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Internships and Success Go Hand-in-Hand

Demisha PorterBRISTOL, Tenn., October 12, 2016 – A student’s success academically is of great importance when considering job placement. In today’s workplace, many employers have expectations of the inclusion of one or more internship experiences when considering someone for employment, particularly when the applicant is a recent college graduate. King University’s Career Success Center, along with faculty advisors, help provide students with high caliber internship opportunities, not only throughout the local community but also throughout the United States and around the world.

Bristol native and King senior Miranda Goodman majors in Biology with a concentration in Bioinformatics with a minor in Mathematics. She is also an active member of the cycling team. “I was able to utilize everything I have learned in Bioinformatics so far and apply it to tangible research. [Bioinformatics] is truly an interdisciplinary science. It requires a basic understanding of physics, general and organic chemistry, biology, and math. All of it comes together to help you understand; it just became beautiful to me. [The internship] this summer helped me realize this is what I want to be a part of. I can see myself doing this for my career.”

“Internships are one of the most valuable elements of the student resume,” says Donna Felty, regional director of Career Development, Tri-Cities. “Through the internship program, a student applies the material learned in the classroom to gain extremely valuable work experience. An internship gives the student an opportunity to test-drive his or her area of interest. Such experiential learning will not only sharpen but also develop a student's skill-set. Internships allow the student to begin networking, obtain references, and build relationships in his or her industry of interest.”

In the 2016 Internship & Co-op Survey Report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the current average offer rate to interns is 72.7 percent, the highest it has been since the peak of the pre-recession market. The current average acceptance rate is 85.2 percent, which is above pre-recession levels. The overall conversion rate is 61.9 percent—that is a 13-year high.

At King University, many programs of study, both majors, and minors, require an internship experience as part of the degree process. Internships are available year-round with many small businesses, corporations, and organizations. During summer 2016, numerous King students participated in internships. Five of these students spent their summer hard at work conducting research at major universities, engaging in international banking, and photographing world-class models.

Miranda Goodman was accepted to an internship at the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, N.D. She participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at UND in the Bioinformatics Department and the L. Keith Henry Lab. Dr. Henry’s research, on which Goodman worked, uses pharmacology, biochemistry, computational, epigenetic, and evolutionary methods to understand the physiological role of the serotonin (SERT) and dopamine (DAT) transporters and their role in human health and disease.

Moritz PoswiatKing senior Moritz Poswiat will graduate in April 2017 with his degree in Accounting and Finance. He came to King from Germany to play Tennis. This summer, he travelled back home to Germany where he interned with one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation). “I felt really lucky to have the opportunity to work [with HSBC]. It is actually about 30 minutes from my hometown of Wuppertal.

I worked as support in the heart of the bank, in Global Trade and Receivables Finance and a division of that called Commodity Structure Trade Finance. It was about companies trading with commodities mainly. We were financing their working capital.” One of his main duties was to keep current on the markets and commodities. “I learned so much about everything going on in the world last summer.” After graduation, he plans to get his Ph.D., and possibly work in banking or as an accountant. His advice to others preparing to apply for an internship is to “seek out an internship in an area you want to find out more about. Once you are in the internship, be proactive; ask as many questions as you can; take full advantage of the opportunity for which you have been given.”

Samantha Taylor is a senior from Newcastle, England, majoring in Digital Media Art & Design with a minor in Business Administration. She is also a member of the golf team. This summer, she interned with the Manhattan, New York fashion house Jia Collection by the designer and founder Jia Li. Jia Collection is the number one reversible fashion based on style, comfort, and versatility.

Samantha Taylor“I served as the social media strategy intern while in New York. I did photography, videography, and graphic design for all Jia’s social media advertising. I was really lucky to work alongside Jia Li,” said Taylor. Taylor did photoshoots with world class models over numerous photo shoots. “I did about four videos during the internship, but the main reason I went was for the photography. My passion is for fashion photography. The experience I got was unbelievable!”

Member of the women’s basketball team, Nashville, Tenn., native Demisha Porter is a senior majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Her goal after graduation is to attend graduate school. As of now, her plans are to go into research of cancer or various neurodegenerative diseases. This summer, she interned at Louisiana State University Health Shreveport with Dr. Robert Klein, LSU associate professor. She worked on research testing gene therapy to combat the deadly and disabling effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“I was nervous about the internship because I’d be working with animals. Before going, I had a moral dilemma on animal testing and research. Once I began working in the lab, I gained a better view of the bigger picture. God works in mysterious ways. The internship gave me insight into research I didn’t have previously; it was a blessing in disguise. I wasn’t sure I would go into the internship as smoothly as I did. My science courses prepared me well beyond what I had realized. I love my professors; they want you to succeed. After this experience, I know I am on the right path.”

Senior Hunter Herndon is from Bristol, Tenn. He is double-majoring in Youth Ministry and Philosophy. He plans to go into Christian ministry upon graduating. His 12-week internship was with a church in Lebanon, Tenn., The Bridge Fellowship. His duties including administrative work, event planning, teaching Bible studies, and public speaking. Herndon also helped organize and facilitate a week-long summer camp put on by the Church’s youth ministry.

“I definitely feel King prepared me well for this internship opportunity,” said Herndon. “The Youth Ministry classes I’ve taken touched on every aspect of what I encountered at The Bridge. I highly recommend anyone who might be interested in youth ministry to check out our program at King. Professor Dan Kreiss’ first and foremost helps students determine if this is something God has called you to do. I have by far surpassed my expectations on the training I have received through King and this summer’s internship at The Bridge Fellowship. The beauty of King’s Youth Ministry program is it teaches you how to minister to students no matter what vocation you are planning to go into.

To learn more about King’s internship opportunities visit http://careers.king.edu, or contact Donna Felty at 423.652.4752 or dhfelty@king.edu, Finley Green at 423.652.4865 or flgreen@king.edu, or Andrea Hurst at 865.769.3123 or andreachurst@king.edu.

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