Forget coffee-fetching or copy-making.

Though these tasks may still be on the to-do list of many interns, Malone students both past and present have enjoyed the benefits of some extremely meaningful internship experiences. In many of our programs, you'll be encouraged to step out into the working world in order to gain practical experience, make connections with a professional community, interact with prospective employers, and build relationships with experts in your desired field.

Take a look at some of the internship experiences our students have had:

Andrew Campbell

Political Science major Andrew Campbell ’17 is pleased to wrap up his college career having completed internships at the state, national, and local levels of government. This semester, he will intern in the Canton City’s Fair Housing division. 

Malone students are encouraged to complete internships regardless of major, and many motivated students choose to take several to increase their breadth of experiences. Campbell also completed a three-month summer internship with the Ohio House of Representatives and last Spring was the governmental and external relations intern for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in Washington D.C. as part of the CCCU’s Best Semester American Studies Program. 

“The ability to learn in the Malone classroom about social issues in a historical context, the various ideas in political thought, communication techniques, and learning how to analyze difficult course content all lend themselves as assets I can take into this new position,” said Campbell. 

In the internship with the Fair Housing department, Campbell will assist with administrative and educational outreach projects and to learn more about executing laws and ordinances within the local government.  

“One of my biggest challenges will be to learn, understand, and see law in action rather than simply reading about it,” Campbell said.  He added that he is excited to get an experiential, close-up understanding of how local government operates. 

“Andrew’s internship is a wonderful demonstration of the results and student outcomes of Malone University’s mission to educate students of Christian faith who are committed to serving the church, community, and world,” said David Beer, assistant professor of Political Science.

Campbell also is applying for an Ohio Legislative Council Fellowship in April that would begin in December.

"We hope he will be selected for that as well," said Professor of History Jacci Stuckey. "He is an exceptional student, and exemplifies the type of missional and vocational work we do at Malone."

Olivia Roupe

Vermont native Olivia Roupe '18 dreams of opening her state's first zoo. But she knows that in order to achieve that life goal, there are many steps along the way. First and foremost, it starts with educating herself so that she may someday educate others. This summer, she completed an important step in her education at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO.: her first internship.

"I felt like I had learned enough at Malone to have a basic understanding of stuff I would learn and do at a zoo," said Roupe. "I also just couldn't wait to get a glimpse of what I want to do with my career."

During her internship, Roupe worked alongside the keepers in various areas of the zoo - Africa, Reptiles, Education, Australia, and South America.

"One fun thing I got to do was to do paintings with their hippo, Henry," she said. "He would come up to the edge of the pool and we would rub (animal safe) paint on his nose and press a canvas against it."

However, not all of the work was glamorous. She also welded lion fences, scrubbed the hippo pool, fed animals, and cleaned up lots and lots - and lots - of animal waste. But Roupe seemed to think the experience was worth it.

"Since the other interns and I got to stay at the zoo, we had permission to walk the public areas of the zoo grounds at night," she said. "It seemed almost magical getting to walk around in the dusk in complete silence except for the animals, and just watch them milling around or lying down to sleep."

While Roupe has a lot more education in front of her, she is eager to share what she has learned with others.

"I want to focus on sharing my love and knowledge of animals with the public, to educate and inspire them to take action and help care for the earth," she said. "We were given the earth by God, and He put us in charge of caring for it. In the words of Baba Dioum, 'We will only conserve what we love. We will love what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.'"

Stephen Nzishura

Being able to make a meaningful impact as an intern also has helped Stephen Nzishura ’13 find his calling.

A senior majoring in nursing and minoring in Bible, he pursued internships in both areas of interest in which he helped provide healing for both body and soul.

His first internship was with the Canton House of Prayer executive director of the Canton House of Prayer and Gateway church pastor, Mark Engel ’78; his second was on the oncology floor at Mercy Medical Center in Canton on the oncology floor for a year, where he helped care for patients.

“With my first internship, I learned so much about the value of having deeper intimacy with Jesus and intercession for others; and at Mercy, I was able to minister to cancer patients in a holistic way – physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally,” says Nzishura. “When you have a personal encounter with God’s love, He really does help you as you comfort and care for others in the midst of their suffering.”

He learned from other nurses as well – as he watched the professionals care for the whole person. He wants to deliver that kind of care overseas – either in his home country of Burundi or perhaps in China.

Last summer, Nzishura’s young brother David, 13, died of typhoid fever, an illness Stephen says could have been prevented.

“I want to improve medical care in other countries,” he explains. “And I hope I can be an example for others who choose to use their degrees to serve God in the same way – integrating their faith into their work.”


Ready to get job-ready?

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