CSD Student Interns with Lansing School District

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Restaino_CristinaName: Cristina Restaino
Hometown: Itasca, Illinois
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Lansing School District
Location: Lansing, MI
Amount of time at internship: January-April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
While picking a career path, I knew that I wanted to find a field where I could help individuals across multiple populations with diverse needs. Coming from a home where multiple languages are spoken, I have always been especially amazed by the idea of different languages and how they allow people to communicate. A family friend, who is a speech-language pathologist, introduced me to the field while I was in high school. After completing observations at her job, I was intrigued by the difference that clinicians are able to make by helping individuals to achieve their goals. I decided to pursue the field of speech-language pathology as it combined my passion of helping others with my interest in the areas of communication. The diversity of communication disorders that speech-language pathologists can help treat allows them to have endless opportunities. I wanted to select a career path that would allow me to continue learning throughout my entire career.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May of 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Speech & Hearing Science and a minor in Spanish. I was so excited to be accepted into Michigan State's master's program and to attend another Big 10 school. I have learned so much during my first year of graduate school through both my classes and first clinical placement. I am very thankful for the opportunities that Michigan State offers by setting up students with internships out in the community in order to gain real-world experiences. I am looking forward to my first medically-based clinical placement this summer where I will be at a sub-acute rehabilitation center/skilled nursing facility in downtown Chicago.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
This semester, I completed my clinical placement at Willow Elementary School in Lansing. Additionally, one afternoon a week, I provided therapy services at a Head Start program in Lansing. I worked with children ages 3-9 with a variety of communication disorders and a range of severity levels. I gained experience working with children in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, and cognition.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
Over the course of the semester, my placement in the school setting helped me to grow both personally and professionally as a future SLP. I learned so much about the process of providing special education services to children in the school setting and gained valuable experience in evaluating and treating students. My supervisor, Jodi Cohen, has worked in a variety of settings and is very knowledgeable in all aspects of communication disorders. She provided me with great feedback throughout the semester which I then used to improve my skills and become more confident in my abilities to become a speech-language pathologist.

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Internship leads to full-time position for ADV senior

Posted on: April 28, 2016

Julie KaczorBuffalo, N.Y., native Julie Kaczor will graduate from MSU this week with two degrees: one in advertising and the other in psychology.

Her most recent summer internship with First American Equipment Finance—a commercial lending company—allowed her to use both fields of study as a marketing intern.

Based in Rochester, N.Y., First American Equipment Finance helps schools, restaurants and health care providers to finance technology investments. As an intern, Kaczor worked with all the divisions of the company doing all kinds of things: creating marketing emails, designing portions of the website, and even working on internal signage.

Kaczor is in the media and management track of the advertising program, but she wanted a summer internship that would let her use her creativity. She first heard of the opportunity through a family friend who works for the company.

“One of the things I really, really loved was the company culture,” she said. “They keep getting top of the list for the best companies to work for in New York. I felt like they were going to put a huge investment into me and they already have. I didn’t know code, Photoshop, Adobe anything, and I came out with all these skills.”

Kaczor also received the Jana O’Brien Internship Award, which helped her to cover the costs of moving to Rochester for the summer.

Not long after she finished her internship, Kaczor was offered a full-time position with First American Equipment Finance upon her graduation.

“When they offered me the position, I was 100 percent yes,” she said. “I’ll go back trying to achieve the goals I put forth in July.”

Kaczor urged other ComArtSci students searching for jobs and internships not to discount small companies.

“It doesn’t matter that it’s not Macy’s or some big name," she said. "Look for where you’re going to get your value.”

She also encouraged students to look beyond titles and really dig into the job description.

“This title was in marketing and my degree was in advertising, so look a little outside what you think your job title is supposed to be and find that right experience,” she said.

By Kelsey Block

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CSD Interns with Waverly Community Schools

Posted on: April 27, 2016

Choi_Joni-wpName: Joni Choi
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Waverly Community Schools
Location: Lansing, MI
Amount of time at internship: January- April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I first became interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist after I researched careers in the health field. I always knew that I wanted to stay within the healthcare field, but I didn't know what I would have a passion for until I found speech-language pathology. I shadowed many speech-language pathologists and became really interested in the various work settings and populations that I would be able to work with.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
After graduating from Ohio State, I was excited to continue my education to become a speech-language pathologist at Michigan State. I have enjoyed learning through the graduate program and working with my classmates. My first clinical internship has been a great experience and I enjoy working with the pediatric population. I am looking forward to the future internships through MSU's graduate program.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
My current internship is at Colt Early Childhood Education Center in the Waverly School District. I work with mainly kindergarteners and some preschoolers who are in general education and special education classrooms. Some areas that I've been able to gain more experience in are articulation, language, and augmentative alternative communication.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career:
My internship has helped prepare me for my career by giving me the opportunity to gain clinical skills while working with the pediatric population. Through my supervisor, I learned how to work efficiently and grow professionally as a student intern. My supervisor has given me multiple opportunities to learn and grow under her guidance, which has helped me learn more about the school setting along with becoming more comfortable as a student intern.

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CSD Student Interns with Clinton County RESA

Posted on: April 20, 2016

Baldwin_RachelName: Rachel Baldwin
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Clinton County RESA
Location: St. Johns, MI
Amount of time at internship: January - April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
My grandmother is a retired speech-language pathologist, which is how I initially knew about the field. I grew up listening to my grandmother's stories about how rewarding the profession was and how much she loved her job. Early in my undergraduate experience I took an introduction speech pathology course and shadowed an SLP in a school setting. Those experiences solidified my love for all the different aspects of the field and my desire to become a speech pathologist.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I cannot believe my first year of graduate school at Michigan State is almost complete and I absolutely love being part of Spartan Nation! I completed my undergraduate degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where I minored in child studies. Michigan State's unique four rotation internship program has given me the opportunity to focus my internships around my interest of working with children in a variety of clinical settings.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
I am currently interning with Michigan's Early-On service program at Clinton County Regional Education Service Agency (CCRESA), which provides in-home visits for children birth to age three. My caseload includes children with a range of disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, expressive/receptive language delay, hearing impairment, articulation impairment, apraxia, and other developmental disorders.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
This experience has highlighted the importance of family-centered therapy to me because I work closely with families on a daily basis. I also collaborate with other professionals and see the benefit of working in a team. Learning the multifaceted perspectives of a team has supported my understanding of the Early-On service program and I can see how working in a team setting would carry-over to future internships.

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PRSSA, Hubbell Connections Help COMM Major Land Music Festival Internship

Posted on: April 15, 2016

margeaux-koepele-meridian-entertainment-2015When she was in high school, Margeaux Koepele started a Twitter account dedicated to her favorite band, One Direction. She had no idea how helpful one fan social media account would eventually turn out to be.

Soon after starting the account, Koepele gained enough popularity that three members of the band-- Louie Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne--followed her.

Koepele, a communication and public relations junior, originally started out studying dietetics at MSU. But she didn't feel like it was the right fit. Her parents, however, knew her talents were geared toward another field. They had the Twitter account to prove it.

"My parents would always tell me that my Twitter account was the stupidest thing I'd ever done, but that I was really good at it," Koepele laughed. "So when I was reconsidering my major, I took a few COMM classes. I've since decided this is definitely where I was meant to be. And while you don't want to listen to your mom, she's usually right."

Koepele said she talks about running the account in every interview.

"It's different, and I realized whatever you can do to set yourself apart is amazing," she said.

Koepele still loves One Direction, but she no longer spends her time tweeting about pop stars. Instead, she's been an active member of PRSSA and has worked for Hubbell Connections, a student-run PR firm.

She's also had a number of work experiences. Last year, she won the Quinn Franks internship award as a result of her internship at the Common Ground Music Festival and Meridian Entertainment Group.

From January through July, Koepele worked as a marketing intern, directing social media efforts, designing promotional materials and writing press releases for the festival.

"There's all that back work that people don't think about like booking and trying to make people get excited about this opening act that maybe no one has ever heard of," she said.

Koepele's most memorable day on the job was also her most stressful. Headliner Meghan Trainor canceled her appearance the day before the concert because of a medical issue, leaving the Common Ground crew scrambling.

"To say I wasn't terrified would be a complete lie," she said. "But we learned from the best. We came up with someone to replace her and shifted the entire acts on the main stage back."

The crew managed to divert a catastrophe and the rest of the festival went off without a hitch.

"That experience set the tone for the rest of the week," Koepele said. " We thought 'like well, I got through that, I will make it through this week.' I learned so much."

Finding her direction

Koepele first found the job working with the Common Ground festival on MySpartanCareer. For some reason, the name of the company, Meridian Entertainment Group, rang a bell. It turned out that Koepele had a friend who worked for Meridian, so she reached out to her for basic information about the job.

Although that personal connection was helpful, Koepele said it was the solid foundation of skills she'd learned in class and through PRSSA that helped her get the job.

"(PRSSA and Hubbell) really changed everything for me. I realized these are students in my college on the executive board for a national organization," she said. "If you don't have experience, you should look for it in the college. That's why PRSSA, Hubble, any of these organizations exists. They're there not there only to give you something to add to your resume but to give you the peers and the professional contacts."

Koepele said her favorite thing to do when she's not in class on a Friday is to job shadow fellow communicators. She's made connections in a number of places - from the Detroit Red Wings to General Motors to Meijer and Gordon Foods.

"It's something I never would have had the guts to do or had the resources to do if I hadn't become an active member of the college," she said.

This summer, Koepele is heading off to an internship with Delta Airlines. Landing that summer internship wasn't easy, though. Koepele said she interviewed for several internships, only to get turned down.

"I was getting really discouraged and feeling really bad for myself because I didn't think it all would be worth anything to anybody," she said.

Then, she went out on a limb and applied to Delta Airlines. It was out of her comfort zone and far from home, but she thought it was worth a shot. Her hunch was right.

"I ended up getting something awesome and now I feel so good. My hard work paid off," she said. "Something good will come. It will all work itself out, which is what my dad was saying to me two weeks ago. I was like 'yeah whatever.' But everyone is good enough and you need to have passion for what you're doing. Just because they don't pick you doesn't mean you weren't an amazing candidate."

By Kelsey Block

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CSD Student Interns with Novi Community School District

Posted on: April 13, 2016

Name: Callan Gavigan
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Hometown: Novi, MI
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Novi Community School District
Location: Novi, MI
Amount of time at internship: January-April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist? I recognized fairly early in my undergraduate studies at Michigan State that my future career pursuits lied within the healthcare field. With unlimited possibilities ahead of me, my four years as an undergrad consisted of continuous exploration. When I began my degree in nutritional sciences, I had hoped it would encompass all that I desired in a career. However, this was not the case and I continued to investigate other professions. My introduction to speech-language pathology actually came from a friend I met at my local gym. She was a speech-language pathologist and invited me to come shadow her while simultaneously giving insight into the profession. After that experience and further personal research, I knew I had discovered the career I had been searching for.

Tell us about your graduation school journey: After graduating from Michigan State, I enrolled in the Wayne State post bachelor program in order to complete my prerequisite courses for graduate school. Concurrently, I began to work in the Voice Biomechanics & Acoustics lab with Dr. Eric J. Hunter. I was excited to learn I was accepted to the Michigan State CSD graduate program and eager to begin. Thus far, I have enjoyed expanding my knowledge of the diverse subjects within speech-language pathology. Working in a research lab prior to my acceptance piqued my interest and contributed to my decision to pursue a master’s thesis. My thesis investigates the relationship between pulmonary function and vocal fatigue, which I look forward to working on during my time in the program.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship: My current internship is at Novi Community School District working with preschool children ranging in ages from three to five. This includes children with various communication impairments and degrees of severity both in general education and special education classrooms. Language, articulation, social skills, and augmentative alternative communication (AAC) are some of the areas I have been able to gain experience in at this placement.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My internship has helped me to prepare for my career by allowing me to implement some of the skills I have learned in the classroom and apply them to clinical therapy techniques in the field. With this being my first internship, I have had the opportunity to grow exponentially and gain confidence in my clinical abilities. My supervisor has provided me with many opportunities and pushed me to grow personally and professionally as a clinician.

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Internship at CONAN leads journalism junior to dream internship at Jimmy Fallon

Posted on: April 7, 2016

Emma-Jean Bedford - Production Intern at CONAN 2015 Pic 1 2 PrintCalifornia native Emma-Jean Bedford dreams of being a producer at a late night show one day. The journalism junior has already landed two production internships, one at CONAN in Los Angeles last summer, and the second working on the set of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in New York City this summer.

Bedford got her start in broadcasting in high school. She worked her way through reporting and directing before she started producing. When she came to MSU, she decided entertainment news was a better fit for her outgoing personality.

“Entertainment news is fun and we still get a point across,” she said.

As a production intern at CONAN, Bedford helped with everything from researching guests to preparing the stage for rehearsals. She learned about all the pieces that go on behind the scenes in order to put a show together as one cohesive unit.

Her most memorable time on-the-job was the two weeks the show moved to San Diego for Comic-Con. Bedford was promoted to production assistant and got to take on more responsibility.

“We basically had to move the entire production to another city,” Bedford said. She made decisions about the layout of the studio, like choosing Conan’s dressing room and designing the route guests would take to the stage.

“I was really excited. I had the opportunity to voice my input and they listened,” she said.

Bedford said her experience at CONAN helped her get the internship with Jimmy Fallon this summer.

“I would not have secured these two internships if I didn’t come to Michigan State,” Bedford said. “If it wasn’t for the people here that believe in me and encourage me to do what they believe I can do, I don’t know where I would be.”

In connection with her internships, Bedford received the Adrienne M. Johns Communication Arts and Sciences Internship Award and the Bonnie Bucqueroux Memorial Fund Scholarship.

Bedford offered up some advice for her fellow ComArtSci students who are looking for work experiences: network.

“You need to make sure they know who you are,” she said. She also encouraged students to use the resources available to them, like career advising in room 181 ComArtSci.

She also said it’s important to be willing to try anything.

“Always commit and if you have a question later, figure it out,” she said.

By Kelsey Block

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CSD Student Interns with Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary

Posted on: April 6, 2016

Franklin_EmilyName: Emily Franklin
Hometown: Lansing
Graduation Date: Spring 2017
Company: Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary
Location: Flint, MI
Amount of time at internship: January-April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
After completing my undergraduate degree with a major in biology, I took time off from school to explore master's programs in various fields that fit my interests. At the same time, I took the opportunity to pursue my love of world travel and applied to teach English in South Korea. In my preparation for teaching English, I came across the field of linguistics, which sparked my curiosity. I took the Introduction to Linguistics class at MSU and became fascinated with the field that combined science and language. While teaching English in Korea, I searched different professions related to linguistics and came across speech language pathology, which encompassed all my interests from biology to the English language.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I completed my prerequisite classes for Communicative Sciences and Disorders at MSU in the spring of 2015 and began the CSD graduate program in the fall of 2015. In my first semester I joined Dr. Cao's research lab and declared a thesis track. I am currently working on a cross-linguistic comparison study between English and Chinese speaking children. This past January I began my first clinical placement in the school setting and am looking forward to my first medical placement this summer.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
I am currently placed at Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary school in Flint. I work with students, ages five to twelve years old and with a wide range of communication disorders. I have gained experience in articulation disorders, language disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, hearing impairment, pragmatic disorders and AAC devices.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My experience at this internship has given me the opportunity to practice and refine skills learned in the classroom as well as develop new practical skills such as billing and behavior management. I greatly appreciate all the advice and therapy ideas that I have received throughout my time at my internship. Furthermore, I have learned a lot about myself through firsthand experience; I discovered strengths and weaknesses that I would have never realized in the class room.

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CSD Student Interns at Leslie Public Schools

Posted on: March 30, 2016

Subler_TessaName: Tessa Subler
Hometown: Versailles, OH
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Leslie Public Schools
Location: Woodworth Elementary
Amount of time at internship: 1 semester

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I started out my undergrad as a nursing major with plans to be a pediatric nurse. After 3 semesters, I realized I did not enjoy nursing as much as I thought I would. During my second semester of my sophomore year, I took an Introduction to Communication Disorders class and really enjoyed it. I did some observations and switched my major to speech-language pathology. I had always wanted to work with kids and found the learning of language to be very interesting.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I completed my undergrad at Miami University in Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I was very excited to get into grad school right away and to have the opportunity to attend a Big 10 school. I am currently in my first clinical internship and absolutely love it.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
I am currently interning at Woodworth Elementary in Leslie, Michigan. I am working with preschool-2nd grade. A majority of my caseload is language and articulation. I am really enjoying working with this age group. In the short time that I have been there, I have been able to see some great gains made by some of the kids. It is extremely rewarding. This is the age group I observed before deciding to major in this field. I am excited to work with other populations in my future internships, but as of now, I can see myself working with this age group in my future career.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My internship has taught me a lot, especially since I plan on working with kids. I have learned a lot of information about data collection, billing, report writing, and IEPs. I have also learned a lot about working on a team. These are all areas that will be important in any setting. I look forward to interning in other settings and working with more diverse populations.

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Advertising student, mom of three looks ahead to graduation

Posted on: March 24, 2016

Ashley Mugnolo 1Ashley Mugnolo’s oldest daughter was 4 years old when she told her mother she wanted to be a rockstar.

“Honey, you can be anything you want to be,” Mugnolo replied.

Her daughter then asked Mugnolo something that that surprised her.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” the preschooler asked.

Mugnolo doesn’t know if it was her innocent 4-year-old thinking her mom wasn’t a typical grown up or if her daughter actually realized that Mugnolo was unhappy in her job. Either way, Mugnolo decided it was time for a change.

“I want her to know that what I said, I meant. If I said that to her and decided I was going to stay in a job I didn’t like, my words meant nothing,” Mugnolo said.

Mugnolo enrolled at Michigan State University as an advertising major, following a dream she had since she was a kid. Growing up, her sisters called her a walking television commercial because she would constantly repeat catchy advertisements.

In May, the 27-year-old mom of three is graduating. She couldn’t be more excited.

In her time at MSU, taking classes wasn’t enough for Mugnolo. She also had several work experiences.

She started out taking classes online and working full-time in retail. Eventually, she decided to stop working full-time and focus more on her schooling.

Last year, she got an internship with Molly and Oliver’s, a second-hand children’s store, managing social media. Mugnolo said the internship gave her valuable experience she used to secure her current position at Güd Marketing.

As Güd Marketing’s media coordinator, Mugnolo crafts media plans for clients, writes content, markets products and manages social media.

She found the company through a simple Google search. She didn’t want to uproot her family, so she started applying to every advertising agency in the Lansing area.

Güd called her back, saying they liked her resume so much that they were willing to take a chance on her and create a new part-time position.

Mugnolo has loved working at a small agency because it gives her a chance to explore every part of the industry, even if it falls outside her job description. She says she likes Güd in particular since the company works with a number of nonprofits like CATA, Michigan Educational Trust and the Michigan Wildlife Council.

“If anyone in advertising wants to stay local, they have to look at Güd,” Mugnolo said. “It’s doing good while still doing advertising.”

Of course it hasn’t been easy. With three young children, sleep is a luxury, and Mugnolo has occasionally missed appointments when things come up with her kids.

Still, Mugnolo said MSU as a whole has been really supportive. She pointed out there are lactation rooms in every building on campus for breastfeeding mothers. Student Parents on a Mission—a support organization run through Human Resources’ Family Resource Center—has also been a helpful resource.

Her ComArtSci advisers and professors have also been understanding.

“I thought I was going to have to fight with these professors who weren’t going to want to help, but they’ve all been so welcoming and it’s been really great,” Mugnolo said.

Mugnolo cited times that ComArtSci faculty have gone out of their way to help. One time in particular, her sports marketing class took a trip to Detroit for a Tigers game. Mugnolo was breastfeeding at the time, and her professor found a private room in the stadium where she could pump.

Now near the end of her college career, Mugnolo has some advice for her fellow students.

“Apply for anything and everything if it sounds like it’s something you want to do," Mugnolo said. "Even if the qualifications say you’re not qualified, what’s the worst thing that could happen? You’ve already got a somewhat generic cover letter you can tweak, so why not go out there and apply?”

Just last week, Mugnolo picked up her cap and gown at the MSU Union. She wrote a Facebook post about her time as a nontraditional student, which garnered more than 7,000 likes in the first 24 hours.

Still, the only “likes” that matter to her are from her family.

“Knowing that I’m going to make my kids’ lives so much better, looking at them and thinking they’re going to be proud of me, knowing what I’m doing is for them is so much more important,” Mugnolo said.

By Kelsey Block

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