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June 10, 2014 : OUL Students Intern at Fairfield County Economic Development
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster  - Students earning management degrees at Ohio University Lancaster are getting some real-world experience at the Fairfield County Economic Development Office. The students are doing internships which are required for completion of their degrees.  Two students were interviewed in this month’s Fairfield Advantage newsletter, which is produced at the economic development office.
“I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to complete my senior internship with Bob Clark and Linda Kauffman of Fairfield County Economic Development,” said OUL Applied Management Major Britney Brumfield.  “Not only was I able to utilize all of my studies from the university, I was able to elaborate on them from what I learned in the department. This internship opened many networking doors and helped me learn the world of business hands on.”
Brumfield hopes that other agencies in Fairfield County will develop internship programs for students at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington.
“I strongly urge any business that is a part of the Lancaster community and surrounding areas to look into how an Ohio University intern can benefit their company,” said Brumfield. “With the vast amount of degrees and course offerings from the university, you will have no problem finding a student that will match your company culture.”
Brumfield recently completed her internship.  But, Fairfield County Economic Development is accepting another Ohio University Lancaster student as an intern.
“Internships are not always a requirement at colleges, but I think it’s an advantage for Ohio University’s students that we do complete internships before graduation,” said OUL Applied Management Major Kristen Adkins. “For some college graduates, their first experience in their field is the first day in their new job, which isn’t a great time to find out that their degree isn’t what they thought it would be. Internships give students the chance to try out a job temporarily to get an idea of what fields they’re interested in.”
Transition Advisor Kim Jeffers helps students with career services and links OUL students with potential internship opportunities.  To make an appointment with Jeffers, call (740) 654-6711, ext. 215.