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College of Business Helps Students Land Top Internships

Published August 13, 2015

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Meagan Spencer, Business Student

Meagan Spencer, Business Student

Megan Spencer and Michael Fitzhugh knew they wanted to intern for a dynamic corporate team, so the Eastern Michigan University College of Business students set their sights on the state’s largest digital media and marketing company—Michigan.com.

Spencer and Fitzhugh, both juniors, took the first steps on their own, researching internship options and completing applications. Then they turned to COB Dean Michael Tidwell and the University Advising and Career Development Center (UACDC) for help in the process.

“Dean Tidwell played a huge role in helping me connect with leads and the UACDC helped to prepare me for interviews,” says Spencer, 20, a marketing major on track to earn a bachelor of business administration degree in 2017.

Fitzhugh shared her sentiments: “The UACDC helped proof read my resume and conduct mock interviews, and the dean gave me great advice on how I could approach the situation tactically,” says the 24-year-old, a computer information systems major who expects to earn a bachelor of business administration degree in 2017.

The duo didn’t have to wait long for replies. Both were accepted as interns at Michigan.com, a Detroit-based news, information and marketing organization, within weeks of applying. They work about 24 hours per week for 12 weeks during the summer in the downtown Detroit branch of Michigan.com, they say.

“The individuals who hired me said the determining factors in my selection were my performance during the interview, my prior experience as an assistant for the COB Dean’s office, and my education,” says Spencer, who works as a brand marketing and client strategy intern, helping to research marketing trends and ensure that presentations run smoothly.

Fitzhugh, who works as an audience development intern, says the internship is honing his ability to create digital advertisements and analyze the performance of advertising campaigns. “Michigan.com is a highly seasoned corporate team that not only gives me opportunities to apply my skills in content creation, but teaches me new applications and feeds my hunger to learn more,” he says, adding that he is getting valuable real-world experience.

The internships not only point to the effectiveness of the UACDC, they showcase the preparedness of COB students, according to Dean Tidwell. “These internships are a positive reflection on the College of Business and show how our students are taking advantage of a strong and rigorous curriculum,” Tidwell says.

The College of Business Career Services, 210 Owen, maintains listings of internships and full-time jobs. Students also can take advantage of on-site workshops for resume development, interviewing, job search skills and business etiquette.

For more career and internship information, visit our Internship Opportunities page or login to Handshake.

College of Business
473 Gary Owen Building
300 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

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