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Three Management Students Succeed in Summer Internships

For release:  August 27, 2013

Three Fogelman College seniors in the Department of Management had memorable summer vacations by enrolling in full-time academic internships with local employers.

“We are pleased that these students invested in their careers by using their summer vacations to learn how to apply management operations in real-world settings,” said Dr. Charles Pierce, management department chair in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics.

David Cash who will graduate in May 2014 was one of fourteen interns hired worldwide by Lowe’s summer internship program.  After spending two weeks training at the Lowe’s North Carolina training facility, Cash was responsible for developing a store training plan, working with human resources in functions such as interviewing and hiring store personnel and managing general store operations.  

Cash’s store manager at Lowe’s, Drew Gentry, said, “David is one of the best interns we have ever had and we hope that he will remain with us after his graduation in May.  It is our goal that we have more students like David from the Fogelman College of Business and Economics in the future; it’s been a great experience for us.”  

Cash contributed his successful internship experience to the preparation he received from the Fogelman College of Business and Economics. He completed a business communication course in the fall of 2012 where he was able to enhance his professional development, communication and career preparation skills.  In addition, he completed a business etiquette program, offered through Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center, in order to prepare for this interview. Cash remarked, “I am appreciative of the skills I was gained in résumé development and professionalism through my business communication class and I feel even more confident about my future career path.”

Cash will continue his work with Lowe’s through the school year part-time until his graduation in May.  

Steven Mauer, summer intern with the Target Corporation, recently received a full-time job offer with the major retailer upon his December graduation.  Mauer was praised by executive team leader, Jeremy Arledge, “Steven has been a delight for us to have on our staff and has been an excellent addition to our team.”

Maurer learned about this opportunity with Target by taking advantage of a professional development opportunity, the Spring Career and Internship Expo, as a part of his managing employee wellness class.  At the Expo, he met Target recruiting professionals and began to pursue the summer internship program.  Through his summer experience he has gained significant human resource skills in the areas of interviewing, hiring and managing a retail team in food services.  Mauer said that he was well prepared for this position because of his experience with FCBE’s human resource management, organizational behavior and managing employee wellness courses.  Mauer will join Target full-time in January in Nashville.

Austin Ehrat, summer intern with CB Richard Ellis-Memphis, spent his summer learning how to manage client relations and commercial real estate projects.  Ehrat stated that “this experience has been more than I could have imagined and I am excited for my career path that is becoming established.”  

“We’re very pleased with Austin’s performance this summer and hope he will pursue his commercial real estate licensing in the near future.  Our relationship with the Fogelman College of Business and Economics has brought a number of strong students to us who have chosen to start their careers with CBRE—it’s been a great match,” said Mary Sharp, COO of CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

“Professional development is a key competitive edge for students in today’s job market.  Our new Complete Professional Program allows students to develop critical skills that help them gain an edge in the job and internship search process.  David, Steven, and Austin were wise to spend their summer in productive internships where they could apply their coursework and gain additional professional development skills for their future careers,” said management instructor and director of the Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center, Kathy Tuberville. “We are very pleased that they seized the opportunity to not only earn academic credit through their summer internships but to get their careers started before they graduate.”

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