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Smeds Executive Internship Program

The Smeds Executive Internship Program is a summer internship program that allows Carthage students to apply their coursework in real-world settings, and enables companies and organizations to employ students for real-work projects while evaluating them as potential employees. 

Students are nominated by faculty for the program and must be juniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. Students of all majors are welcome. Smeds Executive Interns are typically paid by the companies/organizations and earn a stipend from funds earmarked by the program’s benefactor, Edward Smeds ’57, who chaired the Carthage Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2011. Hiring decisions are made by the employers.

2017 Smeds Internships

  • FedEx — Aaron Lauth ’18
  • International Institute of Wisconsin — Abby Roberts ’18
  • Snap-On Global — Alexandria M. Egolf ’18
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention — Bradley Rutter ’18
  • KPMG — Emily Swanson ’18
  • Dyson Inc. — Janix Jasmine Varnell ’18
  • America Near East Refugee Aid — Jenna Leazott ’18
  • Shirley Ryan Ability Lab — Kathryn McAuliffe ’18
  • Charles Schwab — Madeline Hutchinson ’18
  • Lavelle Industries, Inc. — Maria Salerno ’18
  • U.S. Department of State — Owen L. Myers ’18

2016 Smeds Internships

  • Pfizer, Inc. — Emily Santucci (finance)
  • NBC Universal — Lindsay Stephan (communication, public relations)
  • Scientific Service Labs — Madelane Tveit (chemistry)
  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music — McKenna Rakestraw (music education)
  • Women and Children’s Horizons — Emma Abler (elementary education)
  • Mayo Clinic Health Systems — Brittany Greeder (athletic training)
  • TechLoss Consulting & Restoration — Monica Kasper (physics)
  • Bolton & Menk Inc. — Erik Thorkelson (geography and earth science)
  • Associated Bank — Samuel Brush (finance and management)
  • Medical College of Wisconsin — Kendall Craig (chemistry)
  • Blackrock — Dorah Mangeni (computer science)
  • KPMG — Melissa Dunkley (accounting and finance)
  • KPMG — Kyle Huss (accounting)
  • Champ Fitness Physical Therapy — Nichole Sheehan (athletic training)
  • Jockey International — Connor Nelson (marketing)
  • Clear Brook — Ashley Johnson (psychology and social work)

2015 Smeds Internships

  • Caterpillar Inc. — Lindsay Stephan ’17 (communication and public relations)
  • University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources — Lucas Dykstra ’16 (environmental science)
  • Deere & Company — Logan Titus ’16 (accounting)
  • Faith Acres Foundation — Rebecca Schneider ’17 (social work)
  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP — Jacob Bergman ’16 (finance and accounting)
  • AbbVie Pharmaceuticals— Cameron Small ’16 (chemistry)
  • Milliman IntelliScript — Erlan Wheeler ’16 (mathematics)
  • City of Chicago Department of Buildings — Taylor Oanes ’16 (political science)
  • City of Minneapolis / Urban Scholars Department of Civil Rights — Iftou Yoya ’16 (history)
  • Hospira Inc. — Bryan Feraric ’16 and Tiffany Tiskus ’16 (finance, accounting)
  • Kenosha Public Museum — Taylor Relle ’16 (education)
  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music — Rebecca Bowen ’16 (vocal performance and public relations)
  • KPMG — Paul Becker ’16 (finance, accounting)
  • Münchner Stadtmuseum Von Parish Costume Library — Peter Sproule ’16 (German and art)

2014 Smeds Internships

  • China Star Ltd. — Bryan Feraric and Paul Becker (finance)
  • Hospira — Hunter Sandidge (finance)
  • Illinois Shakespeare Festival — Emily Moritz (theatre and communication)
  • Chicago Bears — Joe Kiser (marketing and management)
  • National Hellenic Museum — Samantha Meszaros (history and political science)
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital — Jacelyn Peabody (biology and neuroscience)
  • Milwaukee Public Museum — Dana Ehrmann (English)
  • United Hospital System — Zoe Weltzin (neuroscience and psychology)
  • Modine Manufacturing Company — Joe Guardiola (computer science)
  • Snap-on — Jonathan Storm (management and computer science)
  • Sealed Air — Josh Bergman (marketing and public relations)
  • Roundy’s Supermarkets — Alisa Danzer (chemistry)
  • Deloitte Consulting LLP — Kiley Greene and Perla Jaimes (accounting)
  • Cintas — Sara Shumaker (business administration)
  • Public Health Department of Dane County — Carly Barker (environmental science)
  • Jockey International — Zachary Wenta (computer science)
  • Millman — Malorie Harder (mathematics)

Past Internships

Past Smeds interns have held internships in the following areas with the following companies:

  • International political economy and accounting — Jockey International
  • Business management — C.H. Robinson Corporate
  • Marketing and public relations — Keshet
  • Neuroscience and biology — Covance
  • Computer science — Valence Health
  • Communication and public relations — Racine Zoological Society
  • Chemistry — Pacific Sands
  • Environmental science — Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Biology — Abbott
  • Accounting and finance — Business Lending Partners, RCEDC
  • Chemistry — Pacific Sands
  • Finance and music — Chicago Board Options Exchange
  • Communication and public relations — Abbott
  • Finance and Economics — Guanzhou Star Sealing - China
  • Political Science — U.S. House of Representatives
  • Asian studies and English — Toonari News & Media
  • Chemistry — Hydrite Chemical Company

 

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