by Kati Beaubien on May 7, 2013
We all know the glorious feeling of walking out of that last final exam for the week and knowing that it is finally summer. For some, summer will include relaxing at the pool with an umbrella in their drink. For others, it will mean putting in long hours at a summer job or internship, hitting the books with summer classes or studying abroad.
Connor Hunt, sophomore in advertising and publications, is one student who will be advancing his academic career over the summer with an internship for Converse in Boston.
“I will be working in the legal department as the brand protection intern,” Hunt said. “When counterfeit Converse/Nike products are found anywhere in the world, information gets put into the brand protection database. From there, I then contact the brand protection employee that found the counterfeit product to get all the information about the seize.”
Hunt will also be responsible for distributing the counterfeit information to other members of the brand protection team for Converse and Nike. His job also includes trying to find the sources of the counterfeit products.
Hunt said he is extremely excited to work for such a globally-recognized company for his first internship, although he is a little nervous about being away from home for the summer.
Some summer opportunities are taking K-State students around the globe. Sydney Webb, freshman in psychology, is spending eight weeks of her summer in Ocean View, South Africa, on a trip with the School of Leadership Studies’ International Services Team.
Sydney and three other K-State students will be traveling almost 24 hours by plane from Kansas City all the way to Cape Town, South Africa, soon after the semester ends. Once there, they will be volunteering with needy children in Ocean View, a township located in the Cape Town metropolitan area.
“We’re working with an organization called Volunteer Mzansi. They pair their volunteers with sites in and around the community based on skills and interests,” Webb said. “I’ll be working at the Pink House with children that have suffered neglect and abuse.”
Webb said that she has always had a passion for international service. Now that she is at K-State, she has had more opportunities to put her interests into practice. Webb said her excitement for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has put most of her worries to rest.
“I can’t wait to experience a new culture, build relationships with my team and people in the community and work with the kids,” Webb said. “I’ve learned a lot this semester about what it means to be a leader in service based on community needs, and I’m excited to actually put it into action. As for worries, I don’t think I’m as worried as a lot of people would be.”
While some students will be far away from home this summer, Yvonne Ziblut, junior in apparel and textiles, will be much closer to home. Ziblut will be working as an intern at Imagery, a boutique located in the Westport area of Kansas City, Mo.
“I will promote and help backstage with fashion shows, prepare merchandise for the sales floor, assist with customer service and sales, update store Facebook account and store website, help with purchasing decisions, style mannequins and process daily sales and expense reports,” Ziblut said.
Ziblut is looking forward to getting hands-on experience with some of the topics that she has already covered in her courses. Although she has worked in retail for over six years, she is optimistic that she will gain new experiences through her internship.
“I am most excited about being able to learn so many more aspects of the fashion industry, away from just the basics of working in a retail environment,” Ziblut said.