Students claim top place in Internship Draft Day
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Two University of Wisconsin-Platteville students were selected as “top draft picks” at the recent Internship Draft Day held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Operated in part like a traditional career fair, this annual event adds a unique and competitive twist, structured like an NFL draft. Andrew Splitt and Jeffrey Reinholtz, both UW-Platteville seniors double majoring in mechanical engineering and business, surpassed nearly 200 students from across the state and tied for top place, each earning a $1,000 scholarship.
Co-organized by NEW Manufacturing Alliance and the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance, the event featured more than 60 Wisconsin manufacturers, offering more than 300 internships, part-time jobs or apprenticeships. Participating students had the opportunity to network and interview with employers, earning points throughout the event based on how well they interview as well as their student profile, which incorporated their GPA and extracurricular activities. The event culminated with Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy announcing the number one pick.
Splitt and Reinholtz both agreed the competitive angle of the event made it more fun to participate in. “There aren’t a lot of events like it these days,” said Splitt, a native of Cary, Illinois. “Usually things are kept confidential, but in this case the results were projected on a screen throughout the event and it was very competitive. Having a competitive background myself, I really enjoyed it.”
Both students received multiple internship offers from the event, but said the opportunity for professional dialogue was just as valuable. “The biggest thing was the interview experience,” said Reinholtz, a native of Verona, Wisconsin. “If you don’t have a lot of experience interviewing, this opportunity gives you six times to practice just in one day. It was a great experience, and something that is off the radar. I think more people should consider going.”
“Even if you don’t get a job out of it, the more practice and connections you develop, the better,” added Splitt.
This is the second consecutive year that a UW-Platteville student took first place. Last year, Michael Hansen, a student in UW-Platteville’s Collaborative Engineering Program in Fox Valley, was selected as top draft pick. More information about the event can be found online.
Written by: Alison Parkins, Associate Director of Public Relations, Communications, 608-342-1526, firstname.lastname@example.org.