Friday, August 1, 2014

Public Relations Student Interns in Cape Town

Painting the World Blue and White

Hampton University students, faculty and alumni are making a global impact this summer. Students and faculty have embarked on internships, study abroad and research opportunities all over the U.S. and the world. This blog series will feature Hamptonians on their travels this summer.  #HUworld
 

Public Relations Student Interns in Cape Town

Porchia Bradford, senior public relations major from Sharpsburg, Georgia. This summer Bradford has the opportunity to intern in Cape Town, South Africa with Positive Dialogue Communications. Positive Dialogue Communications is a public relations firm working with public relations as an art and science to make their clients well known and respected. Bradford along with other interns from the United States and Germany are working various positions throughout Cape Town. She works closely with account executives doing the ground work for the account managers brainstorming for clients.  
 Bradford(Far right)  with fellow interns
 
Bradford is working with a few of Positive Dialogue Communications’ clients. She said her biggest responsibility at her job would be contacting the media so that they are able to send content from their clients to be covered. According to Bradford, working in Africa is a completely relaxing working environment. Inside of her office is a casual atmosphere. She had dogs inside of her workplace. Bradford said the best part of her internship is that she is able to experience her field from another country’s perspective.
Bradford dreams of working in a public sector, a part of the economy concerned with providing basic public services. After graduation, if the opportunity presented itself for her to continue working in South Africa she said she would consider it. Her immediate goal is to go to graduate school to obtain master’s degree in public administration from either Syracuse University or Old Dominion University. Bradford has decided to also apply to the 2-year MBA program at Hampton University.
Right now Bradford is enjoying the winter weather and sightseeing adventures that Cape Town has given her.
 -Sechemelia Lewis
 

Hampton Takes Howard!

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Hampton University students, faculty and alumni are making a global impact this summer. Students and faculty have embarked on internships, study abroad and research opportunities all over the U.S. and the world. This blog series will feature Hamptonians on their travels this summer.  #HUworld
 

Hampton Takes Howard!


 Look out Howard, Hampton is taking over your hospital. Channing Scott is a senior nursing major at Hampton University. This summer she is taking all that Hampton has taught her to work as a nurse extern at Howard Hospital.
Scott says that Hampton has done a wonderful job preparing her for this position. She is working on the Medical Surgical floor, the same floor she was assigned to during her last clinical course at HU. Scott is well prepared for most of the cases she has been receiving.
 
Courtesy of Channing Scott
Scott said the doctors and nurses in her department are very accepting of her and they are willing to help her so that she will be prepared to finish her clinical rotations at Hampton. They also offer a course one day a week to help the nursing students better understand the concepts that nurses encounter on a daily basis.
Her favorite part about her externship is being able to have hands on experience. She is able to do more hands on work than most students get during the school year.
Through working at this hospital, Scott has seen how health disparities have an effect on many in the African American community in D.C. “It touches me how many diseases and illnesses affect them because they aren’t able to pay for preventative health care,” Scott says about the patients who come in as a result of an illness that could have been prevented with better self-care.
After completing the HU’s nursing program, Scott plans to pursue her master’s degree in nurse anesthesia at Georgetown University.

 -Sechemelia Lewis

 

 

 


 

5 Year MBA Students Intern with National Companies

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Hampton University students, faculty and alumni are making a global impact this summer. Students and faculty have embarked on internships, study abroad and research opportunities all over the U.S. and the world. This blog series will feature Hamptonians on their travels this summer.  #HUworld
 

5 Year MBA Students Intern with National Companies

Networking to the Top
It has been said that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. And who you know depends on your ability to network. Networking is a skill that Nia Scott said Hampton University has taught her to do fairly well. The Charlotte native is currently in Northern Virginia using her networking skills along with others that she has acquired throughout her matriculation at Hampton. Scott is a 5 year MBA major and an intern at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) this summer.
Courtesy of Nia Scott
Scott has been interning with PwC since the beginning of June. Since starting with the company, Scott said she has been very intrigued by the company’s Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). This campus is a $27 million project located in the District of Columbia. While at this campus Scott, along with other interns, taught financial literacy classes to students. Scott said that the facility was “Amazing and it was great to see such a place for children in an area of DC that has high dropout rates and poverty stricken.”
Her biggest responsibility at her internship has been ongoing facilitation and transcription of workshops at a client site with her managers and directors of the engagement.
Scott is going into her third year of the 5 year MBA program at Hampton. PwC is an option for her to potentially have a career in their advisory practice. But for right now Scott is actively pursuing her goal to be an entertainment lawyer.
 
 
Helping Others and Encouraging Yourself
The only way to go is up and the only person responsible for getting me there is me,” Said Jadeen Service on her dreams and goals after graduation. Service is currently in her fourth year of the 5 year MBA program at Hampton University. To accomplish her dreams, Service knows that she has to start from the bottom and work her way up. This summer Service had the opportunity to intern with Nordstrom Inc., as a retail management intern.
Whether in school or working in a professional setting, Service believes  that learning is the key to excelling in any field. Service said that Hampton has taught her to be anxious and open minded to learn all that she can. She has also learned to be optimistic in every situation and to always take the initiative to start or lead tasks.
 Service(Top row third from the right)  with fellow interns
Working at Nordstrom, she is guaranteed to get a diverse group of customers on a daily basis, and that is what excites her the most. Service said that working with different people and seeing how to best accommodate them to make them happy is where she learns the most. To be able to effectively work with different people she has to think outside of the box and use non-traditional techniques to open the customer’s eyes on new styles by the end of their visit inside of the store.
Service said that the most interesting thing she has learned while being at Nordstrom is the power the service experience has over a customer. “People like shopping with people” Service said, meaning that they want to be treated as equals to make their experience with the company more of a casual one.  A customer will feel more comfortable inside the establishment if they feel that the service and conversation that they are getting from the employees are genuine.
With the MBA degree Service wants to become a wealth management consultant. She believes that this is a vital tool in individual’s lives that will help them to help manage not just their money but their futures as well.
 
-Sechemelia Lewis

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

HU SGA VP Takes Leadership to Washington, D.C.


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Hampton University students, faculty and alumni are making a global impact this summer. Students and faculty have embarked on internships, study abroad and research opportunities all over the U.S. and the world. This blog series will feature Hamptonians on their travels this summer.  #HUworld



HU SGA VP Takes Leadership to Washington, D.C.

Caleb Jackson with Civil Rights activist
& U.S. Congressman John Lewis in his
office on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C.
When it comes to Hampton University students, it’s easy to see goals turn into reality, especially during the summer when students are turning skills into experience.
 HU rising senior Caleb Jackson, from Dallas, Texas, is currently interning at ABC News’ Washington Bureau with the Political Unit.

Through the internship, Jackson, a broadcast journalism major and political science minor, has had the opportunity to write and contribute to stories, interview guests, and cover an Immigration Ceremony with designer Ralph Lauren as the honoree and Hilary Clinton as the keynote speaker. Typically, Jackson covers the primary elections contests that are currently ongoing across the nation.

“The HU Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications equipped me with the tools to not only secure both internships, but to succeed at both media outlets,” said Jackson. “From Professor Wayne Dawkins teaching me how to write a lead during my freshman year to Professor Van Dora Williams teaching me how to ask the right questions in an interview, the faculty in Scripps taught me all I needed to know.”
Jackson with fellow Institute for
Responsible Citizenship scholars on a visit to
Steelcase Headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI.

His internship comes from his acceptance into the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. This two-year program selects twelve high-achieving African-American collegiate males from across the nation where the scholars take classes on Constitutional Principle and US Economic Policy, mentor young minorities in middle and high schools, and meet national leaders like former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Congressman John Lewis.

It was no surprise for the university that Jackson was accepted into the program, but HU is even more honored toward his contributions to the program as a role model that parades his Hampton Pride even off campus.

Jackson is an honors student in the HU Freddye T. Davy Honors College and the current vice president of the HU Student Government Association. Upon graduation, Jackson plans to either study abroad, attend law school, or preferably both.

Jackson and fellow scholars outside the Lincoln Memorial.
“I want to enter into the field of public service and work on creating solutions to the problems that minorities currently face across the nation, said Jackson. “The amount of inequality that African-Americans and Latinos face in this country is preposterous and I seek to dedicate my life towards closing those gaps.”

-Gianina Thompson

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HU Students Dive into Life at Rutgers Law School


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Hampton University students, faculty and alumni are making a global impact this summer. Students and faculty have embarked on internships, study abroad and research opportunities all over the U.S. and the world. This blog series will feature Hamptonians on their travels this summer.  #HUworld

HU Students Dive into Life at Rutgers Law School

Curtis Harris (left) and Alex Garner (right)
HU rising juniors Alex Garner, from Portland, Orgeon, and Curtis Harris, from Long Beach, Cali., aren’t just day dreaming about their law school dreams post HU, they’re experiencing it!

This summer, Garner and Harris are part of the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) program, which mission is to increase the diversity and quality of applicants applying to law school by immersing top achieving minority undergraduate students in the law school experience.

Garner, who is a business management major and Leadership Studies minor, and Harris, who is a history major and economics minor, is completing the summer program at Rutgers Law School which includes law school classes, a moot court competition, LSAT prep, field trips, dinners with guest speakers, and professionalism seminars.

“While law school will definitely be difficult, if I continue to develop the skills that have helped me to succeed in my undergraduate studies at HU and remember to approach law school with the necessary amount of grit and determination, I should be able to navigate law school successfully,” said Harris.

Garner and Harris with attorneys
Theodore Olson and David Boise
The two shared memorable conversations with attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies, who many consider to be role models because of their success in various high-profile cases for large and sophisticated companies.

“Another salient experience was seeing two men get sentenced to 23 years to 12 years, respectively,” said Garner. “This impacted me personally and professionally. It helped me realize how important it is to always assess the long-term impact on a short term decision.”

HU students hold a specific confidence that goes further than just agenda-setting. Their HU pride transfers into their reasoning and it’s apparent when Garner said, “I will pursue a law degree,” instead of just planning to attend law school.

-Gianina Thompson

Monday, July 28, 2014

HU Students Study at Oxford U, comes back with several passport stamps

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Hampton University students, faculty and alumni are making a global impact this summer. Students and faculty have embarked on internships, study abroad and research opportunities all over the U.S. and the world. This blog series will feature Hamptonians on their travels this summer.  #HUworld



HU Students Study at Oxford U, comes back with several passport stamps

It may have taken 20 years for HU senior Zachary Hinton to need a passport, but he definitely got use of it this summer!

Zachary Hinton with fellow Hamptonian Britney Johnson
at Oxford University.
Hinton, from Raleigh, North Carolina, had the incredible opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom to study at Hertford College, a school within the very prestigious Oxford University. He also visited nearby countries Fez, Rabat, Merkez in Morocco, and Paris, France during his trip. 

As a computer information systems major and strategic communications minor at HU, Hinton studied computer graphics and the ecology of HIV/AIDS during his two-month semester at Hertford.

“The Ecology of HIV/AIDS class was probably the most memorable because I learned so much information in regards to the deadly plague that is killing the African-American community,” said Hinton.
Hinton sight-seeing in Morocco.

Oxford University classes are different than most American lecture-style college classes. Instead of students participating in a course with one professor and fellow classmates, Oxford University teaches within a tutorial system.

Within this system, Hinton met individually with his professor once or twice a week for about an hour where he would discuss the research he found verbally and in a well-developed paper.

Hinton at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
“This system helped me tremendously in my career goals,” said Hinton. “I not only learned how to teach myself difficult material, but I also learned how to present my ideas in an analytical and professional manner as well as craft my arguments on a particular topic on paper.

Hinton appreciated how people took an interest in his American culture, rather respecting it than comparing differences.

Although, Hinton was head-focused on his book, he did organize himself to have spare time to join the Hertford College rowing team, where they trained about five times a week!
Hinton rowing with fellow classmates
in the Oxford Summer 8s.

He enjoyed representing the college during rowing races, but his Hampton Pride was far from being forgotten.

This trip brought excitement to his goals, which are a lot closer than farther now. He aspires to become a Rhodes Scholar and return to Oxford University to study computer graphics or become a Marshall Scholar and attend the Royal College of Art in London to participate in a joint program that would allow him to study in New York and Tokyo as well.

Hinton returned home in June, and quickly was onto the next chapter of his summer—a Google internship within the Brand Studio Team in Silicon Valley, California.

HU applauds Hinton and is incredibly excited to see what more he builds as a HU student and then alum.

Another HU Computer Science Major Studies at Oxford U

Britney Johnson outside of Hertford College.

HU senior Britney Johnson from Surry, Va. also traveled to the United Kingdom to study at Hertford College.

Johnson, a computer science major, studied the human ecology of diabetes and obesity, which was her favorite course during her time there.

“I was able to gain much insight into a pandemic that affects people all over the world today,” said Johnson. “From researching its causes to analyzing solutions, this course kept me intrigued and interested the entire time.”

She also had the opportunity to construct a video game in her computer graphics course. She was able to combine what she learned in her ecology class at Hampton University and what she was currently learning.

“I worked on making a video game that would educate individuals, particularly children, about the effects of diabetes and obesity. I hope to continue working on this project in the future so that I may do my part to help lower the rate of childhood obesity,” said Johnson.

Johnson overlooking the medina in Fez, Morocco.

Along with Hinton, Johnson used her free time traveling alongside him to different parts of the United Kingdom and Europe. She also joined the Hertford College Christian Union, Cricket Club, and even played basketball with their university team.

Johnson credits HU with not only providing her with academic preparation, but also the know-how to network and establish long-term relationship.

Johnson and Hinton in Paris, France.

“Not only does HU prepare us for our specific careers, but it also prepares us for life.,” said Johnson. “Choosing HU is a decision that my twin sister and I will forever be grateful for, and one we will never regret.”

Upon her return, Johnson interned at NASA Langley for the remainder of the summer.HU is excited to see Johnson chase her goal of inspiring the world through technology.

-Gianina Thompson