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Students Complete High Profile Internships

Charlotte, N.C. (August 21, 2009) -- One of the many benefits of being a student at Johnson C. Smith University is the various opportunities to participate in high profile internships. This summer, two students interned in London, England and in Washington, DC.
Lael Clark, senior, Liberal Arts major concentrating in International Business and Global Affairs, interned with the Department of State: US Embassy London. One of Clark's main duties was interacting with the Fraud Prevention Unit (FPU). According to Clark, the FPU identifies and deters fraud in applications for consular services, provid  es fraud-related information and assistance to host government departments and law enforcement agencies, and contributes to U.S. border security. "From this experience, I learned to be extremely analytical and how to consider and rule out options when making assumptions or judgments of a given situation with limited information," said Clark. "I have also learned much about U.S. Embassies abroad, their significance and roles within a foreign country: working at the U.S. Embassy has opened a whole new world of excitement, policy and professional well being." Clark's internship lasted ten weeks.
Eric Jones, senior, Computer Engineering major, completed an 11-week internship with the Department of State within the Information Resource Management Bureau. Jones worked with highly sensitive projects. One project in particular involved restructuring and updating over ten Bureau web sites. He also specifically re-engineered the content management of the Bureau's security website; over 300 information systems security officers view this site globally. Another example of his responsibilities involved completing an analysis and presentation of cyber-stalking and its effects upon the Federal workplace.

Jones commented on his internship experience, "Overall I learned what it means to be a team player. I had to consistently work with the other team members and make sure things were on track and that there were no problems on my end or anyone else's. We all put in our expertise and opinions."

To learn more about internship opportunities, please contact Kia Lockhart, Internship & Cooperative Extension Coordinator at 704-330-1350.

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