begin, I would like to first give thanks to Michael Dill ‘71 for his generosity and commitment to giving back to Wabash. The Dill Fund was established to support the educational mission of the College by enabling students to explore off-campus opportunities outside of the normal academic year. I was given the opportunity to pursue a workshop in Penland North Carolina at Penland School of Craft. It was a two-week intensive glass casting workshop led by Sayaka Suzuki. Without his contributions, I would not have been able to afford my summer experience

I had no idea what was in store for me on this journey. The drive from Asheville to Penland was beautiful. Mountain ranges, rivers, streams and forest on both sides of the road. I had never seen the landscape of North Carolina before, so I was completely taken aback by its beauty. My driver made

Marlon Lewis ’20

a left turn about 40 minutes into the trip, and we began ascending up the mountainside, the small town we just were in vanishing behind the thick tree lines. The driver nor myself had any idea what was yet to be seen further ahead. Up two thousand feet from the nearest town, we emerged out of the forestry and it was just beautiful. Huge open fields and behind it over a hundred years of Penland history atop the mountain. They integrated their historic log cabin buildings and their modern additions beautifully.

To my surprise, there were only five undergrads besides myself out of the 180 people in the 18 sessions that took place over the same two week period, that was a huge shocker to me because I had just assumed that everyone would be relatively around my age. There were people of all ages and backgrounds, people from over thirty states and seven countries. One thing that shocked me but wasn’t really a surprise was the lack of Black bodies in the programs. There were two others besides me, one of whom was a resident artist of Penland. It was great to meet so many people from places all over and to hear their passions and stories and experiences. The knowledge they would pass on just in our subtle interactions was priceless. We were all brought together because of what we knew Penland could give us a life-changing experience.

Glass casting was a style of art I had never heard of before Penland and the technique pat de ver I had no experience with. Our Instructor Sayaka was phenomenal; the two weeks we spent with her felt like two months. Our days started at nine in the morning and many times did not end until three in the morning to go to sleep and do it over again. I made lasting connections with my workshop mates as well as with those in other workshop sessions. Whether it was camp fires on the noll or jam sessions in the cabin, we were always finding something to do and express our creativity.

I was able to channel thoughts and ideas that wouldn’t have been possible if I did not have the opportunity to attend. My artistic ability, insight, and vision all achieved new levels thanks to this experience.

There was a road name “Road to the heavens above” that was beautiful to me, it was perfect for where I was. I had never seen a street or road name like it in my life, and it was one of the last things I could expect to see when I arrived, but it’s a detail and a sight that will remain in my memories for a lifetime.

Waggeh ’20 Mentors Inner City Kids In South Bronx

Abdoulie Waggeh ’20 — Helping someone has always been a goal of mine. Having the opportunity to pursue that goal means everything to me. South Bronx United was a soccer organization that I was part of, and it is an organization that helps student-athletes with education and soccer. During the mornings from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, the program focuses on education. After lunch, the program shifts its focus to soccer practices or games. As of now, I am working with a group of 6th-grade elementary school students as a math teacher and also as a mentor. My everyday routine for class includes something we call warm-ups, which is a 5-10 mins activity that we go through every morning from Monday to Thursday. During this time, each student tells me what they did the day before and the different goals they want to achieve during the day. Patience is a skill that has been very useful to me. There are many ups and downs when working with young kids, because some students listen, while others do not. I found out quickly that it is hard to teach a class if other students are not listening. Something that I learned from professional school teachers who are our supervisors is to be patient and work with the kid that is disrupting the class individually. During this process, I have gotten to know these kinds of students more, and my job is to motivate them to get back in the classroom and perform well. Fridays are our fun days for the students because all the activities are based on fun things like, for example, going to six flags, kayaking, or going to the zoo. Students have to present from Monday to Thursday in school in order to participate in these trips. This was another way to get students to behave in the classroom because they want to attend the trip. Overall it has been a learning experience for me, and I want to give a special thank you to the Dill fund organization for providing me with such a great opportunity, and also for funding my internship. I also want to thank Cassie Hagan for helping with the application process. Thank you.

Rapp ’22 Has Life-Changing Experience In England

Noah Rapp ’22

Noah Rapp ’22 — When I was deciding where to go to college, I can remember recruiters telling me about all the fantastic opportunities that Wabash College offers its students like a valuable internship or a chance to travel to another country. Little did I know then that I would have the opportunity to live out these recruitment promises a year later after my freshmen year at Wabash. For six weeks this summer, I have had the chance as a pre-med student to study abroad at Harlaxton Manor in Lincolnshire England. My professor Dr. Bost has taught an interesting and insightful course on virology and public health. Not only is the course exciting but also studying this topic in England has added to the impact of this course. Our class has taken field trips: to the science museum in London to see Watson and Crick’s original DNA model – the beginning of modern genetics, to Cambridge to walk the same streets as many brilliant scientists, such as Darwin, Newton, and Hawking to name a few, not to mention exploring, London’s National History Museum. While these experiences have enriched my education and this course, being allowed to observe and interact with different cultures has added to my understanding of public health in a way that cannot be replicated in a classroom. Walking through the crowded London streets, unsanitary Paris metro, and traveling all around Europe by plane, boat, and train, has allowed me to understand the threat of antiviral resistance better, new viruses appearing, and bioterrorism. It can be difficult to comprehend just how easily a virus can become an epidemic  until you’ve had the opportunity to travel from country to country in a matter of hours, in densely populated cities full of people from all over the world just waiting to possibly bring an unexpected and deadly souvenir back home such as a virus. Not only has this educational venture been an opportunity to expand my knowledge in the classroom, but this has been a priceless, life altering-experience.

The opportunity to immerse myself in Europe for six weeks as a 19-year-old is truly special. I have had the time of my life exploring London, Cambridge, Paris, Loire Valley, Edinburgh, and next week I’ll be off to Rome and Florence. Personally, some highlights from each of these cities include: the jaw-dropping St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, experiencing a service inside Westminster Abbey, traveling to the mysterious Stonehenge; viewing hundreds of masterpieces in the Louvre, Rodin, and Orsay museums; walking through the Catacombs in Paris, exploring the Chambord and Chateau in the Loire Valley, sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower while it lights up at night eating macarons with new-found friends, and waking up bright and early to see the unforgettable sunrise from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland. These are only a handful of the priceless, life-long memories I have had the opportunity to make thanks to the Wabash Dill Fund. I am incredibly grateful and appreciative to have been given this opportunity, and my life has been changed forever thanks to the generous donations. I am humbled and proud to be a part of a college with such strong Alumni support, which sees the value in making educational experiences abroad possible.

Freck ’21 Spends Summer Studying In Grantham, England

Andrew Freck ’21

Andrew Freck ’21 — As my bus pulled up to the manor which was to serve as my home for the next five weeks, I couldn’t help but be awestruck. This summer I was lucky enough to participate in a program at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, a small town situated about 2.5 hours north of London. Not your ‘run-of-the-mill’ internship, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study in a different country for an entire month, while still under the supervision and instruction of Wabash College faculty. While at Harlaxton, I participated in, and received credit for, a biology class taught by Wabash professor Dr. Anne Bost. As a student in BIO199: Viruses and Public Health, I learned about the life cycle of viruses, as well as their other biological implications, through a multidisciplinary lens. For instance, as we discussed on our first day in class, health, even as defined by the World Health Organization, has meaning well beyond medical science. When considering the state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity which is characteristic of a ‘healthy’ individual, for example, it is clear that knowledge of other fields like economics or philosophy is also necessary. Thanks to BIO199, was able to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing our world, as well as more specific insight into how viruses spread and are treated. Along with this, I also had the opportunity to travel to many other countries through excursions provided by Harlaxton. These excursions allowed our biology class to step beyond the classroom, applying what we studied and seeing many of the historical places and artifacts about which we learned. For example, my class and I had the opportunity to take a field trip into London to see the model of DNA built by Nobel-winning scientists James Watson and Francis Crick. I would like to thank Dr. Anne Bost for all the work she put into ensuring that this summer course was not only interesting and informative, but also thought-provoking, and for always pushing her students to think about the real-world implications of what is discussed in the classroom. I would also like to thank the Dill Fund for making this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity possible and for helping me further my education. I truly believe that the cornerstone of Wabash College is its network of generous, caring, and knowledgeable professors and alumni which never cease in working to provide fantastic learning opportunities, like the one I had the pleasure of participating in, for its current students. Thank you to all of the staff at Harlaxton College, Dr. Anne Bost, and all of Wabash’s generous alumni, specifically the Dill Fund, for making this opportunity possible.