Co-Op Tales: Pupil strengthens inner communications at internship

Editor’s note: This story is section of a series profiling the summer season 2021 internship

Editor’s note: This story is section of a series profiling the summer season 2021 internship activities of undergraduate pupils taking part in Penn Point out Schuylkill Co-Op. For extra tales like Hughes’, stop by The sequence is created by Courtney Weikel, a fourth-calendar year Penn Condition Schuylkill scholar majoring in company communication and finishing her summertime internship in the campus’s Workplace of Strategic Communications.

RINGTOWN, Pa. — Dominique Hughes, a 3rd-calendar year Penn Point out Schuylkill university student, is furthering her comprehending of internal communications with a summer time internship at Unbiased Dock & Door, a Ringtown, Pennsylvania, business that specializes in household and industrial garage doorway requires.

“I chose this internship since I considered it would improved my knowledge of interior interaction within a company,” claimed Hughes. “I actually attained out to the business office supervisor of Independent Dock & Door about interning with their business. I was connected to the business manager through my dad, as he is just one of their workers as well.”

Hughes is from Gilberton, Pennsylvania, and is majoring in corporate communication with a minor in communication arts and sciences.

As element of her internship, Hughes made a business enterprise-vital undertaking consumption kind with intelligent fields that aided bridge conversation concerning experts in the subject and personnel again in the office. Hughes’ “Residential Measuring Worksheet” gives a cell-pleasant on the internet kind with dropdown selections and permits experts to effectively enter essential details such as doorway measurement, ceiling construction, form of keep track of, set up components, and far more. The kind then uploads the project parameters to Independent Dock & Door’s service management method.

“When the variety was implemented, specialists had peace of brain due to the fact the kind supplied common options of each individual detail of the garage door, creating web-site checks more simple for them to entire,” Hughes stated. “The kind supplies a way for every single employee at Impartial Dock & Door, equally in the workplace and out in the area, to check out details recorded for a task all in a single site and minimize down on the office’s paper use.”

For the duration of her internship, Hughes also experienced the prospect to program an party to accept the tricky get the job done of the company’s specialists. “It’s identified as Super Tech Day, and I was equipped to strategy gifts and things to do to thank them and display that Unbiased Dock & Door, as a business, appreciates them,” stated Hughes. “It was a memorable practical experience as I received to see my perform in action, and it was a success!”

On campus, she retains leadership positions as the principal chair of Schuylkill Benefitting THON, secretary of the Penn State Schuylkill Honors Application, and a founding member of Penn Condition Schuylkill Co-Op.

For her honors coursework, Hughes finished sole-authored study on “Remembering Harriet Tubman: A Rhetorical Assessment of the 2019 Movie ‘Harriet’ by means of Community Memory.” This study was introduced at the Japanese Interaction Affiliation digital convention held in April 2021 and at the Penn Point out Undergraduate Investigation Exhibition.

Hughes took time to replicate on her practical experience with co-op and Impartial Dock & Doorway.

Q: Describe a working day in the everyday living at your internship.

Hughes: At Unbiased Dock & Door, I support with the generation of kinds to strengthen interior communication, complete shopper research, take care of the social media account, remedy phones, and enter customer details into the management method.

Q: How will this internship assistance get ready you for foreseeable future occupations and with your major?

Hughes: My internship at Unbiased Dock & Doorway will reward me in foreseeable future work opportunities as I figured out complex techniques that I could use on type development, PDFs, and other elements of daily small business.

Q: What assistance do you have for students seeking to be part of the CO-OP program and locate internships?

Hughes: I advocate any student to be part of co-op! It has been so effective in my lookup for an internship! Operating with Ms. Kate Zimmerman [Penn State Schuylkill’s director of cooperative education] has genuinely established the route for my career, and I would not have been capable to do it without the need of the co-op system!

Q: Because this enterprise did not have interns prior to you, how did they build this special practical experience? Would you propose learners to full internships here?

Hughes: I would advocate pupils to comprehensive an internship with Unbiased Dock & Doorway! They’re open up to any tips a college student has to present and are keen to operate with you on what you want to consider absent from the knowledge.

To find out more about Penn Condition Schuylkill Co-Op and how you can get included as possibly a university student or an employer, pay a visit to or make contact with Kate Zimmerman, director of cooperative schooling, at [email protected] or 570-385-6296.