Getting a head start on a future career is one of the reasons why students did an internship at EKU.
RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ / EKU) – Getting a head start on a future career is one reason Alex Stewart, EKU senior, international business graduate from Pittsburgh, Pa., Applied for an internship nationally competitive with Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), the honor society for freshmen.
“My main goal is to gain experience,” said Stewart of his marketing and communications role. “I want to make the most of this internship in the hope that I can use it later in my career.”
Stewart is one of two EKU students selected to participate in ALD’s internship program.
Bradley Lackey, sophomore from Elizabethtown, major in Biomedical Sciences, is serving this semester as the organization’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) intern.
According to EKU, this new internship program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to contribute nationally to two main areas: Marketing and Communications and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, according to a statement. press release sent by the organization.
The opportunity to work with a national organization to advance an issue he is passionate about was an exciting prospect for Lackey.
“I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” he said, noting that DEIB’s role best complements his current position as Vice President of Diversity for the EKU Chapter as well as his department on diversity, fairness of the Association of College Honor Societies and the Inclusion Committee. Lackey’s passion for educating others on diversity issues led the Chapter to create the leadership role, becoming one of the first Chapters in the country to do so.
“My goal is honestly to just make the world a better place by helping people learn about things they may not know very well because knowledge is power,” he said. declared.
Not only is Lackey working to establish and implement a vibrant and cohesive diversity campaign for ALD, he’s learning a lot about himself in the meantime.
“Throughout the process of educating others, I have also educated myself,” he said. “Teachers always tell students that the best way to learn is to teach. This has turned out to be true through my experience in this position.
Ultimately, Lackey wants to become a certified medical assistant because he wants to make a positive impact on people and believes the medical field is his best opportunity to do so.
Stewart said his experience as a marketing and communications intern isn’t limited to social media tactics and analysis. She gains experience working remotely with a team and communicating effectively with the various stakeholders in the ALD organization.
“This internship gives me the chance to spread my wings and use all my knowledge,” she said. “I also have the pleasure of being part of an extraordinary group. We all try to get involved in what others are doing.
Lackey and Stewart both thank Dr. Travis Martin, ALD Section Advisor and Administrator of First Year Courses and Learning Communities, for his encouragement and support in their academic journeys. Martin said the honor society relishes the opportunity to help students advance their knowledge.
“Alpha Lambda Delta sees itself as an honor society that takes students from ‘first year to career’ which means we welcome high performing students early in their academic careers and then help them develop networks. and the soft skills that employers seek through service learning and leadership. opportunities, ”he said.