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Intern Update--Karin Woodhouse

Randi Craigen - Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Internships are a valuable way to gain real-world work experience, expand skills, build a resume, and explore career paths. StartingUp Now has been pleased to host interns from various colleges and universities, including North Park University in Chicago.

Former intern Karin Woodhouse, from Stockholm, Sweden, joined North Park through an exchange program in 2012 and learned about StartingUp Now through North Park’s Career and Development Department, which led to an interview with Brian Jenkins. Karin instantly liked Brian's drive and work ethic toward meeting his goals and appreciated how he was constantly thinking about the next thing. Karin understood that the direction wouldn't always be obvious when working with Brian, but was confident she would have a great learning experience! Karin joined the SUN team as a Finance Intern Fall 2013 and did indeed learn a lot, but also used her exceptional skills and abilities to equip SUN to better serve our constituents and provide them with quality tools for reaching their business dreams.

Karin was instrumental in developing an interactive financial template for SUN Skillcenter members to utilize in the build-up of their business plans, as well as in their everyday operations. Karin assisted in other smaller projects as well, such as to build-out a variety of Excel templates, as well as reviewing and analyzing various business plans. She credits Brian for teaching her how to become a business professional rather than a student, by encouraging her and pushing her to take on work challenges, as well as providing her with opportunities to creatively problem solve by working on open ended projects. She says, “Brian is a great mentor who really cares for his employees and makes sure everyone gets what they need. He will always listen to your conclusions and will include you in processes that are interesting to you.”

Karin graduated from North Park University in December 2014 with Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics with a Concentration in Finance. She’s currently working as an Associate for BDO’s Corporate Finance Department in Stockholm. Her goal for right now is to keep working and learn as much as she possibly can. She’s not certain what her future business pursuits will be, but believes that as long as she keeps learning and developing both professionally and personally, she will find her purpose along the way.


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