Jacob Barthels is such a nice guy, he doesn’t like to decline reasonable requests.
Last summer, when a campus-wide request asked students to represent Lakeland University in the July 4 Sheboygan parade, Jacob immediately volunteered. But there’s only so much time in a day, and when the junior double major (accounting and business with a finance and insurance emphasis) was recently offered five great internships in a two-week span, he had no choice but to turn a few of them down.
Barthels, a junior from Sheboygan Falls, Wis., is busy. Starting in spring, he will help continue to strengthen LU’s great relationship with Schenck SC when he interns there. Then, in the summer, he will serve as an intern at Sargento – one of the nation’s biggest cheese companies. He will be Lakeland’s first Sargento intern in nearly two decades.
These experiences will make Jacob’s already-strong résumé even more robust. He’s already completed an internship in Lakeland’s finance office and in the finance office of Clipper City Co-op in Manitowoc. Jacob has always had an affinity for math and working with money. His dream job is to someday serve as the CFO for a large manufacturing company.
At Lakeland, he likes to be involved, and is currently the treasurer for three organizations: Cru, Lakeland Rotaract and the LU Accounting Club.
“Lakeland’s family feel is what I love most,” he said. “Knowing so many staff and faculty members on such a personal level, being able to say ‘hi’ to them every day and just talk about life; that’s really meaningful.
“Also, there are so many career opportunities with really big-time companies in the Sheboygan area. There are tons of jobs out there, right outside our door.”