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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.


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.

Smith ’23: Indiana Attorney General

Cooper Smith ’23: Wabash experiences often lead to later, unexpected opportunities. After participating in (and loving) the Wabash Moot Court Competition, I knew I needed to find meaningful summer workinthe law –especially work that involved the same analysis and communication skills. Fortunately, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General was looking for a summer undergraduatelaw clerk. Whenit offered me the position,I eagerly accepted.Even though my work did change greatly due to COVID-19, I was fortunate that my internship was still possible.

I spent much of my time working with the Consumer Protection division on class action settlements.When a class action settlement is proposed incourt, each state’s office of the attorney general receives a copy of the settlement and additional essential information. If an attorney general has reason to believe that a settlement is ineffective or unjust, she has the opportunity to object or take other actions against the settlement. My task was intake; I reviewed these settlements as they came in, summarized them, and recommended action or inaction.To many, this may seem mundane. But to me, it was a fascinating window to real cases –and valuableskills.

My work developed my writing and critical reading skills. While these may sound like obvious, simple abilities, they are invaluable in legal practice.As I read settlements, I found greater familiarity with legal writing. When I wrote my recommendations, I had the opportunity to develop my craft. To understand each settlement, Iread dozens of documentsoutlining the agreements the parties had made. I had to read closely to catch any holes that could prevent an effective, just settlement. While I cannot go into details, I did catch major issues with somesettlements –issues that warrantedobjection and state action.These experiences and skills will benefit me in my furtherstudy at Wabash as well as my future career.


Wakefield ’23: Crooked Creek Food Pantry

The summer of 2020 has been an extremely strange one for everyone and everything due to the covid-19 epidemic. For those, including myself, that have taken part in internships with the Global Health Initiative we have been working essentially on the front lines helping those in need as a result of this epidemic. My internship this summer has been through the Crooked Creek Food Pantry located in Pike township, IN. Crooked Creek is responsible for helping to feed those that are not capable of spending any excess earnings on food at the grocery stores. As it currently stands, Crooked Creek services an average of six hundred families a week in Pike township.As a result of covid-19, the daily operation of the pantry hasbeen altered greatly from their normal means of operation. For example, those that use the services of the pantry are no longer capable of doing their own shopping in person and must pick up any food received from areas set up outside to ensure that social distancing orders are maintained and the safety of patrons and the volunteers are ensured. To do this, preselected food items are set out on a table and patrons must take everything given to them. My job as an intern is to ensure that the day to day activities of the pantry canrun smoothly and successfully. These duties vary depending on the day of the week. Generally, we spend Mondays and Tuesdays working on organizing the pantry and restocking our supplies of food. Our largest contributors of the foodwe receive is given to us through Gleaners Food Pantry, and Midwest Food Bank. Also, due to covid-19, our government has increased their spending on TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program). These three supply chains are what allows Crooked Creek to maintain itsdailyfunction.Fortherest of the days in the week, we are handing out the food received earlier in the week to patrons. As described earlier, patrons no longer can do their own shopping to maintain social distancingorders. So, forthese days of the week, it is my job to ensure that all patrons receive all their food and that everyone receives the exact same food. Due to this internship, I have gained extremely important information that I will be able to use in the rest of my time in Healthcare. The most important information that I have gained is a deeper insight into how social determinants of health play a role in those that use the pantries services. By this I mean things like income, family, housing, lifestyle, etc. play a role on the health of an individual. For example, I learned that a close majority of patrons at the pantry are diabetic. I learned that this was due to the determinant of income because people that tend to make less money have less of an ability to choose healthy food options that will prevent any chances of becoming diabetic.

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Cochran ’23: Capturely

Throughout my summer of 2020, I have been interning with Capturely.According to Capturely themselves“Capturely offers an imagery production experience,at any scale, designed to inspire confidence and engagement through consistent, usable imagery. Companies face unique challenges in this digital age where people make judgments within nanoseconds of seeing imagery. By carefully creating consistent imagery that honors our client’s brand, we showcase their best asset (their people) which inspires engagement and trust.”

Generally,as a Business Development Representative,I use prospecting strategies to lead initial outreach to prospects and set appointments to help grow the business.My main duties at Capturely include lead generation for the company,and I follow up with marketing leaders in various industries and try to schedule meetingsbetween the various leaders and Capturely’s Account Executives. In addition to lead generation, I am also responsible for tracking the leads and recording any progress with getting through to the marketing leaders.My main objectives include prospecting into strategic business accounts via cold call, email and social strategies; drive sales growth and pipeline through setting up qualified meetings for sales leadership and Account Executives;and maintaining and organizing an annual book of business.

Throughout this experience, I have been exposed to many new forms of technology that is used for the specific duties of Capturely. I have learned how to use Sales Navigator, which is a program through LinkedIn, to find andgenerate leads for the Account Executives. I have also at times, put mass amounts of information into Exceland I believe it has cultivated my Excel skills in a way that makes me that much closer to proficient.There are many more small programs that are used in the daily routine at Capturely, which I feel as if I have a strong enough grip on to be able to share my knowledge if need be, which is a testamentto what I have learned during this experience.


Johnson ’23: LEDIndy

Greetings,

My name is Coledon Johnson. This summer I was fortunate enough to participate in a summer internship with LED Indy with the help of another Wabash student and friend, Nicholas Drehs. LED Indy is located in Zionsville, Indiana and are responsible for helping businesses, commercial buildings, and multi-family units with new state of the arch LED lighting fixtures. My role at LED Indy was revolved around marketing on social media and sales. I created dozens of video and informative imagespromoting LED Indy. One of my favorite projects I worked on was a short video documentary series on everyone in the office. Nick and I sat down with all the employees and asked a couple questions about their job and the LED industry. Visit LED Indy on anysocial media platform to see the final results!

During my time at LED Indy I have learned a great amount of information on LED lighting. For instance, LED lighting is 75%-80% more energy efficient than any other lighting fixture which ultimately saves money and the environment. However, the most interesting part of working at LED Indy was becoming informed on the brand new 2020 UVC lighting technology that kills harmful pathogens and viruses such as COVID-19. The new technology was combined with AI robots that could automatically clean rooms and spaces in minutes. I really enjoyed researching these products and creating content. Marketing for such wanted and essential products made my job not only easier but made me feel much more fulfilled with the work I was doing.

Lastly, I would like to touch on a very interesting yet inspiring dynamic at LED Indy. John Melind, VP of Sales, was the Wabash Alum we partnered with this summer. Ironically, the founder of LED Indy was a DePauw graduate. Nonetheless, the work environment was filled with lighthearted jabs and support from both men the entirety of the summer. John Melind was an incredible connection and through him I was able to see what life after Wabash is like and see the true power and dedication alum have to Wabash College.

As I approach the final weeks of my internship, LED Indy has had a 400% increase on Twitter followers, 1,850% increase on LinkedIn impressions, and a staggering 9,000% increase on Facebook outreach. I am grateful for Wabash College,John Melind, and all the other important people that made this internship a reality.


Wunderlich ’21: Physics Department

Chad Wunderlich ’21–I spent the summer as an intern with the Physics Department, working alongside Dr. Krause with theoretical physics research on dark matter wind forces and how to measure them. The study of dark matter wind force is a complicated topic that is not completely understood and rarely discussed at the undergraduate level. For this reason, most of my work at the beginning of the internship consisted of reading papers and listening to lectures, particularly from the DAMOP (Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics) online conference, in order to familiarize myself with key concepts and terminology. I then looked more closely at the experiments that other research groups had performed to determine new limits on the strength of dark matter forces. I took note of values, parameters, and equations used in these experiments, using them to make various calculations and plots. One of these plots was a mathematical simulation of a driven-damped harmonic oscillator. In other words, an oscillator that is pushed along by a force (presumably caused by dark matter), and whose motion is being damped at the same time. I began by creating a simulation in one dimension, then expanded to three dimensions, showing the motion of the oscillator in each dimension simultaneously. The plot is also adjustable based on its position on the earth. For example, if the experiment is being performed at a certain location, the initial conditions of the plot can be adjusted to match that location. The end goal was to determine, based on valuesfrom past experiments, a new theoretical limit on the strength of dark matter wind forces.

This internship through the Wabash College Physics Department was a rewarding experience, because it presented the opportunity to study a topic that I would not have otherwise encountered. Since I typically take interest in engineering and other applied fields, I might not have considered an internship in theoretical physics had Wabash not offered this
position. Through this experience, I not only expanded my knowledge of a new subject, but also my interests in physics as a whole.