Students report that one of the top reasons they choose UAB to study business is access to the surrounding business community and the internship program. The School of Business enjoys partnerships with businesses throughout the area, creating a hot plate for students to feed from, nourishing them with experience that helps to carve their future career path. Tremendous opportunities exist for students to practice their newly acquired skills through quality internships right here in the Birmingham area. Students with local internships can continue taking courses if they desire, and don’t have to incur the additional expenses involved with relocating for an internship.
Students realize the importance of building their resumes while in college and understand that employers are looking at more than GPAs. Often, students receive full-time job offers before graduation from companies where they intern.The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports in The 2012 Internship & Co-op Survey that the overall conversion rate for turning interns into full-time hires has hit an all-time high-58.6 percent.
Meet a few of our students who chose a local internship over a summer break and find out what they hope to achieve through their experience:
Andrew Vines, Sr. Accounting Major
Hometown: Hoover, AL
Internship: HealthSouth, Intern in Financial Reporting
How did you find out about the internship? UAB Career Services
What do you hope to gain from the experience? Real world accounting practice and to build a professional network
What is your dream job? Athletic director at UAB
Garrett Gamble, Sr. Finance Major and Economics Minor
Hometown: Guntersville, Alabama
Internship: Walter Energy, Treasury Intern
How did you find out about the internship? I found the internship through one of my finance professors, Dr. Walker.
What do you hope to gain from the experience? I hope to gain several things from this internship. First and foremost I'd like to gain enough knowledge and experience about this niche of finance to decide if it is right for me. Next, life is a lot about who you know, so I'd like to walk away with solid additions to my professional network. Lastly, I'd like to experience the day to day operations and applications of big business.
What is your dream job? To have executive entrepreneurial involvement in a large, successful conglomerate.
Julia Dishon, Sr. Industrial Distribution Major
Hometown: Jefferson City, MO
Internship: Rexel, Outside Sales Trainee
How did you find out about the internship? Through the Industrial Distribution department.
Why did you choose an internship over a summer break? I chose a summer internship for the extra experience to go along with my future degree and extra money for tuition.
What do you hope to gain from the experience? I hope to gain knowledge from the experience and just a better overall knowledge for the industry as well as a better idea for what type of job in the industry I want after graduation.
What is your dream job? District manager
Isack Mayala, Sr. Management Information Systems Major
Hometown: Tanzania, East Africa
Internship: everis, Software Programmer
How did you find out about the internship? I heard about this position from UAB Student Career Services through DragonTrail.
What do you hope to gain from the experience? I have already gained a lot of experience in designing, programming and testing banking software. I have been working with one of our client in the banking industry (BBVA Compass). I also, have gained a lot of experience in reporting and project time management. Working for everis is what I have hoped for in my professional career.
What is your dream job? I have always dreamed of working for an international company that would allow me to explore my options worldwide. Working for everis is a dream job because I do what I love to do and the company gives me as an employee a highly entrepreneurial environment (based on the shared ownership schema and autonomy to decide and execute), a professional career (based on different professional paths with yearly objective appraisals and promotions supervised by individual mentoring) in a team working, non-hierarchical and open organization (partnership model).
Megan Stone, Sr. Business Management Major with a Concentrati on in Human Resources
Hometown: Bristol, TN
Internship: Firestone Complete Auto Care (Bridgestone), Management Intern Retail Operations
How did you find out about the internship? On campus interview and the fall 2011 career fair.
Why did you choose an internship over summer break? The experience. Internships are a great way to sample different businesses. I plan on doing a few different internships before I graduate to really be able to see what career I would like to pursue.
What is your dream job? My dream job would be to work for myself. I would love to open my own small business, but in this economy my first dream might have to wait. My runner up would be the Director of Human Resources of a major company.
Brent Taylor and Greer Fallon,Jr. Marketing Majors
Brent Taylor (pictured left)
Hometown: Cullman, AL
Internship: Aerotek, intern
How did you find out about the internship? UAB School of Business Career Services
What do you hope to gain from the experience? A deeper understanding of what I would enjoy as a career, experience in the work place to include on my resume, and networking
What is your dream job? I'm not really sure.
Greer Fallon (pictured above, right)
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Internship: Aerotek, Intern
How did you find out about the internship? Through UAB School of Business Career Services. Aerotek came to the school to talk with students. I attended the event and later applied for the position in DragonTrail.
What do you hope to gain from the experience? I hope to gain knowledge about the company but also skills I can use throughout my career.
What is your dream job? Wedding Planner