Student Testimonials

Internships: Student Testimonials

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Erica Ford and Lauren Mahaffey
Major Icon Majors: Exercise and Sports Science
Internship Icon Internship: Conway Medical Center


Diana Menendez Cebreros
Major Icon Major: Marine Science
Internship Icon Internship: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center


Jocelyn Silva
Major Icon Major: Management/HR
Internship Icon Internship: Central Human Resources
Jocelyn Silvas

"I don't think I really understood the value of an internship before working with DHEC. Of course, I knew that it was important for my resume and such, but never did I imagine the way it would change my life... My internship has inspired me to take up a minor in New Media and Digital Culture, which is something I would have never considered without my time at DHEC."

Jocelyn Silva Completes Internship with Central Human Resources

Ryan Cirignano
Major Icon Major: Graphic Design
Internship Icon Internship: CCU Athletics

"My internship with CCU Athletics not only allowed me to improve my resume and strengthen my portfolio, but it also taught me valuable lessons that classrooms can’t teach. I did my best in hopes to develop a portfolio respectable enough to land a decent job in a competitive industry. My internship at CCU helped put my foot in the door to the career of my dreams. If it wasn't for being a proud Coastal Carolina Chanticleer, I would have never become a Cleveland Indian!"

 Brianna Fleming
Major Icon Major: Business Management
Internship Icon Internship: Bridgestone Senior Championship and CCU's Hackler Golf Course


Kristin Gunning
Major Icon Major: Marine Science
Internship Icon Internship: National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies

"I have participated in several internships since entering Coastal. I worked at the National Aquarium in Baltimore as an aquarist assistant intern, compiling and collating loggerhead sea turtle nesting data from the southeast. I also worked at the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies as an environmental education intern, providing information about our valuable coastal resources to the public. Although my internships were vastly different, they all helped me gain valuable work experience and make connections for future employment."

Jessica Paternoster
Major Icon Major: Special Education - Learning Disabilities
Internship Icon Internship: Socastee Elementary School

"I have been lucky to have experienced several field placements, but honored to have my internship at the Socastee Elementary School. The experience has been enlightening, inspiring and has validated my desire and passion to become a special education teacher. The faculty were very embracing and the students were eager to learn from me. Overall, my internship was an invaluable experience in my pursuit of becoming a future educator. I highly recommend that all students at CCU consider participating in an internship, specifically in the field they are passion- ate about. I know I can make a difference as a special education instructor."

Bryant Lewis
Major Icon Major: Political Science/History
Internship Icon Internship: Jubilee USA

"I secured an internship with Jubilee USA in Washington, D.C. with the help of the Washington Internship Institute. By working in the political arena I was able to stay informed of critical foreign and domestic issues. I increased my public speaking skill by interviewing and giving speeches on behalf of the organization, with a structure that allowed me to incorporate my own research. Attending the Washington Internship Institute program was truly the best deci- sion of my life so far."

 Jenna Franchino
Major Icon Major: Biology
Internship Icon Internship: Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital


Brianna Stith
Major Icon Major: Art Studio
Internship Icon Internship: the Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum

"I interned at the Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum working with children to plan lessons and learn about how an art education program functions in a museum setting. As a future teacher, this opportunity has better prepared me to enter the art education field. I have learned a great deal from this internship, including patience with children, creat- ing and adapting lessons to the specifics of each age level and learning level, and how to react in a classroom setting. Internships can be demanding, but they are fun and will open up a lot of opportunities."

Anastasia Rhodes
Major Icon Major: Political Science
Internship Icon Internship:  the Office of Attorney General for the District of Columbia

"My experience in Washington, D.C. was a significant step in my academic and professional career. Working for the Office of Attorney General for the District of Columbia was a great lesson not only because I improved my legal writing skills and developed professional contacts, but I also realized that my career goals have shifted in a different direction. I was able to learn a lot about effective workplace relationships, about professional conduct and behavior, and about the importance of personal development in a professional organization."

Jillian Frederick
Major Icon Major: Communication
Internship Icon Internship: WBTW News Channel 13

"I learned so much by interning at WBTW News Channel 13 in Myrtle Beach. Every day is a different story. I worked with anchors/reporters Brie Jackson and Erika Hayes, assisting them in producing their newscasts. My duties included observing producers, helping write news stories and assisting with taped on-camera segments in the field with reporters. There are a lot of details you won’t learn in the classroom. I was lucky to work at a place where everyone was willing to help and work with me. This is the field that fits me.”