Brandon Boswell '15 interned at Mailing Services Inc.
The Randolph-Macon College experience gives students
The EDGE through an exceptional education, faculty
mentorship, alumni connections and career preparation
for a competitive advantage in the marketplace and lifelong success.
Yellow Jackets learn how to be leaders, thinkers, and communicators, and they can
put it all into practice with a tailor-made internship—essential experience in today’s
competitive job market. R-MC’s Bassett Internship
Program has placed more than 3,000 students in internships in the U.S. and
abroad since 1982. The program provides students the resources to identify and pursue
academic, paid, or volunteer internships in any career field.
Just ask economics/business major
Brandon Boswell ’15, who spent January Term (J-term)
doing cost analysis in his position as an intern at Mailing Services, Inc. (MSI)
in Richmond, Virginia.
Learning by Doing
Under the guidance of Vice President Daniel Hutton, “I helped determine the costs
of a new computer program the company is getting ready to launch,” explains Boswell
of his duties at MSI. “I was tasked with finding as many of the program’s associated
costs as possible in order to determine the total cost for each order. Once I found
it, I determined the optimum price that the company can sell the product so that
it’s affordable to consumers, but is still profitable for MSI.” Boswell also had
a hand in finding innovative ways to advertise the computer program, which was designed
in part by fellow intern Joelle Gross ’14.
Boswell, a Montross, Virginia native, says his internship experience will benefit
him for years to come.
“Interning allowed me to apply what I learned in class to the work environment,”
he says. “For example, my Principles of Management class, taught by Economics/Business
Professors Ed Showalter and George Lowry, taught me the skills I needed to complete
my project, as well as the ‘people skills’ I needed to communicate with my MSI colleagues.”
Boswell has a new appreciation for his education. “I value R-MC’s curriculum and
my challenging workload more than ever,” he says. “Because of my internship experience,
I’m better prepared to multi-task and I have more confidence to ask questions when
Showalter, who arranged the internship through the Bassett Internship Program, also
served as Boswell’s advisor.
“Our for-credit academic internships link student-learning objectives and internship
placements,” says Showalter, who served for four years as director of the Bassett
program. “Our close interaction with our students and with our sponsoring internship
sites allows us to find great matches like Brandon and MSI." Boswell also worked
closely with the EDGE
“With the help of the EDGE staff I was better able to
understand myself—including my career goals,” he says. “I learned how to narrow
my focus, write a résumé, and hone my networking skills.” He is also working with
EDGE staff to secure a summer 2014 internship with the
Richmond Flying Squirrels. “I’m very excited about that,” he says. “I have an interview
coming up in a couple of weeks.”
Boswell, who during his free time participates in and helps manage intramural sports
at R-MC, hopes to eventually have a career in sports management or sports marketing.
“I’m keeping my options open,” says Boswell, “but my dream would be to manage a
professional baseball team.” His R-MC family will be with him all the way. “I value
most the connections I’ve made R-MC, including my relationships to faculty, staff,
and alumni,” he says. “The Yellow Jacket network will be with me for the rest of