DePaul Diaries: Life as an Administrative and Marketing Intern

By: Renee Radzom, DePaul University graduate, former University Internship Program (UIP) assistant

DePaul Diaries is a day-in-the-life blog series written by DePaul students. The series unveils DePaulians’ experiences as interns in their field of choice. Students share their honest thoughts about their experiences, what they learned as an intern and advice for students who are interested in the same field.


Jordan Krpan, a DePaul finance student, spent his last quarter at DePaul interning at Alexander J. Wayne & Associates Inc. as an administrative and marketing intern. Jordan found this opportunity through DePaul’s Handshake platform, which is a robust database students can use to find jobs, internships, career events and more. I sat down with Jordan to get the scoop about his internship experience, what it was like working in administration and marketing, and how he made the most of what he learned.

Originally, Jordan’s role at A.J. Wayne was working on administrative tasks, specifically dabbling in compliance and assisting with new customer submissions. However, after he settled into his role, Jordan began to inquire about more responsibilities and how he could be an asset to the team—leading to him taking on marketing projects and developing content for the company website.

Jordan’s experience at A.J. Wayne was an enlightening one. He said his favorite part was the people because they made the environment a great place to learn and grow. He also enjoyed the ability to step outside of his comfort zone and dive into new projects.

“I didn’t take many classes in marketing or coding, so it was a refreshing challenge tackling those projects,” Jordan said.

In addition to this internship experience, Jordan took a University Internship Program (UIP) course to fulfill his Experiential Learning requirement before graduation, and to get the most out of his internship experience. He took UIP 252: Creativity as a Change Agent in the Workplace. The class encourages students to reflect upon the history of creative innovations in the workplace and how they relate to leadership, communication, ethics and more. Jordan said his biggest takeaway from UIP 252 was that it helped him find “creative answers to complex problems.”

Jordan said his biggest takeaway from UIP 252 was that it helped him find creative answers to complex problems.

Overall, Jordan said he really enjoyed everything his internship and UIP course offered. His one piece of advice for future interns: “Pick up special projects when you can. It can make your day a whole lot more interesting in the short term and give you an opportunity to make a good impression in the long term.”


Learn more about the University Internship Program or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into the Career Center to meet with your advisor.

4 Benefits of Enrolling in a UIP Course

By: Renee Radzom, DePaul University graduate, former University Internship Program (UIP) assistant

Before becoming DePaul’s University Internship Program (UIP) manager, Erika Mercado (CSH ’16) dipped her toes into a few UIP courses herself as a student. Because of the UIP courses she took and the positive experiences she had at DePaul, she was able to discover her interest in the education industry. I sat down with Erika to gather key benefits of enrolling in a UIP course, aside from being able to cross off your Experiential Learning requirement. As the current manager of the program and fellow student participant, Erika had a lot to share

1. You’ll get help visualizing your future career: Erika said one of the reasons she wanted to work for UIP was because of a very beneficial experience she had as a student. Erika took the UIP 240 course Explore Your Career Options in her first year after transferring to DePaul. She felt it was a “great eye-opener” and allowed her to visualize future career goals. “UIP 240 helped me discover that I loved higher education and led me to pursue student jobs on campus, including front desk receptionist and peer career advisor roles,” Erika said.

2. You’ll be able to jumpstart your portfolio: Erika also took UIP 250 titled You, Your Work, and the World and enjoyed the ability to make an online career portfolio. Erika said she felt much more confident applying for jobs and going in for interviews after the class.

3. You’ll learn how to make the most of your internship or job: One of the things Erika really loves about UIP is that the program allows you to make the most of your internship or job. If you’re looking to fulfill your Experiential Learning credit, Erika said UIP is a great tool to “navigate your internship in order to stand out and make the most of the experience while developing job search tools to help you land your next position.”

4. You may just discover your career calling: “If it wasn’t for UIP and my positive experience working at DePaul, I wouldn’t have discovered that my dream job was somewhere in higher education helping out other students – you never know what you can discover through UIP and through an internship,” Erika said.

“It’s great to hear other students get excited to start UIP, and to start their internships,” Erika explained. “Having once been in their shoes myself, I understand how the process of finding and securing an internship can be stressful. But the experience you gain and the new skills you learn are worth it – and UIP is there to help!” If you have any questions about UIP orientation or enrollment, or any inquiries about the internship proposal process, Erika encourages you to get in touch with the team at uip@depaul.edu.

Check it Off the List: Experiential Learning Credit

By: Renee Radzom, DePaul University graduate, former University Internship Program (UIP) assistant

As a DePaul undergraduate student, one requirement to graduate is to complete an “Experiential Learning” credit, which is typically (although not required to be) done junior year. There are many questions regarding this requirement, and how you can fulfill it. Here’s some good news: You have a few options. One of those options is to take part in an internship and enroll in a class through the University Internship Program (UIP), which is offered through the Career Center. UIP offers a range of classes that allow you to build your professional skills, develop job search tools, connect real world experiences to future careers, and unpack all the tools you’re learning throughout your internship. Here’s what you need to know about UIP, including the benefits:

Why Jump on the UIP Train: 

  • UIP offers one way for you to fulfill your Experiential Learning requirement in order to graduate
  • UIP is very flexible in that the classes are available every quarter
  • The program helps identify and develop your professional skills
  • Past UIP students have said that they learned how to market themselves and create a professional portfolio, while others have said UIP has helped them figure out what they want in an employer and career

While internships are beneficial for experience and to get hands-on training for a potential career path, the UIP course allows you to think about what transferrable skills you are learning as an intern – things you can take with you to other professions. These skills help you discover the type of company you want to work for and the career that’s right for you, all while completing a requirement to graduate. Talk about win-win! There are also no pre-requisites to take UIP; any undergraduate student can take UIP at any point during their college experience – from freshman to senior year.

UIP Enrollment & Orientation:

In order to enroll in a UIP course, you must first secure an internship for the quarter. The internship must be a 10-week opportunity, or go through the entire quarter that you are taking the UIP class. After securing an internship, you submit a proposal where you list the company, your supervisor’s contact information, and your main responsibilities as an intern. This site also lists the deadlines to submit proposals and for enrollment. Our team will look over your proposal and contact your supervisor to confirm your position. It’s a good idea to give your supervisor a heads-up that a confirmation email is coming his/her way to speed up the process, and to keep it out of spam filters.

While the approval process is underway, it is a great idea to complete the required orientation webinar, which provides a comprehensive overview of the program and UIP course requirements. All UIP orientations are listed on Handshake. Orientations are an hour long and online so they can be completed in the comfort of your home – or anywhere you can get Wi-Fi.

Once the proposal is approved and you’ve completed the orientation webinar, you are eligible to enroll in a UIP course. Hooray! The UIP Team manually enrolls students in the UIP course of their choosing.

UIP Courses:

Once you have completed the orientation and your proposal has been approved, you will be asked to choose your top three choices for classes. UIP offers seven courses to fulfill your Experiential Learning requirement, which are listed below:

  • UIP 250: You, Your Work and the World
  • UIP 251: Finding Your Leadership Potential
  • UIP 252: Creativity as a Change Agent in the Workplace
  • UIP 253: Careers for the Common Good
  • UIP 254: Corporate Social Responsibility
  • UIP 350: Navigating the Changing Workplace
  • UIP 367: Global Perspectives (This class is for Global Brigade students only)

If you’re not quite ready to take on an internship or are unsure of your career path, UIP offers two, 2-credit courses. These courses fit within the tuition package for full-time students that are already taking four, 4-credit classes (or less). UIP 240 & 241 help students explore their career and academic options, decide what field they want to go into, and discover what skills they already possess. The 2-credit classes are offered during autumn, winter, and spring quarters.

If you have any questions or concerns about how to enroll for UIP, how to search for internships, or what class would be a good fit for you, please make an appointment with the Career Center!

Love What You Do: Ronald McDonald House

By: Rachel Chessky, DePaul University marketing and economics major ’16

Life after college is filled with many exciting new adventures; hiding one’s career path is perhaps the most exciting challenge of them all. At DePaul, each student has to fulfill the Experiential Learning requirement and one way to do this is through an internship. Furthermore, you never know when that internship could turn into a full-time position.

For Brittany Wozniak, her internship at Ronald McDonald House led to her full-time position as volunteer services manager. Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families of children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. It becomes a place where family members can eat, sleep, and unwind in a comfortable setting blocks from where their child is being treated. Today, Brittany is responsible for the scheduling of Meal Groups, Cookie Groups, and other Family Activities throughout all of the Ronald McDonald House locations.

Looking back at her internship, Brittany realizes that being at the Ronald McDonald House and learning their mission allowed her to see what she wanted to do with her life. Internships can have a profound effect on students and allows them to develop a better understanding of their interests and potential career paths. So, when Brittany’s boss approached her with a part-time position after graduation, she accepted. One year later, she applied for a full-time position that had just become available and received the role.

Being at the Ronald McDonald House and learning their mission allowed [Brittany] to see what she wanted to do with her life.

Brittany noted that “having a great relationship with [her] bosses helped [her] feel confident going into the interview and also helped [her] transition into the new role.” Brittany was able to rely on them for advice; they also provided her with tools to help transition to the new position. Establishing these relationships is a major component of having an internship. The people you meet may have a big influence in which position you get in the future. You never know who your next opportunity may come from.

An important skill Brittany was able to take away from her internship and incorporate in her daily life was adaptability and flexibility:

“Every day is new and different and I was able to adapt to the busy environment. I became more patient when dealing with individuals both in the Ronald McDonald House and with other staff members.”

Her internship gave her the skills and experiences necessary to tackle this role in the non-profit field.

When asked what advice she would give to current DePaul students, Brittany replied, “I would tell each student to be patient, work hard, and love what you do…loving what you do and where you work will help you gain the experience and skills to grow.”

Loving her internship assured Brittany this career path was right for her. Now she has a full-time position with an organization she loves and hopes to be a part of for years to come.


This type of opportunity may be just around the corner for you. If you are searching for an internship, make sure to visit us at the University Internship Program in the Loop Career Center! For any questions, please email uip@depaul.edu.