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This is a guest blog by Jara Rowe, social media marketing coordinator at Minnetrista and former Indiana INTERNnet intern. 

This time last year, I was working a full-time job, driving two hours round-trip for an internship with Indiana INTERNnet (IIN), and finishing my master’s degree. It was a lot of work, but I was determined it was necessary to take the next step in my career.

Fast-forward a year, I completed my internship with IIN, started and completed an internship with McGowan Insurance Group, Inc., completed my Master of Arts in Public Relations, and started a new full-time job that I love. I am currently the Social Media Marketing Coordinator at Minnetrista.

While interviewing for a part-time position at Minnetrista, I was able to showcase the skills I developed while interning with IIN and my passion for social media. The interviewer recognized my potential and forwarded my information to the marketing manager. The rest is history.

My current position has everything I want in a career; I get to use skills I gained in school and internships. This isn’t your typical 9-5 job; the spontaneity is my favorite part. There are so many things going on each day, I never know what I will be doing. I get to take photos and videos around 40 acres of gardens, exhibits and heritage locations.

This position is perfect for me, and I wouldn’t have been as prepared for it without an internship at IIN and my hard work one year ago.

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