SAINT LEO, Fla. – As with most years, the dog days of summer are free of scheduled competition and Saint Leo student-athletes are able to get jobs to earn some much-needed spending money for the upcoming year. Each year a few select Lions get opportunities to try out internships in their field of study and 2011 is no different. This year at least four Saint Leo student-athletes have continued their studies into the real-world with Jordan Hatch, Kaitlin McKenna, Mindy Pierce and Suzanne Ervin earning impressive opportunities.
McKenna, a former Saint Leo Volleyball standout; Pierce, former dual-sport cross country and swimmer; and Ervin, a former women’s golfer, all earned opportunities to work with Price Waterhouse Coopers serving as Assurance Process Specialists. In that position, the trio, along with other Saint Leo School of Business graduates will assist the Global Business Division of PwC as they support the audit process of the company, the third largest process in the corporation.
The entry level position allows them to learn job skills outside of the office and get serious exposure in their career field. The highly sought after internship saw a majority of the positions in the Tampa-St. Petersburg Division go to Saint Leo students and graduates. This was, in part, because of their large knowledge base and how well-prepared the SLU applicants were over other prospective candidates, a nod towards the impressive faculty in the Saint Leo School of Business.
Hatch, another women’s golf graduate, is currently serving an internship with the ANNIKA Foundation, founded by women’s golf trailblazer Annika Sorenstam. The two originally met in February when Sorenstam was the guest of honor and the Saint Leo Women in Sports Achievement Award winner. During that evening, Hatch was also honored as the Elaine Evans Spirit of Saint Leo Award winner, an award bestowed to the female student-athlete that best represents the Core Values of Saint Leo. Sorenstam began following the accomplishments of both Hatch and the Saint Leo women’s golf team and the foundation for the internship was laid.
All four, and the countless others performing internships across the world continue to put into practice the skills taught by Saint Leo University, both in the classroom and on the field and courts.