Southeast Missouri State University

Student Lets Her Fingers do the Walking into Leadership, Adventure and a Career


Candice Haas, a marketing management major from Millstadt, Ill., sells advertising spots to companies all over the world at her paid internship with the YELLOWPAGES.COM division of AT&T.  “You sometimes hear about those ‘internships’ that basically entail filing, copying, faxing and doing the paper shuffle–not this internship!  I learned about the sales process, how to approach different situations, how to create contracts and how to close the deal.”  Best of all, this could turn into permanent employment at the end of the summer.

“I love that we are responsible for our own work, we are recognized when we do well and we are gaining valuable experience,” says Candice, who was introduced to this internship by Southeast’s St. Louis Career Specialist.

“Southeast has been a perfect fit for me ... giving me experience to proceed into the future with confidence.” 

Candice threw herself into the Southeast experience from the beginning.  As a freshman, she was in the Emerging Leader’s program, helping her develop leadership skills, meet new people and grow as a person.  Many weeks of leadership activities and a weekend trip to Camp Wyman strengthened her skills.  “The high ropes course at Camp Wyman was awesome, and the rest of the time we did team-building activities, which were surprisingly even more fun and beneficial!”

Last summer Candice took an outdoor adventure class in Colorado with eight other students. “It was amazing!  We white-water rafted down the Arkansas River, scaled an 80-foot-rock face, climbed up to a 14,000-foot peak and went trout fishing.  We learned something new every day, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.”

Candice is a leader in her sorority, holding an office every year, and was on the Greek Area Council’s executive board.  This year she is the philanthropy chair for Alpha Xi Delta, coordinating events to raise money for charity.  Not only is she gaining important experience, but she feels good about the work she is doing.

Her advice to new students is to, “Try new things.  You will learn more about yourself than you think, and the experience you gain is priceless.”