Featured Intern: Vanessa Kasper

Arnot Ogden Medical Center

Vanessa Kasper

Where did you intern?

Arnot Ogden Medical Center in the Human Resources Department. Elmira, NY.

How did you land the internship?

My oldest sister Sara went to school and was very close friends with someone who worked in the HR department.

Most valuable experience?

Work hard and it will pay off!

Toughest challenge?

Balancing school, work, and the internship all at one time!

Are there any things that you learned that you didn't expect to learn?

Yes, I learned not only HR functions but I learned secretarial duties so I felt very well rounded.

What did you do to make your internship a success

I worked very hard and came in with a positive attitude/outlook to experience new things.

What is the most important thing you learned?

I learned that Human Resources is a very tough job that requires a broad array of skills. Most importantly, social skills!

What was the biggest challenge you faced?  How did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge was learning everything at once. Although my co-workers were very patient, it was tough learning the vast array of things in such a short amount of time.

How did the internship connect with your classes?

The internship touched on several classes that I have taken such as marketing, economics, accounting, etc. But the one on one experience in the work area was a bigger learning experience than any class I have ever taken.

How did the internship help you for the future?

I got my name out there and worked very hard so I have a good chance of receiving a position after graduation. I landed a part time position while currently going to school full time.

What advice do you have for students considering an internship?

It's the absolute best thing I ever did. I got my foot in the door and also got the hands on experience that you never get in the classroom setting.