We would like to shine the next Bison Spotlight on a member of the Class of 2020, Leundra Marsh. She will earn a Bachelor of Science of Business Administration with focuses in Marketing and Management. On-campus, she is a member of the Women’s Field Hockey team, a Teaching Assistant for Digital Applications, and is a Front Desk Worker at the Fitness Center. Outside of school and work, she loves hanging out with her roommates, going to the gym, trying new places to eat, and attending Pub Nights and Big Prize Bingo. A fun fact about Leundra is she always needs to have Chapstick on her at all times.
Last summer, Leundra interned for a small staffing agency called ManeHire. In this role, she was a Marketing Intern. She managed all the company’s social media pages. She also used a helpful application called Loomly. This made it possible to schedule posts at certain times and days on various social media platforms.
Leundra is in the 4+1 Program at Nichols. She is currently interning at Unum as a Scholars Program Intern. Unum is one of the top disability insurers in the United States and the United Kingdom. She will continue this role throughout her time obtaining her Master’s Degree. Leundra interns with the Individual Disability Insurance Policies Department. She is learning how to work with various databases, how to update customers’ policies, mailing, and how to process payments.
When we asked Leundra about her experience she said, “My internship experience with Unum is a bit different. Unum is a Fortune 500 company, so I feel like I have more room for growth. Working at Unum for a couple of months now, I have learned a lot about my preferred work style. It has given me the direction I want to pursue my future career.”
Leundra’s favorite thing during her experience is meeting new people. She said, “The branch I work at has hundreds of employees. Every time I go into work, I always meet someone new. One of the unique aspects of Unum is they are very flexible with their employees. This is very evident in their employees’ morale.”
Gaining experience helped Leundra discover her career path. She said, “Being a double major, I was unsure which career path I wanted to take. I decided getting an internship in both management and marketing was the best way for me to discover my true passion. I have learned internships are also a great way to develop your soft skills. A lot of employers look to hire people who match the skills their company is looking for. Anyone can be proficient in Microsoft, but having emotional intelligence skills developed, can get you a long way.”
Leundra gave some valuable advice, she said, “Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Even if you feel like you do not qualify for a certain position, it does not hurt to apply and take your chances. After all, you have nothing to lose.”
We would like to thank Leundra for taking the time for sharing her story with us. The CPDC team is very proud of your accomplishments and cannot wait to see where your career takes you!