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Lunch highlights internship

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by LaShanda D. Maze
Staff Writer

A panel of six guests spoke Wednesday at the second annual Internship Luncheon in the President’s Dining Room. The discussion was focused on the value of the internship experience and how to receive an internship.

Three panel guests were University of La Verne students who had undergone internship experiences themselves, including senior business majors, Julie Henricks and Adam Waggoner, Rebecca Cook, a senior behavioral science major.

The other panelists were Dr. Sharon Davis, professor of sociology, Angela Stevens, manager of Inroads Los Angeles, a summer internship program, and Kristen Romero, Pomona College internship coordinator.

The panelists each discussed briefly their views on internships while often sharing personal experiences, then answered questions from the audience.

Representatives from companies met with the students present to discuss possible internship opportunities.

Representatives included Laurleen Lake from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Dane Englund from Home Depot and Jill Hudson from the Fox Broadcasting Company publicity department.

The companies are currently looking for interns to hire. An internship is required by many of the academic departments, and is highly recommended for gaining experience in a student’s chosen field.

Of the 30 students who signed up for the luncheon, only 10 showed up.

“Although the numbers were disappointing, I feel that the students who were there got valuable information,” said Terrie Lopez, director of the Career Development Center (CDC). “It’s difficult to ask employers to participate in our programs when we can’t get the students to participate.”

Lopez hopes that, eventually, students will begin taking advantage of what the CDC offers.

For more information about the companies present, contact the CDC at ext. 4054.

Staff Writer Brandi E. Baumeister contributed to this story.

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