Rock the Internship


From the art of listening to the time-tested “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” advice and everything in between – Gonzaga students learned how to “Rock the Workforce” from successful alumni, Regents, Trustees and even one of their peers at a special campus event last spring.

Sara Wendland (’15) spent a summer interning with Nike, which resulted in a full-time job that was waiting for her after she graduated with degrees in applied communication studies and sport management. Her secret? Do the work, and remember to be grateful.

“The more I said ‘thanks,’ the more I realized how much there is to be thankful for,” she said. Wendland presented alongside Jim Powers (’79), a GU Trustee and partner in Powers Energy, an oil and gas exploration company; Greg Bui, Nike vice president of manufacturing revolution and Gonzaga Regent; Microsoft’s chief financial officer and University Regent Eileen Johnston (’82); and Regent Mike Reilly (’81), a nationally recognized employment attorney.

Creative thinking, networking and many other keys to success were outlined, including a willingness to learn.

“It’s okay to be uncomfortable,” said Bui, “because you’re going to grow and develop tenfold.”

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