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United Way of the Mid-SouthUnited Way of the Mid-South is proud to be a training ground for the Nonprofit leaders of tomorrow. Nonprofit organizations have a growing need for experienced and knowledgeable staff to ensure that our work continues to effectively impact the lives of those we serve. Hosting an intern brings a generation of fresh ideas and innovative thinking to our work while sharing our knowledge of field. We can learn and grow together.

—United Way of the Mid-South

Student Success Stories

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.

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Spring 2012 Green Internship Success Stories are HERE.


MCS Artsfest

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.

Katie Bailey
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

Melissa Rhea
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.”

-Sheri Cooper
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

Cummins Mid-South

Ashley Butler

"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 Management Department."

Ashley Butler
BBA Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Fall 2010, University of Memphis
MRO, Data Analyst, Global Sourcing
International Paper

Monohar Potluri

"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."

Monohar Potluri
May 2011 Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering

Shannon White

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 industry sector.

To read White's full story, click here.

Shannon White
Student, Asian Studies and International Trade, 2011 Summer Internship Program


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