WIPPS interns ensure events run smoothly

Whether you attend a WIPPS event, see our Facebook page posts or learn more about us on our website, there’s a WIPPS intern working hard behind the scenes to make sure all runs smoothly.

Kudos to the following UW-Marathon County interns who have completed their fall semester here.

Morgan Johnsen has completed her second semester at UW-Marathon County. The Wausau resident is currently pursuing an associate’s degree and hopes to major in digital communication and design when she transfers to UW-Milwaukee in 2018.

“I became a WIPPS intern because one of my friends who worked at WIPPS told me it would be a good opportunity to develop skills for my major, as well as a chance to be a part of helping our community.” She finds the most interesting part of being an intern is helping with the varied projects. “I enjoyed helping count the ballots at the Kid’s Vote USA event as well as helping organize the debate watching parties.”

Chris Mattson is a sophomore majoring in computer science. Born in Florida, Chris lived briefly in Norway before moving to Wittenberg. He now lives outside of Tigerton.

Learning more about civic engagement and getting some I.T. experience were two big reasons for his decision to become an intern. “It’s interesting how much planning and preparation goes into planning an event,” Chris said. “Also, watching people from the community interact with each other is always interesting.”

Brett Woller is a freshman majoring in political science with aspirations to attend law school. Originally from Merrill, he signed on with WIPPS because “I thought it was a great way to expand my workings in the public sector and also hopefully introduce myself to involvement in my community.”

“I find the concept of unity quite interesting and how we all work together to try and complete these projects to make our community a better place,” he said. But he is also frustrated at times “when it seems no progress is being made. But I am reminded of the larger picture of how things change in our community for the better, people working hard on things that have value and will leave a lasting and more positive future for our community.”

All three interns plan to continue working for WIPPS in the spring semester.