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
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.”