By Matt Winkeljohn | The Good Phrase
THE FLATS — Brentavious Glanton and Lila Greatest come from totally different corners of the Georgia Tech Athletic Affiliation, but they had been fairly alike whereas in “micro internships” final month at RaceTrac Petroleum headquarters.
Greatest, who graduated in early Could with a enterprise diploma, was a swimmer for the Yellow Jackets. Glanton, a senior who’s on monitor to graduate in December with a enterprise diploma, is a defensive lineman on the soccer group.
They’ll each flip skilled quickly, becoming a member of the work pressure and, towards that finish, every labored paid internships from Could 6-17 at RaceTrac, which is situated in Cobb County, close to Smyrna’s SunTrust Park.
“I labored with promotions,” Glanton stated. “We had been constructing limited-time provides and stuff like that. We met with totally different distributors . . . and I discovered so much about how you can carry your self, and how you can get what you need.”
He continued, “We had been within the workplace largely, however we did retailer visits. If a vendor has a product they’re making an attempt to get on the cabinets, we did style exams. I actually appreciated the tradition that they had. It felt like a household setting.”
Volleyball’s Grace Rigsbee and scholar assistant soccer coach Jaylend Ratliffe – whose scholarship Tech has honored since he suffered a career-ending damage in a 2014 ATV accident – additionally labored at RaceTrac as a report 107 student-athletes lined up summer season internships with assist from the Georgia Tech Athletics Affiliation.
The athletics’ internship program was rebranded because the Fifth Avenue Bridge Program in gentle of the various alternatives out there to student-athletes in Midtown, which is linked to campus by the Fifth Avenue Bridge. Accenture and EY, for instance, are close by.
Loads of internships lie elsewhere, too, as RaceTrac, adidas, Waffle Home, Atlanta Zoo, NASA, IBM, Norfolk Southern, Delta, UPS and different firms supply on-the-job studying experiences for Georgia Tech student-athletes.
“I labored within the operations division and I checked out potential new merchandise that they need to supply, and determined what can be good concepts going into the summer season,” Greatest stated of her internship with RaceTrac. “We truly did retailer rides and went to their truck cease.”
Greatest and Glanton are additional comparable in that they each have settled into longer summer season internships. Greatest is with UPS Capital in Sandy Springs.
Glanton and teammates Omahri Jarrett and Christian Campbell are at the moment interning at Barton Government Search, which has employed many Tech student-athletes lately. “We prefer to say we don’t discover jobs for individuals, we discover individuals for jobs,” Glanton stated.
Greatest resides at house in Sandy Springs this summer season. That’s handy to her present, 12-week internship at UPS Capital off of Abernathy Street.
“I work with the higher-ups to assist develop company technique they need the corporate to give attention to sooner or later,” she stated. “One other one of many initiatives is I’m working interviewing individuals in several departments — all of them have totally different committees and governance — to see if their conferences are redundant. We need to eradicate crimson tape.
“In a extra inventive undertaking, I’m additionally serving to improve the [employee] reward system.”
Rising up in Albany, Glanton thought-about attending Tennessee, Wake Forest, Cal, NC State and Tech amongst others. One of many causes he selected Tech was as a result of he noticed that so many internship potentialities are made out there to Yellow Jackets.
“That was undoubtedly one thing that I thought-about once I was colleges,” he stated. “I actually checked out life after college.”
Glanton hopes to work at a advertising guide after he graduates, ideally in Georgia, and Greatest wish to keep close to house, too. She has appreciable native expertise after interning final summer season at Southern Market, and in 2017 within the profession middle on the Emory School of Regulation.
“After this internship, I’m going to maneuver nearer to campus,” she stated. “I might like to work for UPS Capital or RaceTrac. I used to be considering of going to legislation college sooner or later. I nonetheless may.”