When Sam Bogle joined her fellow Pittsburg State University Enactus students for national competition in Kansas City, she had a lot on her mind.
Not only did she want her team to perform well, but as incoming president, she was already thinking about projects and ideas for this coming year. During the course of the event, however, one other subject quickly took hold of her mind.
“A person from management at Sam’s Club was there and asked us who would like an internship at Sam’s,” Bogle said. “So, I went over the booth and got an application. Hours later, I had an offer.”
Bogle, a senior with a double major in management and marketing, said she was not expecting to earn a summer internship that quickly, but she certainly wasn’t about to turn it down.
“It really did happen very fast, but it’s a great opportunity for me,” she said. “I was excited, but also a little surprised. I’ve needed an internship, so this worked out perfectly.”
Bogle’s internship began in early June and will last 10 weeks. She is one of three interns this summer at the Sam’s Club store in Joplin.
“I’m very much looking forward to gaining the experience and seeing if management and marketing is really what I want to do,” she said. “I admit to still having some nervousness about my future, so this should definitely help clear things up.”
Bogle was one of seven PSU Enactus students to secure an internship or a full-time job while at nationals.
“Our students are very attractive to employers because of their skills, intellect and drive,” Suzanne Hurt, Enactus student adviser, said. “I wasn’t at all surprised that they were getting offers from businesses that had a presence at nationals.”
As for the Enactus team, their collective star shined bright at nationals. The team finished as second runner-up in its league. During the opening ceremonies, the PSU team was recognized as the second-place winner in the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Partnership contest and as the third-place winner in the Sam’s Club “Step Up For Small Business” competition.
The PSU team received the Women’s Economic Empowerment award for its community employment initiative. The second-place award included a $4,000 prize.
The team earned third-place in the “Step Up” competition for its work with the Grace House Event Center in Galena. That award carried a $3,000 prize.
All told, they left Kansas City with $7,750 in grant money.