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“By getting out of the classroom and really experiencing how a business works day to day, I’ve been able to find the areas I love.”

“If you can’t communicate what you know, you know nothing,” said Renee (Robbins) Long, who got the chance to relate what she knew — and to learn much more — during two internships with Vera Bradley Designs. She worked in PR and sales promotion, but she’s especially proud of her role in the 2004 Vera Bradley Golf and Tennis Classic, which raised more than $540,000 for breast cancer research.

“My experience at Vera Bradley was like nothing I could have ever expected,” Renee said. “By getting out of the classroom and really experiencing how a business works day to day, I’ve been able to find the areas I love.”

Renee said Huntington University prepared her well for the experience. “The professors in the business department really focus on building a student’s character, knowing that a strong, honorable character is important,” she said.

She has since been offered a full-time position. “It didn’t take us long to recognize Renee’s potential,” said Julie North, human resources manager for Vera Bradley. “With her personality and talents, she had a lot to offer. We wanted her to become part of the Vera Bradley team.”

The Enterprise Resource Center at Huntington University – we’re all about pairing Huntington University students with area businesses for internships, practicum experiences, class projects and special projects.