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Introducing the STP Interns!

Every year at Summer Training Project, Campus Outreach offers a number of internships to students to help them grow their professional skills in addition to the spiritual and relational growth they’re experiencing. Internships are offered in a number of different areas, and I’m excited to introduce this summer’s interns and their jobs to you!

First up are the finance interns, Ben Evans and Weston Smith. They’ll be taking care of all of the STP finances, like support raising and reimbursements on project. Ben and Weston are both Marketing students at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul; Ben is a super senior and Weston is a senior. Fun fact about Ben: he can down bottled water at incredibly high speeds!

Next up is our videography intern, Maddie Cook, a sophomore at the University of St. Thomas. Maddie will be capturing all of the aspects of project on video and turning them into promotions and stories for future STPs. Maddie is studying Operations and Supply Chain Management, and in her spare time, she is an avid swing dancer.

Brenna Richardson is our web and audio content intern, which means she will be recording all of the talks given every week and uploading them to the CO Minneapolis website. Brenna will be a junior English major at St. Cloud State University and is passionate about drawing pencil portraits.

STP’s graphic design work is being done by Erin Bankson, a senior Graphic Design major at the University of Minnesota. She designed this summer’s theme logo and will be working on some rebranding projects for STP. Erin’s fun fact is that she has an incredibly keen sense of hearing; she can even hear bubbles in people’s throats!

Jordan McCauley is pioneering a new internship position designing infographics for STP. She’ll be putting together fun and informational pictures about the teams, our theme, and other interesting info about STP and the Myrtle Beach area. Jordan is a senior at the University of St. Thomas studying Communications, with a minor in Justice and Peace Studies. She is originally from Pennsylvania and has worked for the past two years at the Renaissance Festival in a food booth.

Claire Ripley will be this year’s photography intern. She’ll be capturing all of the special moments on project, from socials to work to free time fun. Claire, an incoming sophomore at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, is studying Graphic Design and Studio Art. She loves anything water-related: swimming, boating, water skiing, the ocean and rainy days, to name a few.

Last but not least, Hannah Swanson and Briana Williamson (the author of this post) are in charge of STP communications, which means you’ll get to read our blog posts throughout the summer, and we’ll keep you up to date on social media with pictures and more! Hannah is a senior at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul majoring in Public Relations, and I am a senior at the University of Minnesota studying Marketing and Public and Nonprofit Management. Fun fact about Hannah: she was born in Canada and has dual citizenship. I was born in Texas and didn’t see snow until I was five years old!



Drum roll... 2015 Summer Interns!

It’s that time of year again!

Each summer Campus Outreach chooses a group of interns to help serve the Project and staff, as well as those who are back home: family, friends, and supporters.

We have six individuals part of the Communications and Finance team this summer.

Our finance go-to man this summer is Jacob Klimek, a senior at the University of St. Thomas and also the team leader for the House of Jacob, one of the five teams on Project (Students are put on different teams for the summer in order to get to know more people on Project). Jacob is using his talents to help serve the Project by organizing and handling all of the finances. His tasks include sending out support updates to students showing the amount they have raised and also handling reimbursements for those who have raised more than the cost of Project.

Weston Smith, a first year from the University of Northwestern, is heading up the web content, which includes uploading and managing the audio from all of the talks. This is great if you happen to miss a talk or if you want to go back and listen to it again, and again, and again. Also, for those of you who are not in Myrtle Beach, SC you can go to Summer Training Project website and listen to the podcasts to hear what we're learning!   

The woman behind the camera lens is Emily Durenberger, a sophomore from Bethel. She will be using her photography skills to capture all of the fun snapshots from socials, talks, and everything else on Project. You will be able to see all the photos on Instagram, Twitter (follow @COMSTP) and Facebook.  

Andrew Brinkmann is a freshman at the University of St. Thomas and will be the videographer at Project. He will record all the memorable moments and action shots such as spike ball and pool-ball. These videos will available for your enjoyment on the Campus Outreach website.

Last but not least, we have our communication interns in charge of the blog, STP portal, and social media. Briana Williamson, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, is the primary blogger who will also be updating and posting the social media content.

Finally, this leaves me, Jordan McCauley! I am a sophomore at St. Thomas and will primarily be in charge of the STP student portal, MailChimp, Instagram posts, end of the summer support update and blogging once a week. The portal allows students to access information on talks, deals in the area, and announcements. MailChimp is a great tool for those who want to have a template for updating their supporters. The support update is a good final summary for those back home to hear all the exciting things that happened this summer.

Well there you have it, all of the 2015 STP Interns. We are very excited to get into our roles this summer and do our best to serve everyone on Project!

Please pray for us as we take on the various tasks and balancing our work with growing closer to Christ.