Northwood is all about providing hands-on learning and mentoring for students, and summer internships are a great way for industrious students to gain valuable career experience. Meet two undergraduate student interns whose summer jobs are helping them get a feel for the business world. Learning the Ropes by Pulling the Strings
Even as a little girl, Emily Bagwell wanted to be in show business – with the emphasis on business.
“I always enjoyed acting and singing, and I liked going to shows,” said Bagwell, a graduate student from Plymouth. “Whenever I would go to a concert or show with my dad, he would point out all the different jobs that were involved in putting it on.”
So it was natural for Bagwell to pursue a degree in entertainment and sports management. And her education has been enhanced by a series of internships, including a position this summer with Temple Theatre in Saginaw. Bagwell fills a range of roles, from selling tickets and ushering to recruiting sponsors and booking talent.
“I’ve learned a lot about how the process works, booking the talent, how to make calls and how to make sales,” said Bagwell, who earned her NU bachelor’s degree in 2015 and is completing a master’s in business administration this summer.
“You can read about how to put on an event, or how to market a venue,” Bagwell said, “but until you are actually in that situation, you don’t really know how to do it."
The first two years of Connor Foley’s college career were spent at a state university pursuing a medical degree. Among the things he learned was that he needed to find something else to study.
“After two years, I just realized that the medical field is not for me. I couldn’t picture myself doing it the rest of my life,” Foley recalled. “So I just kind of picked everything up and came to Northwood to study business. And it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
Foley is a senior from Bay City, majoring in accounting. He is working this summer as an intern at LifeChest, a small company based in the Detroit suburb of Troy that markets unique furniture products.
“I handle a lot of the financials. I work with QuickBooks, I do a financial report every day, profit and loss, projections. I just finished a three-year sales projection,” Foley said. “The senior accountant has given me a longer leash as I’ve gone along.”
Foley works under the watchful eye of a senior accountant, performing many of the tasks that students learn about in class.
One more thing he’s learned during his internship: there won’t be any need for another career change. “This seals the deal that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” Foley said.