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Sarah Langdon (center) with Ann Brown, COO of Microburst Learning, and Cocky.
Sarah Langdon (center) with Ann Brown, COO of Microburst Learning, and Cocky.

CIP honors outstanding student and S.C. employer

More than 100 University of South Carolina students earned valuable job experience and money while meeting needs of South Carolina businesses, thanks to the Community Internship Program launched by the university’s Career Center.

The Career Center recently recognized the success of the program and honored Sarah Langdon, a senior in the S.C. Honors College from Troy, Ohio, as the Outstanding CIP Student and Pure Fishing as the Outstanding CIP Employer for 2010.

Langdon, a senior majoring in visual communications in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, worked with Microburst Learning, a Columbia-based company that provides online skill-training courses. Langdon filmed and edited training videos on more than 20 projects.

“Since Sarah has joined us (Microburst Learning), the quality of our videos has leapfrogged over the quality of our past work,” said Ann Brown, chief operating officer of Microburst Learning. “Her ability to go into unfamiliar surroundings and capture the essence of what we needed through video or still pictures is phenomenal.”

Brown praised Langdon for her professionalism and ability and desire to learn and said that Microburst has offered Langdon permanent employment.

Shabda Bhujad of Ayrangabad, India, who is pursuing a master’s degree in human resources, presented the employer award to Pure Fishing, a Columbia-based fishing tackle company. Bhujad discussed her experiences as an intern with the human-resources team at Pure Fishing, citing staff members’ receptiveness to ideas, organization and delegation of projects, sharing of knowledge and experience, technical skill training and personal encouragement.

“Pure Fishing crafted really demanding and high-impact projects for my internship,” Bhujad said. “The human-resources team helped me build by self-confidence and assertion as an effective professional. They consistently motivated me and helped me give my best in the internship.”

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Community Internship Program

  • What: Opportunity for students to gain job experience and cash while helping out local businesses
  • Who: Sarah Langdon, senior majoring in visual communications, named Outstanding CIP Student; Pure Fishing named Outstanding CIP Employer

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