From the Field

Keep up with UW Stout coop education and internship experiences.

Break In

This morning upon arriving to work, we had learned that our club house was broken into the night before after everyone was gone. Someone had thrown a rock through the window and broke the glass, causing the alarms to go off. Since we have cameras all around the club house, […]

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One of the best perks of my internship

We freshly bake Otis-Spunkmeyer cookies every day in our leasing office. They’re open for the residents and prospects to have but they make the office smell amazing! Just a neat little perk in the morning when you’re trying to wake up.

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Appointments

Since I’m still pretty new, I’ve only given a few tours on my own and I’ve learned that no matter how much time you have to prepare for a tour, sometimes it’s just not enough time. I’ve had this couple who had an appointment set up for over a week […]

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My First Lease

I had a mother and daughter walk into the office randomly. They were looking for a 2 bedroom as soon as possible. Luckily, we had just turned a 2 bedroom and was available for show that same day. I gave them a showing of the unit and they filled their […]

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Word Choice

Before beginning my internship, I used words like “unit,” “complex,” and “tenant.” These are common words in the industry, but I have learned to change my word choice and the importance behind it. For some people, using these words make them feel uncomfortable, and like you do not care about […]

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SC Swiderski Internship

Filled out paper work in the Wisconsin Rapids office most of the day today, but I still had time to weed some rock gardens too :).

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Amenities of a Community

When people are looking for a new place to call home, there are often certain features or amenities they desire. Asking people what they are looking for can help you to sell your property because when you know what they want, you can point out those features in your community. […]

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Eviction

Today, I got to experience my first eviction. The tenant hadn’t paid rent in month’s and was finally evicted. Luckily, he had left before we went into the apartment, but had left most of his belongings, along with a huge mess for our maintenance staff to clean up. It was […]

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Today at the office..

Today at the office, I worked with our community director all day. It was interesting getting to see what she does on a daily basis. Everyone comes to her with all of their problems, no matter how big or small, and she has to sign off on everything before employees […]

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S.C. Swiderski Internship

Police and ambulance services responded to a call at the Merill complex today. Luckily the tenant had just fallen and had only minor injuries. Also we got on site quick enough that the police didn’t have to breach the door.

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Weidner’s First Property

The property I work at is actually one of Weidner’s first properties. In fact, Dean Weidner’s mom bought the property in 1977 and was it’s first manager. The name of this property is Autumn Lane in Colorado Springs, CO. Bought and managed by Dean’s mom in 1977, it was transformed […]

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First Day on Site

My first day on site was very hectic. I started work on a Wednesday toward the end of the month. I mostly followed the community director around and learned the morning routine, where everything was located, and the layout of the community. This was helpful to get to learn what the […]

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