Trial by Fire


Original post written by Molly Mathes ’17, participant in the DavidsonIE Internship Program.

Only two weeks of my internship had passed when I heard “trial by fire,” a phrase that I hadn’t realized I was missing until a prospective member jokingly described my job as such. I laughed it off but quickly realized how appropriately it described the way I was feeling early on. I’m now in my fourth week as the Community Ambassador for HQ Charlotte at Packard Place, a co-working facility and entrepreneurship hub at the heart of the quickly growing Charlotte start-up scene. Known as simply Packard Place when it was founded five years ago, Packard recently merged with HQ Community and joined several other HQ locations with the hope of becoming the premiere co-working network throughout the Southeast. The environment is fast-paced and full of new challenges each day, a feeling that straddles the line between energizing and overwhelming, especially during the first couple of weeks.

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What Does a Classics Major Know About Coding?


Original post written by Amanda Lee ’17, participant in the DavidsonIE Internship Program.

My fall semester spent studying environmental policy in the EU opened my eyes to the intricacies and excitement of the energy industry. After one semester of readings and lectures, as well as a trip to the Paris Climate Summit, I was hooked. I knew I wanted to pursue an internship in the energy industry.

Great for me, right? I finally had an answer to the painful question, “What do you want to do after graduation?” The issue, however, was that I’m a classics major. I study Latin and Attic Greek; I read philosophy as homework; I perform poetry in Latin for tests. The energy industry, especially renewable energy, relies heavily on complex geographic information systems, data mapping, and countless hours of data manipulation and coding. I’m not even allowed to bring computers to some of my classes. I was overwhelmed with self-doubt as I filled out applications: Thoughts like, “This is a waste of time,” and “no one is going to take me seriously” stopped me mid-page in my cover letters. After all, what does a classics major know about geospatial coding?


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Wildcats in Washington: Where Passion Meets PR

Wildcats in Washington

Original story written by Victoria Frost ’18, participant in the Davidson in Washington program.

This summer, I am interning at PR Collaborative, a small “boutique” public relations firm in Washington, D.C., serving clients in both policy and film. As a policy intern, I mostly work with foundations and campaigns addressing public health issues.

Working for an alumna, Kate Reuterswärd ’09, has been such a privilege. She is the quintessential Davidson grad—a spectacular leader, an innovative visionary and a passionate hard worker. She pushes me to edit and acquire new skills in an environment of endless learning and creative thinking. For example, once a week we gather as a policy team to show each other a new skill, a useful tool or an interesting article…

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Somebody Get Me a Dictionary

charleston-702x336Original story written by Will Naso ’18, participant in the DavidsonIE Internship Program.

In typical Davidson fashion, I don’t really know what I’m doing – but I’m attempting to work it out. Over the past two weeks, I have been thrust into the business world, wholly unprepared for the challenges and breadth of acronyms that awaited me.

I arrived on day one to this tiny office off Johnny Dodd Boulevard with three IKEA desks and a few guys in flip-flops. My first thought was, “Is this what business executives look like?” But I quickly learned that when working for high-powered entrepreneurs, office décor had no affect on daily operations…

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Davenport & Company: On-Campus Recruiting

DavenportEstablished in 1863, Davenport & Company LLC is one of the oldest employee-owned, independent financial services firms in America. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, the firm offers a complete range of investment services, including comprehensive stock and bond brokerage, investment management, research, financial planning, insurance, public finance, and corporate finance.

On Tuesday, November 17, Chazzo Habliston ’13 will join us on-campus to share information about the public finance internship with Davenport.  Andrew Pope ’16, participated in this internship during the summer of 2015 and answered a few questions for us.  If you are interested in applying to this opportunity, visit the full description in Handshake.  Applications are due November 28 at 11:59pm.

Andrew Pope '16 Economics major
Andrew Pope ’16
Economics major

How would you describe Davenport’s work environment to someone who doesn’t know?

The vibe in the Davenport offices really exemplifies some of the pros of working at a smaller firm. Primarily, this was shown through the interdepartmental relationships that Davenport employees have with others at the company.  During my internship specifically, I was working in the Public Finance division, but was urged to spend time in other parts of the firm in order to really understand the way a financial services firm works.

In terms of my work with the Public Finance group, I was given a chance to really fulfill some of the jobs that the full time analysts were expected to complete. I started my internship a few weeks before they on-boarded a new analyst and our learning processes and responsibilities were very similar. The faith that they showed in my abilities was extremely important in learning to take some pride in what I was doing. Senior bankers were always asking how the process was going for me and offered their help with any questions that I may have.

What did an average workday look like?

I usually got to work around 7:45am and spent the morning working on the long-term project that I was given for the summer. Around 10, the Associate or Analyst that I was assigned to for the week would come to my desk and talk to me about the project that they were working on at the moment. Usually these projects were financial analysis for clients about refunding bonds or a quickly approaching issuance of new bonds. The banker I was working for would then explain what they would like me to do over the next couple of days and give me several tasks to have completed by the end of the week. From that point on, I worked closely with the associate assigned to the project until it was completed.

What advice would you give other Davidson students interested in applying to Davenport?

I recommend getting in touch with people at the company. They can give you a realistic expectation of what a full time opportunity with the company looks like. I would also recommend practicing any technical skills you have so that you can complete any work that they give you in a timely manner. Lastly, attention to detail is something that is taken to the next level at a company that stresses quality service like Davenport does.

Online Interview Resources: Sara Muche’s Experience

–Original blog contribution by: Beza Baheru (’16)

Sara Muche

Meet Sara Salam Ayanaw Muche, class of 2017. She is a Public Health major who aspires to work as a physician in the future. During this past summer, she interned at Hamlin Fistula Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We had the opportunity to discuss her online interview experience related to her internship.

Q: During the last 3 years at Davidson, have you been interviewed for a position be it an internship, a job or a volunteering opportunity?

 Sara: For the International Grant application for summer internships, one of the requirements was to complete an online interview using InterviewStream.

Q: Were any of these interviews online? If so how did the process look like?

Sara: The process forInterviewStream was very simple. I had to create an account and I had access to the interview question. There was a pdf file that career services provided that told me how to prepare (how to dress, what the area of the room should look like, etc.).

Q:  Prior to your online interview(s), how did you prepare for it? What resources did you tap into? Did you go to the Davidson Career Development website to find helpful resources?

 Sara: The resources to prepare for the interview were all located on the Career Development website. I used the InterviewStream pre-recorded best practices sheet to help. This tip sheet was easily accessible on the description for the grant I was applying for.

Q:  What were the most helpful features of the website you used? Were you able to review your interview and make a note to yourself?

Sara: I found the ability to record my interview multiple times to be the most helpful feature of InterviewStream. While this does not prepare me for interviews in person, it helped me determine the key aspects I should highlight during an interview. Another helpful tool is the sound feature, for someone like me that can often talk relatively softly, this feature made sure I was projecting my voice.

Q: What do you recommend for students who have online interviews in terms of preparation and the actual interview?

Sara: In terms of preparation, I would recommend that students go through the InterviewStream pre-recorded best practices sheet. I would also make sure that the individuals have a general idea of what they will be asked and prepare short responses or bullet points for possible questions. For the actual interview, the tip sheet is also very helpful. I would also recommend for students to go to a quiet area to prevent from unwanted disturbances and sounds from interfering with the interview.

Huron Consulting Group: A New (to Davidson) Name in Consulting

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Huron Consulting Group stands out as one of the fastest growing financial and operational consulting firms in the industry, serving clients in the healthcare, education, legal, life sciences, and business advisory sectors. The Davidson-Huron relationship began with the Healthcare practice in 2014-15 when we shared their summer internship opportunity. After a successful first run with Haley Rhodes ’16 during the summer of 2015, Huron Healthcare is back! This time, the practice is recruiting for their full-time Consulting Analyst positions.

In an effort to help Davison students get better acquainted with the practice, we connected with current recruiting coordinator, Megan Krizmanich. Megan began her career with Huron after graduating from The University of Notre Dame and served three years as a consultant before transitioning to her current role. Students will have the opportunity to meet Megan on-campus Monday, September 21 for an information session at 7:30pm in Alvarez 209. She will also be conducting one-on-one informational interviews on Tuesday, September 22 – limited space is available for these interviews.  The deadline for the full-time Huron Healthcare Consulting Analyst position is September 30.

We also reached out to Haley Rhodes ’16 to learn about her experience with the summer internship program. Haley, a graduating senior double majoring in Public Health and Hispanic Studies, spent some time speaking with CCD Employer Relations Ambassador, Chelsea Alexander ’18.

Read on for portions of our Q&As with Megan and Haley to learn more about Huron Consulting Group. We hope to see you in-person Monday at 7:30pm in Alvarez 209.


CCD: What drew you personally to the Healthcare Consulting role when you started at Huron? 

Megan Krizmanich: I started my undergraduate studies confident I was going to medical school, but I quickly changed my mind after standing in on my first surgery… I was still very passionate about the healthcare industry, but wanted to focus more on the business side.  Huron Healthcare fit the mold and after I met with people at the firm, I was sold!


CCD: How would you describe Huron’s work environment to someone who doesn’t know?

Haley Rhodes: A lot like Davidson culture. Collaborative. Immediately the team wanted me to succeed. They gave me a lot of responsibility from the first day and allowed me to do hospital unit observations on my own in the hospital once they knew I was comfortable. It gave me a lot of confidence. My teammates would say, “Come sit next to me, I’ll teach you how to do this analysis in Excel and whenever you have a question just ask.” I also had a development meeting every week with my supervisor where she would ask what I wanted to learn and what things I had done that I really enjoyed.


CCD: What did an average workday look like for you in the internship?

Haley: Monday and Thursday were travel days. I would wake up and go to the airport—a lot of the team traveling from Chicago would go on a plane together, then work out of the team room in our hotel. Then, we would do observations in the hospital and go on rounds or be in the team room doing projects, doing analyses or talking with our client counterparts. Other days, we would work at the hospital—leave from the hotel, go to the hospital, and work in the corporate room of the hospital and talk and lead trainings or conduct observations.


CCD: What is a common mistake you see candidates make during the application process?

Megan: Candidates tend to get caught up in selling themselves and can come across insincere.  Recognize that recruiting is a two way street; it is a chance for employers to learn more about your background, but at the same time it is a chance for you to learn more about companies and determine if it is a fit for you too.


CCD: Aside from academic experience, is there anything you particularly look for on a resume?  

Megan: Extracurricular; being involved at school, in your community, during the summer, etc.  A big challenge in consulting is time management.  If you are involved in extracurricular and successful in school, it clearly demonstrates that you already possess time management skills.


CCD: What advice would you give other Davidson students interested in applying to Huron?

Haley: I recommend reaching out to people at the firm to understand what it is like to be a consultant because the lifestyle is one to consider. I would also suggest practicing and honing organizational and quantitative skills, being comfortable with numbers and analysis, and taking initiative because I think doing that helped me to stand out.








2014-2015 Summer Internship Grant Donors

Thanks to the generosity of numerous alumni, parents and friends of Davidson, 45 students received $105,500.00 in funding for Summer 2015 internships.  These students received grants up to $5,000 to assist with cost of living expenses associated with pursuing unpaid or low-paying internships.  Our sincere appreciation goes out to the following alumni, parents and foundations:

  1. Adabayeri, Lionel W. ’14
  2. Adams, Andrew D. ’10
  3. Adams, John M. ’91
  4. Al Mazrui, Faris S. ’07
  5. Alford, Peter T. ’75
  6. Allaire, Keith – parent
  7. Angel, Mark L. ’13
  8. Arutyunyan, Yevgeniya V. ’00
  9. Astle, Nancy – parent
  10. Augsburger, Ashley L. ’12
  11. Autio, Eric D. ’95
  12. Aycock, Perry W. ’63 – parent
  13. Ball, Elisabeth S. ’89
  14. Bank of America Foundation
  15. Barker, Stacy J. ’11
  16. Barron, Laura M. ’01
  17. Baskett, Miche D. ’95
  18. Bates, Paige C. ’11
  19. Beardsley, Eileen ’04
  20. Becerra, Andrea E. ’13
  21. Benbow, Peter D. ’07
  22. Bentley, Anna M. ’96
  23. Betournay, Jennifer L. ’01
  24. Bhattacharjee, Arindam ’91
  25. Bianchini, Peter J. – parent
  26. Blakney, Jared A. ’14
  27. Bleecher, Courtney M. ’05
  28. Blue, Henry M. ’06
  29. Bogo, Jessica R. ’02
  30. Dan & Merrie Boone Foundation
  31. Boone III, Daniel W. ’66 – parent
  32. Boone, Ethel B. – parent
  33. Boone, Virginia A. ’11
  34. Bosoms Hernandez, Maria d. ’15
  35. Boswell, Haley C. ’04
  36. Boswell, Patrick M. ’04
  37. Bourgeois, Kristen J. ’15
  38. Bowers, Sarah C. ’14
  39. Bradley, Luke A. ’14
  40. Brahim, Carly R. ’15
  41. Brandt, Rachael T. ’96
  42. Bray, William P. ’89
  43. Breda, Deborah E. ’13
  44. Bressler, Elizabeth S. ’09
  45. Britt, Amanda T. ’01
  46. Brothers, Barbara ’74
  47. Brown, James M. ’83
  48. Brownell, Lindsay K. ’10
  49. Bruner, Lee C. ’04
  50. Buckingham, John D. ’08
  51. Bui, Gloria T. ’14
  52. Burkholder, Elizabeth A. ’07
  53. Burns, Jennifer C. ’12
  54. Burns, Miles B. ’14
  55. Bush, Daniel M. ’10
  56. Capone, Matthew B. ’11
  57. Carolla, Peter C. ’06
  58. Ceremsak, Katherine A. ’12
  59. Chapman, John-Michael L. ’07
  60. Christopher, Caroline M. ’83 – parent
  61. Ciliotta-Rubery, Andrea – parent
  62. Clark, Rebecca C. ’82 – parent
  63. Clarkson, Emily E. ’12
  64. Cleek, William S. – parent
  65. Clinkscales, Carlton M. ’85
  66. Cloaninger, Everette L. ’50
  67. Coker-Schwimmer, Alexandra E. ’10
  68. Coker-Schwimmer, Emmanuel J. ’09
  69. Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
  70. Corne, Ray G. ’74
  71. Coslett, Daniel E. ’05
  72. Craig, Carlton S. ’93
  73. Culp, Craig C. ’70
  74. Dattelbaum, Kristine G. ’03
  75. Davidson Village Inn
  76. Davis, Anna W. ’95
  77. Davis, James A. ’84
  78. de Visscher, Patrick M. ’09
  79. Decker, Dinah J. ’14
  80. DeLoache, Katherine D. ’08
  81. DeLoache, William C. ’09
  82. Demko, Andrew J. ’03
  83. Demopoulos, Cherie J. – parent
  84. Dempsey, Bert J. ’83 – parent
  85. Dennis, Melinda D. ’87
  86. Dennis, Patricia M. ’87
  87. DeVries, James T. ’94
  88. DiFiore, Paul M. ’13
  89. Ding, Y R. – parent
  90. Walt Disney Company
  91. Donnan, Mary F. ’84
  92. Douglass, Julianne G. ’77
  93. Douglass, Robert D. ’76
  94. Dover, Alice G. ’14
  95. DuBose, Frank E. ’65
  96. Dulin, Davison R. ’80 – parent
  97. Dunagan, Alison W. ’05
  98. Dunn, Wendy G. ’90
  99. Durante, Keith R. ’14
  100. Durbin, Sarah V. ’15
  101. Dwyer, Thomas – parent
  102. DyBuncio, Victoria – parent
  103. Eckert, Clare M. ’85
  104. Eckl, Suzanne E. ’09
  105. Edmunds, Amy L. ’80
  106. Elton, Nathan J. – friend
  107. Endersby, Kelly – parent
  108. Epstein, Kathleen E. ’10
  109. Evans, Janice P. ’86
  110. Evans, Mary Lee S. ’99
  111. Evans, Nicholas W. ’14
  112. Evans, Sally N. ’99
  113. Everett, Jenny M. ’97
  114. Farabee, Roger D. ’80
  115. Farrior, Hugh L. ’49 – parent
  116. Farrior-Rydgren, Ruth L. ’85
  117. Ferguson, William C. ’05
  118. Fiallo, Francisco J. ’09
  119. Finn, Ashleigh P. ’05
  120. Fleming, Catherine D. ’08
  121. Fleming, Edward D. ’06
  122. Follett
  123. Forio, Phoebe E. ’82
  124. Forrest, Anika S. ’11
  125. Francis, Charles R. ’11
  126. Francis, Molly M. ’10
  127. Frank, Kaela A. ’11
  128. Fuentes, Brittany R. ’02
  129. Fukui, Olivia E. ’15
  130. Furr, James E. ’68 – parent
  131. Gabrielson, Courtney C. ’13
  132. Gadaire, Andrew P. ’12
  133. Garrison, John D. ’55
  134. Gauthier, Benjamin P. ’14
  135. Gelly, Cordelia C. ’82
  136. Gelly, James V. ’81
  137. Gidley, Bridget – parent
  138. Gill, Terra D. ’02
  139. Gilmer, Benjamin P. ’92
  140. Gilmer, John C. ’57 – parent
  141. Glance, Carlyle M. ’13
  142. Glance, Ellyson L. – student
  143. Goodwin, Randal S. ’80
  144. Grant, Julia D. ’89
  145. Graver, Molly L. ’91
  146. Green, John G. ’06
  147. Greening, Paul C. ’13
  148. Gregory, Jennifer – parent
  149. Gresham, John W. ’67
  150. Griffin, Mary B. ’85
  151. Groves, Aubrey E. ’06
  152. Gryska, Anna v. ’11
  153. Guill, Marshall A. ’69 – parent
  154. Gul, Fahd ’99
  155. Gulotta, Rachel T. ’12
  156. Gunn, George W. ’47 – parent
  157. Gustafson, Sarah H. ’14
  158. Hackman, Mary E. – parent
  159. Haddad, Devin A. ’10
  160. Hagans, Rebecca C. – parent
  161. Hall, William H. ’88
  162. Hamilton, William J. ’50
  163. Hardman, Matthew J. ’97
  164. Harris, Jonathan M. ’93
  165. Hart, Charles G. ’04
  166. Hasan, Rasheedah ’96
  167. Hasty, Lisa A. ’81 – parent
  168. Hay, Herrick R. ’77 – parent
  169. Hay, Sarah A. ’14
  170. Heeren, Mary M. – parent
  171. Henderson, Peter M. – parent
  172. Henson, Kenneth M. ’13
  173. Herlong, Jackson D. ’06
  174. Hesson, Nicole L. ’04
  175. Highet, Christine L. ’09
  176. Hiken, James N. – parent
  177. Hile, Scott R. ’95
  178. Hindsley, Charlotte A. ’07
  179. Holt-Bogdan, Elizabeth H. ’00
  180. Hooper, Charles N. ’55
  181. Hoopes, Linda L. ’81
  182. Horne, Paul A. ’79
  183. Hotel Development & Mgmt. Group, LLC
  184. Howard, Colby C. ’12
  185. Hsuan, Frederick C. ’95
  186. Hudgins, Christopher C. ’68
  187. Hudson, Frederick M. ’55
  188. Huntly, Rory T. ’06
  189. Ing, Charles – parent
  190. Jacks, Timothy F. ’90
  191. Jackson, LaCrystal J. ’98
  192. Jacob, Michael W. ’71
  193. Jin, Cheng ’12
  194. Johnson, Adrian D. ’00
  195. Johnson, Matthew K. ’12
  196. Jolly, Carole L. ’84
  197. Jones, William L. ’87
  198. Kahn, Henry D. – parent
  199. Kalivoda, Katherine R. ’14
  200. Kansupada, Ameesha P. ’89
  201. Keaton, Mary C. ’14
  202. Kejriwal, Tanvi ’14
  203. Kelly, Kristin A.’89 – parent
  204. The Ed & Dorothy Kendall Foundation
  205. Kendall, Edward M. – parent
  206. Kennedy, Natalia M. ’09
  207. Kennedy, Walter A. ’65
  208. Kent, Jeffrey D. ’96
  209. Kepchar, James K. ’78
  210. King, Hardin W. ’55
  211. Kline, Laura L. ’87
  212. Kluttz, George L. ’67
  213. Konrad, Kyle W. ’09
  214. Kornegay, Sydney B. ’11
  215. Krause, Benjamin P. ’13
  216. Kruter, Nicholas A. ’11
  217. Kyei, Pearl S. ’05
  218. Lacayo, Carlos-Andres ’02
  219. Lackey, Laurie B. ’79 – parent
  220. Lanners, Jay T. ’11
  221. Leachman, Nathaniel T. ’01
  222. Ledford, Morgan T. ’97
  223. Lee, Alice C. ’06
  224. Lee, Wendy M. ’94
  225. Legerton, Fitzhugh M. ’47
  226. Leib-Kreisberg, Amie – parent
  227. Lemm, Bettina E. ’13
  228. Leopold, Mary F. ’79
  229. Libson, Alexander R. ’07
  230. Lipscomb, George B. ’90
  231. Llewellyn, Robert R. ’63
  232. Long, Roderick R. ’83
  233. Lotz, Matthew T. ’11
  234. Low, Blakely E. ’10
  235. Lucas, Katherine S. ’07
  236. MacKnyght, Julie P. ’04
  237. Maghini, Monica – parent
  238. Mailander, Elizabeth B. ’85
  239. Marathon Oil Company
  240. Marti, Heidi ’10
  241. Martin, Henry B. ’14
  242. Martin, Joseph P. ’63
  243. McAlister, James D. ’01
  244. McClure, Archibald ’06
  245. McClure, Emily M. ’06
  246. McCormick, Brennan G. ’13
  247. McDonald, Andrew T. ’80
  248. McDonald, Lisa B. ’81
  249. McGehee, Margaret T. ’97
  250. McGrady, Michael J. ’80
  251. McKee, William D. – parent
  252. McNeely, Samuel E. ’70
  253. McPhaul, Elbert ’54
  254. Melby, Jessica E. ’13
  255. Melton, George E. ’54
  256. Merrill, Daniel R. ’14
  257. Milligan, Catherine C. ’93
  258. Mintz, Evan S. ’11
  259. Mittelstadt, Jeffrey M. ’99
  260. Mittelstadt, Susanne M. – parent
  261. Montgomery, James H. ’55
  262. Montgomery, Whitney H. ’87
  263. Morel, Eric G. ’09
  264. Morris, Catherine N. ’10
  265. Morse, Sarah G. ’08
  266. Motley, Phillip M. ’91
  267. Muller, Patrick J. ’12
  268. Musiitwa, Jacqueline M. ’03
  269. Nabeshima, Mika ’91
  270. Naisby, Claire A. ’12
  271. Nash-Webber, Andrew J. ’01
  272. Nash-Webber, Christina C. ’01
  273. Neff, Ashley T. – friend
  274. Neff, Kristina H. ’07
  275. Neubauer, Joshua M. ’95
  276. Newsome, James D. ’83 – parent
  277. Norris, Anna M. ’96
  278. Obidegwu, Nwamaka U. ’08
  279. O’Brown, Natasha M. ’10
  280. O’Connell, Marissa C. ’11
  281. O’Donnell, Ashley R. ’07
  282. Ogden, George P. ’11
  283. O’Kelley, Robert F. ’67
  284. Olin, Jonathan H. ’95
  285. Olin, PerMar Q. ’96
  286. O’Reilly, Francesca F. ’92
  287. Orozco-Lince, Gustavo A. ’14
  288. Osgood, Michael J. ’01
  289. Oxner, David J. ’02
  290. Parker, Ashley B. ’14
  291. Parra, Alvavo G. – parent
  292. Parra, Anne S. – parent
  293. Patusky, Alice K. ’94
  294. Pelczynski, Melissa J. ’86
  295. Pellarin, Daniel J. ’82
  296. Pellarin, Sally D. ’82
  297. Perez, Lorena P. ’12
  298. Perkins, Jessica M. ’05
  299. Perry, Scott R. – parent
  300. Pew Charitable Trusts
  301. Pfister, Anne M. ’87 – parent
  302. Pfister, Daryl R. ’86 – parent
  303. Phillips, Chieko T. ’09
  304. Pilon, J. B. ’04
  305. Poe, George W. ’74
  306. Pomeroy, William L. ’58 – parent
  307. Powell, Ronald M. ’76
  308. Prohasky, Mario G. ’05
  309. Quackenbush, Teri B. ’80
  310. R. J. Reynolds Foundation
  311. Ramella, Catherine E. ’03
  312. Raney, Lee S. ’79
  313. Reed, Frederick E. ’65
  314. Regen, Jon W. ’56 – parent
  315. Reynolds, John M. ’87
  316. Riehl, Samuel P. ’15
  317. Riley, Susanna T. ’13
  318. Rinkevich, Rebecca H. ’15
  319. Rissing, Sabrina N. ’06
  320. Rivera, Natasha D. ’12
  321. Rodriguez, Katrina ’12
  322. Roos, Julia K. ’93
  323. Rosen, Brittany M. ’11
  324. Ross, Michael P. ’12
  325. Rubenstein, Edith – parent
  326. Rufh, Courtney L. ’15
  327. Russell, Michael T. ’75
  328. Ryan, Laura B. ’99
  329. Ryan, Stephen E. ’99
  330. Sadowski, Sarah J. ’93
  331. Sanguinetti, Mariah M. ’14
  332. Sarafova, Sophia D. – friend
  333. Sargent, Michael C. ’13
  334. Satterwhite, Sarah K. ’11
  335. Saucedo, Marlo C. ’91
  336. Scholz, Amber H. ’02
  337. Schwartz, Catherine T. ’03
  338. Schwartz, Jeremy V. ’03
  339. Seaverns, Molly – parent
  340. Seaverns, Molly ’08
  341. Shealy, Julia L. ’93
  342. Silveira, Jorge L. ’81
  343. Smith, Andrew L. ’80 – parent
  344. Smith, Kathelene M. – parent
  345. Sood, Anil K. ’86
  346. Sousa, Laura D. ’10
  347. Squires, Jonathan C. ’06
  348. Staton, Erin K. ’05
  349. Stephan, Catherine M. ’15
  350. Stephan, Marian – parent
  351. Stone, Marion S. ’89
  352. Straka, John – parent
  353. Streb, Stephen P. ’12
  354. Stutts, Lauren A. ’05
  355. Suiters, Michael L. ’10
  356. Sundberg, Richard J. – parent
  357. Tarbet, Carol – friend
  358. Taylor, Alex N. ’13
  359. The Teague Group
  360. Teague, Barry A. ’65
  361. Teague, Dennard L. ’82 – parent
  362. Teague, John B. ’82 – parent
  363. Teasley, Myles C. ’14
  364. Templin, James E. ’51
  365. Theodorou, Ilias ’11
  366. Thompson, Jeanne P. ’87
  367. Thornton, Robert ’74 – parent
  368. Tinkler, David K. ’78
  369. Trantham, Jeremy C. ’03
  370. Trathen, Elizabeth C. ’87 – parent
  371. Treible, Jordan E. ’14
  372. Troy, Daniel C. ’04
  373. Tullo, Nicole W. ’95
  374. Turner, Aubrey W. ’72 – parent
  375. Van Dyke, Benjamin P. ’09
  376. Vang, Nengher N. ’99
  377. Waddill, Dan W. ’83 – parent
  378. Wallace, Robert W. ’73 – parent
  379. Waller, Christopher L. ’87
  380. Wang, Yuxi ’14
  381. Warner, Susan – parent
  382. Welliver, Paul S. – parent
  383. Wells Fargo & Company
  384. White, Taylor E. ’13
  385. Wilhelm, Jennifer C. ’01
  386. Wilhelm, Martin F. ’01
  387. Williams, Tyler S. ’15
  388. Wilson, Carolyn E. ’89
  389. Wilson, Gerald L. ’58
  390. Winchester, Rush B. ’73
  391. Wiser, Andrew C. ’98
  392. Withrow, Jerry W. ’70
  393. Worah, Vashist ’92
  394. Wright, Jordan K. ’14
  395. Yi, Hong – parent
  396. Yoder, Robert C. ’74
  397. York, Adam G. ’06
  398. Zavisho, Stefani B. ’14
  399. Zhu, Yuchen ’16
  400. Zimmerman, Theodore H. ’10

Internship & Job Challenge: Meet Megan Falvey ’14

Megan Falvey '14, Grey Group
Megan Falvey ’14, Grey Group

Megan Falvey ’14 graduated from Davidson with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. Upon graduation, she completed a four month internship with Grey Group, a worldwide Marketing and Advertising agency.  At the completion of the internship, Megan was hired full-time as an Assistant Account Executive.

While at Davidson, Megan set her sights on gaining experience that would benefit her career in the advertising world.  She served as a PR Assistant in the President’s Office and also as the Director of Public Relations for SGA.  She studied in Paris for one semester and completed an internship with Capstrat.  Keep reading to learn more about Megan’s experience with Grey and how Davidson helped her prepare.

Q: What attracted you to Grey?

A: Unlike most large agencies, Grey places a huge emphasis on creativity. In speaking with people working across departments, I realized how important the work was to the company’s success. About 10 years ago, Grey was struggling because the agency wasn’t encouraging clients to push boundaries. With a renewed focus on creativity and digital, Grey won agency of the year in 2013 and Network of the Year in 2014, and can still boast of clients like Pantene, Covergirl, Gillette, and DirectTV. It’s pretty rare to find a creativity agency with such big brands.

Q: In what ways did your time at Davidson uniquely prepare you to be successful at Grey?

A: Being able to craft a concrete argument is a huge skill in advertising. I was an English major at Davidson, so I had a lot of experience with gathering evidence to make a literary argument. In Account Management, you have to be strategic about how you present work to clients—from formal presentations, to weekly check-ins. Davidson prepared me for that type of work.

Q: What do you love most about your job?

A: I love how advertising balances business with creativity. Every day my team is faced with a new marketing challenge, and we get to solve it through creative thinking. Since I work on a global account, I also get to work with regions around the world and see how campaigns change based on local insights. No two days are the same. At times it can be overwhelming, but I enjoy what I’m doing and being busy.

Q: Are there any myths about your job that you would like to debunk?

A: For all those who have watched Mad Men, Account Management gets a bad reputation. I have never taken a client out to talk business over martinis. People also tend to assume that because we’re not in the creative department, we only occupy ourselves with the business side of things. In Account Management, I contribute to all stages of creative development, which means that my job actually requires me to be creative.

Q: What advice do you would you give to students applying for this internship?

A: Use your connections. Unfortunately, advertising is a very competitive industry, and if you blindly submit your application online, chances are it will never make it to HR. For Grey specifically, the work is really important. Look through Grey’s portfolio or scan AdWeek and Ad Age to find work that speaks to you, and be prepared to explain why you think it’s effective.

Megan and Grey Worldwide are participants in the 2014-2015 Internship & Job Challenge.  To view the Summer 2015 internship description, visit WildcatLink.  The application deadline is February 20, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Internship & Job Challenge: Meet Wilson Purcell ’15

Wilson Purcell '15
Wilson Purcell ’15

Wilson Purcell ’15 had the great opportunity to intern with Coleman Research Group in Raleigh, NC.  The internship was shared by Ali Gores ’10.  Read on for an overview of Wilson’s experience.

Q: What originally drew your interest to this particular position?

A: I was drawn to the internship by the opportunity to speak with accomplished professionals from various backgrounds / industries. I figured that I would get to hear some interesting stories and learn about career paths that I wouldn’t have thought to research.

Q: How did the experience impact your career goals and your next steps?

A: This may not be the answer you’re looking for, but the experience didn’t really change my career goals all that much. I am still interested in finance and consulting work. Working at Coleman, though, showed me just how much working in an open and friendly office environment makes the work more enjoyable. If anything, working at Coleman shifted my focus in that I am now looking to work for smaller, more intimate companies.

Q: Can you share one brief story about a specific project, moment, etc. that was particularly impactful?

A: The executive officers of the company are mostly based in the New York office with one of them in London and two in Raleigh, but I got to meet each of them over the summer. They all met in Raleigh for a few days, and the CEO and founder Kevin Coleman came another time by himself. On his solo trip, he sat at the cubicle next to me to get some work done. He seemed busy, so I didn’t bother him. Once he had some free time, though, he introduced himself and talked to me for a bit. I thought it was really cool that he spent some of his limited time in the Raleigh getting to know the summer intern.

Current students can view postings for summer internships and entry-level positions presented by Davidson alumni and families for the 2014-2015 Internship & Job Challenge on WildcatLink.