The 2018-19 Annual Report, published by the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, tells stories of outstanding achievements made by our faculty, students, staff, donors, and alumni over the course of the academic year.
THE INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE ELI LILLY Eli Lilly once again selected two interns from the Southern Miss Healthcare Marketing program for the 20<strong>19</strong> Summer Sales Internship. Seth Nash and Jenny Hamilton were two of 60 interns this summer. This is the third year in a row to have two interns selected for the internship. Currently, five Southern Miss graduates work for Lilly. “I FEEL THAT THIS IS OUR BEST ACCOMPLISHMENT YET WITH THIS INTERNSHIP. BECAUSE THERE WERE MORE ‘TARGET’ SCHOOLS THIS YEAR, THERE WAS A VERY HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF ONLY GETTING ONE INTERN SELECTED FOR SOUTHERN MISS. WE ARE BEYOND THRILLED TO HAVE TWO REPRESENTING US.” Quote from Dr. Kelli King, professor of healthcare marketing KPMG Paige Dillistone (accounting) was accepted into the Global Internship Program through KPMG, one of the Big Four Accounting Firms, in Jackson, Miss. Over 200 applicants were reviewed for the internship, and Paige was one of 20 to receive the honor. During her internship, Paige completed a four-week rotation in Sydney, Australia. “DURING MY INTERNSHIP, I WAS ABLE TO EXPERIENCE AUDITING FOR BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANIES IN THREE DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES. IN ADDITION TO WORK, I TRAVELED WITH OTHER INTERNS TO THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, THE TARONGA ZOO AND BONDI BEACH. WE HELD KOALA BEARS, GOT TANS IN FEBRUARY, AND ENJOYED THE CITY AS MUCH AS WE COULD, ALL WHILE WORKING FOR ONE OF THE BIGGEST PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRMS IN THE WORLD. PARTICIPATING IN AN INTERNSHIP HAS BEEN ONE OF THE BEST CHOICES I HAVE MADE AS A STUDENT, AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANYONE LOOKING INTO AN INTERNSHIP TO MAKE THE LEAP AND GET THE EXPERIENCE NOW!” Quote from Paige Dillistone In addition, Jonathan Brent (accounting) accepted a 10-week internship with KPMG in Dallas, Texas. “MY INTERNSHIP WAS SUCH AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE AND GAVE ME THE CHANCE TO IMPLEMENT THE FOUNDATION OF SKILLS AND LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI. HATTIESBURG HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY HOME, AND INTERNING IN SUCH A BIG CITY SO FAR AWAY WAS QUITE CHALLENGING BUT COMPLETELY WORTH IT. NOT ONLY DID I LEARN SO MUCH IN MY FIELD OF WORK, BUT I ALSO GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET SO MANY NEW PEOPLE IN AN EXCITING CITY. AT THE END OF MY INTERNSHIP, I WAS OFFERED A FULL-TIME JOB IN THE DALLAS OFFICE AND WILL PLAN TO START IN SEPTEMBER OF 2020 AFTER MY YEAR OF GRADUATE SCHOOL IN THE MPA PROGRAM HERE AT SOUTHERN MISS.” 28 | C O L L E G E O F B U S I N E S S A N D E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T
YMCA - WORKING ON WALL STREET Cole Engle (accounting) interned this summer in the Finance department with the YMCA Retirement Fund in Manhattan. The fund is located at the Equitable Building in the Financial District. During the previous semester, Cole worked for the USM Foundation Office as a student worker in Financial Services. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the vice president of scholarship and educational programming for the Interfraternity Council at Southern Miss, and the <strong>2018</strong>-<strong>19</strong> Dr. Joe Paul Male Participant of the Year for Intramural Sports. Additionally, he has served as the recruitment chairman, fundraising chairman and vice president for his fraternity, Kappa Sigma. “WHILE INTERNING THIS SUMMER, I LEARNED HOW THE FUND OPERATES, THE PLAN REGULATIONS, AND HOW THE REPORTING IS ACCOMPLISHED. THE COURSES THAT I HAVE TAKEN AT SOUTHERN MISS PREPARED ME FOR THIS CHALLENGE, NOT ONLY IN CONTENT, BUT I WAS ALSO TRAINED TO PERSEVERE WHEN SOLVING PROBLEMS. THIS EXPERIENCE ALLOWED ME TO PRACTICE LEARNED SKILLS FROM THE CLASSROOM WHILE OBTAINING NEW ONES.” – COLE ENGLE FDIC “I WILL BE INTERNING WITH FDIC IN THE DIVISION OF RISK MANAGEMENT SUPERVISION IN JACKSON, MISS., FOLLOWING ORIENTATION IN DALLAS, TEXAS. I HOPE TO GAIN WORK EXPERIENCE AND INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD OF ACCOUNTING AND BANK EXAMINATION. THIS IS ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO EXPLORE MY LIKES AND DISLIKES IN ACCOUNTING AND ULTIMATELY LAND A GREAT JOB AND JUMPSTART MY FUTURE CAREER!” Quote from Matthew Odom, Intern for FDIC, Anticipated Graduation – May 2020 Other companies who hired accounting interns in 20<strong>19</strong> include: Robert E Donnell III, CPA PricewaterhouseCoopers Clinton CPA Firm Coast Electric Power Association FDIC Haddox Reid Eubank Betts, PLLC Hieronymus CPAs, LLC Holt & Associates, PLLC Horne, LLP Topp McWhorter Harvey, PLLC Ultradent Products Wm F. Horne & Company, PLLC Wyndham Destinations NOVA IVICA Jon Ryan Fennell (general business) will be participating in an internship with Nova Ivica, a small business consulting agency in Bar, Montenegro. His focus is to revitalize the image of their business by producing a range of digital media content for the firm. In addition, he will be assisting with business workshops on topics ranging from simple business success to advanced video-graphic techniques and marketing. “MY GOAL IS TO HELP BUSINESSES LIKE NOVA IVICA PRODUCE INCREDIBLE MARKETING CONTENT THAT TRANSFORMS THE IMAGE OF THEIR PRODUCT, SERVICE, MISSION AND GOALS. THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI HAS BROUGHT ME TO A STATE OF WELL- ROUNDEDNESS IN MY UNDERSTANDING OF BUSINESS. WITH THIS WELL- ROUNDEDNESS, I AM ABLE TO BE AN EFFECTIVE AND IMPACTFUL PART OF A BUSINESS TEAM, WHICH IS, PERSONALLY, THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE FACULTY MEMBERS WHO HAVE HELPED ME GET TO THE POINT WHERE I AM NOW.” – JON RYAN FENNELL MBLUE Jessica Foreman (accounting) is interning with mBlue, a human resource outsourcing company located in Prague, Czech Republic. Using digital marketing and professional social media platforms, Jessica assists their clients in finding the perfect, qualified individual for an open position. “MY EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES AT SOUTHERN MISS HAVE HELPED PREPARE ME FOR THIS INTERNSHIP IN MORE SUBTLE WAYS THAN I HAD ORIGINALLY THOUGHT. THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DOES SUCH A GOOD JOB OF GIVING ITS STUDENTS A WELL-ROUNDED BUSINESS EDUCATION. ALTHOUGH I AM AN ACCOUNTING MAJOR, MY MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY CLASSES HAVE PREPARED ME IMMENSELY BY GIVING ME A SOLID FOUNDATION THAT I'M ABLE TO BUILD OFF OF AT WORK.” – JESSICA FOREMAN A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 1 8 - 1 9 | 29