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INTERN INSIGHT: Intern Experience

Written by Chamber Intern Britton Heim READ HIS BIO HERE

Britton HeimI recently ended my internship at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce as an entrepreneurship intern. One might ask, “what in the world does an entrepreneurship intern do?” Well, I’ll tell you! Basically I became a creative mind for the Chamber that researched various entrepreneurial and start-up communities and then devised ways in which the concepts used by other organizations could be altered and adapted to promote an entrepreneurial, start-up community right here in Wilkes-Barre.

I began to realize all of the great resources we have here in Wilkes-Barre. We have incredible academic capital coming out of Wilkes University, King’s College, and the other surrounding schools that have the potential to really drive the economy here. We also have prime transportation location as we are positioned right along I-81 and very close to I-80. There are also very many larger corporations in the area that have the ability to help small start-ups grow.

I started to realize these things through the research I was doing and this inspired me to begin to explore Wilkes-Barre a little more. As I walked around on different occasions I noticed all of the empty store fronts on Washington St., Northampton St., and many others, but with the knowledge I had gained at the Chamber I could see the big picture. I pictured what it would look like if these store fronts were filled with innovative little specialty shops and student start-ups. I could see the image of the college town I have heard so many local leaders talking about and it inspired me to become part of this future.

Wilkes-Barre is an amazing little city with great potential, and it’s getting there as we see more and more businesses pop up; Franklins on the Square, the Wilkes University Business Incubator in the Luzerne County Bank Building, and so many other small businesses that are up and coming. We just need more people to see the big picture. When you walk the streets and see those vacant shops don’t think it’s just a vacant building, think of all of the different businesses that would thrive with the store front and how great it is that that store front is there for the taking for that perfect store. Soon enough Wilkes-Barre will return to its former glory, but we need more people to see the potential this city has. Through my internship at the Chamber and all of the amazing people there I got to see a whole new side to Wilkes-Barre I never would have otherwise. My internship was an invaluable experience that gave me a whole new insight on this city and really motivated me and inspired me to stay in the area and help push this city in the right direction.

I would like to thank everyone at the Chamber for the experience they gave me and I look forward to working with you in the future.

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Casara McCleaf- Economic Development Intern

Casara McCleaf

Casara McCleaf is a sophomore at Wilkes University double majoring in math and computer science. She is an economic development intern at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber for the Spring of 2015.


Where are you from?

I grew up in a small town between Gettysburg and the Mason-Dixon Line called Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania.  I now live in Sturdevant Hall at Wilkes University, of which I am the Resident Assistant for the school year.

What do you hope to do after college?

After college, I hope to settle down in a small town filled with farms and friendly people.

How about NEPA?

I would settle down and live in NEPA for the rest of my life if I found a good job and my family was happy here.

Why did you choose Wilkes?

I almost went to Duquesne, but decided to go to Wilkes University because they offered a greater number of majors that I was interested in besides Pharmacy.  I also greatly appreciated the small-size of the campus and the close-knit community.  Also, my brother attends Wilkes University, so he was a major part of my decision to go to Wilkes.

I wanted to stay within “short” driving distance of my house, so I only looked into schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and choosing Wilkes is what brought me to NEPA.

I chose to change from Pharmacy to a dual major in Mathematics and Computer Science because I have always had a passion for math and knew that my logical reasoning and math skills could pair nicely with the widely sought after computer science major.

What are your impressions of NEPA?

My first impression of Wilkes-Barre was that it was a city, there was a lot of buildings and only a little grass.  This was a stark change from my hometown.

Most people I know from this area talk about the pizza.  When I first told people I was going to go to Wilkes, they all told me “the place to go for the best pizza”.

When I leave here, I will remember this area most for the experiences I have had here and for everything I have learned while I was living here. I will remember the city for the accessibility of its stores, most of which are walking distance from campus, and its frigid winters.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

When I graduate, my dream job is to work as a cryptographer.  I would love to work for the National Security Agency.

Are there any businesses you wish were in NEPA?

I wish someone would open a coffee shop which delivered coffee and baked goods in NEPA.  If I could create my dream job, it would incorporate math with helping people with special needs or children with bad home-lives.
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Intern Insight: Alexis Maroney

Alexis Maroney- Marketing Intern

Alexis Maroney- Marketing Intern

Alexis Maroney is a Junior Psychology major with minors in Studio Art and Management at Wilkes University. She is also the Marketing Intern at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce for the Spring 2015.


Where are you from? 

I grew up in Phoenixville, PA, right outside of King of Prussia. I now live in Wilkes Barre, PA

Where are you going?

After college I plan to pursue a career in Industrial or Organizational Psychology and marry my fiance.

Why Wilkes-Barre?

I only applied to Wilkes University and Wilkes alone. I chose to go to college in NEPA because I really enjoyed the location Wilkes U was placed and the community that is developed in Wilkes-Barre. I chose my major because I did a bit of trial and error and realized a combination of psychology and business was the perfect match for me.

What are your thoughts on Wilkes-Barre?

My first impression of Greater Wilkes-Barre is how beautiful the architecture of the buildings here are. Most people I met from this area talk often about the various parks and Sheetz. I will remember this area most for the amazing college experience it gave me.

What are you involved with on campus?

I am currently a Resident Assistant as well as a Orientation Leader for First Year Students, along with both of those positions I am also Parliamentarian of the Psychology Club at Wilkes.

What would allow you to settle down in Wilkes-Barre?

I would settle down and live in NEPA for the rest of my life if there were options for jobs for me. I also wish someone would open a Wawa in Wilkes-Barre.When it comes to working in NEPA, unfortunately industrial and organizational psychology is not a large field.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy reading and writing. When the weather permits I love to go snowboarding. I also have a cat that I enjoy watching Netflix with when I can.

What are your plans after you graduate Wilkes?

I will be graduating  with a Bachelors in Psychology. I will be going to Mesa, AZ to get my Master’s in Business Administration directly after I graduate, and will be able to obtain it in about a year because of the program I am in. Perhaps the field will have grown by then and I will be able to return and work in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

If you could create your dream job, what would it be?

If I could create my dream job, it would be traveling the world and consulting for businesses, which actually is a real thing but it’s so hard to get into. This will be involved with industrial and organizational psychologist as a consultant.


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Intern Insight: Adam Lubas

Adam Lubas Public Relations Intern

Adam Lubas-Public Relations Intern

Adam Lubas is a Junior Communications Major at Wilkes University focusing in Public Relations and Organizational Communication. He is obtaining minors in English and Women & Gender Studies. Adam is the Chamber of Commerce’s PR intern.

How would you describe yourself?

I have a passion for media and love every facet of it. I would describe myself as a media junkie. I enjoy exploring the outdoors, the beach in the summer, traveling, and experiencing different forms of the arts.

Where are you from?

I am from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. It is a great town outside of Morristown and about 45 minutes outside of New York City.

What should people know about you?

Some things you should know about me, I am very hard working and I plan on working for a branding agency or a Public Relations Firm after I graduate. I have a passion for new media and enjoy interpersonal communication. I currently work for Zebra Communications as Co-manager of the student run firm, helping local clients in the Wilkes Barre area with their public relations needs. I plan on graduating in Spring of 2016.

Why Wilkes-Barre?

I originally was looking at Kings College for school, but since I was already up in the area, I took a look at Wilkes University. After I looked at Wilkes, I knew it was the place for me. I chose NEPA because I wanted to be away from home, but at the same time, I wanted to be accessible to go back to New Jersey.

How did you choose your major?

I have strong interpersonal skills and I enjoy great conversations. I originally wanted to go into radio and television because growing up I was always told that I had a voice for radio. Once I discovered Wilkes Universities public relations program and how I can integrate myself into Zebra Communications I was hooked.

What are your impressions of Wilkes-Barre?

I love the beauty of the Susquehanna river. My freshman year my dorm room looked out onto the river. I feel that Wilkes-Barre has great environmental appeal. The Colleges in the community have made a great impact on the town but there still needs to be improvements.

What would keep you here in NEPA when you graduate?

I feel for young PR professionals, there needs to be more opportunities. I would love to stay in Wilkes-Barre if there were guaranteed job opportunities.

What do you hope your future looks like?

I would love to run my own branding agency, or strategy based PR agency. I want to travel the world working for different clients.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I would like to take some time to backpack through Europe and find a great job in communications, preferably in PR. If I keep up what I am doing I feel I am destined for success!

Adam Lubas (far left) on a Chamber Interns Tour of WBRE-TV's Studios

Adam Lubas (far left) on a Chamber Interns Tour of WBRE-TV’s Studios

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