With the recent return of the Coker College student body, there is a noticeable upswing in movement in our local businesses. Our restaurants are filled with younger faces. There is less elbow room in the isles at Wal-Mart. Coker’s contribution to our local businesses does not end with more money in the tills. Coker also provides our businesses and organizations with an eager, intelligent, and fresh work force.
Two of our local arts organizations are glad to have that resource nearby. “We’re fortunate to have two Coker students now on our staff,” says Bruce Douglas of Black Creek Arts Council. The Arts Council has welcomed Jennifer Graham of Neskowin, Oregon and Jessica Barnes of Moncks Corner, SC to its staff. Both girls come from varying academic and cultural backgrounds. “I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot of new and innovative ideas with the addition of these young ladies,” said BCAC President Judy Haenni.
Graham, is a senior Fine Art major, who is also pursuing a specialization in Museum Studies. A native of Korea, Graham is hoping to expand her knowledge of fine art and position herself for a career in the arts sector, as well as furthering her education. “The diverse nature of this internship will be tremendous for me as I head into the next stage of my life,” said Graham. The diversity Graham speaks of is the dual-site aspect of her internship. Graham will be interning at BCAC and Feury Fine Art. “With Jennifer on our staff, we will be able to implement a lot of our ideas sooner than we imagined. We really appreciate the opportunities Coker offers local businesses,” said Dianne Feury.
Graham will be exposed to arts organization management from both the profit and non-profit vantage points. “Jennifer is very fortunate to be able to see the art world from both sides of the coin,” said Haenni.
Joining Graham at BCAC is Jessica Barnes. A junior Communication major, Barnes will be focusing on media promotions, press writing, and community outreach. “This is my first internship. I am looking forward to applying the knowledge and skills I’ve picked up in the classroom for the benefit of a fascinating organization,” said Barnes.
Barnes comes to BCAC with an impressive resume. She is a Sparrow Scholar, president of the Pan-African Sisterhood Association, and a resident assistant at the Governor’s School.
If your business is interested in Coker’s internship program, call Darlene Small in the Center for International and Experiential Education (CIEE) at 843.383.8035.