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Changing careers because of one internship

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“Raw book knowledge could come from studying independently,” said Spencer, “but learning application takes excellent professors — something Huntington University has.”

Since 2003, American Specialty Insurance & Risk Management Services Inc., has accepted Huntington University students as interns. In the summer of 2008, that intern was Spencer Batt, who was senior business management major from New Haven, Ind. His three-month internship turned into a part-time job during his senior year.

American Specialty has a strong history with Huntington University students, having at least three HU interns that became full-time employees.

Spencer interned in the client services department, more specifically in the programs division. This required him to be responsible for everything from the rating and binding of insurance policies to creating prospects lists for the marketing team to pursue. This involved researching zoos, fairs, family entertainment centers and other attractions.

A fast learner, Spencer caught on quickly. Entering a field in which he had no previous experience, he had to tap into the resources in his office.

“Interning at such a great place like American Specialty,” said Spencer, “I found helpful colleagues everywhere who would answer my questions.”

Interestingly enough, Spencer never expected to end up in the insurance business, but after such a positive experience, there was a good possibility that he would begin his career in that field. But more importantly, his time at American Specialty confirmed for Spencer that he wants to work in a job that deals heavily with relationships.

Without having any formal training in the insurance field, Spencer says what helped him the most was “an all-encompassing look at the business world through different classes” at Huntington. He gives the credit for this well-rounded education to his professors.

“Raw book knowledge could come from studying independently,” said Spencer, “but learning application takes excellent professors — something Huntington University has.”

Spencer suggests that students use the Enterprise Resource Center to its fullest potential.

“No matter what field of study a student is in, an internship is crucial,” said Spencer. “It is not only a place for someone to try out their intended profession, but also a time for real-life application of the knowledge a student has gained.”

With the ERC having connections and contacts with so many businesses and in so many fields, Spencer says that the organization offers a great service to Huntington University students.

The Enterprise Resource Center at Huntington University – we’re all about pairing Huntington University students with area businesses for internships, practicum experiences, class projects and special projects.