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Entrepreneurial Internships: Variety, Innovation and Connections

From LA to India, TCU entrepreneurial management majors gained in-depth understanding of business, life, government, music, culture, technology, finance and fitness. 

August 13,  2015

By Elaine Cole

Running into boy bands in the lobby became business as usual for Sheridan Hauk during her internship with Kemosabe Records in Los Angeles. She also listened to unreleased music on a regular basis.

Faith McPherson ran into VIPs of a different sort at her internship in Washington D.C. for Senator James Inhofe. She also listened to constituents’ grievances. “I was surprised at the array of issues facing my home state of Oklahoma and my senator’s role in resolving these issues,” she said.

In their summer internships, entrepreneurial management majors learned about themselves, their goals and just how vital their skills are to the business world.

Lauren Buchholz used her computer programming skills to develop iOS and Android mobile apps for her internship with IBM in Austin.

Connor Vaccaro was surprised to find that his internship was not errand running but rather social media consulting, sponsorship management and negotiation, and building reports to present to marketing departments at big companies.

Mason Nystrom got hands-on experience learning how to start a company during his internship with VitaFive in Fort Worth, as did Blair Middlebrook during her internship with TapGoods in Dallas. “Building awareness for a new company is hard!” she said. “We worked with a tight budget to come up with creative ways to get the word out.”

David DeCorrevont realized during his internship with Robert W. Baird that he wanted to become a financial advisor to help people navigate complex financial landscapes.

Taylor Deves liked that the CEO of Technology Partners in St. Louis kept the door open to him. “Everyone helped me learn so much,” he said.

Across the ocean in India, Adam Beasley gained in-depth understanding of the fish exporting industry during his internship with Latitude, as well as a deeper understanding of a different culture. The biggest surprise of his internship was the casual attire of CEOs in India. “I met with CEOs of companies that were grossing millions of dollars each year, yet we were often overdressed in our business casual,” he said. “They were also very accessible. We were able to set up meetings the same day we called.”

In the Dominican Republic, Robert Burns challenged himself to live outside his comfort zone, with no A/C and sporadic water and electricity. “I learned a lot about myself and a lot about life,” he said of his internship with Esperanza International, which he called “an incredible company that God is using to empower the people of the DR.”

Interested in hiring TCU entrepreneurial management majors for internships or fulltime positions? Contact the Alcon Career Center in the TCU Neeley School of Business at 817-257-5572. For more info, visit www.neeley.tcu.edu/acc.