Memphis is the birthplace of many things. It’s where the world’s first hotel chain
(Holiday Inn), the first full-service grocery store (Piggly Wiggly), the first outlet
mall and the world’s first and largest overnight package delivery company (FedEx)
were all born. Music fans recognize Memphis as the “Home of the Blues” and the “Birthplace
of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the place where such legends as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis
and B. B. King honed their talent. Food aficionados know Memphis for its pork barbecue
and soul food. It is also home to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Mid-South’s
largest medical center and the world’s largest air cargo airport. The city’s vibrant
history of culture, music and business innovation has helped shape the world, and
it continues to inspire millions of people.
The greater Memphis area has a population of 1.1 million, which makes the city the
24th largest in the country. It offers many cultural and entertainment opportunities,
including major museum exhibits, sporting events, concerts, art shows, lectures and
community festivals that take place throughout the year. The AAA baseball team, the
Redbirds, and the NBA team, the Grizzlies, both call Memphis home.
University of Memphis alumni include entertainers such as Dixie Carter, Stella Stevens
and William Sanderson; best-selling authors Eric Jerome Dickey and Johanna Edwards;
former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson, as well as numerous
CEOs and presidents of major corporations.
Due to its diverse business, industry and educational landscape, Memphis offers exceptional
student internships and employment opportunities in a variety of fields both during
and after a student’s college career.
A lot of great things have come out of Memphis … you could be next.