April 27, 2011

Career Center Breakfast Honors Intern, Employer of the Year

Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Indiana Tech Career Planning and Development Center celebrated student interns and their employers at an Internship Recognition Breakfast on April 27.

Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters was the keynote speaker at the event, describing how his internship with then-Mayor Win Moses’ office influenced his career choice and discussing the benefits of internships to students and to employers alike.

Janet Boston, executive director of Indiana INTERN.net, attended the event and announced the winners of the Employer of the Year and Intern of the Year awards.

ITT Communication Systems was named Employer of the Year. ITT has a strong internship program and has participated in Mock Interview Day and other events sponsored by the Indiana Tech career center.

Twenty-one students were nominated for Intern of the Year, and the award went to Katherine Bergfeld. She is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and served an internship at Press-Seal Gasket Corp. Bergfeld received a plaque and a $500 gift card for professional clothing.

“I was immediately impressed by Katherine’s solid modelling skills,” Andy Happel, Bergfeld’s supervisor, said in her nomination. “She worked as the primary engineer on a project that is a new market for us. It is now launching into production, and we expect sales of over $1million.”

Press-Seal has offered her a full-time position as development engineer after she graduates in May.

Three students earned honorable mention and $100 gift cards for professional clothing:

  • Ashli Follrod, a junior majoring in criminal justice and an intern at the Columbia City Police Department
  • Sarah Musselman, a senior majoring in web development and  an intern at eMedia Technologies
  • Zach Diver, a senior majoring in information systems and an intern at Fort Financial Credit Union

 

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