Concord Business Students Share Internship Experiences
Athens, W.Va. – Four senior Concord University students shared their internship experiences with their fellow students, faculty, and community members during symposia held at Concord University on April 17 and 18 in the McNair Room of Marsh Hall. The symposia allows students to learn from one another about the operations of different kinds of businesses and the benefits of participating in an internship.
The students were enrolled in an upper level business internship class where they apply for a job in the business community and work under the supervision of a manager. Students may work either in the private or public sector where they have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations in an actual organizational setting.
On Tuesday, Grant Campbell, a senior accounting and finance major from Oak Hill shared about his experience working with Kevin T. Worley a certified public accountant in Princeton for his internship. In his experience, he summarized expenses, worked with accounting software, reviewed his supervisor’s work for errors, and performed other clerical tasks. Campbell was also responsible for reviewing tax returns with individuals to ensure they understood the process.
He noted that he enjoyed the experience in working hands-on in real-life situations, but also that he struggled with mistake anxiety . . . but that so far everything was fine. He credited his success to the training he received in all the business and accounting courses he had taken at Concord.
Bre Meadows LeMaster a senior management major from Beckley also shared on Tuesday her experiences working with Bath & Body Works in her hometown.
LeMaster told about her experience as a sales leader at the store where she was in charge of merchandise flow, loss prevention, enforcement of policies and procedures, and communications and auditing. She shared one of her best experiences in doing the floor set for the store and deciding the best placement of products from a marketing standpoint. Some of her strongest challenges included positive peer coaching of her coworkers and having effective communications to avoid things falling through the cracks.
“It was like putting together the pieces of a puzzle,” LeMaster said.
On Wednesday, Melanie Fowler-Farmer a senior marketing major from Squire shared about her experiences working with the Coal Heritage Highway Authority in Beckley, which manages a scenic byway that explores the influence of the coal mining industry in southern West Virginia.
Alexis Williams a senior management major from Beckley worked with Phoenix Regal, Inc., a mining-related company in Mount Hope, and shared his experience.
Students received credit for attending the event and learned what to expect when they go out into the field in their internships and careers. The symposia have been helpful in encouraging students to take advantage of internship opportunities.
Concord University has a long tradition of incorporating internships and experiential learning into the curriculum to benefit students. “In addition to developing valuable work skills, an internship affords students the opportunity to "try on" jobs that match their academic and personal interests,” said Tammy Monk, director of career services.
“It also gives employers the opportunity to determine if the student is well matched with the company and worthy of a full-time job offer. Also, completing an internship allows students to gain "real" work experience that strengthens what they have to offer an employer as a new college graduate,” she added.
PHOTOS: The two photographed are Grant Campbell of Oak Hill and Bre Meadows LeMaster of Beckley. (Not pictured are Melanie Farmer-Fowler of Squire and Alexis Williams of Beckley.)
NOTE TO EDITORS: Jesse Call a senior majoring in political science and history wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.