September 2019: Matt Corral
Matt Corral has spent the last two semesters interning for the College of Technology’s Computer Technical Support department. As an senior in the Information Technology Systems program, Corral was able to put his knowledge of computers to work, helping students, faculty, and staff with any and all of their technological difficulties. Corral’s duties include responding to user service tickets that come in, building new software images for lab configurations, troubleshooting network connection issues, and installing classroom projectors. Corral has also spent the last semester overhauling the College of Technology’s computer and ewaste disposal process.
“Matt is very capable and knowledgeable in his field of study (Information Technology Systems,” stated Dale Talbert, Senior Computer Analyst in the Computer Technology Support department and Corral’s supervisor. “He also has a great work ethic and attitude, coming in early and leaving late to make sure jobs are completed.”
Corral’s duties and responsibilities have recently expanded into supporting computer networks and server equipment.
“This internship has been very helpful for me as it has given me job experience in activities that I will actually be doing in my real job after graduation,” explained Corral. “I have also been able to learn how to communicate better with people, which helps me do my job better.”
Originally from Eureka, California, Corral will graduate from the Information Technology Systems program in December 2019. After graduation, he hopes to find employment in the region. In his spare time he enjoys paper crafting, making origami, and gaming.
October 2019: Maya Tillotson
Maya Tillotson is a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Tillotson currently holds a CPI internship at the Idaho State University Health Center where she is responsible for promoting health related events around campus, hosting tables and booths for healthcare information outreach and advertising the clinic through social media platforms. Tillotson also formed a food drive for Benny’s Pantry, an on-campus food pantry exclusively serving Idaho State University students, staff and faculty, with the mission to alleviate food insecurity in the ISU community.
“Through my internship I have found a passion for sharing important healthcare information with as many individuals as possible, “ explained Tillotson. “I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to be healthy and to be educated about all the medical options available to them.”
Tillotson is currently undertaking a new project at the ISU Health Center that is focusing on creating health related Frequently Asked Questions that will be distributed to the campus community. Tillotson will complete the FAQs by interviewing health professionals and collecting and combining the information they provide into an easily understandable document.
“Maya has shown that she is a vital member or the Health Center team,” stated Crystal Ross, ISU Health Center Business Operations Manager and Tillotson’s supervisor. “Maya learns quickly, is a self-starter and has been instrumental in developing marketing material including videos, banners, posters while taking care of all of our social media.”
Originally from Nampa, Idaho, Tillotson will graduate from Idaho State University in the spring of 2021. After graduation, she plans on working in the healthcare field and then hopes to return to Idaho State University to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health. In her free time, Tillotson enjoys fishing, traveling, and enjoying a cup of tea and a podcast on the weekend.
November 2019: Jonathan Match
Jonathan Match is in the Master of Physical Education – Athletic Administration program at Idaho State University. Match currently holds a CPI internship with ISU’s Department of Athletics where he is responsible for all the sports information needs for the track & field and cross country teams. His duties include writing meet recaps, previews of meets and student athlete feature articles. Match also creates graphics and videos for the entire athletic program as well as running the audio and video stream of the weekly “Coaches Show,” which is available on Idaho State Athletics’ Facebook page.
“This internship and my supervisor, Steve Schaack, have taught me more about the inner workings of athletic administration than I would have ever been able to learn,” explained Match. “When I finish my MPE-AA program I will be graduating with years of experience in the field. This internship has allowed me to decide on a branch of administration that I like and given me the experience needed to secure a job in this field when I have graduated.”
Recently, Match has been able to represent Idaho State University as a Sports Information Director at some of the away games and has truly enjoyed traveling to ISU’s opponents’ universities including University of Utah, Gonzaga, and Utah Valley University.
“Jon has elevated the work in our office with his desire to learn and be better,” explained Steven Schaack, Assistant Athletic Director of Media Relations and Match’s supervisor. “He has written outstanding event recap and human interest stories, goes out of his way to help others in the office, and will be well prepared for his first full-time job after he graduates.”
Originally from Allen, Texas, Match enjoys spending time camping and fishing with his wife. Match will graduate in August 2020 and hopes to land a job as a director of media relations or sports information at a mid-sized Division I university.
December 2019: Tasha Degiulio
Tasha Degiulio is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Degiulio currently holds a CPI internship with the College of Education’s Center Center for Student Success. During her internship, Degiulio has assisted with numerous events for the college including Future Educators Day held in March. Tasha has also conducted research focusing on recruiting and retaining educators in rural areas, resilience trauma in the classroom, and recruitment techniques for prospective students.
“Tasha’s work with us is essential because she is our voice for the students and therefore, helps us best communicate with our student population,” explained Amy Dressel, College of Education Outreach & Marketing Coordinator and Degiulio’s supervisor. “We love Tasha and are excited to have her in our teacher preparation program because she is the exact type of person we want as a teacher educating our next generation of leaders.”
During her time as a CPI intern, Degiulio has proven to be a valued team member in the College of Education. Not only has she proven her worth as an intern, Degiulio’s experience has helped solidify her aspirations after college.
“My experiences as an intern have helped me realize how important it is to become an educator,” stated Degiulio. “After graduation I hope to find a place where I can impact children’s lives and help them succeed.”
Originally from Blackfoot, Idaho, Degiulio intends to begin her career as an educator after she graduates in May 2022. In her spare time, Degiulio enjoys swimming, traveling, and being outdoors with her dogs.
January 2020: Parker Pratt
Parker Pratt is a senior pursuing a degree in Music through Idaho State University’s School of Performing Arts. Pratt has been working as a CPI intern within the Stephens Performing Art Center since the beginning of Fall semester. During his internship, Pratt has assisted with graphic design for various events, written press releases, and even helped execute the first-ever ISU Chorus flashmob. Most recently, Pratt helped organize an “After Glow” event, which occurred directly after the initial performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical.” This event was created to bring the community, actors, and the production & theatre staff together to celebrate opening night.
“Parker's been incredible at creating dynamic designs for promotions,” explained Meg Stover, Business & Promotions Manager for the School of Performing Arts and Pratt’s supervisor. “Even with a busy and stressful semester, he comes to work with a smile on his face and an excellent attitude.”
Outside of his internship and school responsibilities, Pratt also runs his own graphic design company, PM Designs.
“This internship has really opened me up to many career possibilities,” stated Pratt. “Not only did I have the courage to start my own company after gaining skills within my internship, but I also realized that I can channel my creative side through both music and graphic design.”
Originally from Boise, Pratt will graduate in May 2020 and plans to move to Salt Lake City to begin his professional career. In his spare time, Pratt enjoys reading and being outdoors.
February 2020: MaKenna Little
MaKenna Little is a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Business Administration through Idaho State University’s College of Business. Little has been working as a CPI intern with MedMan, a physician practice management company that works with medical clinics to improve operations. During her internship, Little has worked on many projects including helping implement an electronic health records system for a regional clinic, developing a recruitment tool kit, and overseeing the front desk at MedMan’s Boise location.
“Over the past ten months, MaKenna has not just learned and grown as an intern but has provided significant value to both organizations,” stated Jesse Arnoldson, Business Development Director at MedMan and Little’s supervisor. “She has led several successful projects including the development and implementation of our clinic’s new app, is always ready to help with her strong skill set and is just a great person to be around.”
During her internship, Little has been able to work on gaining experience in each of the core competencies suggested by the Medical Group Management Association, a national professional association of medical practice administrators and managers. This wide variety of experience will help Little in her future career.
“I have really enjoyed getting such a vast experience including experience in a leadership role,” explained Little. “I have learned how to work with people and have difficult conversations, when necessary. My CPI internship has solidified the fact that I am in the right industry.”
Little will graduate in December 2020 and hopes to continue working for MedMan in a full-time role. Originally from Fruitland, Idaho, Little enjoys skiing, hiking, and participating in cross fit.
March 2020- Jett Hawk
Jett Hawk is a junior pursuing a Bachelors of Business Administration with a minor in Chemistry. Hawk has been working as a CPI intern at the Idaho Accelerator Center for the past two semesters. The Idaho Accelerator Center is a unique research facility operated by Idaho State University that provides opportunities for research in specialized nuclear facilities.
“Jett works in our radioisotope lab and performs duties such as chromatography, mass spectrometry, and fabrication of parts,” commented Tim Gardner, Radio Chemist at the Idaho Accelerator Center and Hawk’s supervisor. “He has great attention to detail, is very perceptive and is able to pick up on some relatively difficult scientific principles without much effort.”
Recently, Hawk has been assisting in a project that uses chemical reactions to create a specialized type of copper that is used in cancer treatments. This process includes small purification steps that eventually lead to a material that can be used to fight one of the top causes of mortality in the United States; cancer.
“It’s been cool to learn real life applications of chemistry,” stated Hawk. “It’s really rewarding to work on this project and see the progress we have made.”
Hawk expects to graduate in May 2022 after which he hopes to join the U.S. Air Force.
“I have participated in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) since I was twelve,” explained Hawk. “I love flying and have been able to travel to Australia, Washington D.C., Colorado, and Alabama with CAP.”
Eventually Hawk would like to enter politics, but until then he spends his time studying, working at his internship, and playing rugby and football.
April 2020 - Charlotte McBride
Charlotte McBride is a senior pursuing a degree in Communication, Media and Persuasion with minors in journalism, advertising, and public relations. McBride currently holds a Career Path Internship (CPI) within the College of Business’ marketing department, where she has created branded content for the college that can be seen both on and off campus. McBride’s other projects have included creating an alumni spotlight series, filming and editing videos, and writing the College of Business’ weekly blog.
“Due to her internship, Charlotte has become skilled at video editing and basic animation,” state Kelsey West, Director of Marketing for the College of Business and McBride’s supervisor. “She has become a very good designer, and learned the value of research in writing blog articles.”
One project McBride is particularly proud of is the Business Bulletin, an online and printed magazine that has circulated both within the campus community, College of Business alumni, and the local community.
“Through my experience as a CPI I have learned who I am as a person and what I want to do after graduation,” explained McBride. “I started as a theatre major, switched to video production, and then got this internship. My experience here led me to my current major (Communications, Media and Persuasion), and helped me learn how to take pride in my work.”
McBride, a Pocatello native, will graduate in December 2020. She hopes to attend Utah State to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in graphic design. Eventually, McBride has her sights set on becoming a chief creative office where she can apply her skills and her eye for detail to help companies succeed. In her spare time, McBride enjoys writing, drawing and playing video games.
May 2020 - Emma Bailey
Emma Bailey is a junior pursuing a degree in Visual Communications with an emphasis in graphic design. Bailey currently holds a Career Path Internship at the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls, where she has been able to put her skills to work creating marketing elements including posters and outdoor banners for the museum’s evolving exhibits.
Recently, Bailey won the Diamond Award for best overall ad campaign in East Idaho. This award was given by the Idaho Falls Advertising Federation, with judges located statewide. Bailey proved her skills as a graphic designer by winning this overall professional category while still a student at Idaho State University.
“Emma has contributed impressive work on a number of campaigns and initiatives for us at the Museum of Idaho,” stated Jeff Carr, Museum of Idaho Director of Public Relations and Bailey’s supervisor. “It’s gratifying to see her good work being noticed and recognized by industry professionals. She is a joy to work with.”
Initially starting her degree, Bailey was unsure if visual communications was the correct track for her. Bailey had always been interested in the arts, taking painting, ceramics, photography and yearbook throughout high school. Entering ISU Bailey recognized that she needed to learn Adobe products to succeed academically and professionally.
“Interning at the Museum of Idaho has given me the confidence and practice I needed to know that graphic design is the career path for me,” explained Bailey. “The projects they give me never get old, and I love working with them to produce something awesome.”
Upon graduating, Bailey hopes to work as an in-house graphic designer in Idaho Falls. Originally from Rigby, Idaho, Bailey enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and Huckleberry, the couple’s golden retriever. She also plays the guitar, paints, and enjoys finding ways to be creative just for fun.
June 2020: Christie Collier
Christie Collier is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Learning and Performance. Collier currently holds a Career Path Internship in the Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC), a part of Idaho State University’s College of Technology where she has been able to put her background in nuclear operations technology to work.
Recently, Collier has helped develop curriculum for the Nuclear Operations Technology program as well as assisting in the adjustment to delivering course content to students using online delivery. She also helps tutor students to help them gain a better understanding of the program’s course content.
“The work she has done has helped students access what they need online while learning remotely,” stated Mackenzie Gorham, the Nuclear Operations Technology Program Coordinator and Collier’s supervisor. “She has also been a resource for other instructors inside ESTEC.
Collier developed a pipe variation model for ISU students that was so successful that she entered the prototype into the 2019 Idaho Entrepreneurial Challenge. Her prototype was selected as one of the top 23 finalists.
“It was great working with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) and the College of Business.” Explained Collier. “I also consider being able to mentor students as they transition into these technical courses, especially women who are entering a non-traditional career, a highlight of my internship.
Collier, a Pocatello native, hopes to work for INL after she graduates in December 2020. In her spare time, Collier enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors with her family, and soaking at Lava Hot Springs.
July 2020: Radhika Narsinghani
Radhika Narsinghani is a fourth-year pharmacy student at Idaho State University. Narsinghani currently holds a Career Path Internship at the College of Pharmacy’s Meridian campus. Her internship has included work with a statewide survey of pharmacy practice in Idaho, where she assisted in analyzing the survey results to improve pharmacy practice within the state.
“She is incredibly thoughtful in her work and asks insightful questions,” stated Dr. Elaine Nguyen, College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor and Narsinghani’s supervisor. “She problem solves, contributes to our team as a collaborative member, and is always professional.”
During her work with the statewide survey, Narsinghani made targeted phone calls to pharmacies in areas of the state with low participation. From these efforts, Narsinghani significantly increased the survey’s response rates.
“From this experience I learned that hard-work and determination to accomplish a task is important for the success of any project and that I shouldn't be hesitant/scared of what the results will be,” explained Narsinghani. “I am very grateful to get this research experience while I am in pharmacy school, because good communication skills are really essential for a pharmacist to have.”
Narsinghani, a Boise native, hopes to do a residency and dedicate her knowledge towards educating patients with diabetes and hypertension. She intends to specialize in ambulatory and geriatric care upon graduating in May 2021. In her spare time, Narsinghani enjoys dancing, drama, and singing.
August 2020: Jake Shields
Jake Shields is a senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in Microbiology and Anthropology at Idaho State University. Shields currently holds a Career Path Internship position with the Bioarcheology and Histology laboratory at ISU where he has contributed to many important projects including forensic research, aiding in cold case projects, processing archeological remains, and utilizing an array of anthropological, anatomical, osteological and biological methods to aid in these projects.
“He initially learned to make thin sections of human ribs from a modern cadaveric sample of opioid users and has been a great asset in aiding other students learn to create thin sections and slides of hard tissues from modern and archaeological remains as well, including sections of a tooth from a Bolivian mummy and for open forensic cases,” shared Dr Samantha Blatt, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Shield’s supervisor.
Other internship duties included maceration, sectioning, slide preparation, and preparing protocols for making thin sections which would be easier for his fellow students to follow.
"One of my favorite highlights from my CPI was handling and processing a tooth from a 500 year old Incan mummy,” stated Shields. “I have learned an extraordinary amount of useful laboratory skills and gained a much greater appreciation for forensic sciences, which is a field I hope to be a part of for my future career.”
Shields has also been involved in organizing data from unidentified persons reported in National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) throughout the Northwest in order to identify patterns of reporting forensic cases to develop a better understanding of improving the systems inclusivity.
Originally from Meridian, Shields hopes to attend the University of Utah to pursue a PhD in Microbiology with a potential future career in forensics. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities and seeking adventure.
September 2020 - Aryn Truesdell
Aryn Truesdell is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Advocacy at Idaho State University. Truesdell currently holds a Career Path Internship position with the Southeast Idaho Council of Governments (SICOG) where she has contributed to multiple Transportation projects and the marketing materials related to these projects as well as participating in health fairs and outreach.
“Aryn is always very creative when putting together a vision, and is diligent in completion of projects,” shared Molly Swallow, Transportation Specialist for SICOG and Truesdell’s off-campus supervisor. “We are fortunate to have Aryn taking on a new project this year with our Safe Routes to School Program. She is assisting in developing a program from the ground up,” continued Swallow.
Other internship duties included creating marketing materials for Pocatello Regional Transit (PRT) and writing Mobility Moment, a monthly newsletter about transportation in Southeast Idaho.
“I did a study on J-route last semester and it was nice to see how my observations, work, and recommendations went into planning the current J-route to include the new Eames Complex this semester,” stated Truesdell. “I’ve gained a lot of great tools to use on future projects, and made amazing connections with people I know will always be good acquaintances and mentors. My internship has solidified my future plans to work in non-profit marketing, project development, and fundraising; it’s given me resources, knowledge, and confidence I need to make my dream career happen.”
Originally from Idaho Falls, Truesdell plans to get a Masters in Nonprofit Administration and a Masters in Marketing. Her dream job is working as a contractor or starting a business to help smaller, more hands-on non-profits with their marketing and finding funding through grants, endowments, and fundraising programs. In her spare time, she likes to play video games, read, forage for wild edible plants and fungi, and care for her many pets.
October 2020 - Connor Harper
Connor Harper is a doctoral student pursuing a PhD degree in Physics at Idaho State University. Harper currently holds a Career Path Internship position with the ISU Physics Department where he constructed a new laboratory in the physical science building's clean room that would provide undergraduates with a data collection platform for research.
“Harper established a new research lab that brings cutting edge research within reach of undergraduates,” shared Tony Forest, Professor in the Department of Physics, Nuclear, and Electrical Engineering and Harper’s supervisor. The lab allows students to research the spontaneous fission events from Californium-252 and verify the Burggraf-Forest-Dale Effect (BFD Effect) discovered at the Idaho Accelerator Center two years ago. “The BFD Effect is the blocking of neutrons by the remnants of the induced nuclear fission reaction,” explained Harper. Although currently not understood, the neutron blocking appears to be correlated with the direction of the fission fragments that are also emitted during the fission process. “Connor Harper spent the summer constructing a new lab in the Physics basement at ISU that will allow undergraduate students to measure this correlation of the neutrons and investigate the reasons for these correlations”, explained Forest.
Harper shared “The biggest highlights of my internship experience were being able to create something that other students will get to use to further their own knowledge of fundamental physics as well as have an advisor, Dr. Tony Forest, who was always willing to answer my questions and lend a hand over the summer when needed.”
Originally from a small town in Western England, Harper hopes to become a research scientist studying fundamental physics at a national lab or make the shift into the field of radiation safety. In his spare time, he likes to work on and ride his motorcycle up through Caribou National Forest and around Pocatello.
NOVEMBER 2020 - CORY SCOFFIELD
Idaho State University student Cory Scoffield, who is pursuing his degree in surveying and geomatics engineering and surveying technology, has been honored as ISU’s November Career Path Intern of the Month and enjoyed some adventures during his internship.
He holds a Career Path Internship position with the Idaho Transportation Department where he has performed a variety of surveying tasks in support of numerous projects.
Scoffield said a highlight of the internship was hiking through the Arco Desert and nearly stepping on a rattlesnake, not once, but twice in one day.
“We now wear snake gaiters when out in the desert,” he said.
Another memorable moment of his internship includes driving up a steep mountainside to reach a survey monument in a fully loaded work truck for a static survey observation and then getting back down, which “was both scary and exciting. ” He also hiked through waist-deep snow up a steep hillside carrying armfuls of equipment to set a right-of-way monument that “really made me appreciate summertime surveying,” Scoffield said.
Internship activities he has been involved with include:
· Assisting in boundary/right-of-way surveys and field reconnaissance;
· Researching project area, land history, and other survey records;
· Assisting in survey monument preservation;
· Operating various survey equipment, including GPS units, data collectors, digital levels and rods and 3D scanners; and
· Using various CADD (computer-aided design and drafting) programs.
“Much of Mr. Scoffield’s CADD work culminates in documents that are recorded at county courthouses in Idaho. His name is on those records as the draftsman, and his work will be forever preserved,” said Ryen Johnson, district location land surveyor and Scoffield’s supervisor. “He learns quickly, remembers what he has learned, applies guiding principles to resolve problems, and autonomously thinks situations through with care, occasionally asking for guidance.”
Originally from Pocatello, Scoffield hopes to continue his career in land surveying. He hopes to take the Fundamentals of Surveying exam and work as a Licensed Surveying Intern somewhere in Idaho, then gain experience and get his Professional Land Surveying license. In his spare time, he likes to travel, hike, bike, backpack, kayak, spend time with friends and family playing board and card games, and watching movies.
December 2020 - Aiden Parker
Aiden Parker is a sophomore at Idaho State University and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Studies. Parker currently holds a Career Path Internship position with the ISU Political Science Department. His most recent work revolved around collecting information on Masters of Public Administration and Masters in Public Policy programs throughout the country, including the number of core courses, the national ranking of programs, the type of university, the content of core courses, and which universities were minority serving institutions.
“I have been consistently impressed with Aiden's attention to detail. He knew to flag strange cases for clarification and has kept impressive notes,” stated Edward Kammer, Assistant Professor with the Political Science Department and Parker’s supervisor. “Parker mentioned he was being especially precise in noting these things to ensure that the data was usable for the research project.” he added.
“The highlight of this research was being exposed to the research methods that professionals use to gather data. I never understood how the world of academia could legitimately change solidified institutions such as university's programs; through this project it has become clear that academics should have a large role in shaping our environment due to their ability to collect, analyze, and formulate data, explained Parker.
Originally from Selah, Washington, a small town in Central Washington, Parker hopes to pursue a career in academia that would allow him to do further research into areas important to him such as policy degrees. After graduation, he plans to join the Peace Corps for a two-year tenure then take the State Department Exam and pursue a career in public service.
In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, hunting, being an activist for those in need and his favorite hobby: lifting weights.
January 2021 - Mileena Mares
Mileena Mares is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Administration program Idaho State University. Mares currently holds a career path internship in the Political Science Department at ISU, where her projects have focused on public administrators use of narrative pertaining to the pandemic as well as responses to COVID-19.
“Through this internship I learned about the various responses to the pandemic and other countries responses to the pandemic,” explained Mares. “In addition, I learned how public administrators play a role in situations like the pandemic as well. This internship has made a difference in my life by challenging me to grow as a person and being more open-minded.”
Mares will continue her work in spring 2021 and be a co-author on a study that will be submitted for publication review later in 2021.
"Mileena Mares has been an invaluable CPI working on a project coding COVID-19 statements issued by the President of the United States. She has worked with an undergraduate student on this project
as well as her supervisor and she has shown great leadership and maturity in working on the project,” stated Dr. Mark McBeth, Professor of Political Science and Mares’ supervisor. “She is gaining valuable skills in content analysis and is learning the academic research process.”
A Pocatello native, Mares will graduate in May 2021 and intends to pursue work with local or state government. She hopes to work in the area of environmental policies. In her spare time, Mares enjoys hiking, reading poetry, playing with dogs, and tackling DIY projects.
February 2021 - Tapaynga Hill
Tapaynga Hill is a senior studying Theatre at Idaho State University. Hill currently holds a Career Path Internship with the School of Performing Arts, where she writes theatre and music event press releases and creates email blasts. Hill has also helped coordinate events with other schools around Idaho and perform community outreach to identify donors for the School of Performing Arts’ programs and scholarships.
“I've loved learning promotion of the things that I do and am passionate about. Learning how to organize events like shows and our fantastic new "Afterglows" is probably my favorite part of what I've done,” explained Hill. “I've learned a lot of valuable skills from my position that will be super helpful in the future for promoting myself and my projects in the industry, and the ability to do community outreach and coordinate events are great professional skills for any job. Ultimately, working under my supervisor, Meg Stover, has been truly wonderful and inspiring for my professional life and future plans, learning from such a powerful and professional woman drives me to do the best I can in all aspects of my life, personal and professional.”
Hill will continue her work until she graduates in May 2021.
“I have been so impressed with this woman’s drive for excellence and professionalism,” stated Meg Stover, the School of Performing Arts Business and Promotions Manager, and Hill’s supervisor. “Tapaynga is always busy but handles the stress of school, work, and a lead role in a production like it’s no sweat. I have no doubt she will continue to excel in life!”
Originally from Pavillion, Wyoming, Hill hopes to find work with a theatre company after graduation. She would like to eventually pursue graduate school and continue her pursuits within the world of theatre. In her spare time, Hill enjoys taking care of her plants, hanging out with friends, and doing improv with the PAC Rats improv club on campus.
March 2021 - Tye Hobson
Tye Hobson is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Idaho State University. Hobson currently holds an off-campus CPI internship with the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy in Pocatello. Hobson’s duties include facilitating marketing campaigns across social media, email, and visual ad outlets. Hobson has also been a primary coordinator in strategizing NAHA’s marketing operations.
“Currently I am producing video content for my company's international conference livestream. This includes organizing 20+ presentations, keeping a professional dialogue with speakers, and understanding the nuances of our new digital format,” explained Hobson. “My eyes have really been opened to the international nature of modern business. When you have conversations with someone from New Jersey, Hong Kong, and Egypt all in the same day it really opens up your perspective.”
Hobson has added new skills and abilities to his repertoire including film making and editing to implement new marketing tactics creating educational features, marketing commercials, and even employee training videos.
“His enthusiasm to take on new roles and challenges is a great quality as a marketing intern, and his ability to adapt and be creative across different platforms has helped him solidify a permanent role upon graduation,” stated Savannah Rose, NAHA’s Marketing Coordinator and Hobson’s supervisor. “Throughout COVID we had to adapt to more remote work and he was always reliable at getting the job assigned to him done in a timely manner, as well as communicating questions and needs effectively.”
Originally from Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, Hobson will graduate in May 2021. He will transition from his internship into a full-time position with NAHA.
April 2021: Victor Curiel
Victor Curiel is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Historical Resource Management. Curiel recently completed a Career Path Internship (CPI) where he performed insightful archival work and interpretation of oral and digital history archives. Curiel also worked on locating newspaper articles through various databases that looked at Indian laborers migrating to multiple parts of the British empire and the way they were portrayed along with looking through travel logs.
“The tools and sources that I looked through helped immensely with my research regarding an instance of racialized and gendered violence in the British metropole post-WWII,” explained Curiel. “This experience also gave me enough background knowledge to write a book review. I am grateful for this award.”
Upon completing his master’s degree, Curiel intends to pursue a Ph.D. in history.
“He went over and beyond to learn new skills to improve his performance as a CPI and continued to impress me with his analysis and eagerness to learn,” stated Dr. Arunima Datta, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Curiel’s supervisor. “He was always ahead of the schedule of deadlines and even found valuable information from the archival resources - that wasn't necessarily easy to find.”
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Curiel has a passion for tattoos. He also enjoys attending live music when there isn’t a global pandemic.
May 2021 - Natalie Valenzuela
Natalie Valenzuela is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Educations at Idaho State University. Valenzuela currently holds a CPI internship with ISU’s TRIO Office. Valenzuela is working in the capacity of a tutor/mentor and Financial Literacy Student Ambassador (FLSA) for the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program. Within this role, Natalie is tasked with creating connections with participants of the TRIO SSS program by engaging students in programming, and educating students about resources and the various support available to them at ISU and through TRIO SSS.
Much of Natalie's work is done independently, but she is diligent about checking in and her work quality is of a high standard,” explained Dr. Denise Tambasco, Director of TRIO SSS, McNair Scholars Program, and Valenzuela’s supervisor. “Throughout the past year, Natalie has continued to think of innovative ways to reach her peers, including creation of a series of Tiktok videos about TRIO SSS tutors and staff, and another guiding students through applying for the FAFSA.”
Most recently, Natalie, along with another student employee, organized a two part workshop series for SSS students to teach them about budgeting, spending, and saving.
“I have gained more skills on how to work with students,” stated Valenzuela. “The mentoring skills I have learned will stay with me for the rest of my life as I go into a career working with students.”
Originally from San Diego, Valenzuela will graduate in May 2022. After graduation, she would like to either attend graduate school or start her teaching career. In her spare time, Valenzuela enjoys spending time with friends, being outdoors kayaking and rock climbing.
TRIO provides outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. For more information visit isu.edu/TRIO.
June 2021- Caleb Robbins
Caleb Robbins is a recent graduate of ISU’s Master of Counseling program with an emphasis in School Counseling. Robbins completed his CPI internship with the ISU Career Center in May 2021. During his internship, Robbins provided career counseling, resume reviews, mock interviews, and other professional development services to ISU students.
“It might sound cliche, but the highlights for me have been seeing the impact that the career center can make on students' lives and future,” explained Robbins. “I will not forget the students I have worked with or the gratitude they have shown when they decide on a career path they are excited about, finalize their resume and start applying for jobs, or feel confident heading into an interview for a job they really want.”
Robbins was able to easily make connections with the students he assisted, a difficult task when working through remote programs such as Zoom.
“He has a great ability to connect with students in a way that they feel comfortable opening up to him with their concerns,” state Jeff Christensen, an ISU Career Counselor and Robbins’ supervisor. “He has been an amazing asset to the Career Center since he started.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Robbins hopes to get a job as a middle school or high school counselor in Colorado. Robbins enjoys working with middle school students and hopes to incorporate what he has learned in his internship into his future position. In his spare time, Robbins enjoys fly fishing, golfing, and camping.
July 2021 Madison Helmboldt
Madison Helmboldt is a junior pursuing a bachelors degree in physical education and exercise science. Helmboldt recently completed her CPI internship with the Sports Medicine Department at Idaho State University. During her internship, Helmboldt assisted ISU athletes with their exercises, ensured student athletes were healthy and safe during the pandemic, and supported the coaching staff.
“Madison has been outstanding in her attitude, willingness to work (even the early mornings), and passion to become an Athletic Trainer,” explained Liz Reinstein, Assistant Athletic Trainer and Helmboldt’s supervisor. “Through her observation and hands on experience she has seen the difference we make in other people's lives and the daily impact we have.”
When Helmboldt first started attending ISU, her intention was to pursue physical therapy. However, her internship experience has shift her plans for the future.
“I never considered Athletic Training before this internship, but now, because of this opportunity and the people I've met through it, I'm heavily considered going into this line of work,” stated Helmboldt. “I got to see, and witness in myself, a love and excitement for athletic training.”
Originally from Meridian, Idaho, Helmboldt enjoys playing volleyball and ultimate frisbee. She also enjoys rock climbing and staying at home to read a good book.
August 2021 Michael Crump
Michael Crump is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Crump currently holds a CPI internship within Idaho State University’s Mechanical Engineering department where he has focused his time on designing and constructing a jet engine test stand.
“When Michael started working on this project, he immediately made a substantial difference by developing an innovative design, solutions for a modified drive system, and corresponding engineering calculations,” explained Dr. Marco Schoen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Crump’s supervisor. “With help from other CPI students he converted the current jet engine into a system that is suitable for research on engine characterization, engine control, and engine modeling.”
Crump has gained valuable insight into the manufacturing side of mechanical engineering, including the difference between simple fabrication and fabrication for machining processes. He has also gained skills that will be helpful in both his professional and personal life.
“This Internship has helped me to be more efficient with working as an individual as well as in a team,” stated Crump.
Originally from Pocatello, Idaho, Crump intends to apply to a doctorate program in the engineering field upon graduating from Idaho State University.
September 2021: Erica LaBranch
September 2021: Erica LaBranch
Site: ISU Speech and Language Clinic – Meridian
Erica LaBranch is graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in speech language pathology. LaBranch recently completed her CPI internship at ISU’s Speech and Language clinic located in Meridian, Idaho. During her internship, LaBranch’s duties included development of training materials, assisting in training, organizing online training modules for speech language pathology graduate student clinicians, maintaining and organizing the clinic, and development of assessment and treatment materials for telepractice purposes. LaBranch also assisted with the clinic modifications that were needed due to COVID.
“Erica has been an invaluable member of our team this summer as we had to vastly modify clinic service delivery due to COVID,” stated Shauna Smith, Clinic Director, Clinical Professor of Speech Language Pathology at Idaho State University, and LaBranch’s internship supervisor. “She is amazingly compassionate and professional in interactions with the public in the clinic, fellow students, and faculty/staff, and demonstrates the ability to have excellent bearing during stressful situations, which has been a necessity during the upheaval resulting from the pandemic.”
Aside from the clinic modifications, LaBranch spent much of her summer cataloging and reorganizing all of the speech and language assessments at ISU, providing her with an opportunity to broaden her knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of clinical tools.
“I feel this internship helped round out my clinical knowledge,” explained LaBranch. “It also helped me understand all the processes that go into running a clinic - something that is very useful if I decide I want to open a private practice someday. Navigating clinic operations during the pandemic presented its own set of unique challenges, but I think it's beneficial to have had some experience tackling those at this point in my career because it prepares me much better for the real world.”
LaBranch will graduate in May 2022, and after graduation, LaBranch hopes to gain employment as a speech language pathologist in her hometown of Sacramento working with underserved populations. In her spare time, LaBranch enjoys weightlifting, baking, and knitting.
October 2021 - Bailey Vahsholtz
Bailey Vahsholtz is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Vahsholtz currently holds an internship at Idaho State University’s Chemistry Department where his projects include the construction, programming, and testing of an atomic layer deposition chamber that uses pulsed plasma as an energy source. Vahsholtz gained much valuable experience including how to program through LabVIEW, a graphical instrument language, as well as learning how to operate a vacuum environment.
“Bailey has done an extraordinary job in reconstructing the Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) system in my research lab,” stated Dr. Rene Rodriguez, Professor of Chemistry and Vahsholtz’s supervisor. “He also helped redesign the footprint and overall wiring of the ALD system to make it more compact and reliable. Just one of these tasks represents a significant contribution to the project, and Bailey has been able to successfully carry out several of them.”
Apart from the hands-on experience that Bailey has gained from his internship, this experience has also helped him shape his future plans.
“I have learned that I enjoy the work of physical chemistry, meaning this internship has driven me toward the path of graduate school in physical chemistry,” explained Vahsholtz. “After graduation, I intend to pursue graduate school in physical chemistry.”
Originally from Nampa, Idaho, Vahsholtz enjoys learning about miscellaneous subjects such as history, geography, as well as spending time with his wife.