Local students view internships as stepping stones to future accomplishments

Maryville College rising junior Caroline Anglim is spending her summer interning with the director of education at Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colo.

Maryville College rising junior Caroline Anglim is spending her summer interning with the director of education at Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colo.

Numerous local students enrolled at Maryville College are spending their summer break focused on gaining valuable experience - for future jobs and/or preparation for graduate school. Many others are in internships that can help them answer questions about their choice of major or vocation.

Below are descriptions of where some MC students from Blount County are spending their summer break and how these experiences are vocationally beneficial.

Religion major and rising junior Caroline Anglim is enjoying the culture and history from the foothills of another mountain range. Specifically, she’s interning with the director of education at Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colo.

Since her internship began, she has been leading “After Camp” sessions and assisting with classes and special events. She also has been given some administrative responsibilities, including camp registration and fundraising initiatives.

“Long term, I believe I would like to be in a management position in a small non-profit, like the Foothills Art Center,” said this 2009 Maryville High School graduate. “Since I love working with kids and have experience in the art world, I thought this particular position would be a great fit. I think working in and around the different departments and being given some responsibility at the institution will help me figure out if the working environment is a future possibility.”

Anglim was one of two Maryville College students selected for the 2011 Summer Lilly Internship Program, which provides students with room and board, as well as a stipend for their summer work.

She is the daughter of Wayne and Sharon Anglim of Maryville.

Three current business and organization management majors at Maryville College didn’t have to go far to find incredible internships that should stand out on their resumes and open many doors at the start of their careers.

Brian Beckham, Shannon Giles and Josh Tanner are all interning within various departments at Marriott Business Services, which is located off of Pellissippi Parkway in Louisville.

Responsibilities range from account reconciliations to data input and analyses to quarter-end reporting. Beckham, son of Bill and Susan Beckham of Knoxville and a 2008 graduate of Knox Catholic, is interning in MBS payroll tax department and is becoming more familiar with both state and federal withholding procedures, as well as federal tax deposits.

The MC students said they have been impressed with the culture of MBS, as well as the corporation itself. And, they all said they are excited by the possibility of joining MBS permanently following graduation.

“This has been one of the best choices I have made towards preparing for a career,” Tanner said of the internship. A 2008 graduate of Heritage High School and son of Donald and Dana Tanner of Maryville, he echoed other interns’ statements that they have been welcomed into the MBS family and treated just like fellow associates.

“Everyone is so nice and helpful!” said Shannon Giles, daughter of Stan and Sandi Giles of Louisville and a 2008 graduate of Lenoir City High School. “I’ve never been turned down when I want an opportunity to talk to someone and pick his or her brain.

“I’m so grateful for the experience that this internship has given me so far.”

Jacob Gibbons is interning with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office this summer. An outdoor recreation major who will graduate in January, Gibbons is planning on a career in law enforcement inside the country’s national parks. His internship is structured so that he will work and spend time with staff in every department before the summer ends.

After graduation, Gibbons will enroll in the National Park Services’ Law Enforcement Academy. He said he fully expects that his time with the sheriff’s office will give him a leg up on studies at the academy.

Gibbons, a 2008 graduate of William Blount High School, is the son of Mark and Penny Gibbons of Maryville and Rhonda Gibbons of Maryville.

A two-year employment at Vienna Coffee got rising junior Michae Musick interested in the coffee trade and eventually made her a big supporter of fair trade.

This summer, Musick, the daughter of Steve and Lynne Musick of Maryville, has an internship with Bridge of Hope Fair Trade Project based in Lima, Peru. The organization works with artisans and growers in poor neighborhoods and rural areas, teaching them skills and helping them distribute their goods for a fair wage.

“Fair trade can transform an impoverished population into self-sustaining communities with access to education and the ability to be competitive and independent in their production of agricultural goods, textiles and crafts,” said Musick, who graduated from Maryville High School in 2009 and is now majoring in philosophy at the College. “After graduation I hope to work for a cause like this, and hopefully this internship will shed some light on exactly what I want to do.”

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