Junior Courtney Hottle (in the photo on the right) was eager to try her hand at an exciting internship at Route One Apparel under the mentoring of company president Ali Von Paris. The startup company is an entrepreneurial success under Von Paris' vision. They sell original Maryland merchandise through retailers, wholesalers and directly online, and Courtney's efforts in the areas of research and development, as well as social media, have given the company a great boost! According to the company's website, they are an "e-commerce platform that specializes in making trendy, affordable state pride apparel and accessories for those who want to make wearing clothing 'fun,' while making a statement."
Senior Kristen Brooks (at right in the photo) has found time for one additional internship before she graduates, this time under the supervision of Melissa Button, the assistant to the athletics director, Brett Adams. Kristen is helping to organize a new event, an end-of-the-year Gala for all athletes. She also helps with budgetary items, purchasing, organizing team information, and a variety of other administrative duties. Kristen's ability to multi-task has been quite important in this internship experience.
Senior Jarret Bragg (on the left in the photo) is working "freaky fast" at Owings Mills' Jimmy Johns under the mentorship of owner Dustin Dingman. Learning marketing and management skills, including the development of a business marketing plan, Jarret is working steadily on developing marketing leads for the company. The fast food company serves from-scratch food that is simple, clean, and fresh, using locally purchased produce, brought in fresh and hand sliced daily, according to its website. Jarret has become a terrific emissary for Jimmy Johns.
Senior Lia Harris (center) is one of three Business communication interns at Grow & Fortify, located in Baltimore, and she is working in marketing and event planning. The organization works in partnership with the Maryland Wineries Association, the Brewers Association of Maryland, Maryland Distillers Guild, various breweries, wineries and other value-added agricultural startups. Lia's mentors, Kelly Dudeck, the marketing manager (right in photo), and event manager Lauren Tucker (left in photo), have encouraged her to learn as much as she can about event planning as well as the beer, wine, and spirits industries.
Senior Jacob Miller is enjoying his internship at Worldstrides/Excel International Sports, under the mentorship of Jill Newman, the director of operations and customer service. Worldstrides specializes in providing educational travel opportunities to approximately 350,000 students annually, particularly in the area of international sports tours. Jake has been instrumental in researching and collecting information from the groups who have signed on with Worldstrides/Excel International Sports to travel abroad for sports tours. His attention to detail and his thoroughness are valuable to his success.