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Ben Verdi: Making an IMPACT

Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on Feb. 3, 2016, at the 10th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon. Though the event is over and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.

These are their stories.

Ben Verdi is a second-year graduate student at Indiana University (Bloomington). He served as a Governor’s Public Service summer intern with the Department of Workforce Development.

Indiana INTERNnet: How did you become interested in government work?

Ben Verdi: I got interested in government for the same reasons I was initially interested in public service. I want to lend every skill and talent I’ve been fortunate enough to cultivate back to my community and country at large. Government work appeals to me as a wonderful way to go about making that kind of a difference in people’s lives, but it’s not the only way. People can be involved in public service …

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“Real World” Internship Opportunities

Entry by Ali Norman, Career and Technical Education Intern, Department of Workforce Development

Last week I had the opportunity to do something both nerve-racking and very exciting for an intern – I pitched an idea for a commercial to the Director of Communications of the Department of Workforce Development. As a communications major, this was a huge step for me. When my supervisor approached me with the idea for a new commercial design for the agency’s job database website, I was immediately excited and got to work. After putting two years’ worth of effort into intensive communication theory and critical writing classes, this was a golden opportunity that I couldn’t possibly pass up.

I spent two weeks creating the concept, designing a storyboard, and making an outline consistent with the storyboard.  I had my co-workers read it to make sure it made sense and then finally, after many deep breaths, …

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