It will not be a lazy summer for 13 College of Charleston students. That’s because these rising sophomores and juniors were recently awarded summer internships through the Career Center Internship Award program.

According to Jim Allison, executive director of the College’s Career Center, these students not only received a stipend to help defray the cost of their internships, but they also received an educational framework to help them make the most of their internship experience. The internship program is designed to provide students with an academic credit or non-credit summer internship and is open to all students regardless of their major.

“This cohort-style learning environment provides an educational framework which strengthens the student experience through a series of professional development trainings intended to help students plan for, engage in, and reflect upon their internship,” says Allison. “The goal of this award is to assist students to ‘dream big’ with their internship and career goals, while helping to eliminate potential financial barriers for those who otherwise may not be able to pursue an internship experience.”

A total of 39 students have participated in the program since it first launched in 2016.

RELATED: Learn more about how the Career Center Internship Award program got started.

One of the students taking part in the program this summer is Maggie Carpenter. She is an international business major in the Honors College and will spend her summer working as a recruiting and marketing intern at Prudential in Charleston.

“I picked this internship because not only will it further my skills related to the field of marketing, but it also gives me a look at what goes into recruiting talent,” she says. “Because I’m working for a company with a variety of products and services, I also get to learn about other business sectors such as finance and real estate.”

Carpenter says she will be conducting local market research, collaborating with the firm’s talent acquisition manager to recruit financial advisors for the state of South Carolina and working with other interns on a marketing project throughout the month of July.

Other students participating in this summer’s Career Center Internship Award program are:

Braelyn Diamond
Writing intern at the Charleston City Paper in Charleston, South Carolina.

Emma Grabowski
English (Creative Writing)
Editorial intern at SceneSC in Columbia, South Carolina.

Chloe Harris
Computer Science/Honors College
Information Solutions Intern at Medical University of South Carolina.

Sara Kirlin
Avian and Interpretation Intern at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska.

Steven Lange
Sophomore Training Program Summer Analyst at PGIM (Prudential) in Madison, New Jersey.

Kelly Lifchez
International Studies and Economics/Honors College
United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Katherine Lounsbury
Accounting and Finance
Sloan Global Holdings in Chicago, Illinois.

LaTara McCollum
Accounting and Legal Studies
Northwestern Mutual in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jessica Roberts
Computing in the Arts
API Study Abroad Program in Barcelona, Spain.

Jasmine Shabazz
Biology/Honors College
2019 Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) Summer Internship Program, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund in Boston, Massachusettes.

Elizabeth Sheldon
International Studies and Political Science/Honors College
Political Communications Internship at End Citizens United in Washington, D.C.

Alexis Wright
International Studies and Political Science
The Fund for American Studies Summer 2019 Academic Internship Program in Washington, D.C.

Featured image: International business major Maggie Carpenter received an internship with Prudential through the Career Center Internship Award program. (Photo by Heather Moran)