As Evans Scholars, we have learned the great value that summer jobs can offer us from our many summers spent working hard at each respective country club; whether that be though learning how to better communicate, networking, taking advice from colleagues, taking constructive criticism from bosses, and so many more invaluable life lessons. Upon getting to university, we take those skills and apply them in the classroom, which helps in getting advice from professors, mentors and friends when applying for jobs and internships for the summers in between each year of college. Some Evans Scholars choose to stick to their roots and keep caddying, while others obtain other internships and jobs and choose to caddie on weekends. In anything each Scholar chooses to do over the summer, they are sure to gain beneficial experience and knowledge. Here are a few personal accounts from Wisconsin Evans Scholars' work experiences from summer 2018!
Julia Isaacs (Anthropology Major, College of Letters & Science, Graduating May 2021)
"I worked for the company Global Treks & Adventures, LLC, which is a travel company based in Winona, Minnesota, providing small-scale trips for families and individuals around the world. Their internship program is a three and a half-month experience that sends students to various research locations across the world to conduct in-the-field research and contribute to a written publication at the end of the journey. I was fortunate to be an anthropology intern for their expedition to Iceland.
What appealed to me when choosing to intern with Global Treks was the intern's discretion and power to focus on a particular cultural theme that pertains to their educational interests. I decided to study the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, and how the economy of southwestern/western Iceland was completely changed by this event. I began working for Global Treks in late February of 2018 and completed my position in September. While in Iceland, I spent roughly 80 hours collecting information through observational surveys, interviews with locals, and gathering information from interpretive centers and experts. In the months following the research trip, I took the information I collected in the field, analyzed it, and developed it into a clear and concise section for our cultural publication.
I gained many valuable insights while working for Global Treks this summer. This opportunity took me out of my comfort zone (both in an educational environment and my actual country) and forced me to navigate cultural divides through organic conversations with native Icelanders. Bridging those differences has exponentially improved my interpersonal skills, and I have been able to improve my writing capabilities by contributing to a formal publication. I am very grateful for this opportunity and hope to continue to explore the impacts of trade and global economics on human culture in future jobs!"
Karina Cazares (Microbiology Major, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Graduating May 2019)
"This past summer I interned at OSI Group as the research and development intern. I worked 40 hours a week from May 30-Aug. 24. I really didn't know what to expect when I started working at OSI because it's a meat processing company; however, my project was centered around understanding various types of starches and their functionality in sauces. I had the opportunity to learn not only about starch, but about good manufacturing processes, the process of researching how to make a quality product that consumers will enjoy, and validation studies that need to be conducted to ensure a safe product for consumers. OSI came to UW-Madison's CALS career fair, and I was invited to help them out at their booth to assist bringing in foot traffic, as well as meeting with prospective interns. It was a great experience because I knew that the team really valued my input! I would like to work with OSI after graduating as a member of the Rotational Management Trainee Program, or as a full-time member of the research and development team!"
Matt Szymski (Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Double Major, College of Letters & Sciences and the College of Engineering, Graduating May 2019)
"I worked in the Microtechnology, Medicine and Biology Lab this summer. I worked on average 30 hours a week between 5/21 and 8/13. I learned a lot of valuable skills for both research and academia. I worked with a Ph.D. student performing data analysis, fabrication of microdevices, and running experiments to determine shear forces on cells in flowing systems. Additional experiments included dyeing cells so that they became fluorescent and easier to track in flow systems, which allows for easier analysis of cellular response to chemical and biological stimulants. I gained a lot of firsthand knowledge on academia, and I can see myself working in a research lab like this in the future."
Sam Larson (Political Science Major, College of Letters & Sciences, Graduating May 2021)
"I worked as a missionary with a group called Totus Tuus, so I was assigned with my team of three others to a new parish each week. We worked for six weeks, from early June to the end of July, and we worked from Saturday evening to Friday afternoon each week, with work being pretty constant from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. As a missionary, we taught kids from kindergarten through 12th grade about their faith and how to grow in it. I went into it to see if teaching was something I'd be interested in, and I absolutely loved the experience and working with the kiddos. After doing it, I could definitely see myself as a teacher in the future."