Help your students find paid internships/Co-ops at Internship Draft Day at Lambeau Field

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance & NEW ERA have teamed up to bring area manufacturers, faculty and students together! Internship Draft Day at Lambeau Field will be on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Below are some highlights of attending.

  • 60+ companies are looking for college talent for paid internships, part-time jobs and apprenticeships
  • College students can sign up for 15 minute interviews for 200+ positions
  • $1,500 scholarship for the #1 draft pick
  • $500 scholarship for the #2 draft pick
  • Faculty that attend the event have the opportunity to win a $2,500 faculty-led research project
  • Food & Refreshments provided
  • Free Draft Day Jersey

There will be a special Faculty and Administration TitletownTech Tour from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for faculty who attend the event with their students. Titletown Tech is a one-of-a-kind partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft Corp. aimed at boosting economic expansion by bringing world-class digital innovations and expertise to Greater Green Bay. To learn more about the operational details of TitletownTech, visit TitletownTech.com.

The deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Register here. See the flier below for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Career Services at careers@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2163.

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Alumna Marty Stanley paying it forward with internship funding

UW-Green Bay alumna Marty Stanley’s innovative spirit has a way of inspiring beyond words.

TheScreen Shot 2017-03-09 at 11.25.12 AM speaker, author and organizational coach and consultant (www.alteringoutcomes.com) attributes her monumental success to the years she spent at her alma mater. In return, the 1977 graduate, who now lives in La Jolla, Calif., has developed a pay it forward giving system that will change the lives of numerous UW-Green Bay students.

Stanley returned to UW-Green Bay at age 25 after spending time at another university and in the workforce. The decision, she says, changed her life. The confidence-building work-study job opportunities provided to her, and the individualized attention from professors she received at UW-Green Bay, prompted her years later to become the first UW-Green Bay alumna to financially support an on-campus internship. Stanley is supporting UW-Green Bay senior Amy Bauer in an editorial internship in the Office of Marketing and University Communication.

Three words have guided Stanley over the years: Empowering, regenerating and sustainable.

“These words are what I bring to the organizations that I coach, as well as guide my giving choices,” said Stanley. “My contribution to UW-Green Bay meets that criteria as it empowers students by providing them with the tools to become successful and prompts them to pay it forward — regeneratingthe process in a sustainable manner.”

With University budget cuts and competition for off-campus internships rising, it is difficult for students to receive rewarding opportunities that allow them to build their confidence and skills going into the workplace. The internships UW-Green Bay offers provide genuine, portfolio-building experiences that help students grow as people and professionals. It also allows the University to retain student talent, rather than lose students to off-campus businesses and organizations.

For more information on unique alumni giving, contact Kari Moody, Director of Alumni Relations at moodyk@uwgb.edu.

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Internship with the Green Bay Packers was game changer for Miranda Michaelis

When the Green Bay Packers extended their offer to free agent Miranda Michaelis she signed on the dotted line. Michaelis, a senior at UW-Green Bay reflects on her human resources internship with the greatest pro franchise in the world — the Green Bay Packers, and why it didn’t take her long to say, “yes” when offered an extension. Read this insightful Q & A:

Q: How did you get this internship? What are your responsibilities?

A: I came across the posting on PRO (Phoenix Recruitment Online) when I began my search for internships last summer of 2015. It was originally a year-long position, but I will now be continuing the internship up until graduation in May 2017. I am responsible for a wide variety of tasks related to recruitment, benefits, wellness, etc. I handle many of the application/resume submissions that come through and then assist with background checks on qualified applicants. I’ve also had the opportunity to help with events throughout the year, including job fairs, open interviews, and employee events.

Q: What is it like to work for the Green Bay Packers?

A: It’s definitely an amazing opportunity to be able to intern for the Packers. I look forward to going to work every morning because I work with such great people. Everyone is so dedicated to going above and beyond in contributing to the organization and it’s very inspiring to be a part of that type of atmosphere.

Q: What is unique or special about the organization?

A: A unique and special part of the Packers organization is the amount of teamwork that is put in on a daily basis in order to have successful game days, concerts, events, etc. Many people do not realize the behind-the-scenes work that takes place all year round. I now have a greater understanding and appreciation for all the work that is done in order for fans to have a great experience at Lambeau Field.

Q: What is one really cool moment you’ve had during your internship?

A: A few months ago, I was able to sit down and have breakfast with our President & CEO, Mark Murphy. Our organization holds this event for a small group of employees and I had the chance to be a part of it. It was nice to learn more about him and his work with the Packers. We also got to meet employees from other departments that we don’t normally work with.

Q: Did you ever imagine you would have the chance to work for the Packers during your undergraduate work?

A: I never actually thought about it until I saw the posting on PRO. My ultimate goal was to gain HR experience through an internship within the Green Bay area and it worked out that the Packers were hiring for that internship position at that time.

Q: What other opportunities have you had at UWGB?

A: I’ve had so many great opportunities at UWGB! I was a part of the Phoenix GPS Program my freshman year which really encouraged me to get involved and make the most out of my undergraduate career. Since then, I have held positions with the Kress Events Center and Financial Aid & Student Employment department on campus. I have been involved as a Peer Advisor, Research Assistant, and conference co-coordinator as well. This last January, I participated in the winter travel course to Italy for two weeks! I am also involved with various honor societies along with SHRM (Society for HR Management). The experiences that I have had at UWGB have really helped me develop and improve upon valuable skills for my internship with the Packers.

UW-Green Bay dietetics group shares secrets for Fit Kids

Dietetics interns present to Green Bay Park and Rec Fit Kits program

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Dietetics Interns volunteered recently with the Green Bay Park and Recreation’s Fit Kids program. The budding dieticians demonstrated “Secret Berry Smoothies” (with hidden spinach and pumpkin) and fresh vegetables and dip (made with Greek Yogurt) for the children in the program.

Presenters handed out large Phoenix stickers (from Admissions) to all the participants, and also sent home recipe handouts. It was just one of many outreach opportunities the group does each year. Sara Schmitz is the director of UWGB’s Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. UWGB professors Debra Pearson and Le Zhu also lead outreach efforts throughout the year.

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Business grad will receive Outstanding Student Award at UW-Green Bay

Emily Blaha of Sturgeon Bay has been chosen the December 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

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Emily Blaha

The Business Administration senior with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in design arts will receive her diploma at UW-Green Bay’s mid-year commencement ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Blaha from among approximately 450 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at December commencement.

A 2012 graduate of Southern Door High School, Blaha will complete her degree requirements on an accelerated, three-and-a-half-year timetable.

Additionally, Blaha will be part of the platform party at commencement as student speaker for the ceremony. She was chosen to deliver remarks on behalf of her class by a committee of UW-Green Bay faculty members and administrators. She was nominated by Management Prof. Lucy Arendt, who describes her as “an exceptional asset to the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, UW-Green Bay and the greater Green Bay community.”

Through work and paid employment, Blaha has served as a marketing and communication assistant for the University Union, and as marketing coordinator and social media specialist for UWGB’s College of Professional Studies. Her independent study topic was “Managing Culture in a Small Business,” and her senior year placement was a product-strategies internship with Schreiber Foods, Inc., headquartered in Green Bay.

She was one of a dozen standout students appointed an inaugural member of the Cofrin School of Business Student Advisory Board, providing input on curriculum and programming.

Blaha is the recipient of academic merit scholarships and dean’s list honors, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society. She has been active in a range of programs across campus, including service as advertising manager for The Fourth Estate, the weekly student newspaper. When she increased advertising sales by 20 percent, she was selected to serve as the organization’s business manager.

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Human Biology student earns internship through UW School of Medicine

Danielle Strebel, a UW-Green Bay student majoring in Human Biology (nutritional science and dietetics) has been selected to receive a competitive summer internship in public health. She is assigned to Outagamie County’s Public Health Division where she will pursue a project titled: “Public Health in Practice: A unique hands-on opportunity to learn about environmental health, public health preparedness and community health education.” Strebel’s placement is one of several dozen internships made possible statewide through a program of the Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers administered by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. AHEC Director Nancy Sugden says the program “is designed to teach students about health issues facing underserved populations in Wisconsin.”

The votes are in: Koepke successful as Green Bay Mayor’s office intern

vanya-koepke-topFor UW-Green Bay student Vanya Koepke, a meeting over coffee might have helped to solidify his future career.

“I actually had the chance to get coffee with my professor, Dr. Weinschenk, and his good friend, Andy Rosendahl last semester,” said Koepke, “Andy Rosendahl just happens to be the Green Bay Mayor’s Chief of Staff.”

The conversation sparked a desire in Koepke to become even more involved.

“After talking with him I was just really inspired to dive into this as soon as possible,” he said.

A series of events after this initial meeting led Koepke, a double major in Political Science and Public Administration, to accept an internship as an assistant to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff. (Above, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and Koepke show their Phoenix pride). Koepke, who is also the UW-Green Bay Student Government Association President, began the internship in January 2015.

As an assistant to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Koepke’s main job is to work on the State of the City address that the mayor gives annually in March.

“I’ve been doing a lot of research trying to find facts and various stats that we can beef up the State of the City with,” he said, “It’s also an election year, so you’re trying to be creative with setting a message or tone that could resonate with the voters later on in April.”

This internship is Koepke’s second. He previously interned in the De Pere Planning and Zoning Department, where he compiled the sustainability report.

“I put that together and presented it to the city administrators and staff at the end of my internship. It was very rewarding.”

Koepke will be graduating in May 2015 and hoped to further enhance his education by taking on this new opportunity during the spring semester.

“I knew that it was my last semester and I could choose to sit in five classes or I could build off of the great experience I had at the De Pere internship last semester and get out,” he said, “So I figured, why not get out into the real world and get that hands-on experience during my last semester here.”

This experience translates directly into what Koepke plans to do in the future.

“My hope is to work as a staffer at the capitol in Madison for five or six years,” he said, “My ultimate goal is to run for office. I’d like to run for state assembly or later on House of Representatives.”

Koepke feels that when UW-Green Bay students pursue internships they not only set themselves apart, but also build a stronger Green Bay community.

“I think if we get them connected with an internship in the greater Green Bay area, that will motivate them even more to not only explore the possibilities of getting a career here but also settling down here and raising their family here, and maybe retiring here one day,” he said, “So it’s really important for us to retain our talented students. And second, I think is just to get that real world experience. To take what you’ve learned in class and show ‘Hey, I can apply this to various parts out in my vocation.’ So I think that those are the two key areas for that.”

For Koepke, the experience itself has been positive.

“I’m really enjoying it,” he said, “I would recommend it to anyone else.”

Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication
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Leading and learning: Schleicher scores internship with the Packers

Schleicher at Lambeau Field.Fun, prestige, experience… what more could you ask from an internship? How about a company CEO that knows your name? For Missy Schleicher, it doesn’t get much better than interning for the Green Bay Packers.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Communication major began with the Green Bay Packers in December 2014 as a Brand and Fan Engagement Intern. The fun started almost immediately.

“I was at a pizza party to celebrate a departing employee just after Christmas. Everyone from intern to company CEO was invited,” she explains. “My mom had sent a big bunch of Christmas cookies and I was trying not to eat them, so I brought them to work. Packers President Mark Murphy ate two of them, and said they were two of the best cookies he ever had. Now he waves at me whenever I see him. I met him once and now he knows my name.”

Through her position, Schleicher works with the two Green Bay Packers fan clubs: the Junior Power Pack for kids, and the Packers Partners Club for adults. She answers fan questions, packages items to be sent to fans, and assists in planning events designed for the clubs.

“There is a Junior Power Pack clinic in June and we’re just starting to work on planning that,” she said. “We need to get a T-shirt design in, talk to sponsors about getting money for the T-shirts, send out invites, and talk to players who will come and make appearances. That’s the majority of it.”

Having had no previous internship experience, getting the internship was a pleasant surprise for her.

“I just closed my eyes and threw the resume at them just hoping, crossing my fingers, and never really expecting to get it,” she said. “I thought I would have to start way smaller. I’m just really grateful.”

Intending to pursue a career in sports communication, an internship with the Packers was the perfect first step.

“My passion is sports, and I really fell in love with my major,” she said. “My dream job or end goal would really be to get a job in sports. I knew that experience in an internship would be crucial in progressing my career.”

After several months, the experience has helped her to gain insight into her future.

“I learned that a communication job in sports is unlike any other,” she said. “Your ‘nine to five’ is not ‘nine to five.’ You’re there before anyone else is there and you leave when it’s dark out. You eat breakfast, lunch, and supper there. It’s your life, and I totally fell in love with that. I think it will really help me in progressing in the future and knowing you have to put hard work in to get a good outcome.”

Aside from her internship, Schleicher also serves as the secretary for the UWGB chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, is an intramural supervisor at the Kress Events Center, and writes for the Kress Press, the newsletter for Kress employees. These and her classroom experiences have provided Schleicher with a well-rounded look at the field she’s pursuing after graduation in May 2016.

“Right now I’m in Social Media Strategies with Professor Danielle Bina, and my supervisor is the administrator of Packers Everywhere on Facebook and Twitter,” Schleicher said. “Her tweets match up with her Facebook and she’s tweeting at different times to make sure that her target audience is seeing the tweets. So, it’s cool to learn it both in the internship and in class.”

After interning for the Packers, Schleicher is convinced that sports communication is where she is meant to be.
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That’s a wrap: Students keep ton of plastic bags out of waste stream

top-plastic-film-recycleIt hasn’t even been on campus for a year, but the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay plastic film recycling program has already processed the equivalent of nearly one million plastic bags.

“We’ve recycled somewhere between 1800 and 2200 pounds of plastic film,” said former student intern Matthew Malcore. “Not all of it has been just plastic bags, but assuming the weight of a plastic bag is 5.5 grams, this equals the weight of between 816,000 and 997,900 plastic bags. Approaching the weight of one million plastic bags in under a year, just at a community level. That is pretty amazing to me,” Malcore said.

The goal of the plastic film recycling program is to keep plastic films, such as grocery bags and pallet wrap, from the waste stream. When not collected separately, the films can pose problems. If thrown into the garbage can, the plastic film would end up in a landfill, but attempting to recycle it along with plastic or glass containers and paper, could clog the sorting machines at the recycling facility, which are typically designed to handle rigid materials.

“Aware of this problem, we were searching for a better solution,” said Felix Pohl, sustainability communications manager. “If we collect plastic films separately, they do not pose a problem in the waste stream and furthermore the material can be re-purposed by specialized recycling companies.”

In order to accomplish this, an Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) intern took on the job.

“One of our former interns in the EMBI internship program had made contact with Zeus Recycling from Sheboygan regarding plastic film recycling and wondered if EMBI could assist in providing intern support to Zeus in order to launch a pilot program on plastic film recycling here on campus,” said John Arendt, EMBI Associate Director. “Utilizing the Great Lakes Internship Initiative grant, EMBI offered student Matthew Malcore to provide Zeus with that help to begin the plastic film pilot.”

The program officially began on March 1, 2014, when 12 drop-off boxes, provided by Green Bay Packaging, were placed in various locations around campus, including 10 in public areas and two in maintenance areas.

“As we essentially started the program without any particular funding, we utilized donated cardboard containers and mounted self-made signs on them,” said Pohl.

story-plastic-filmAs the student intern, Malcore (pictured at left) was in charge of collecting the plastic film at each of the collection points, sorting, and baling the material. Beginning halfway through the fall 2014 semester, Malcore has been helping to transfer the management of the program to the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC).

“A significant part of our outreach was to involve the students from PEAC, a great student organization bringing together students from all over campus who share a genuine concern for how we build our future in the face of environmental challenges,” said Pohl.

Malcore, a member of PEAC, will be helping the organization to continue the program.

“As PEAC is now the group responsible for the program, I will be continuously training members on how to collect, differentiate and bale the plastic,” said Malcore.

The program was implemented October of 2014, starting with bins placed in the laundry rooms of residence halls.

“Some bins were packed full after the first week and others took a bit longer to fill,” said Kayla Billet, Residence Life Eco-intern and Co-leader of the Residence Green Life Committee, “The committee members then bring the collected plastic film to the larger collection box in the Community Center. From there the organization PEAC does the collecting and packaging for further recycling.”

The program’s popularity has spread past the boundaries of campus as well.

“Currently, the popularity of plastic film is growing throughout the state, said Arendt, “We have seen other campuses start programs, but UW-Green Bay was the first. K-12 schools are taking on recycling, and the Wisconsin DNR is promoting the program.”

Plastic film recycling programs are a step in the right direction, but according to Malcore, eliminating all use of these plastics is the best solution.

“Single-use plastics have become a growing problem, especially as pollutants of the oceans,” said Malcore, “Using cloth bags instead of plastic bags and re-using water bottles instead of purchasing new ones constantly is always preferable to using single-use plastics. Even though more of the single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, increases the amount of material we reclaim and technically makes the program more profitable, PEAC is an environmental organization and the purpose of both the organization and the program is to reduce environmental impact.”

In the coming months, the program will start diverting the plastic film to TREX Decking in order for the film to find new life in the form of park benches and decks.

“This program provides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to first think about plastic film not as waste but as a resource and to actively divert it from the landfill,” said Arendt, “This is education in action.”
Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication

Degree, internship land UWGB grad full-time gig with Green and Gold

UW-Green Bay alumna Tammi Schroeder started her postsecondary career elsewhere and then transferred to UW-Green Bay — a decision, she said, that has made all the difference. Schroeder graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2010 with a Business Administration degree and an internship with the Green Bay Packers under her belt. Now she’s in her fifth season of full-time employment with the Green and Gold, working in sales and brand development for the most storied franchise in professional sports. New video has more on her story. And in case you missed it, here’s our video featuring Schroeder and several of her colleagues — all proud to be grads of UW-Green Bay.