Ireland Davies Stays for the Summer
Ireland Davies, a writing major at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, is sharpening her writing skills as an intern at DiscoverNEPA. Powered by Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services, DiscoverNEPA promotes the quality of life of the 10 counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania via customized videos, feature articles, a website and multiple social media assets.
Davies extended her spring internship with DiscoverNEPA to continue adventuring with the team for the summer of 2021. Thus far, being an intern has allowed her to write in a professional setting and embellish her already existing creative writing skills.
Though she remarks the workplace is very spontaneous, you can most commonly find Davies covering “Let’s Do Lunch,” a column that attempts to get people back into restaurants and enjoy a bite to eat around NEPA. These experiences have helped her become a more effective communicator and build her network. She jokingly remarks that she thinks she has met more people in the past five months than she has her whole life.
Even though writing is her specialty, Davies has been able to try new things through her internship, like seeing a video shoot and learning more about photography. Ireland states that becoming well-versed contributes to a sense of self-sufficiency that will surely have a positive impact on her future.
Ireland’s education has highlighted the importance of being a versatile writer, a skill she has been able to develop while interning with DiscoverNEPA. She has gotten to know so much more about her home area of NEPA while expanding her skill set.
Civil Engineering Intern Joins Mericle’s Team
Luke Yanisko, a Civil Engineering major with a focus in Geotech at Penn State University, is interning in the Civil Engineering Department at Mericle. His road to get to Mericle was not necessarily a smooth one. Originally, Luke had plans for an internship with a different company, but that internship that fell through. That’s when Mericle employee Jeff DeAngelo suggested Luke apply to Mericle.
Luke already knew the Mericle name from seeing the company’s many signs and vehicles throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania but he never realized how much work was done by the Mericle’s in-house team of 350 skilled professionals. He said he is impressed by “how much dirt Mericle’s excavation division moves to prepare sites for new buildings.”
When it comes to his coworkers, Luke sees them as genuine and helpful people who are good communicators. Under their guidance, Luke can be seen working on a variety of projects on any given day.
Though Luke will certainly be busy interning and taking a summer class, he hopes he will walk away from this internship having enhanced his project management skills.
Mericle’s Marketing Department Welcomes Two Summer Interns
Two college students have started their summer internships in the Marketing Department at Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services. Jenavieve Pursell is a Mass Communications major with a focus in Visual Brand Communications and a concentration in Marketing at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. This summer she is doing an internship in Mericle’s Marketing Department.
One of Jenavieve’s classes this past semester focused on internships, where the class questioned if you should “hit the ground running” when starting. According to Mericle’s Marketing Vice President Jim Cummings, she has done just that.
She has already gained an abundance of new skills during the first few weeks of her internship, like editing websites and learning the basics of flying drones. She has applied the tips and tricks of Adobe InDesign that she has learned in her college courses to her daily work at Mericle.
Jenavieve has been busy designing photo collages for Mericle’s available properties and maps of business parks. She remarks that it is very rewarding to gain practical experience doing what she wants to do for the rest of her life. Her internship opportunity has allowed her to reflect on her education thus far and realize that she is doing what she loves.
When she is not in the office, she can be found taking care of infants at her part time job as an Assistant Teacher or applying the finishing touches to the King’s College Regis Yearbook, where she serves as the Layout and Design Editor. Though her days are busy, Pursell says each part is different in its own way. Being used to working with children, she finds the office is much quieter and offers a change in environment.
Kyle Ralston is a Marketing major with a minor in Management Information Systems at Temple University. He has been adapting to the office as an intern in the marketing department at Mericle.
During his first few weeks at Mericle, Kyle has been working on research-based projects such as compiling contact lists for the nation’s top retailers and third-party logistics companies. He has gathered information about business operating costs for metro areas in the Northeast U.S.
When it comes to marketing, Kyle has developed a passion for the math and psychology side of the industry. Through his internship he is hoping to gain a better understanding of the digital and creative side of marketing.
Kyle is glad that his first internship is at Mericle and that the team has made adapting to a corporate setting a very smooth transition. He became interested in Mericle because of the tremendous economic impact the company has on Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Mericle’s Accounting Department Welcomes Two Summer Interns
Liam Roe is an accounting major at the University of Scranton who has always been interested in working for a real estate company. While Liam was researching real estate internships, his friend steered him in the right direction: Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services. Shortly after applying, he received the good news that he had been accepted as a summer intern at Mericle.
Liam finds his internship experience to have very high value. He believes the most valuable part is getting to learn more from hands on work, an advantage you can only get with a great internship. The advantages will definitely be worth it for Liam, who hopes to continue to work in the real estate industry in the future. He said that brokerage has also piqued his interest.
Outside of the office, you can catch Liam enjoying lake activities and waiting for skiing season. He also participates in his club lacrosse team.
Abigail Drendall is a Biology Pre-Med Major at Misericordia University hoping to one day become a veterinarian. To gain more experience in an office setting, this summer she is working in the Accounting Department at Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services.
Abigail has always known about Mericle because her father, Kyle Drendall, is a long-time employee of the company. She notes, “many at Mericle have known me since I was a baby,” and gives special mention to Linda Sickler who she sits next to in the office. Having these lifelong connections has helped Abigail get better acclimated to the office environment and feel welcomed.
Although her internship experience has been exciting, Abigail is also looking forward to her upcoming vacation to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Out of the office, you can find Abigail playing tennis, reading, or practicing lacrosse.