Internships: So Many Opportunities!
One of the things that pleasantly surprised me about Marshall was the seemingly constant presence of recruiters on campus and the frequency of networking events with various firms. This speaks to the volume of opportunities available for students looking to get an internship as early as their freshman year of college.
Programs like the Career Advantage Program (CAP) provide Marshall students with a way to network with professionals from various industries and receive the advice of an experienced mentor. My mentor has been able to give me some great career advice this semester. CAP is a great way to expand your network and the professional connections you make may even lead to an internship!
As an out of state student, I have been returning home over the summers but plan to take advantage of even more of these internship opportunities my junior and senior year. For the past two summers that I’ve been home to Montana, I’ve had an internship with a PR Firm called Strategies 360. My senior year of high school and the following summer I had the opportunity to work with them on a political campaign for woman running for Attorney General. I recorded campaign contributions, entered information into our databases, addressed letters, and made campaign calls. She won the primary and although she didn’t win the general election, the experience I gained was invaluable. Upon returning home this past summer, I did research and data entry tasks for various marketing campaigns at the same firm and gained even more great experience.
In the next couple of years, I hope to get an internship with one of the Big Four accounting firms or possibly a mid-tier firm. I’ve been attending recruiting events such as Meet the Firms, where all the major accounting firms gather to meet SC students specifically. These firms know that USC students are hard-working, intelligent people and are happy to recruit from such a great school. It makes me proud to be a Trojan!