SBDC: Possibilities around Scranton

Published: October 2, 2015

OLIVIA LEVINE
Small Business Development Correspondent

photo submitted: the Small Business Development center KeystonE College Intern Stephanie Zdimal and Pat Nasser, owner of Backyard Ale House, run a thriving business in downtown Scranton.

PHOTO SUBMITTED / THE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER / KEYSTONE College Intern Stephanie Zdimal and Pat Nasser, owner of Backyard Ale House, run a thriving business in downtown Scranton.

So you think internships are only corporate, only offered during the summer, and are not located in the area? Can you imagine walking to your internship in between classes, having a genuinely interested and dedicated mentor/internship host, making a wage, seeing just what small businesses “do” all day and then walking back to your apartment to wrap up the day?

In the past two years a variety of small businesses in the local area have offered great internships through the Small Business Internship Initiative. And they are looking for you! If you are an English major with a photography interest, a history major with a great knack for social media, a business major with some knowledge in project management or any other great combination, your background may fit their needs.

Meet some of our past internship hosts! In the coming semester, we will introduce you to more, so stay tuned…

The Fanciful Fox- Eco-retail store:
In 2014, the downtown Scranton business hosted its first intern, a University English major who applied her coursework as well as her knowledge of social media to the internship. The intern told the Small Business Development Center that she learned to “alter her voice through words” and adjust marketing and information to the audience she was writing for. On a regular basis, she was guided by business owner Amanda Fox to learn all aspects of small business operation, social media and even soap production and design of wording on labels.

The Backyard Ale House- Restaurant and beverage establishment:
This downtown Scranton business hosted its first intern, a graphic arts major who used her keen sense of eye and skill to apply to a type of business she had never worked in. In the process, she was able to build her portfolio for job hunting. Even though she was not so familiar with the establishment type, the business worked with her on a solid work plan and guided her to understand the industry. They helped her develop a marketing plan with various vendors and taught her how to brand a small business. The intern said, in her mind, the key aspects of entrepreneurship are, “Keeping connections, relying on oneself, and…pride.” Pretty cool, huh?

There are many opportunities for you to use your skills, enhance your resume and gain valuable experience in the Scranton area. Don’t discount the impact a small business internship can have on your life.

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