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Internship Testimonial

Nicole Schummer
University of Michigan
The summer internship at Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan (VNA) was what my supervisor, Alex Hichel, promised it would be—an exciting learning experience.

Throughout my time at VNA, Alex made sure I gained new experiences. She was always on the lookout for great projects that suited my interests. While each day was unique, I gained valuable skills in many different areas related to public relations and marketing. This internship offered opportunities ranging from producing, editing and publishing my own press releases to media training. I also was introduced to the field of development through submission of a grant proposal and gaining sponsorship funding for an upcoming fundraiser. Additionally, I updated VNA’s social media outlets, wrote a radio script (that was professionally recorded and will be aired across Detroit radio stations), created and prepared marketing materials, and participated on the committee to produce an upcoming fundraiser. This wide variety of experiences has yielded a strong and diverse portfolio for future reference.

In addition to the tasks mentioned above, I was also invited to accompany Alex on numerous offsite ventures such as meetings, interviews, viewing of product production, and interacting with local media.

Not only did I gain useful skills, but I worked alongside great people, too. Visiting Nurse Association was named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Places to Work in metro Detroit for four consecutive years. Alex Hichel, Senior Communications Specialist and Intern Supervisor is highly regarded by her colleagues and the communications community. She is always willing to lend a hand. Working alongside her, I have witnessed professionalism, how an office works, as well as the significance of adaptability in the workplace. While the internship was unpaid, Alex made it easy for me to continue working my part time job.

Why should you want to gain internship experience at VNA? The answer is simple.  You are given the opportunity to work alongside great people for a great cause, and gain valuable experiences along the way. I learned a great deal of things that cannot be found in a text book or lecture hall. Working for Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan has better prepared me for the future.

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