Sallie Mae and Delaware State University Partner to Offer Summer Intern Program

Fri Jun 7, 2013 10:06am EDT

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Sallie Mae and Delaware State University Partner to Offer Summer Intern Program

Students Start On-the-Job Training this Week

Eight students from Delaware State University started a summer internship program this week at Sallie Mae’s headquarters in Newark.

Students and new graduates of Delaware State University start a summer internship program at Sallie  ...

Students and new graduates of Delaware State University start a summer internship program at Sallie Mae's headquarters in Newark. (Photo: Business Wire)

The new program was established in partnership with DSU as part of Sallie Mae’s commitment to the communities in which we live and work.

“The Sallie Mae summer internship program provides DSU students with an invaluable opportunity to expand their classroom knowledge and expose them to real world tasks in a corporate environment,” said Dr. Shelton Rhodes, dean of the DSU College of Business. “In this professional environment, these high-achieving students can practice, further excel their skills through project-based assignments, and thereby gain experience that will increase their preparedness to compete in the global job market upon their graduation.”

The interns are current students and new graduates with majors in business management, accounting, mass communications, and social work.

Participants will work in audit, compliance, finance, human resources, communications, marketing, and servicing departments. Over the course of 10 weeks, they will complete meaningful assignments and gain practical work experience.

They will also participate in scheduled professional development sessions on such topics as workplace professionalism, conflict management, presentation skills and advanced communication. Each intern will also have an opportunity to participate in one-on-one simulated job interviews.

“This program makes a critical connection between the classroom and the office that will prepare the interns for future employment opportunities,” said Joni Reich, executive vice president, Sallie Mae. “It will develop the next generation of leaders at Sallie Mae and in Delaware.”

The interns are (left to right): Jiafu Zhang (M.B.A., 2014) of Dover, Del.; Anthony Colonnello (B.S., 2015) of Middletown, Del.; Marcia Tucker (B.S., 2014) of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; Michelle Rolsal (B.A., 2013) of Dover, Del.; Christen Thomas (B.S., 2015) of Baltimore, Md.; Neil Shah (B.S., 2015) of Dover, Del.; and, Mariah Edwards (B.S. 2013 & M.B.A. 2014) of Bowie, Md. Not pictured: Edward Doxen III (B.S.W., 2014) of Washington, D.C.

Michelle Rolsal, a summer intern in corporate communications, wrote this press release.

Sallie Mae (NASDAQ: SLM) is the nation’s No. 1 financial services company specializing in education. Celebrating 40 years of making a difference, Sallie Mae continues to turn education dreams into reality for American families, today serving 25 million customers. With products and services that include 529 college savings plans, Upromise rewards, scholarship search and planning tools, education loans, insurance, and online banking, Sallie Mae offers solutions that help families save, plan, and pay for college. Sallie Mae also provides financial services to hundreds of college campuses as well as to federal and state governments. Learn more at SallieMae.com. Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.

Delaware State University is an American historically black, public university located in Dover, Del. DSU has two satellite campuses located in Wilmington and Georgetown, Del. The university consists of six colleges and a diverse population of undergraduate and advanced degree students. Delaware State enrolls about 4,400 students annually.

Sallie Mae:
Nikki Lavoie, 302-283-4057
Nikki.Lavoie@SallieMae.com
or
DSU:
Carlos Holmes, 302-857-6062
cholmes@desu.edu

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