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2017 Outstanding Co-Op/Intern of the Year winners: Joe Mesnard, Bryn Gunby, Alyssah Sison, Matt McLaughlin and Katie Sainz. (Photo by Duane Zehr)

April 24, 2017

Bradley’s Springer Center for Internships has announced the Bradley University 2017 Outstanding Co-op/Intern of the Year Award winners. The recognition honored one student from each of university’s five academic colleges.

Over the past five years, Bradley graduates averaged a 93 percent career outcomes rate, which means those graduates found employment or continued their education within six months of graduation.  The career outcomes rate is bolstered by job-seekers’ experiential learning as students, with 95 percent of students participating in experiential learning projects and 82 percent completing internships while in school. Students who registered their internships with the Springer Center were eligible to apply for the award.

This year’s outstanding interns are:

Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology — Joe Mesnard ’17
Mesnard, an electrical engineering major from Peoria, spent the summer and fall of 2016 interning for Bose in Boston, Massachusetts. He developed, analyzed and tested audio and speech algorithms for the electronics company.

College of Education and Health Sciences — Bryn Gunby ‘17
Gunby, a nursing major from Ballwin, Missouri, spent her 2016 summer as an intern for Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s inpatient surgical unit. She assisted patient care under the guidance of a mentor and completed a related course through University of Missouri-St. Louis.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences — Alyssah Sison ‘17
Sison, a biology major from Taylorville, Illinois, assisted animal care at Peoria Zoo during the 2016 summer. She assisted with animal diet preparation, enrichment, other zookeeper duties and public education throughout her experience.

Foster College of Business — Matt McLaughlin ‘17
McLaughlin, an accounting 3:2 major from Peoria, interned for Caterpillar. He worked with financial data analysis that allowed him to understand cost reduction efforts and the flow of money throughout the corporation.

Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts — Katie Sainz ‘17|
Sainz, an advertising and Spanish double major from Columbia, Illinois, interned for DreamWorks Animation through Bradley’s Hollywood Semester. As a TV public relations intern, she assisted with internal communications and media relations. She also created a PR campaign for the upcoming Spirit TV reboot.

Read more about the interns’ experiences through the Springer Center for Internships.