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Colin Chambers, Intern at the EDC

Sophomore student, Colin Chambers, used his internship with the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) to provide additional input into what area he wanted as his concentration in the School of Business. Originally from Steilacoom, Washington, Colin reported he gained contact with the EDC through the SMU BA210 Career Management course. "My EDC experience was wonderful on many levels, meeting new people and working in a non-profit environment. Internships are very beneficial because they prepare you for future careers..."

Andrea Detlefsen, Intern at H & R Block

Andrea Detlefsen is an Olympia native and a School of Business non-traditional student concentrating in management. When asked why she decided to take an internship, her response was, "I have to work, so I decided I might as well gain some credit while being able to pay my bills." Andrea became aware of the H & R Block internship through and email announcement sent by Saint Martin's Career Center Director, Ann Adams. After attending an informational session, Andrea decided tax preparation was not for her. Talking with H & R Block representatives, she applied for and accepted a customer service position. Andrea offers SMU students the following advice: "If you have been contemplating whether or not to participate in an internship, just take the plunge and do it!"

Andrea Hopkins, Intern Supervisor at H & R Block

Andrea Hopkins, H & R Block's Westside Office Manager, received her tax pro training on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Andrea has managed the Westside H & R Block office for the past two years and also served as Andrea Detlefsen's internship supervisor. The Saint Martin's University Internship Program Director, Paul Patterson, and Accounting Department Chair, Diane Bingaman, teamed up in 2012 with Kelly Wise, the area H & R Block intern supervisor. Interns complete free formal tax preparation training through H & R Block and work on preparing tax returns, as well as working in areas such as customer service. Andrea Hopkins noted how wonderful her experience with SMU students has been and says, "...I would highly recommend taking advantage of this promising opportunity for any of your community leaders/bosses. All Saint Martin's students that have been in this office have been exceptional." The Westside H & R Block can be reached at 360-786-1635.