It was the chance of a lifetime for two Fort Hays State University students during the summer of 2002. Rigo Ramirez and Anna Beth Vap both received national internships.
Vap, LaCrosse senior, was selected from hundreds of applicants to serve as an intern for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle in Washington, DC.
"It was a great learning experience and one that I am sure I will never forget," said Vap, who will graduate with a degree in finance and a certificate in organizational leadership.
Ramirez, Great Bend senior, was one of 10 students selected nationally to win a $10,000 Gillette Scholarship Award and work at Gillette headquarters in Boston, MA. He worked in the customer service division while in Boston.
"My duties involved producing a customer satisfaction survey, creating annual department reports, auditing, calculating pensions and serving as a customer representative for Spanish speaking employees," said Ramirez.
He will graduate with a degree in business management in the spring of 2003.
"Fort Hays State University has given me unlimited opportunities and I think this proves that you can get national internships and still get the benefit of attending a smaller university," said Ramirez.
Former FHSU business and leadership graduates have expressed their appreciation for their summer internships.
Jesse Martin, FHSU alumnus, interned at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, while he was still attending FHSU.
"I know my summer internship with Disney helped me land my full-time position after graduation," said Martin.
Martin is the marketing manager for the Sea Wolves, a professional hockey team in Biloxi, MS.
Students interested in more information about the FHSU College of Business and Leadership should call the Office of Admissions at 1-800-628-FHSU.