Policy Research at Kettering Foundation, Summer 2011

Afsaneh Jafari Haddadian,
majoring in International Comparative Politics,
graduate student, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Kettering Foundation.

Responsibilities during co-op:

Planning, researching and preparing for monthy meetings at the Kettering Foundatio with the research group:

  • Writing abstracts on books and articles
  • Putting together previous relevant research by Kettering Foundation
  • Writing literature reviews
  • Presenting the resarch at the monthly meetings

Reviewing different drafts of book projects in the foundation

  • Giving feedback
  • Editing
  • Researching for relevant and background material
  • Taking notes on several relevant books
Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?
  • Exploring different theoretical and methodological perspectives in political science and especially political theory
  • Learning from the Kettering Foundation research on citizens and democracy
  • Improving my English writing skills

Publishing at WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, Summer 2011

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Megan Rinderle,
majoring in English,
senior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Responsibilities during co-op:
  • Send out copies of books to endorsers
  • Evaluate proposals
  • Review Manuscripts
  • Attend Editorial meetings: titling, verbals, and brief synopsis
  • Attend cover meetings
  • Create Inspired excerpts
  • Apply for CIP in Library of Congress
  • Work with TI sheets
  • Send out copies of books to freelancers
  • Apply for ECPA book awards
  • Convert PDF to word document for freelance editors; code document
  • Attend a tri-annual sales meeting
  • Write content for catalog sheet; a booklet for New York Times bestselling book "Radical Together"
  • Create sneak peeks for website
  • Minor editing jobs: study guides in back of books, copy packs
  • Draft reader's notebooks
  • Help create galleys
Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The most beneficial aspect of my internship at WaterBrook Multnomah was gaining an understanding of how the publishing world works. All of the people that I worked with were enthusiastic about helping me to learn everything that I could about publishing. I was able to learn about each step that a book takes before it goes onto bookstore shelves.

Every person that I talked to was very enthusiastic about helping me to succeed in working in the publishing world, but also in getting a job in publishing. They provided me with resume tips, classes that I could take, institutes I could attend, and ways that I could network. All of this advice and support have made me confident about my future and what I can do to build my career-ready self.

Reporter at Dayton Daily News, Summer 2011

Tiffany Geter,
majoring in Liberal Studies,
senior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Dayton Daily News.

Responsibilities during co-op:

My responsibilities were to write articles for the Neighbor section of the Dayton Daily Newspaer.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

I gained a lot of interviewing, reporting, and time management skills. Once I was assigned a story I had to contact people for my article then write a news worthy piece while on deadline. The most beneficial aspect of participating in the co-op program were the networking opportunities. I met a ton of people that have been in the journalism business for years. I was able to display my writing skills and gained future references for future employment.

Technical Writing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Winter 2011

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Caitlin Musselman,
majoring in English with a focus in Technical Writing,
senior, two quarters in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Responsibilities during co-op:

After working for one quarter in a Project Management position, and performing tasks such as monitoring a programs status using a software program called SMART, I was able to move into a more established program as a Tech Writer (which is what I love to do and what my major is!) I am working on large documents, and reading / editing them is actually helping me learn a lot more about program management duties and what the Air Force does every day.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The coolest part of my position was being given the opportunity to run a "LEAN" event. I created a process that would streamline the ways that documents were coordinated through our division. I got to lead a team of individuals and even give a briefing to the whole organization. I received an award for my efforts that quarter, called "Category I Civilian of the Quarter". I won it at three different levels, the highest of which being the Aeronautical Systems Center, which is most of Area B of WPAFB.

Writing and Editing at City Paper, Summer 2010

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Lara Donnelly,
majoring in English,
junior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at City Paper.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I went into the City Paper offices three times a week to do normal intern tasks, such as organizing the calendar, filling spreadsheets, and taking phone calls. I was also assigned one or two stories each week, which meant that my by-line was showing up in print every Wednesday. I always got a little burst of pleasure anytime someone I knew mentioned to me that they really enjoyed my most recent article. About half-way through the summer I was offered a paid position as the Calendar Editor. Working on the calendar wasn't easy. It took 6 hours at least, and usually more, just to get all the calendar entries in order for the graphic designers to format them.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The extra responsibility and extra reward of being offered the position of Calendar Editor was my favorite part of the internship. I felt like a real part of the office team. Working for City Paper helped me figure out what I liked and didn't like about desk jobs and reporting. I learned I liked the camaraderie of the office, seeing my name in print, and talking to enthusiastic people about their passions, and getting their news to a wider audience. I would definitely recommend an internship to anyone who has a vague idea of what they want to do after college. It can even lead to a real, paying job. I still write stories for City Paper every now and then, working as an independent stringer.