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Barbara Schmitz Benish

Barb Benish, MBA

Internship Coordinator and Adviser of The Advance-Titan
Office: Sage 3609
Phone: 424-7145



Barbara Schmitz Benish earned her master’s degree in business administration in 1991 from UW Oshkosh, with an emphasis in marketing. In Dec. 1982, she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in both the news/editorial and advertising/public relations sequences, also from UW Oshkosh.

Benish has been an adjunct faculty member at UW Oshkosh since 1994, teaching a variety of news/editorial and advertising classes. Today, she mainly serves as the Department of Journalism’s internship coordinator, organizing mock interviews  between students and journalism professionals each semester, and helping students to hone their resumes and cover letters and find internships and full-time jobs. Benish also serves as adviser to the student newspaper, The Advance-Titan.

She has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers, and has interviewed former Presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan. Today, as a freelance writer, she mainly covers aviation, conservation enforcement and education for both print and Web publications. She has interviewed actor Harrison Ford, Gen. Chuck Yeager, who was the first to break the sound barrier, and astronauts such as Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper, who took part in space shuttle missions to the International Space Station in 2006 and 2008.

Benish has twice been named an Appreciated Professor by UW Oshkosh students.