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Johnson C. Smith University Students Intern with Lift People Locally

Charlotte, N.C. (June 6, 2013) – Eight students at Johnson C. Smith University are spending their summer getting a leg up on the job market through a new internship with LPL Financial. The company is offering paid summer internships to 20 local college students who were selected to participate in the Lift People Locally Internship Program in Charlotte and San Diego. The new internship is part of the company’s ongoing community outreach to provide economic empowerment to individuals in the local communities it serves through the LPL Financial Foundation.

The summer internships are providing students at Johnson C Smith University and California State University San Marcos with a workplace experience that enhances their educational and professional goals. In addition to the 12-week paid internship, students attend weekly mentoring and career workshops for additional training and enrichment.

“These students are working hard to earn their college degree, with several students overcoming significant challenges to achieve their personal success,” said Victor Fetter, chief information officer for LPL Financial. “As a company, we are committed to encouraging our student interns to reach for their goals and achieve their life’s aspirations.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work for LPL Financial as a summer intern,” said JCSU student intern Keneasha Johnson. “During my time at LPL Financial I will not only grow professionally, but personally. My mind has been opened to new career paths and I am learning that my skills and passion can be utilized in areas I never knew existed.”

Johnson and her other JCSU peers selected for program, Steven Reneau, Reyan’na Milsap, Lashaundra Long, Michelle Cade, Kenesha Johnson, Victor Lopez, Louisa Taylor and Kia Brewington, attended a kickoff luncheon in Charlotte on May 31 to be officially welcomed to the company. During the event, they were able to visit with each other and learn about the different roles each student performs within LPL Financial. “This innovative new program meets a business need while supporting the goals of the LPL Financial Foundation and strengthening our support of our local charitable partners,” said Fetter. “Internships can be a valuable part of career development and it is our intention to provide these students with meaningful development opportunities over the next few months.”


Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and  


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