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  • Kelly Swofford

Kelly Swofford ’16

Major(s)

Communications

Hometown

Oconomowoc, Wis.

Name of Business/Organization

Pritzker Military Museum and Library

Internship Position

Marketing/Communications

Give three words that sum up your internship experience.

Proficient, Incredible, Involvement

How did you learn about your internship?

“Carolynn Friesch in the Career Services office.”

Describe your internship.

“Duties include assisting the library’s events and marketing team in the planning, organizing, and execution of internal and external events such as facility rental, meetings, author and scholar programs, and holiday gatherings.”

What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?

“The thing I enjoy most about my internship is the ability to interact with veterans and hear their amazing stories and then being able to share their stories with the public. Challenges I have faced in my internship is adjusting to a work atmosphere that can be very muted and refined at times.”

How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?

“My internship is building upon my communications foundation as well as giving me marketing experience that I ultimately would like to incorporate into my future career. Being at Pritzker has also sharpened my skills when it comes to writing for social media as well as blogs and campaigns.”

During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?

“I feel like I stood out to employers because I had quite a bit of work history that ranged from a marketing internship to retail work to waitressing, and having all that experience showed I am a well-rounded individual that can adapt easily to a multitude of situations.”

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?

“During my internship search process I found Carolynn Friesch to be the most helpful because she was able to steer me in the direction of internships that would fit me best instead of just applying for any and all internships hoping that I would get one.”

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?

“Tips I would give to future Carthage in Chicago students is you definitely have to give the city a chance when you first move here, it is obviously going to be scary and overwhelming at times, but you have to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities offered even if it pushes you outside your comfort zone.”

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