By Suzanne Weiss / Assistant Director of Communications
Silver Lake College senior Wesley Dowell is enthusiastic about his summer internship in the Career Services Department, where he helps other students find jobs and prepare for life after college.
“I’ve learned so much in 10 weeks about how a business and school system are run,” said Wesley, a history major and business minor. “I like working with budgets. I like helping students find jobs.”
As he spoke from behind his laptop at a table full of papers, Wesley ticked off some of his duties under the supervision of Jan Algozine, Director of Experiential Learning and Career Services.
He posts online job listings, matches students and alumni with job openings, keeps track of internship logs and develops brochures on such topics as networking, resumes business etiquette and professional dress. Wesley said he’s learned teamwork as the department interacts with other staff and faculty members.
As part of the Athletics team, Wesley digitalizes information on college athletes, helps draw up contracts, crunches budget numbers, schedules home games and takes inventory. In fall, he will begin keeping track of game statistics. “I love working with athletics,” he said.
As a result of his internship experience, Wesley changed his minor from mathematics to business so he could pursue a career in student development or career services, he said.
Originally from a small farming community in Ekron, Kentucky, Wesley was recruited for basketball and came to Silver Lake College on an athletic scholarship.
He also received a Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Rath Scholarship, a Dean’s Scholarship and a Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Grant.
“I feel comfortable in a small community and decided on Silver Lake College after meeting the people who work here,” he said.
“I tell freshmen to take every opportunity they can get here and run with it because once your four years are up, you go out into the real world,” Wesley said.