Baldwin Wallace University student Maragaret Currie accepts her Expys Award for Best Intern

Margaret Currie '18 turned a one-semester internship into an ongoing opportunity to apply her classroom learning in the workplace.

English major wins 'Best Intern' in Northeast Ohio at the 2017 Expys Awards

May 4, 2017

Baldwin Wallace University student Margaret Currie accepts her Expys Award for Best Intern

Margaret Currie ’18, an English creative writing major from Parma, Ohio, has been so successful at putting her classroom learning into practice in the workplace, she was honored as the region’s "Best Intern" at the 2017 Expys.

The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) and Cleveland Business Connects Magazine (CBC) announced the winners to a sold-out crowd at the Expys awards luncheon on April 19.

Finding a Mentor

The Baldwin Wallace University contingent at the 2017 Expys Best Internship AwardsCurrie’s internship with Ann Newman, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio, Inc., started as part of BW’s Fenn Foundation-supported Humanities at Work program. Impressed with Currie’s work, Newman asked her to stay on after the Humanities at Work semester ended and nominated Currie for the Expy. 

"Ann is much more than a supervisor; she is a genuine mentor," Currie says of Newman. "I believe her guidance and caring attitude are what helped me become the Expys Best Intern." 

As Currie has extended her internship well beyond a single semester, she continues to gain a range of experience. "I have the incredible opportunity not only to learn about working in the nonprofit environment, but to develop skills in specific areas of my own interest," including feature writing, web and social media content creation, event planning and board presentations. 

Connecting Education to Work

The EXPYS Best Internship Awards logoNow in its seventh year, The Expys is an annual event that recognizes the best interns, advisors, mentors and internship programs in Northeast Ohio. The name is derived from 'experiential' internships.

An independent panel of judges selected Currie from among 10 finalists and hundreds of nominations that were submitted in six highly competitive categories. Last year, BW sport management professor Charles Campsi won "Best College Advisor" and 2017 was Currie’s time to shine.

"Internships and co-ops connect education to the world of work," said NOCHE’s president Holly Harris Bane. "That connection is vital to the health of our economy both now and in the future."