Journalism major Gabi Jaye hopes her summer internship at the Chrysler Corporation leads to a full-time job.
“My internship this summer sparked a passion in me that I didn’t know existed,” Jaye said. “I’ve been juggling between news editorial and PR for my entire college career, and often not knowing if I would truly be happy with either one.”
Jaye, a Shelby Township, Mich., senior in the public relations concentration, will return to Chrysler after her May 2013 graduation for another internship with the Internal Branding Group in the communications department.
“My career aspiration is to be an internal branding team member with Chrysler,” she said. “Whether it’s an entry-level position under my manager, or a communications specialist in the plants, I want to continue to work for this company. I hope that I’m on the road to do just that.”
Jaye said her days were never routine, but she spent time writing stories for Chrysler’s internal web publication and helped with events at the manufacturing plants.
“It taught me not only to act professionally when I was at headquarters talking to VPs and executives, but also when I’m talking to men and women working on the assembly line,” she said. “This internship also taught me that I am capable of a lot more than I think I am. And, that there are careers out in the real world that you’ve never heard of, but that you will have the skills for if you are confident.”
Jaye believes hands-on assignments in her classes and her experience as a reporter at CM Life helped prepare her the internship.
“Of course, you learn things in classrooms, but internships allow you to see how these lectures and assignments are applicable in the real working world,” she said. “Not only do you learn new skill sets and polish the ones you have, but you put yourself a step above the competition.”
She advises students to complete more than one internship while they are attending CMU. She believes it will be hard to find a job with no real-world experience.
“Clubs and study abroad opportunities are great, but internships teach you skills that you cannot learn anywhere else,” Jaye said.