ECSU expanding internships, career services


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Elizabeth City State University is seeking to expand opportunities for student internships and other experiences that will help students get career-ready.

Gary L. Brown, ECSU’s vice chancellor for student affairs, told the Student Experience Committee last week that the university’s Career Development Center offers workshops and other services to help students prepare for jobs after graduation.

The services include professional dress workshops, dining etiquette, job search strategies, resume- and cover-letter writing, graduate school application assistance, tips for career success, and professional communication.

Brown, who began at ECSU last summer, said the office has increased its focus on engaging with intentional employers in order to build internship opportunities for students.

Trustees expressed enthusiasm for the expansion of internships and the work of the Career Development Center.

Brown said he is proposing one general internship course across disciplines that students would register for during the term in which they are completing the internship.

ECSU Board of Trustees Chairman Harold Barnes said it’s important for the university to do everything it can to help students get the “soft skills” that enable them to get good jobs when they graduate.

Brown agreed and said the university’s career development center and internships both help with that goal. Internships help students prepare for and land jobs when they graduate, he said.

“These internships are really helpful in getting them the information and content necessary to get these full-time opportunities,” Brown said.

Trustee Jan-King Robinson said teaching communication skills and soft skills need to be an integral part of what ECSU does. She said that traditionally has been an important part of what historically black colleges and universities have done.