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Internships Help Many GSC Students Succeed

For Immediate Release: December 11, 2012

Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV – Glenville State College faculty and students know the importance of internships and how they can lead to careers after college. Many students in different departments across campus have completed internships, and many are still in the midst of their real-world work experience for course credit.

“Internships provide a hands-on opportunity that reinforces the learning that takes place in the classroom and offers students the chance to solve real-world problems,” said GSC Provost Dr. John Peek.

GSC junior Psychology/Sociology major Zita Helmick is currently interning at One Unique Recovery (O.U.R.) House in Buckhannon, West Virginia (Upshur County). This facility transitions women dealing with chemical dependency/addiction issues, as well as co-occurring disorders, back into the real world as functioning, sober members of society.

“Throughout my internship, I have been humbled, to say the least. Although I have learned and applied so much from the classes I have taken at GSC to the real world situations that I have been placed in throughout my internship, nothing can fully prepare you when working in the field of addictions. Experience is a teacher in and of itself,” said Helmick, a native of Exchange, West Virginia (Braxton County).

“Throughout Zita’s internship at O.U.R. House, she has learned a lot of real world experience when it comes to working with addictions that I feel will be very beneficial to her in her future. She is good at doing group activities in a creative and interesting way to deal with addiction. She gave the women at O.U.R. House new ways to think about their addiction and enhance their sobriety,” said O.U.R. House Director Linda Mealey.

“Zita took initiative to start her internship early because she wants to obtain licensure for Alcohol and Drug Counseling. She is allowed a great deal of independence which adds to a great internship experience that will help her in whatever social service position she chooses upon graduation,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Social Work Dr. Ida Mills.

“Internships are exceedingly desirable; they allow students to practice what they have learned in the classroom in real life situations. This is an excellent way to network and get a ‘foot in the door’ at a business or organization that could lead to a career,” said GSC Department of Social Science Chair Dr. Ed Wood.

GSC senior Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Forest technology major Chad Stout has interned for Landmark Forestry LLC in Horner, West Virginia (Lewis County) for the past three summers and during school breaks. Landmark is a forest-consulting firm that provides contractual forest management, acquisition inventories, GIS and GPS integrated applications, commercial and rural land appraisals, aerial photography, and many other activities.

“Being part of the forest technology program at GSC and having to do a related internship has been a great experience. Doing the work in class gives you a basic idea but where you really learn the information is in the labs and in the field. Being able to go out and put what I have learned to the test was a great feeling,” said Stout, a native of Weston, West Virginia (Lewis County).

“It’s nice to have a summer intern that has a good background in forestry like Chad does. We treat our internships as a ‘test run’ with full intent to hire upon graduation. We have several GSC graduates at Landmark, including myself, and we have all recognized Chad’s excellent work ethic. He’s a pleasure to work with,” said Landmark Forestry Director of Forestry Operations Chad Westfall (GSC ’98).

“Chad best exemplifies the intended outcome of the Forest Technology internship program. Chad is a self-starter that found an internship in his home county and fulfilled the job and internship requirements during the first summer.  Chad liked the forestry consulting career path and continued to work for the company for two additional summers.  Now he has a full-time job offer with the company when he graduates in December,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Forestry Dr. Brian Perkins.

“In addition to experiential learning and professional contacts, internships and work experience enable students to tryout different jobs in their discipline.  Further, students learn teamwork and strengthen their work ethic.  Chad is prime example of how work experience can help build a student’s career,” said GSC Department of Land Resources Chair Dr. Milan Vavrek.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better company to work for and learn from.  They are into all aspects of the profession, and I have learned more than I could imagine about forest technology. I really enjoy the job and the people I work with, and I have decided to take them up on their offer and work there full-time after graduation this December,” added Stout.

GSC senior Marketing major Matthew Thompson interned for the National Rifle Association this past summer in Fairfax, Virginia. He worked for the Friends of NRA and Youth Education Summit programs.

“This internship was an amazing experience. I was able to use skills learned in the classroom and apply them to real projects while gaining many more skills from supervisors and coworkers. I’m honored to have been able to represent GSC on a national level at such a prominent organization,” said Thompson, a native of St. Albans, West Virginia (Kanawha County).

“Matthew has represented Glenville State College’s student academic preparedness as a remarkable asset for this national organization. The NRA’s evaluation of Matthew’s internship was excellent. Specifically, his communication skills, organization, hard-working attitude, and application of marketing knowledge impressed his supervisor. This positive impression by Matthew with this national nonprofit organization will lead to future placements. Thank you to Matthew and the NRA,” said GSC Associate Professor of Vocational Business Cinda Echard.

Thompson is currently interning for the City of Glenville in the Office of the Mayor where he assists the Mayor during public appearances and presentations. He also organizes programs and initiatives developed by the Mayor, attends meetings of local organizations, and gives an Intern Report at City Council meetings.

“Matthew has been a wonderful intern. He’s very passionate and loves to get involved in community activities. The City Council and City workers have all noticed his enthusiasm and appreciate the work he’s done during his internship,” said Glenville Mayor Tashua Allman-Duval, who is a Glenville State College alum (GSC ’09).

GSC Department of Business Chair Dr. D. Charles ‘Chuck’ Batson says that internships have been the best source for recent graduates to attain a job in their field. “Whether locally or nationally, GSC students are applying themselves to further their expertise and knowledge which will in turn further their career opportunities,” said Batson.

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