As a business administration major, Julianna Wright, ‘20, wanted an internship that not only challenged her, but also helped to expand her skills and knowledge. When she learned about the internship opportunity at JWF Industries, she was interested.

“I knew it was out of my comfort zone,” Julianna said. “I had no prior knowledge or experience in the manufacturing industry, but I was up for the challenge. I also felt confident in the company’s ability to give me the experience and skills that I needed in marketing.”

At her internship, Julianna updated JWF’s social media accounts; designed and posted graphics and marketing collateral; took photos and videos of buildings, products, and employees; wrote press releases; and edited photos and videos. One of her ongoing projects was assisting her mentor with internal survey work. Julianna would frequently accompany her mentor to meetings to gain crucial corporate experience.

“I honestly learned more than I ever thought possible in such a short amount of time,” said Julianna. “My mentor helped me meet all of my goals when it came to my learning objectives. I gained more experience in the Adobe Suite, which was one of my main goals. I learned a lot about how to update and change a company’s website, which I had no prior experience in. Also, I enhanced my skills in design, which was extremely important to me because it is valuable to have as a marketing coordinator.”

Julianna’s internship experience built upon knowledge she gained from classes at the Mount. Julianna says she took classes focusing on topics like graphic design, digital media editing, and video production, as well as classes geared towards professional development, which taught her to speak and act in a professional setting.

“I knew the Mount prepared me in a variety of different ways,” she said.

When she graduates with her MBA with a specialization in project management, Julianna hopes to working in the marketing field. She looks forward to finding a position where she can get more varied experience before hopefully working her way up in a company.

Upon the completion of her internship, Julianna received a bronze coin from JWF CEO and former Mount Aloysius College Board of Trustee member, William Polacek, as a token of appreciation for her hard work and dedication. 

“I am extremely grateful to Mr. Polacek for allowing me to expand my marketing experience at JWF Industries.”

Photo Caption: William Polacek, left, presents Julianna Wright with a bronze coin as thanks for her hard work and dedication during her internship.