Jacki Stout: More Experience, More Opportunities

by User Not Found | Feb 20, 2015

“A student uses their internship as an opportunity to expand not only their work experience, but their professional network.”

Jacki Stout'13 Political Science, Intern at Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund

UIC LAS alumna Jacki Stout made sure to have an internship before graduating. “I felt it was important that I was able to put my internship on my resume. It showed potential employers that I had experience working in my field, and I wasn’t graduating as a student with zero relevant work experience,” stated Jacki.

Jacki made sure to find an internship relating to her interests in housing and local government to see if that was something she wanted to pursue after college. “I was a Public Service Intern for the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund, a division of the Bureau of Housing,” explained Jacki. “By the end of my internship I was interacting with landlords, social workers, and tenants. I assessed contracts, processed payments, reviewed and edited documents, assisted the public and compiled data.”

Jacki earned three academic credit hours for her internship and gained professional guidance by taking the LAS internship course (LAS 289). “I felt that the LAS internship class was extremely beneficial,” said Jacki. “We were able to tighten up our resumes, discuss our experiences with other students, and develop our professional skills.”

At the end of the semester, she was offered a position. “When my internship ended, which coincided with when I had graduated with my Bachelor’s, I was offered a contractual position working full-time for the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund as a Program Auditor.”

“A student uses their internship as an opportunity to expand not only their work experience, but their professional network,” concluded Jacki. “People remember an intern who worked as hard as the staff, who took on additional responsibilities, and who sought out extra opportunities. An internship is the chance to prove yourself to the company or organization, a chance to show what kind of employee you would be."