Kent State College of Business Administration Student Finalist for Best Intern in the 2015 Expys

College of Business Administration student, Vince Shannon is a 2015 Expys finalist in the Best Intern category, presented by NEOIntern and Cleveland Business Connects.

Shannon, a Kent State senior majoring in business management has been a Sales and Social Media Intern for the PGA Tour and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational since May 2014. He is currently working on his third internship with the company.

“As a Sales and Social Media Intern, I have had a variety of job responsibilities. In my marketing role, I facilitated and created the content for social media resulting in an increase in Facebook "Likes" by 10 percent and Twitter followers by 30 percent,” Shannon said. “I also implemented the digital media strategy that reached more than seven million people during the tournament. Plus, I introduced a new initiative, a "Ten Day Countdown" of golf inspired pictures leading up to the event.”

Shannon’s success in his marketing role was evident through increased sales.

“In my sales role, I assisted in generating $4 million in sales to increase charitable dollars through business development,” said Shannon. “I helped support a 90% renewal rate among corporate sponsors, created PowerPoint decks for prospective clients and restructured elements in client contracts to increase revenue on a year by year basis. Additionally, I created tournament hospitality suite video sales presentations to provide virtual tours for prospective clients.”

“Interacting with tournament staff and over 1,000 volunteers, Vince Shannon has done an exceptional job during his internship for the Bridgestone Invitational,” said Donald Padgett, Shannon’s Internship manager. “I have seen firsthand Vince’s professional development during his time with the tournament, and we look forward to a continued relationship with Vince.”

Shannon found his internship through the College of Business Administration’s Career Services Office.

The College of Business Administration’s Career Services Office provides more than 150 internships per year for students with Business majors and minors.

“As part of my role, I send out weekly emails to all business students who have opted into the listserv. This email provides students insight into the type jobs and internships employers are searching to fill,” said Mandy McNamee, internship coordinator for the College of Business Administration’s Career Services Office. “This is a great benefit for all business students since the jobs and internships posted come directly from employers who are recruiting business students. Students should be reading these emails to learn and take advantage of these great opportunities.”

The 2015 Expys will take place March 25 at 11:30 a.m. at Windows on the River in Cleveland, Ohio. More than 300 corporate and higher education professionals are expected to be in attendance.

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Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is one of only 180 colleges or schools of business worldwide to achieve dual accreditation in both business and accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the global accrediting body providing specialized accreditation at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.  The College of Business Administration is home to 4,502 students, the second largest college of business in Ohio.  The college boasts a satellite office of Kent State University’s Career Services Center dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.


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