Southeastern graduate and Chick-fil-A executive recruits students for internship opportunities

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Chick-fil-A
by: Tonya Lowentritt

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – Rob Dugas, vice president and chief procurement officer for Chick-fil-A, discusses his company with Chelsie Reed, a junior supply chain management major from Gonzales, on campus at Southeastern Louisiana University. Dugas, a Southeastern graduate, was on campus to meet with Southeastern students about summer corporate internship opportunities at Chick-fil-A.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University graduate and Chick-fil-A Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President Rob Dugas visited Southeastern recently to meet with and recruit Southeastern students for corporate internship opportunities at Chick-fil-A national headquarters in Atlanta.
     Sponsored by Southeastern’s Office of Career Services, the event was part of the university’s ongoing Real-World Ready initiative that provides students with experiential learning opportunities, including internships, service-learning courses, research, and artistic and field experiences.
     A 1986 graduate with a degree in communication, Dugas was recruiting for a 10-week summer program in Atlanta that includes paid corporate internships with a housing stipend and hands-on corporate learning experience in the privately held company. Chick-fil-A offers internship opportunities in accounting, business, communication, engineering, finance, information technology, and marketing and supply chain management.
     “Unlike training in biology and other fields, the College of Business doesn’t have labs to send students to so that they can learn by seeing and doing,” said Louis Mayfield Professor of Marketing Mike Jones. “Through internships, students can see if they even want to work in the world that they are preparing for. One can read lots of books about riding bicycles, but unless you get on one, I don’t think you will learn to ride. I wish all of our students had the learning experience provided by internships.”
     Dugas was recognized this year at Southeastern’s Annual Alumni Awards Evening during Homecoming as the Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
     “Besides being a visionary manager of the highest quality, Rob has been a great friend to Southeastern and its business students,” said Jones. “For two years he has hosted a group of 20 supply chain management majors from Southeastern during a visit to Atlanta, providing students a day of interacting with both he and his team. These visits provide students a powerful learning experience in a way that textbooks can’t. Most of the students on those visits have never been in the offices of a large corporation.”    
     The event included an overview of the Chick-fil-A corporation, as well as a presentation of internship opportunities in Atlanta, local internship opportunities, an open discussion question and answer session, and the opportunity to meet with Chick-fil-A corporate representatives.

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