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.

DePaul Diaries: Life as a RefugeeOne 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.


Alysa Punjwani, international studies major, is spending her winter quarter tackling classes, an on-campus job, and her HR internship at RefugeeOne.

As an HR intern, Alysa said her main responsibilities are redesigning information pamphlets and updating employee handbooks; however, she said her projects change rapidly to fit the needs of the company and she often gets the chance to meet with clients and work with the care managers. Her favorite part of her internship is her “exposure to many different cultures and languages.”

The major skills Alysa is focusing on right now are her language skills and adaptability, as she is constantly on the move and because every day could bring in a new project or client. Alysa is embracing this as she works with a full office of many care managers and other staff members.

On top of her internship, Alysa is balancing her academics and her on-campus positon as a peer career advisor in the Career Center. One of the courses on her plate this quarter is UIP 250: You, Your Work, and the World, which is helping her figure out her transferrable skills and how to get the most of her internship experience. Alysa especially likes that the UIP 250 course is helping her figure out how to create an online portfolio and make an online presence for herself.

However, it’s not always easy to balance work, an internship, and a full course load. Alysa said it can be difficult at times, but, “a clear schedule and understanding supervisors made it easier.” She explained, “many times if there is an academic conflict, I can speak to my supervisors and they’re very understanding of the situation.” Alysa stressed that open communication is key to making it work.

Overall, Alysa is enjoying her quarter working at a large, non-profit and is especially thankful for the scholarship provided by the Internship Plu$ Program to help make it work for her. Her biggest piece of advice to future interns is: “Be flexible with the work you’re assigned and be confident in yourself and the skills and talents you bring to the table.”


Want to learn about DePaul’s University Internship Program? Check it out, here, or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into DePaul’s Career Center to meet with an 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.

DePaul Diaries: Life as a Career Center 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.


While working in the DePaul Career Center as a receptionist, Alex Nguyen, DePaul University mathematics major, was given an advancement opportunity to assist with the overall operations of the Loop office. This opportunity gave Alex more responsibilities and allowed him to further his professional development while helping students do the same.

Alex said he has the opportunity to oversee and create the schedule for the receptionist team and train new staff. “I assign daily tasks and give them regular feedback as to how they can improve their customer service skills.” The managerial opportunities have proven invaluable to Alex who “never thought it would be something [he] would be good at.” Along with supervising and training, Alex keeps inventory for the Loop office.

During the internship, Alex decided to take a UIP class offered through the Career Center’s University Internship Program; Alex took the class titled UIP 250: You, Your Work, and the World. One of his favorite aspects of the class was that he created his own career portfolio, which allowed him to think about what professional skills he already has and which ones he wants to work on. “The class encouraged me to go outside of my comfort zone and think about what other capabilities I have within my current internship,” Alex said.

The biggest piece of advice Alex has from his experience: “…Step out of your comfort zone and responsibilities and see what else you can do. Just because it isn’t in the job description, doesn’t mean you can’t take initiative and give yourself more opportunities.”

Alex’s story is an example that you can gain new responsibilities and even move up to a new position at an internship when you work hard and push yourself above and beyond your daily routine.


Want to learn about DePaul’s University Internship Program? Check it out, here, or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into DePaul’s Career Center to meet with an advisor.

DePaul Diaries: Life as a Multimedia 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.


Emily Goedken, an Animation major, recently completed a graphic design internship at Geater Machining and Manufacturing, Co. (GMM). In her role as a graphic design intern, Emily had the opportunity to create print projects, video campaigns and work with Geater’s Student Outreach program. Although Emily started out as graphic design intern, her role quickly expanded; she was offered the role as a multimedia intern. Emily said some of her favorite projects were developing YouTube videos and designing T-shirts.

Emily had a lot to say about her experiences at GMM, but she said her favorite aspect was the “company atmosphere.”

“I grew up down the street from GMM and never really knew what they did,” Emily explained. “Now I know they made a part that went into space, [they make] the radio bodies that keep our military personnel safe…and, almost every new Boeing 747 contains a few GMM parts. It’s really neat to be involved with a company whose parts span not only the globe, but also space.”

During her internship, Emily said she learned how to analyze existing multimedia programs and write proposals on how to improve them. Ultimately, she had the opportunity to create materials for a company in an industry she previously had no knowledge of and was thankful for the chance to try new things!

Perseverance is Key:

Originally, Emily had applied to a different position at GMM, but was not accepted. However, she kept in contact with the company, and was later informed about the graphic design role. Emily didn’t let her past attempt deter her, and applied for the new position. Her initiative and continued interest in the company gave her an advantage when applying for the second position. If you’re really interested in working for a company, don’t give up even if you aren’t offered the first position you apply for. Remember, employers take into account your interest and continued efforts, and may just contact you when they see a new position open up.

Corporate Social Responsibility:

Coupled with her great experience at GMM, Emily took UIP 254: Corporate Social Responsibility. In the class, she “learned about how companies contribute to their communities and the world, for better or worse.” Emily would recommend this course to other students; it can open your eyes to how companies give back to their communities. 

Lessons Learned:

Emily said her one piece of advice for future interns is to experience new avenues. This will help you decide what career path and industry to work in long-term.

It’s important to keep in mind that even manufacturing or finance companies, for example, have use for a graphic design intern or a social media manager. It’s great to branch out and see how different companies and industries operate!


Want to learn more about DePaul’s University Internship Program? Check it out, here, or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into DePaul’s Career Center to meet with an advisor.

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!