In the News: Internships Give Job Seekers Leg Up On Competition

Augustana students talk about internships

Augustana University senior business major Nathan Merriman, an intern with Click Rain in Sioux Falls, and Mary Toso, director of internships at Augustana's Student Success Center, spoke with KSFY-TV for a story on how internships help create job opportunities. 

Internships Giving Job Seekers a Leg Up on Competition

By Tess Hedrick, KSFY-TV

Gone are the days of interns fetching coffee. Today, interns are an integral part of many companies like Click Rain.

“They come on with great skills and they’re contributing to our team and our work every day from the very beginning,” said Natalie Eisenberg, Click Rain VP of Sales and Marketing.

“They’re having me dive right in. I’m a direct part of the business,” said Nathan Merriman.

Merriman is interning at Click Rain this summer. He’s a business student at Augustana University.

“An internship is an easy segue into figuring out what you can be passionate about. And being a part of an organization like Click Rain has really provided me a lot of great insights into what I could see as a career down the road.” 

— Nathan Merriman
Business Major

Mary Toso is the director of internships at Augustana. She gives students the tools they need to find an internship and the ability to test-drive a career.

“We have something that we call ‘Augie Opportunities.’ It’s an online database of internship opportunities, as well as job opportunities. And so everything that we hear about from our alumni network, in addition to our great contacts we have in Sioux Falls — they let us know about positions and we post them on ‘Augie Opportunities,’” said Toso.

Read the full story from KSFY-TV.