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Wingate Communications Student Interns at Blumenthal

By Sydney Taylor, Staff Writer

A Wingate student had the opportunity to intern at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center this summer in Charlotte.

Senior Communications major Ryan McKeel severed as Blumenthal’s Marketing Intern for two months.

McKeel applied to the position through the company’s websites.

“More than a hundred people applied for the job,” said McKeel, who felt that Wingate appropriately prepared him for the internship.

McKeel’s responsibilities included overseeing Blumenthal’s News Center and social media for affiliate groups, handling in-house marketing requests, assisting in tracking marketing budgets and supporting event staff at major events. He also wrote over 20 blog posts.

McKeel was also able to help promote the musicals “Bright Star” and “The Color Purple” which he described as the most exciting part of his internship.

The internship though could be challenging at times.

“I had very little direction. In the future, I will look deeper into myself and an organization before applying for something.”

McKeel advises other students who are looking for internships to ask themselves three important questions: Will I be challenged in this role? Will this benefit my career?  Will I enjoy the office culture?

To find out more information about internships contact the Center of Vocation, Internships, and Career Services.

Edited By: Rachael Robinson

Opinion: Internships should be a Graduation Requirement

Sydney Taylor, Staff Writer

It’s common knowledge that when applying for a job, employers like to see that an applicant has had some prior experience working in that field. That’s what makes internships so great. Students get the experience employers like and they also learn things that they wouldn’t in a regular classroom setting.

Given how much of an impact an internship can have on obtaining a job, they are something that every student should actively purse. In order to ensure that this is happening, schools should make internships a graduation requirement.

By making internships a graduation requirement, students will be motivated to search for opportunities sooner rather than later. The earlier a student can obtain an internship, the earlier they can start learning outside of the classroom.

This also means that students can quickly figure out if they are headed down the right track regarding their major. An internship will help them determine what they do and don’t like, what their strengths and weaknesses are and what’s the best fit for them.

Making internships a graduation requirement also ensures that after graduation students will find quality jobs quickly.

According to poll conducted by Gallup, “Recent graduates (those who graduated from 2002-2016) who had a relevant job or internship while in school were more than twice as likely to acquire a good job immediately after graduation.”

The poll also notes that not only are those jobs good and acquired within a timely manner, but they are also related to the student’s area of study.

One of the biggest concerns about internships is that in order to obtain credit from their school, students have to pay tuition. Many opponents of internships as a graduation requirement feel that this is a concern that isn’t properly addressed, especially given that certain internships are unpaid.

According to Looksharp’s 2016 State of Millennial Hiring Report, “55 percent of internships were paid, up from 52.5 percent in 2015.”

Given that paid internships are on the rise, students no longer have to worry as much about paying the tuition for their internships and being able to receive credit.

Internships are key to a student’s success in obtaining a job after graduation. If schools are not willing to immediately implement an internship requirement, it’s important that they still emphasize the important of internships to their students and keep them well informed about internship opportunities.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Water-Repelling Coating Made by Wingate Student

Fun with Science

Oystein Fjeldberg, Staff Writer

As part of his internship with United Protective Technologies, senior Sam Efird of Wingate University has developed a superhydrophobic coating that can be easily applied onto a surface in order to make it perfectly water-repelling.

For a little over a year, chemistry business major Sam Efird has worked as an intern at United Protective Technologies (UPT). UPT is a research and development company that specializes in thin layer coatings, and has helped the United States military solve several costly issues.

Before he started his internship, the company had already developed a superhydrophobic (water-repelling) coating called FAFS. The coating is based on the lotus leaf, a plant that has inspired scientists for decades to mimic its curiously water-repelling properties.

It is also self-repairing; if any damage is afflicted to the coating, it will repair itself through a chemical process known as osmosis (local fluctuations in the chemical concentration of the coating are smoothed out as chemicals move to eliminate the deviations).

As part of his internship, Sam was challenged to modify the coating in order to see if it could be improved in any way. He worked on this on his own and was free to do whatever he believed was best in order for the research to succeed. The experience was undoubtedly very different to what he had been exposed to as a student.

“You do a lot of research with a lot of trial and error, until you find out what works,” Sam said of the process. “It’s very different from the labs we do as part of a class, where you’re told ‘Here’s an experiment, here’s what to do’, and then you do it, whereas in an internship you’re told ‘here is what we got, figure out how to get it to work’. The boss doesn’t tell you what to do, he just tells you what to accomplish.”

Through independent research Sam successfully developed another superhydrophobic coating, given the acronym CAFS. This coating differs from the FAFS coating mainly in that it is safe for food contact, which opens up new possibilities for the applications of the water-repelling coating.

The product will be sold as a liquid mixture; the superhydrophobic chemicals that will make up the coating float around in liquids that evaporate in room temperature. This mixture can then be sprayed onto the surface that is to be coated, and once the liquids evaporate, the surface is left with only the hydrophobic chemicals, which form the coating.

The coating has wide-ranging applications, and companies in various sectors have contacted UPT about the product.

“One of them wished to put it on the surface of their boats so that they resist biofouling,” Sam said. Since the water-repelling coating would minimize the amount of direct contact between ocean water and the surface of the boats, it would also reduce drag and thus preserve fuel.

A multinational household product corporation has shown interest in using the coating for the containers of their detergents and fabric softeners. By applying the coating on the inside of the containers nothing would stick to the surface, and retrieving all of the cleaning product from the container would be as simple as letting it pour out from the opening. Consumers would then easily be able to use all of the cleaning product that they paid for.

Sam believes that, if everything goes right, the coating could get into the market in about half a year to one year from now.

Going forward, Sam and the company will attempt to refine their formula so that the coating becomes more transparent. This would give the product even more possibilities.

“It could give us windows that never get wet, fog, or ice over, and there would be no need for windshield wipers in cars,” Sam said.

As an undergraduate student approaching the conclusion of his studies, the internship has provided Sam with valuable experience.

“The best thing about the internship,” he said, “is the actual stuff that I created.”

Sam will complete his undergraduate degree this spring, and he is hopeful that his internship will be expanded into a full-time position following graduation.

New campus organization helps find internships for students

Internship Opportunities at Wingate

Cierra Smith, Staff Writer

As college students may know, the idea of getting out into the workforce once graduating can be stressful in itself. So, when looking for internships, the stress can be just as daunting.

Most college students feel as if they have to get an internship that directly pertains to their major, but in reality, it is better for them to look into internships from a variety of focuses in order to truly understand what it is that they want to do once graduating.

The task of looking for internships can be easy for some, but also difficult for others, so it helps to have resources around that can aid you in doing so. Here at Wingate, there is a special on-campus organization geared directly towards aiding students in finding internships that fit their career goals and also help them with all other elements surrounding postgraduate careers; the Center for Vocations, Internships, and Career Services (CVICS).

CVICS, which was formerly known as just the Office of Internships and Career Services, is an on-campus organization that is here to help students in any way they can deal with the stresses surrounding their future careers.

With CVICS, you are assigned a career adviser based on your major, who help you in the planning process for your careers.

Some of the things that the career advisers help with are devising job search strategies, exploring careers, finding internship opportunities, preparation for graduate school and interviews, as well as writing resumés and cover letters. When it comes to internship opportunities here at Wingate, there are an abundance of them and for a great variety of majors.

When taking internships, regardless of if whether its on-campus or off-campus, you can receive academic credit for your experience. Once you get an internship, you are assigned a faculty internship supervisor who offers you support and guidance throughout the duration of your internship.

All of the internships offered at Wingate can differ depending on who supervises you, but all-in-all, you still gain great experience that can easily catapult you into a great career once graduating.

In the past, Wingate students have worked as interns at a wide variety of accredited companies and organizations. On CVICS website www.wingate.edu/internships-career-services, you can find an extensive list of companies and organizations that Wingate students have interned at in the past and from that particular list, you can see what majors directly coincide with those internships.

In addition to that, they also have a list of of internships that are available now for students to apply for if they are looking into getting an internship this academic year.

If Wingate students are in the need of an internship or career service advising they can set up an appointment with CVICS by filling out a short form on their website that was previously mentioned or email Sharon Robinson with all of their questions.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Students prep for the future with Internships and Career Services

Tips for Internships and Career Services 

Cierra Smith, Staff Writer

As many college students may know, the stresses of getting out into the workforce after spending four years earning a degree can be monumental. During those four years, the students spend the majority of their time researching what they want to do and who they want to be once graduating, and that can also be an added stress. Depending on the school, there are an abundance of different resources on-campus that can help aid in the process of finding employment, as well as prepare students with the necessary experience that they may need when entering the workforce.

Here at Wingate, we have just that! The Office of Internships and Career Services, is an on-campus organization that aims to help students find internships and jobs prior to graduation, as well as serve as a resource for students when it comes to the different aspects of their majors.

In an interview with the Assistant Director of the office, Candice Sturdivant, she was able to lay out a few key things about her job, as well as valuable information about the Office of Internships and Career Services. When talking about internships, it’s important to know what they actually are.

Candice described internships as opportunities for students to learn more about a career that interests them, as well as a way to gain real-world job experience through hands-on learning. With internships, not only are they essential when it comes to gaining experience in your career-field of choice, but they are also great resume builders.

Candice stressed that it is not imperative to have an internship, but did mention that having one could give you the upper hand when it comes to interviewing for jobs once graduating from college.

In the Office of Internships and Career Services, there are six career advisors, including Candice, who serve as allies to help students within particular majors get their careers started. They work with students to build resumes, find what career they want to go into, as well as aid them in other areas of academics.

The office also has an online database, CareerGate, which populates the legitimate jobs and internships in the areas surrounding Wingate and the database is meant to be used as a tool for students looking for employment opportunities.

During the interview, Candice mentioned that the office looks at other job databases and personally picks out jobs that they know will be of interest to students and jobs that relate to the majors here at Wingate. As the interview wrapped up, Candice shared that the most rewarding part of working in the Office of Internships and Career Services is being able to help students navigate their way through their college journey and seeing all of the success stories of the students who visited the office while in college.

Candice also said that the most challenging part was advertising the office and getting more students into their doors. One last thing that Candice stressed during the interview was to not be afraid to stop by the office, which is located on the first floor of Alumni Hall. All of the career advisers are there to help students in any way that they can when it comes to their career of choice and enjoy being an ally for students here at Wingate.

Edited by: Sara Gunter