Concord Students Gain Experience with Internships
Athens, W.Va. - Several Concord University business students returned to school this past fall with a full summer of useful experience in their field. The school’s Division of Business offered a course that entailed a summer-long internship for each student. On Tuesday, November 28, and Wednesday, November 29, these students were required to give presentations on their summer internships. The combined attendance for both days was 106, and students were evaluated by members of the audience on the areas of interest, organization, and appropriateness of topics and information presented.
John Fazio, University coordinator of business internships and instructor in business at Concord, said, “I am very pleased with the professional experiences of our fall interns. Our business students continue to attract significant opportunities with prestigious employers.”
With job competition being as fierce as it is today, Fazio stresses the importance of internships for his students. “Students who perform well as interns dramatically increase their opportunities for entry level, post-graduate employment, which arguably is the most difficult job to find,” Fazio said.
One particular student, Sarah Baker, of Princeton, W.Va., interned with Fastenal, an international corporation that provides industrial and construction supplies. She worked at the store in Bluefield, W.Va.
“The first thing I learned was the control of software, which included everything from order tracking to accounts payable,” Sarah said. “I was responsible for opening the store each day, scanning in new stock and customer orders, labeling the orders, and placing them in the right location for delivery. Then I would often deliver merchandise to customers.”
Sarah said that she learned the importance of accuracy, precision, and careful listening in her job. She also found that the company of Fastenal truly focuses on the customers, as she was able to accompany the store manager and watch him build professional relationships with clients.
Fazio said that grades for the internship are pass or fail. “There is no traditional coursework required to supplement the students’ on-the-job experiences, although many business courses prove valuable for proper execution of internship duties,” he said.
Other students and their respective internships included the following: Jacob Montague of Mount Hope, W.Va. at First Community Bank in Princeton, W.Va.; Thomas Cannoy of Wytheville, Va., at Pepsi Cola Bottling Group in Wytheville, Va.; Dereck Severt of Daniels, W.Va., at Clay Sports Supplies and Equipment Co. in Beaver, W.Va.; Jodi Graves of Lerona, W.Va., at Community Action of South Eastern West Virginia in Princeton, W.Va.; Toyin Johnson of Lagos, Nigeria, at Goldman Sachs in New York, N.Y.; Crystal Smith of Princeton, W.Va. at USA Martial Arts in Princeton, W.Va.; Nicholas Santmyer of Charleston, W.Va., at CPR Solutions Group in Charleston, W.Va.; and Ben Kimbrell of Richlands, Va., at Consolidated Steel, Inc. in Pounding Mill, Va.
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PHOTO: Sarah Baker, of Princeton, W.Va., interned with Fastenal, an international corporation that provides industrial and construction supplies. She worked at the store in Bluefield, W.Va.
CONCORD NOTES: Corrie McKee, an English and Journalism major, wrote this news release. Her hometown is Nitro, W.Va.