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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.


Hogan ’23: Safe Hiring Solutions

I had the immense luck this summer to intern remotely for Safe Hiring Solutions through the CIBE’s Business Innovation Program. This internship provided me an excellent opportunity to enhance my skills in marketing and public relations. During my time with the company, I was able to do a great deal of market research for the company, and I used this research effectively to attract various companies and non for-profit organizations to Safe Hiring’s products. Being thrust into personal marketing situations with potential clients has greatly increased my ability to make quick and effective pitches of products, and I hope to be able to apply this skill in other environments, such as interviews. 

While at Safe Hiring Solutions, I was also able to familiarize myself with some of the new innovations in security software and hardware. I was most interested in the innovations in regard to dealing with the current pandemic. With Safe Hiring Solutions’ new technology, a building owner can set up security kiosks to not only deny access to individuals without proper clearance, but also individuals who exhibit unsafe temperatures. This kind of modernized response to COVID-19 is incredibly important to helping flatten the curve in the US and abroad. 

While working for Safe Hiring Solutions, I also had the privilege of receiving additional training courses through the CIBE’s Business Innovation Program. Working with Wabash alumnus I and my fellow interns were able to participate in a large number of Harvard Business Case studies online, helping me expand my business knowledge. I was also introduced to the concept of emotional intelligence, and now I hope to use my newfound knowledge to improve my interpersonal relationships. During the summer I was able to go through the BIP and become lean certified, a process that would have cost me a significant amount on my own, but was provided for free through the BIP. 

I enjoyed working with the Wabash alumnus and my fellow interns for the summer. This internship has definitely proved to me the viability of working from home for some positions. While I did learn a lot from home, I won’t deny I am excited to be back on campus, and to begin in person learning again.


Seagrave ’22: Commodity Transportation Services

In my time at Commodity Transportation Services, I have been exposed to a wealth of knowledge about the transportation business, a field that I honestly knew little about going into my internship.So far, much of my role at CTS has been updatingand entering carriers(freightliners)into a freight carrier software that the company uses to keep track of the truck companies they have used, are using, or plan to use.It has been interesting to learn what exactly what it is that the company I work for does. CTS is a freight brokering company, which means that they arrange and broker deals for different commodities to be transported at the most profitable margin possible. First, they bid on a load of produce or a commodity that needs to be transported to different locations across the country. If they come in with the lowest bid, they are given the produce to transport, and they have to find the carrier that is willing to transport the load for the lowest amount possible, thus increasing our profit margin.

Another role that I have taken on or assisted with is that of accounting. It is a small aspect of what I do, but somewhat important in making sure that CTS has received an invoice and proof of delivery for every load they book.Moving into the latterhalf of my internship, I am now beginning to be tasked withmore brokerage duties. Taking baby steps, I am beginning to learn how to book loads myself. Determining rates for carriers is a complex process that involves many factors, such as miles being driven, the commodity being transported, and whether a team is being used to transport the load. I will not have enough time to develop this skill throughout the duration of my internship, as it seems to be something that takes a fairamount of experience and knowledge. So, that information is provided for me and I do what I can to book the load with the best rate based on the information I am given. It is a fast-paced businessthat is certainly stressful at times but interesting nonetheless.

 


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.