LCU matches students with internships, prepares them for careers
With COVID, prayerfully, in our rear-view mirror, more students had the chance to do in-person internships this academic year, and at least one Louisiana Christian University graduate was able to transform her position into a job.
Delaina Doyle Walley, a May 2023 graduate from Hineston, with a major in English and a minor in graphic design, served as a graphic design intern at the Louisiana Baptist Foundation this spring and will begin her position as communications coordinator there on June 1.
“I was not looking for a job or an internship at the beginning of last semester, but the university’s Center for Calling & Career sent out an email that caught my eye,” Walley said. “Most of my courses during my last semester were graphic design courses, so the idea of doing a paid internship in graphic design sounded like a great learning experience. Meredith Rennier connected me with the foundation, and I soon joined the team as an intern. I am very blessed and thankful because it led me directly to a career in my field of interest and expertise.”
Louisiana Christian University has made a concerted effort over the last two years to have every student incorporate experiential learning initiatives into their collegiate education, and it’s been paying off. Dozens of students have gotten hands-on experience in various career fields across Central Louisiana.
“Experiential Learning Initiatives are so very important to our students as they can take the knowledge learned within the classroom and apply it through actual experiences within the workforce and local community,” said Vice President of Student Life Meredith Rennier.
While not required for every major, including Walley’s, she said she recommends everyone take advantage of the opportunities.
“All students, in their freshmen year at LCU, take the Clifton StrengthFinder Assessment to identify their Top 5 Strengths,” Rennier said. “We focus on building these strengths throughout their college career and use the strengths to identify areas of opportunity for internships and deciding upon a career path best suited for the student.”
For Walley, her internship was a perfect fit.
“It helped me discover different ways to use my degree as well as how to take advantage of my minor,” she said.
Her supervisor, LBF Executive Director Jeff Steed, approached her about a permanent position that Walley said LBF created and offered to her, she said.
“I will continue to use my knowledge with design programs to help the foundation create graphics for advertising their services, and I will also be using my English knowledge and skills to coordinate communication between the foundation and other organizations, institutions, etc.,” Walley said. “I will be able to combine my creativity with my love for language to communicate effectively and efficiently with everyone in my path.”
LCU’s unique Center for Calling & Career is equipping students with internship opportunities, which simply can’t be overemphasized in preparation for the competitive marketplace awaiting our graduates, said President Dr. Rick Brewer.
“When future employers include our students as interns,” Brewer said, “they discover the quality education LCU’s students have received preparing them to think critically, conduct analytical reasoning, and serve as problem-solvers while exhibiting a Christ-like attitude.”
Media Release | May 16, 2023 | Pineville, Louisiana
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth B. Clarke, Director of University Communications | Elizabeth.email@example.com