The Benefits of an Internship in Research & Program Evaluation

Benefits of an Internship in Research & Program Evaluation

The Nontraditional Internship Experience
Taking an internship in a research and evaluation company specializing in program evaluation is very different experience from what I expect my other business school peers are likely pursuing. But I have valued the nontraditional route to understand business. Working at LeCroy & Milligan Associates gives me an opportunity to work with high level professionals as well as provides preparation to deal with evaluation projects that have long and complex time frames.
The importance of working with others, detailing complex tasks, and time management are especially evident when I work on projects that will continue for months or even years after my internship is complete. This experience provides a stark contrast to many other business internship opportunities where one would likely be working on many small, short and seemingly insignificant projects. Working with LeCroy and Milligan Associates gives me insights into how professionals can focus on and achieve long term goals. For example, when I need to develop a work plan and team process that has a long term time frame I get a far better image of what a career as a professional is like.

Valuable Skills Training in Statistics and Project Management
Personally, one of the most valuable pieces of my internship has been the skills training in the statistical software SPSS that I have gained. Not only is having statistical background useful in nearly every type of business, but the importance of statistics is becoming ever more prevalent in the future business landscapes. Another valuable experience has been to help the company implement new project management software. It enabled me to use skills from a college class to train co-workers in an integral process for the company.

Making a True Impact With Clients and Projects
It is exciting to think that projects and changes I make during my time at LeCroy & Milligan Associates will continue forward even after I leave. Far too often are interns not able to make a true impact, but working in research and evaluation gives me a taste of being able to consult with clients over long periods of time. I am able to help address specific needs to contribute just a single piece in a multifaceted evaluation.

About the Author:
Skyler Milligan-LeCroy attends the University of Southern California where he is studying entrepreneurship in the Marshall School of Business. His interest in research was cultivated from his earlier work in speech and debate. His recent passion is in the area of health and wellness.

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The Benefits of an Internship in Research & Program Evaluation

Benefits of an Internship in Research & Program Evaluation

The Nontraditional Internship Experience
Taking an internship in a research and evaluation company specializing in program evaluation is very different experience from what I expect my other business school peers are likely pursuing. But I have valued the nontraditional route to understand business. Working at LeCroy & Milligan Associates gives me an opportunity to work with high level professionals as well as provides preparation to deal with evaluation projects that have long and complex time frames.
The importance of working with others, detailing complex tasks, and time management are especially evident when I work on projects that will continue for months or even years after my internship is complete. This experience provides a stark contrast to many other business internship opportunities where one would likely be working on many small, short and seemingly insignificant projects. Working with LeCroy and Milligan Associates gives me insights into how professionals can focus on and achieve long term goals. For example, when I need to develop a work plan and team process that has a long term time frame I get a far better image of what a career as a professional is like.

Valuable Skills Training in Statistics and Project Management
Personally, one of the most valuable pieces of my internship has been the skills training in the statistical software SPSS that I have gained. Not only is having statistical background useful in nearly every type of business, but the importance of statistics is becoming ever more prevalent in the future business landscapes. Another valuable experience has been to help the company implement new project management software. It enabled me to use skills from a college class to train co-workers in an integral process for the company.

Making a True Impact With Clients and Projects
It is exciting to think that projects and changes I make during my time at LeCroy & Milligan Associates will continue forward even after I leave. Far too often are interns not able to make a true impact, but working in research and evaluation gives me a taste of being able to consult with clients over long periods of time. I am able to help address specific needs to contribute just a single piece in a multifaceted evaluation.

About the Author:
Skyler Milligan-LeCroy attends the University of Southern California where he is studying entrepreneurship in the Marshall School of Business. His interest in research was cultivated from his earlier work in speech and debate. His recent passion is in the area of health and wellness.

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