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McGaughy Internship & Professional Development Center  
A newsletter for internship partner companies, friends, faculty and students
 of the College of Business and Economics of Longwood
Spring 2011Vol 2, Issue 2
Director's Message
Etiquette Dinner

CBE students, faculty and guests at a recent Etiquette Dinner.

When all things are relatively equal (grades, extracurricular activities, mobility, experience, etc.), what do employers use to supplement their student hiring decisions?  The answer: candidates' networking skills, professional dress, and business meal etiquette - the "soft skills" of the business world.  The McGaughy Center, with the leadership of Mr. Chuck Dowdy (Northwestern Mutual and CBE Corporate Advisory Board member), used its Professional Development role to supplement the Principles of Management class with "soft skills".  Will Winston '04 (Doctor of Techno-Marketing) and Jay Carpenter (Advancement Concepts) taught a class on "Cocktail Hour Networking", Carlin Glover and Cynthia Vaughn (Nordstrom's) taught a class on "Dress-For-Success", and Candy Dowdy (Hampden Sydney) taught a class on "Business Meal Etiquette". 


On a Monday night in February, numerous regional business leaders (David and Katie Carmichael, Dr. Rob and Tory Wade, Chris and Katherine Dowdy, Chuck and Candy Dowdy, Kristin Gee, Molly McClellan and Parker Terry) joined faculty members and students at a "mock" (no-alcohol) cocktail party sponsored by Aramark, where the students practiced newly acquired networking skills.  Students were then treated to a four-course served dinner where their etiquette skills were tested.  The dinner was sponsored by Corporate Advisory Board members Bill Gouldin (Stranges Florist, Richmond) and Marcus Hill (Century Link), and both gentlemen have agreed to additionally sponsor the fall etiquette dinner.  Chris Dowdy acted as Master of Ceremony for the evening where tables of 8 (5 students, 2 local business leaders and 1 faculty member) heard Mike Carroll and Cindy Calhoun, professional speakers from Sandler Training - Richmond and Charlottesville, talk about generational differences and the importance of "soft skills".  At the end of the evening, the business students' "soft skills" were evaluated by the attending business leaders, with those evaluations contributing to the students' final grades.


Brandon Gray '11 underlined the value of our efforts, saying "The etiquette seminar I participated in was not only helpful but gave me a definite advantage during the lunch portion of my job interview with Watkins Meegan. In the end, I know my table etiquette wasn't the main reason I was offered a job, but I'm positive it was something they took note of when making their final decision."


PS - we served cherry tomatoes with the salad and bone-in chicken on purpose!


William Baxter


McGaughy Internship & Professional Development Center
In This Issue
Guest Speaker - Brad Schwartz
Outstanding Internship 2011 Award Winners
CBE Internships
Employer's Corner - Walmart
Internship Seminar - Company Opportunities
From Intern to Employee - Earl "Jake" Allen
Internship Success

Quick Links

Guest Speaker - Brad Schwartz


Brad Schwartz, CEO, Monarch Bank, spoke to finance classes at Longwood University.

Brad Schwartz '84, CEO, Monarch Bank & Monarch Financial Holdings, Inc., recently spoke to finance classes at Longwood University relating how his Longwood experience influenced his career.

Outstanding Internship 2011 Award Winners 



Outstanding Internship Award recipients -

(l-r) Kevin Stewart (Management), Allison Smith (Marketing), Matthew Gilley (Accounting), and Katherine Gardner (Retailing).  Not pictured:  Alexander Eisenmann(Economics), Jake Allen (Finance), and Christopher Beville (Real Estate)


Seven students received the Outstanding Internship Award at the 2011 Senior Banquet.  Selected by the faculty internship supervisors, this award is presented to the student from each concentration who has completed the most outstanding internship . 
CBE Internships
Internships are an important educational requirement for all College of Business and Economics students.  They are carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit, ensuring that intentional learning objectives are structured into the experience.  In addition, each internship includes opportunities for observation, reflection, evaluation and assessment.

An internship must be at least 80 hours in duration, but may be either a part-time or full-time experience and may be paid or unpaid. The flexibility of these requirements helps balance the needs of both the student and the internship host company.
Employer's Corner - Walmart

Walmart representatives, Harold Walker, Farmville Store Manager, Vivian Vera, Regional HR Manager, and Jade White, Market Manager spoke at a recent internship seminar. 


"Walmart is the largest retail business in the world," states Jade White, Market Manager with Walmart, Inc., who spoke at a recent McGaughy Center internship seminar.  "Walmart is in 15 countries, has 8,900 stores and during the 2011 fiscal year, our net sales rose to $419 billion.  Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune magazine's 2010 Most Admired Companies survey."


Harold Walker, Farmville's Walmart Store Manager, outlined the internship duties for the students.  He explained how an internship with Walmart helps students learn how to adapt to the business world, how to take care of the store and how to communicate on many levels.  "Walmart offers a 12 week summer internship to eligible college juniors and seniors who are interested in a career with us," said Walker.  "During the 12 weeks, students learn how a successful multibillion dollar business operates and are given a project to complete by the end of their internship.  The workplace is fast-paced, friendly and dynamic.  There are numerous opportunities and benefits from an internship with Walmart."
Over the years several Longwood students from a variety of concentrations have successfully interned with Walmart.  Many of these students have gone on to start their careers with Walmart.
Internship Seminar - Company Opportunities
Would you like to promote your company to our students?  Students begin the internship process with a compulsory internship seminar where they learn the details and requirements of the program.  They are also introduced to a featured company whose representative(s) elaborate on internship opportunities. 


During our four Internship Seminars each academic year -- two in the spring and two in the fall, we encourage featured companies to present their unique internship opportunities.  We further enrich each company's Longwood experience with a full, productive and involved day on campus where they:      
  • are given 15-20 minutes in multiple classes to tell their story to CBE students.
  • are given 20 minutes (+/-) to tell their story at the beginning of the afternoon Internship Seminar.  Typically there is a lot of interaction with students at these seminars and company representatives usually leave campus with a number of qualified resumes, both for internships and for post graduation jobs.
  • go on a student conducted tour of Longwood's Farmville campus (another chance to interact with students).
  • have the benefit of an informal lunch with the business school's student leadership and selected faculty. 
If your company offers internships and would like to participate in one of our seminars, we'd like to hear from you. 
From Intern to Employee - Earl "Jake" Allen
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 (l-r) Ronald Baron, CFO of Citizens Bank & Trust and Jake Allen. 

Citizens Bank & Trust Company has a Welcoming & Motivating Work Environment


Citizens Bank & Trust Company is the second oldest independent community bank in the State of Virginia with eleven branches across central Virginia.  The Bank credits the community as the reason for its success; therefore, the Bank gives back to the community in that same spirit.  In the main office I found sincere, professional, hard-working individuals who care for each other as well as the company.  They made an effort to answer all of my questions and created a welcoming and motivating work environment.


Throughout my internship, I learned about and assisted in daily accounting activities and was in charge of two projects.  The first project was to implement their new fixed asset system; the second was to prepare a proposal for an access control system.  My managerial and financial accounting classes at Longwood, along with the finance and computer science coursework, contributed to my success in this internship. 


This internship experience helped me define the goal for my career path.  That goal is to work in a community-minded organization where my knowledge and skills would be used to challenge the norms and implement new strategies and ideas for completing daily tasks more effectively and efficiently.  This internship led to a job offer with Citizens Bank & Trust which I enthusiastically accepted.

Internship Success 
Matthew Gilley

Matthew Gilley

Experiencing the Unexpected with Norfolk Southern Corporation

Norfolk Southern is a major railroad company whose purpose is to "Be the safest, most customer-focused and successful transportation company in the world."  Norfolk Southern is located along the east coast, with three major accounting hubs in Roanoke and Norfolk, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia.

One of my major internship duties was to track and explain where pre-payments came from, why they weren't applied, and then to apply them correctly.  Another duty was to determine and execute an effective method of cleaning up the customer master file utilizing limited resources.  I frequently found myself applying my Accounting Information Systems knowledge at Norfolk Southern.

Because of this internship I now have an understanding of the kind of work accountants do in the private sector.  I enjoyed learning about the management interactions and the roles and responsibilities of different positions.  From this internship, I learned how government influences companies, and the steps companies must take to upgrade their accounting information systems.  

While at Norfolk Southern I was able to experience the unexpected.  As examples, I never expected to sit down with the managers of our department and talk as equals, nor did I expect to learn about and keep up with other Norfolk Southern news. It was a great experience and I would recommend Norfolk Southern as a great place to complete an internship.

Overall my internship was an educational and rewarding experience that furthered my knowledge and passion for accounting.  As a result, I am certain that accounting is the right career for me.

Our newsletter is designed to keep our internship partner companies, friends, faculty and students informed of the latest happenings in the McGaughy Internship & Professional Development Center.  Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. 


Nancy Postans, Editor
Internship Coordinator
McGaughy Internship & Professional Development Center