Intern Spotlight: Interns in the Department of Communication

August 19, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Communication in health care is very important. It is crucial to have a team comprised of multi-talented employees with experience in graphic and web design to videography and more.

This week on the Michigan Medicine Intern Spotlight, Headlines is featuring four interns supporting Michigan Medicine’s vast Department of Communication this summer: Samantha Kordish, Bailey Mruzik, Grace Vandenbosch and LisAurel Winfree.

These interns have contributed their skills to the DoC and have made big steps in their personal and professional development over the past few months.

Keep reading to find out a little more about each intern and their experience!

Samantha Kordish

Kordish is entering her fourth year at Eastern Michigan University, where she double majors in digital media and public relations. At Michigan Medicine, she serves as a videography intern, where she assists in filming and editing videos for many different areas of the organization.

In the future, Kordish hopes to work in live television production for a Detroit sports team, only 15 minutes from where she grew up.

“This internship has opened many possibilities for me. Because of that, I am now even considering a videography job, which I never had before,” she said.

During her time here, one of her favorite projects has been creating a video on a new minimally-invasive heart valve replacement surgery.

“My favorite part about working for Michigan Medicine is meeting and working with doctors and other employees,” said Kordish. “Everyone I have met here has been extremely kind and willing to help you in any way possible.”

Bailey Mruzik

Mruzik is entering her fourth year at Adrian College, where she majors in communications and minors in journalism.

Currently, she serves as an internal communications intern at Michigan Medicine. In the future, she hopes to continue working in communications.

Her favorite projects during her time as an intern include revamping the employee recognition website, assisting the videographers with various shoots, and participating on the employee podcast, “The Wrap.”

“The variety of projects I have been a part of is incredible,” Mruzik said. “I have received priceless experience in many different areas of internal communications, and the skills I have learned I will take with me as I begin to pursue a career in this field.”

Mruzik’s favorite thing about working for Michigan Medicine is the amount of trust the employees put in the interns.

“I have been treated like a regular employee and have been given tasks that go beyond basic intern work. Everyone has trusted me to take on important work and also helped me with any questions that arise,” she said. “I have gained so much knowledge in just a few short months.”

Grace Vandenbosch

Vandenbosch graduated from U-M in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She currently serves as a website and digital strategy intern.

A couple of her favorite projects have included work with the Pranger ALS Center and the Program for Multicultural Health.

“My favorite thing about Michigan Medicine is the people,” she said. “Everyone is so supportive and dedicated to the organization.”

LisAurel Winfree

Winfree currently works as a graphic design intern with Michigan Medicine. She completed her associate degree in graphic design in 2020 at Washtenaw Community College. In the future, she plans to freelance and eventually land a full-time graphic design position.

Ever since she began her internship, Winfree has discovered a newfound passion for making flowcharts: “I love creating organization from chaos,” she said.

Two of the projects she has enjoyed are creating a “Thank You” GIF and a roadmap for human resources, among many others. Currently, she is working on the Mott Children’s Hospital calendar as well as animated illustrations for an employee onboarding video.

“My favorite thing about working for Michigan Medicine is that I have had the opportunity to work with many different clients across all sectors of the organization,” Winfree said.

“Beyond the work itself, I cannot understate the kindness, respect, appreciation and support that my colleagues show each other. Michigan Medicine has raised my standard and expectation for any jobs I take in the future.”

Hey interns! Whether you are working remotely, in-person or hybrid this summer, Headlines wants to know about the type of work you do on a daily basis, as well as your future goals and aspirations.

If you are interested in being interviewed and featured in our “Michigan Medicine Intern Spotlight,” please send your name and department to headlines@med.umich.edu.

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