|Black Hills State University senior Haley Lux, human resources major from Lead, is now working part-time at Lehman Trikes as a result of a successful internship with the company last summer. Lux is gaining valuable work experience that will provide benefits in her career.
|April Bachman, senior professional accountancy major from Eagle Butte, had an internship that evolved into a part-time job at First Western Insurance. Jeff Livengood, her employer, said he decided to hire an intern due to past successes working with college students.
Although many students work throughout their college career to support their studies and pay at least some of their expenses, by the time they are in their third year, they’re also ready to try their wings in their chosen occupation.
BHSU senior Haley Lux, human resources major from Lead, applied last summer for two internships and took them both. As a result of her summer internship, she is now working part-time for Lehman Trikes. Haley summed up a primary value of internships: hands-on experience, a chance to try out real-world work in the area she thought she would like to enter. Haley is gaining a background that will assist in future pursuit of a career in human resources.
Rilea Moyer, who supervises Lux at Lehman Trikes, likes the solid knowledge of human resources, good computer skills, good people skills, and solid work ethic that Lux brings to her work. Both the company and the student benefit from an internship: “In a general comparison, Haley understands a ‘business needs’ point of view, and not just a ‘what's in it for me' point of view. That is a frequent issue with new hires today,” Moyer says.
Another BHSU student intern, April Bachman, senior professional accountancy major from Eagle Butte, had an internship that evolved to a part-time job at First Western Insurance. Jeff Livengood, her employer, said he decided to hire an intern due to past successes working with college students.
“We also saw an opportunity to tap into a previously unused job pool. This job pool, BHSU students, allowed First Western Agency to provide on-the-job training to an individual or individuals in the accounting field,” Livengood said.
“Allowing students to earn credit, as well as income, while working a part-time job is a good incentive for the students. Offering specialized employees to businesses such as First Western Agency is a large help to managers and employers,” Livengood continued.
The Center for Business, Entrepreneurship, & Tourism is the link between BHSU College of Business & Technology students and area internships. “It is a pleasure to work with our students,” said Barbara Zwetzig, director of the Center. “When we check in with employers on how our students are doing, the students are given high marks for the training they’ve received, their work ethic, and their communication skills.”
If you would like to consider offering an internship in any area of business, technology or tourism, either during the summer or in either semester of the University year, contact Zwetzig at 605-642-6435, or by email at BarbaraZwetzig@BHSU.edu.
Internships for students in other disciplines can be arranged through the Career Center at BHSU, which assists employers in locating interns in all majors and guides students through the application process. To learn more contact the Career Center at 605-642-6277 or email Careers@BHSU.edu.