Left to right: Ted Pattison, Deborah Brame, Courtney Farrington, Melissa Kass, and Charlie Lehmann
CHAPEL HILL, NC – Carolina Meadows is partnering with North Carolina Central University to create the innovative internship program “Eagles at the Meadows.” The program aims to recognize the important contributions that NCCU students currently make at Carolina Meadows, offering professional experience that will allow them to “soar as they embark on their careers.”
“I stand on the fundamental that knowledge is power,” said NCCU junior Courtney Farrington. “An internship teaches you the responsibilities of being in a real job, time management and how to use your business ethics and marketing skills.”
“Eagles at the Meadows” offers 10-12 week internships in marketing, hospitality and information technology services. Farrington, a Mass Communication major with a strong background in marketing, was selected to be the marketing intern. Though she was drawn to Carolina Meadows for the professional experience, Farrington says this opportunity hits close to home.
“Often times you see senior citizens sent away to places so that their families can forget about them. They just walk away,” Farrington said. “It happened to my grandma, and that bothered me. I feel we, as the younger generation, need to do a better job of taking care of our seniors and ensuring that they are well provided for.”
As the marketing intern, Farrington will assist Carolina Meadows with market research, building key relationships and providing excellent customer service.
“We want it to be meaningful,” said Ted Pattison, Carolina Meadows VP of training and development. “Courtney will get a chance to work directly with our marketing and communications staff as well as our wonderful residents to continue building on Carolina Meadows’ position as one of the top continuing care retirement communities in the Triangle.”
“We think it’s terrific,” said Charlie Lehmann, resident and advisor for the “Eagles at the Meadows” Intern Program. “They will give us a perspective that we do not have, and we are pleased to be able to help them in their careers.”
NCCU leaders were happy to work with Carolina Meadows to develop the program.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to showcase the talents of our students,” said Deborah Brame, director of Student Professional Development at North Carolina Central University. “Our students work extremely hard in the classroom in pursuit of an education for their chosen career. Carolina Meadows will allow them to practice what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in the real world.”
“We are happy that, in addition to gaining hands-on experience, our students receive compensation that will alleviate some of the financial challenges that accompany being a college student,” said Dr. Charmaine McKissick-Melton, associate professor of Mass Communication and coordinator of the internship program.
Farrington says from day one, Carolina Meadows has welcomed her with open arms and big smiles.
“Since my very first interview with Melissa, Charlie and various other members, it’s been nothing shy of a blessing. I’ve had nothing but positive comments and positive encouragement,” said Farrington. “It’s been an experience that even after the internship is over, I will keep with me for a lifetime.”
Pattison says he hopes to expand the “Eagles at the Meadows” internship in the future. “It just makes sense. It’s a good thing to do. It gets the students experience and gives them a chance to see what the real world is like.”
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