One of the focal points of a Lake Erie education is experiential learning, the opportunity for students to implement what they learn in the classroom with practical experience in their chosen career fields. Many of the academic programs have an internship requirement for their completion, and when a student reaches the point in their academic career when they are looking for an internship opportunity, they know exactly who to turn to—Erin Nunn, the director of career services and internships at Lake Erie.
Erin arrived at LEC in August 2011 when she learned of a position opening from a colleague who had previously worked here. "Having gone to a smaller school, I understood the impact staff can have on the student experience,” she said, "and I wanted to return to a small private [school] to try to do just that.”
Having grown up in a military family that moved around a lot, Erin calls Columbus, Ohio home. She graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Science with a major in education, and then continued her studies at Ohio University (OHIO), where she received her master’s degree in education in college student personnel. Erin also had the opportunity to work as a career and academic adviser, an instructor for the first-year experience course, and in the student conduct office at OHIO.
Education was always an interest for her. "Growing up, I wanted to be a high school teacher,” she said, "and then I realized that [this] probably wasn’t the right path for me. However, I also knew I was a teacher at heart.” Once she became involved as a resident assistant, student organization leader and intern at several offices around campus during her own college career, however, she realized that she could still be an educator and impact the students’ experience on campus while working in student affairs. So she headed straight for OHIO for her graduate studies.
"I really enjoy working within career development because it gives me the opportunity to hear students’ stories,” Erin said, "help them achieve their goals and learn more about different industries and the changing scope of today’s workforce. Every day is different, and I enjoy that variety.”
Since she has been at LEC, Erin has met almost all of LEC’s students, through helping them with their resume skills, finding internships, or just offering them an ear when they need to talk and they happen to stop by the Student Life office.
"Every day and every student is different,” she said. "I really enjoy the relationships with students I’ve been able to build over the last year and a half. I know they appreciate the work I do, and that’s what matters to me.” And if she is not there when they stop by, some students have taken to leaving Erin post-it notes on her door. "I have quite a collection going right now,” she said.
Outside of Lake Erie, Erin sets her sights on different goals. "I participate frequently in races, competitive and fun,” she said, "and my calendar is already booked [for] the next nine months. I recently placed third in my age group for Cleveland’s Tackle the Tower. I made it up 37 flights of steps in 6:33!”What advice can she give to the students looking to join the LEC community? "Get involved. Campus involvement is the first step to developing strong leadership skills that recruiters are seeking. And come visit me early!”