Butler students Leah Ernstberger and Alexa Amatulli, along with recent graduates Callista Duggins and Kevin Fey, have been nominated for the Outstanding Intern of 2011 Award, sponsored by Indiana InternNET. The winner will be announced Feb. 21.
They were nominated by the organizations with which they interned: Ernstberger, Amatulli and Duggins by The International Center of Indianapolis; Fey by Just Marketing International, a motorsports marketing agency headquartered in Zionsville, Ind.
Both organizations have previously sponsored Butler student interns, according to Gary Beaulieu, director of the University’s Internship and Career Services (ICS) department.
“Their nominating our students for this award shows how much they value the skills and contributions of Butler interns,” he said.
Details on the award nominees follow.
Originally from Sellersburg, Ind., Ernstberger is a senior, majoring in marketing and international business. She interned in the International Center’s relocation services department, which assists international companies, such as Eli Lilly and Dow AgroSciences, with relocation of employees and assignees to the Indianapolis area. Services include hunting for housing and schools, orientation tours of the city and obtaining a Social Security card.
Ernstberger created a monthly newsletter for international assignees, shadowed destination service specialists working with clients and updated the Destination Services and Relocation manager’s handbook. She also evaluated a sample of previous relocation programs and performed a margin (cost vs. revenue) analysis of the Relocation Services department, to aid the organization’s 2012 strategic plan.
During spring semester, Ernstberger will intern for the marketing department at SunKing Brewery in downtown Indianapolis.
Following graduation in May, she will be seeking a sales or marketing position at an international company. “My goal is to be relocated abroad or be given an international assignment within five years,” she said. “That would allow me to work abroad for a period of time possibly, and learn a new language. Eventually, I hope to break in to the alcoholic beverage industry focusing on marketing or brand management.”
A senior marketing major from Valparaiso, Ind., Amatulli is minoring in Chinese. She interned in summer 2011 with the Asian Learning Center of Indiana (ALCI), a program in incubation through The International Center.
The ALCI works with schools, community members and businesses in Indiana to implement Asian language and culture classes in K-12 public and private schools.
As the ALCI’s part-time program manager in fall 2011, Amatulli implemented marketing and outreach strategies, visited schools and communities to report best practice models, and planned global business connections and education events.
She assisted in preparation for a welcome dinner for Counsel General Guoqiang Yang from China, hosted by Jim Morris, president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, and attended by corporate and non-profit leaders of Indiana.
“I enjoyed practicing my Chinese language skills (since I don’t get too often), and even prepping various attendees on how to pronounce Chinese names,” she said.
This spring, Amatulli will intern with the America China Society of Indiana through Teleman. After graduating in May, she hopes to work in the marketing department of an international firm and earn a master’s degree in global marketing. “Having the ability to utilize my Chinese language skills is also extremely important to me,” she said.
In spring 2011, she interned with the International Center’s development department. She helped plan the group’s annual meeting and wrote reports to donors about the center’s activities, as well as grant proposals. She contributed to the writing of a $25,000 grant request to the Indianapolis Foundation in support of the center’s Festival Fund. The fund assists central Indiana community organizations with events that celebrate global cultures.
Before graduating Butler, Duggins completed a summer internship for the consulting firm Thomas P. Miller and Associates.
In August, she began a dual master’s program at IUPUI to earn a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies and a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management.
He prepared Race Market Guides for NASCAR and INDYCAR tracks, collected information on competitor sponsorship activity and assisted with event management.
“During my time at JMI, I created a client competitor analysis featuring seven clients,” Fey said. “The analysis contained information about the current and past activities of JMI clients and client competitors. I also included suggestions for JMI clients about possible future areas of involvement in various motorsport series.”
JMI contracted Fey to serve as an account coordinator in its Events Marketing Department through the end of the 2011 racing season in November. He hopes to re-sign with JMI at the beginning of the 2012 season and establish a marketing career in motorsports.
During fall semester 2012, approximately 229 Butler students participated in internships, student teaching and professional rotations for pharmacy or physician assistant practices coordinated through ICS.
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