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Internships can help overcome fears

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“I learned to overcome my fear of uncomfortable situations."

An internship can do more than just give a student hands-on experience in their chosen fields; it can help a student overcome old habits. For Lindsay Pryor, who was a senior at Huntington University at the time, an internship at State Farm Insurance accomplished both of these goals.

“I learned to overcome my fear of uncomfortable situations,” said Lindsay, an entrepreneurial/small business major from Sheridan, Ind. “I had to quickly get over being afraid of talking to new people.”

Lindsay worked at State Farm Insurance in the summer of 2008 and was then offered a job through the school year, which she accepted.

Working in the sales department of the insurance company, Lindsay attended classes and received training to obtain her property and casualty license so that she could sell insurance policies. Her internship also required her to file claims, write quotes, make cold calls, meet with clients and potential clients and visit businesses.

Huntington University prepared Lindsay through her sales class specifically. In the course, students are required to make pretend cold calls, and Lindsay said that helped to calm her nervousness. Also, Lindsay said that her human resources class offered real-life situations dealing with difficult issues.

“The simulations helped,” said Lindsay, “because some of the same issues came about in the office this summer.”

Lindsay said she believes the Enterprise Resource Center deserves some credit for her positive results through this experience

“I would have felt overwhelmed had I not had help from the ERC,” said Lindsay. “Kay Schwob helped me think of the direction that I wanted to pursue and then showed me a website about internships in Indiana, which was beneficial.”

The insurance field is one that Lindsay thought she might pursue someday, but after her experience during her internship, she felt confident in pursuing the position after graduation.

The Enterprise Resource Center at Huntington University – we’re all about pairing Huntington University students with area businesses for internships, practicum experiences, class projects and special projects.