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Internship Success Stories

Robert A. HetheringtonPreparing for a career in the performing arts can take many paths, but the one thing all roads have in common is the difficulty of the profession and the uncertainty of regular employment in it. The internship offers an excellent opportunity for exposure to artistic vision and professional practices of colleagues in other settings. In addition, acquisition of an internship position is good preparation for the experience of finding work in the profession after graduation and is an effective means of establishing professional career connections.

—Robert A. Hetherington

Employer Success Stories

Many community partners find internships with the University of Memphis a successful component of their HR strategy.

To watch a video of recent successful internship experiences, Click here.

Here are a few thoughts from three of our current partners:

"The Council's experience with Shannon White is proof positive that internships benefit everyone.  She immediately became an integral part of the team and provides a unique perspective, amazing insight and an incredible work ethic.  Her desire to learn is invigorating and having someone new who is interested in our mission and work has challenged us to re-evaluate our processes and expand our influence."

Jennifer Rawls
Executive Director
Tennessee Economic Council on Women

"At Smith & Nephew, we have found internship programs are a great way to evaluate prospective new employees by observing how they perform on the job in our environment. Students from the University of Memphis are among our best interns, and we have hired many of them into full-time positions."

Laura Whitsitt, BSME '87, MS '88, Univ. of Memphis
Senior VP, Global Research & Innovation Orthopaedics
Smith & Nephew, Inc.

"Ashley's internship is a model example of why employers have internship programs; she contributed well to her assigned projects, provided a fresh view of how we operate, gained experience in the area of Corporate Purchasing, and demonstrated her capabilities and work ethic with excellence. All of these factors contributed to International Paper offering Ashley a full-time position with our company."

Lance Losurdo
Manager, MRO Sourcing
Global Sourcing, International Paper

"It is absolutely a win, win for students and businesses. It allows us to increase the depth and quality of programs and interns get great real-world, workplace experience to add to classroom knowledge and activities."

Rose Merry Brown, BPS '93, Univ. of Memphis
Director, Intern & Volunteer Services
Exchange Club Family Center


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