STUDENTS BRING CHRIST FROM CLASSROOM TO CAREERS
Jonathon McCoy, Cedarville University criminal justice major interning at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security, met the Dalai Lama on a protective detail in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Jonathan McCoy.
by Public Relations
June 11, 2010
This summer, Cedarville University students are again participating in a variety of internships across the country: from Washington, D.C., to Beverly Hills, L.A., from the U.S. Department of State to the Sony Music Entertainment Group.
Last year, more than 500 Cedarville students obtained internships or other discipline-related experiences to gain skill in their chosen fields. Jeff Reep, associate director of career services at Cedarville, lists three benefits to gaining discipline-related experience early: building a resume, determining a career path, and networking within the field. On top of these real-world advantages, Cedarville students also gain an opportunity to impact others for Christ on a much wider scale.
Reep tells students that, “In every profession the world gets really small,” meaning social connections are both easy and important to make because they narrow the employee and employer world. Brittany Hicks, a junior political science major interning with the Family Research Council, agrees with Reep: “The amazing networking opportunities I will develop while in Washington, D.C., will be extremely beneficial for reconnecting with employers after graduation.”
Other students find their work important for developing a better understanding of their chosen field. Garrett Rucinski, a junior communications major who has always wanted to pursue music professionally, has been introduced to a new side of the music industry through his internship with the Sony Music Entertainment Group: “I have found God showing me that this is where He wants me right now. The office work…is showing me a whole new side of business in the music industry that I never understood.” Through these learning opportunities, students connect with professionals and learn new aspects of their studies as they narrow the gap between the classroom and the real world.
Not only do these students gain real-life experience in their chosen career paths, but they also have the opportunity to represent the character of Christ wherever they are working. Junior criminal justice major Jonathon McCoy is interning with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security where he works with special agents on background checks, investigations and protective details; he even had the chance to meet the Dalai Lama. Although McCoy is not permitted to discuss religion in the workplace, he still hopes to make an impact through his actions.
Whether they are sitting behind a desk in L.A. or on security detail for the Dalai Lama, Cedarville students are using their summer not only to gain real-life experience but also to bring the reputation of Christ to all areas of culture.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.
Department of Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Sociology