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February 16, 2016

South University, Savannah Student Turns Externship into Opportunity

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South University, Savannah student Jennifer Hunter Atkinson is turning an academic externship into a greater opportunity. The Bachelor of Business Administration student is now helping to organize a well-known entrepreneurial event in Savannah.

Atkinson worked with The Creative Coast (TCC) as part of an externship through South University’s College of Business. When that ended, she decided to stay on to help TCC administrators organize their annual “Fast Pitch” competition. The competition gives would-be entrepreneurs the chance to quickly pitch their ideas to area business leaders and experts for feedback and advice.

“I’ve played a role in attracting applicants, sponsorships, and coaches as well as logistics planning and event marketing,” Atkinson explains.  “It’s fast paced and always a team effort at TCC!”

Atkinson says the time at TCC is giving her applicable real-world experience.

“I am constantly acquiring new skills that I can add to my repertoire and I feel competent in utilizing them in any job setting,” she says.  “This isn’t a ‘file paper here’ internship.  This is a dive right in, get involved, be part of the action, internship.  I know I can apply the same enthusiasm to take on new tasks and acquire more knowledge into any career I pursue.  I am constantly learning, stretching my mind, and pursuing higher levels of thinking here at TCC.”

The academic externship is just one part of the educational experience at South University that Atkinson believes is preparing her well for her future.

“South has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in steering my life into a direction I’m proud of.  Through the last two years, I have gained tremendous support from my professors and I feel part of a community that challenges me to achieve personal and professional goals.”

Atkinson says her work with TCC is one of the experiences that has helped fuel her passion for small businesses and now her sights are set on working with entrepreneurs in the future.

“I find the value in working for a company that has the potential for expansion, has a passionate vision, and a team of dedicated employees.”

Atkinson recently authored a Savannah Morning News column about her externship experience. To read more, please visit:

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