Many U of M students have experienced tremendous results from their academic internships.
Listed below are a few examples of students who have benefited from their “hands-on”
experience with local employers.
To watch a video of one of our successful internship experiences, Click here.
Spring 2012 Green Internship Success Stories are HERE.
Dr. Dru Davison, Memphis City Schools, and Robin Steele, U of M Graduate Marketing
Student, celebrate a tremendous success with the 2012 Memphis ArtsFest Program. Robin,
an intern with the Memphis ArtsFest program has been instrumental in the marketing
and promotion of this event. Focusing on the development and enhancement of the arts
in Memphis, Memphis ArtsFest provides a wonderful opportunity for students to perform
or showcase their art. Schools from across the city participated in either music,
vocal, dance, or art exhibitions at this this year's 2-day event. "It has been great
because I have gained hands-on experience in various areas of marketing. You never
truly understand what it takes to put on an event as big as ArtsFest until you actually
work behind the scenes, but the rewarding feeling you get once its a success is incomparable.
The internship program connected me with some of the most important administrators
in the city and I was glad that we were able to show the Memphis City School District
in a positive light." Robin Steele, MBA
As an administrative intern at Exchange Club Family Center, I worked with the Development
Director, Marketing Director, and Intern Director in various capacities. In Development,
I assisted with the planning of the Germantown Charity Horse Show, and helped wrap
up afterwards as well. I researched various grant opportunities for the agency. With
Marketing, I dealt with various marketing opportunities, including helping with the
Annual Report and annual campaigns. I aided the Intern Director in preparation for
the Intern Training and also in organizing her intern contact information. I was able
to participate in weekly staff meetings, as well as monthly board meetings to learn
more about the workings of nonprofit agencies.
Masters in Public Administration
After a competitive application process, Melissa Rhea has found herself in a position
to further her career with placement as an intern within the Internal Revenue Service.
Melissa, a senior Accounting Major, will work primarily in the Human Resources Technology
department where she will offer technical support to existing IRS employees. This
position both allows and encourages her to explore the various other departments within
the IRS. She will also participate in leadership and multinational business finance
courses as part of her program with The Washington Center
Senior Accounting Major
||"At Cummins Mid-South, we understand the importance of the internship program and
are extremely honored to participate. Darrin has brought in a new energy and life
to our department with different and fresh perspectives. Not only has he opened himself
up to a new experience he has also helped us achieve our goals.”
Cummins Mid-South, Government Account Manager
||“Participating in an internship at Cummins Mid-South has opened so many doors for
me. I am utilizing and expanding upon the knowledge that I have gained from classroom
curriculum while simultaneously gaining valuable, real-world business skills that
I might have otherwise missed out on. I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity
to work on one of Cummins’ most important and lucrative accounts as well as being
extended responsibilities that are rarely granted to entry-level employees. My supervisors
genuinely respect and value my input, and it is very rewarding to watch my ideas being
put into action. I am accumulating priceless skills that I will carry with me forever.”
Darrin Mellinger BBA
Senior Marketing Major
MILE Program Graduate
"As an intern at International Paper I was fortunate to be given many leadership opportunities.
These roles consisted of controlling my own projects, searching for answers to projects,
and determining solutions. Overall, I learned that by being open to experiences and
staying positive, I could make the most out of my internship. I owe all of my internship
success to my advisors Dr. Jones and Dr. Nichols in the Marketing and Supply Chain
BBA Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Fall 2010, University of Memphis
MRO, Data Analyst, Global Sourcing
"The Smith & Nephew experience has taught me the practical work skills that you cannot
find in a classroom. With this solid industry experience combined with my graduate
degree, I feel confident that I will have the skills to succeed in my future endeavors."
May 2011 Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering
Shannon White was selected for an internship with the Tennessee Economic Council on
Women (TECW). White’s internship will run from summer through fall 2011. White will report to TECW’s
executive director, Jennifer Rawls. During her internship she will work on projects
to help women entrepreneurs increase their potential to become larger employers through
green initiatives and technology. She will also work to help expand American women’s
exposure to the international market for green initiatives, with a focus on China’s
To read White's full story, click here.
Student, Asian Studies and International Trade, 2011 Summer Internship Program
For more Student Success stories, click here.