Internship Experiences

Gardner-Webb Students Explore Opportunities to Gain Practical Job Skills

Internship Experiences

During the summer months, Gardner-Webb University students explore their careers and practice what they’ve learned in class. While some find internship experiences on their own, several secure positions after connecting with employers at GWU job and internship fairs, coordinated by the GWU Center for Personal and Professional Development.

Students are currently working in a variety of fields across the United States and in Europe. Exercise science majors are training in hospital and physical therapy settings. Business majors are using their finance, accounting and marketing skills in federal government jobs, small businesses or manufacturing companies. Others are serving in mission organizations, churches or sport management.

Rebekah Huneycutt, who graduates in August with a degree in communication studies/public relations, met her employer at a GWU Internship/Career Fair. “I went for marketing class, but it ended up being the best thing that could have happened for me,” Huneycutt reflected. “My internship with Spinning Leaf started in January 2019. I went to work full time with them on May 13.”

Spinning Leaf is an event venue in Shelby, N.C., and Huneycutt’s job is to introduce potential clients to the company’s two venues and services. “It is wonderful to get to meet all of these people and get to know their stories and dreams for their events,” Huneycutt offered. “Hopefully, Spinning Leaf will be the perfect place for them.”

Another student, Tyler Oxtoby, a rising senior majoring in business administration and finance, is working this summer at Öhlins Racing Suspensions in Hendersonville, N.C. The company is the leading manufacturer of suspension parts in the world, and its customers include race teams. Oxtoby’s job involves inputting sales tax and other data. “My GWU coursework has made adjusting to this opportunity a lot easier, because I have already had experience in some of the areas,” Oxtoby affirmed. “ I would be lost without my previous classes.”

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