FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Summer is not simply a time for rest and relaxation for NAU senior volleyball player Lauren Campbell and recent graduates Katie Bailey and Kobi Christensen. Each has embarked on unique summer internships within their particular fields of study and have gained valuable experience as they pursue their future goals.
Campbell, a mechanical engineering major who became the first All-American in program history after being named a Capital One Academic All-America third team selection in December, is spending her summer interning with Boeing. She has been writing the specification control document (SCD) for the Fly by Wire flight spoiler power control unit for the 737 aircraft. She also coordinated with suppliers and created documents that pertain to deviations from current SCDs by creating flow gain limit charts and graphs. Clearly, this is not your typical student summer job.
"The reason why I want to work at Boeing is because there is a great atmosphere and the people who work there enjoy their jobs and are fun to work with," said Campbell. "Boeing is a great company; at no other company can you integrate all facets of the engineering process to create this large of a product. It is truly astonishing what the employees at the Boeing Company can accomplish and I love being a part of that. I hope in the future I can work for this amazing company."
A native of Ontario, Calif. and a marketing major at NAU, Bailey, who graduated in December, has earned invaluable experience as an intern the marketing department for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball. She found out about the internship during her freshmen year at NAU and was able to schedule her classes so that she could leave Flagstaff a semester early in order to apply for the position.
There were over 800 people who initially applied as Bailey received one of only 10 available spots. Her job duties include managing the Junior Angels Kids Club, developing content for the 'Big A' LED screen and in-stadium TV's, writing radio and TV reads, working promotions, event planning, shipping and tracking ticket vouchers, and working in-stadium events. She has been the lead on a number of projects, including a Fan Fest event at the end of April, and has been able to work on a regular basis with many of the executives of the company.
"This internship is unique because the front office is so small that the interns are treated like every other full time employee," said Bailey. "After this internship I am planning on staying in the sports marketing industry but I haven't decided if I want to stay with sports team specific marketing or if I want to move into more of the event planning. Either way, I have learned a great deal about the sports marketing world and what it's like to be on the other side of athletics."
Rather than returning to her native Canada following her NAU graduation in May, Christensen is completing an internship at the Four Seasons Hualalai in Kona, Hawaii. A hotel and restaurant management major at Northern Arizona, Christensen is interning as a pool attendant delivering food and beverage pool side. She is hoping to use the internship to apply for a manager in training position, a two-year program either at the same hotel or another Four Seasons location.
"I love my internship; the transition at first was difficult but I am starting to settle in," Christensen said. "Everyone I work with is super nice and welcoming. I'm learning a lot as well."
Campbell will be one of five seniors returning for NAU in 2012 while Bailey and Christensen will look to continue to build their post-collegiate resumes.