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Summer 2011, Vol. 14, No. 3
Focus on Students
 

A Dream Internship

  Evan Rioux
  Evan Rioux, an exercise science major, landed an internship at Apple’s Wellness Department in Cupertino, Calif.

Some students may fantasize about an internship that combines work and fun in a glamorous location where sometimes celebrities stop in just to say “hi.” Evan Rioux, an exercise science major at Truman, made this dream a reality when she interned at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., during the Fall 2010 semester.

Rioux worked in the Wellness Department conducting fitness consultations, performing various tests, developing workout plans and more for Apple’s thousands of employees. Based on her previous coursework at Truman and a summer internship at Cooper Aerobics in Austin, Texas, Rioux was well-prepared for her internship at Apple. “I catch onto things pretty easily because I’m a ‘have-to-do-it-to-learn,’ so we did clinicals—lots of stuff—where it’s just hands-on, all the time, 24-7.”

Not only did Rioux have to train for her position in the Wellness Department, but she also had to go through Apple’s computer and software training. The fitness center where she worked offered services included in the benefits program for Apple employees and dependents.

“Apple Wellness is basically there to delay the onset of heart disease—it’s to make them more aware of it and how to become healthier and more productive at work,” Rioux said. “A lot of times, employees don’t realize that when you’re healthier—you exercise regularly, eat well, sleep a lot, aren’t stressed—you’re going to be more productive at work which is better for your company. So, it all ties together in the end.”

Despite all the hard work, there were some perks to being an intern for Apple. Rioux said musicians such as Keith Urban came to Apple’s main campus frequently to visit employees in iTunes. At one point, James Blunt performed in Cafe Macs, one of the restaurants on campus. In addition, Apple offered large coach buses with Wi-Fi and leather seats for employees commuting from cities such as San Francisco, a luxury which Rioux utilized for the last couple weeks of her internship while visiting family. One day, Rioux even saw Steve Jobs when walking on campus with colleagues from the Wellness Department.

“Don’t be afraid to go far,” Rioux suggests. “I applied for two dream internships and got them both. I traveled from Missouri to Texas to California all in an eight-month period of time. Don’t limit yourself. If there’s something you really want to do, go for it, because it’s totally worth it in the end.”

If you or your company has internship opportunities for Truman students, please contact the University Career Center, careers@truman.edu, (660) 785-4353, http://career.truman.edu.

                 

 

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