Our students appreciate small classes that engage them with hands-on activities, discussions, presentations, guest speakers, and experiences designed to bring their education to life.
Internships are a key part of experiential education because they allow students to apply in real-world situations what they are learning in the classroom.
Nikole Dangelo benefitted from a relationship between Lockheed Martin and Florida Southern that has been growing steadily stronger over the past few years. Her internship not only gave her a career direction, it led to a full-time position with the company.
Lockheed Martin is ranked No. 59 in Fortune magazine’s list of the top 500 companies. Its financial operation, based in Lakeland, handles the company’s accounting, asset management and payroll for more than 100,000 employees.
In her internship, Dangelo worked in the department that manages Lockheed Martin’s fixed assets, which includes everything from manufacturing plants to company cars.
Dangelo was one of seven FSC students to receive Lockheed Martin internships over the past few years, and the relationship with the company promises to remain strong. That’s due in large part to the Barnett School receiving accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2013, says Instructor and Executive-in-Residence Mike Tracy.
“It put us on the map. Because of the accreditation, we’ve become a recruitment stop for them, and the outcomes have been very positive. They are very enthusiastic about our program because of people like Nikole,” he says. “It’s a fantastic relationship.”
Alumni and friends of the College who own businesses often are eager to provide internship opportunities for Florida Southern College students. Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Keith Berend ’92, an orthopedic surgeon and partner in Joint Implant Surgeons, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio, established a six-week paid internship program at his clinic for two or three FSC pre-med students.
Joint Implant Surgeons is the busiest knee replacement clinic in the nation, conducting about 4,000 joint replacement procedures a year, and Dr. Berend describes the internship program as mentoring the students in the “three pillars” of his practice: excellence in patient care, education, and research.
The students accompany Dr. Berend during pre-operative and post-operative interviews; observe surgical procedures; assist nurses, surgical assistants, and physical therapists; and conduct hands-on research with patients on the outcomes of their surgeries.
“I’ve been really impressed with the students. They’re very smart. They have great personalities, and they’re willing to work hard and take responsibility. They’re going to excel in their fields.”
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