The following is from the July 30, 2008, edition of MarketWatch.

ExxonMobil honors SMU student with annual Intern of the Year award

DALLAS — Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers and Brittney Titus, intern at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, were named Agency of the Year and Intern of the Year as part of the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP).

The ExxonMobil CSJP, now in its 37th year nationally, pairs 75 undergraduate college students with local nonprofits for a paid internship. Agencies receive the benefit of a talented staff member during the busy summer months, while students gain real world experience, learn more about the role of nonprofits in the community and earn a paycheck.

Titus and the Salesmanship Club received their awards during the CSJP wrap-up celebration, where the 75 interns and agencies selected for this year's program gathered to celebrate the end of a summer of community service. In addition to a silver award, each recipient also was presented a check for $1,000.

The Salesmanship Club will use the funds for support of its program serving at-risk children and families. Titus will use her $1,000 scholarship for educational expenses when she returns to Southern Methodist University this Fall. The Agency of the Year and Intern of the Year awards are given at the conclusion of the ExxonMobil CSJP each year, in recognition of outstanding participation and community impact through the program.

The Salesmanship Club was selected as the Agency of the Year for their development of an internship that enhanced the student's professional skills while creating material of long-lasting impact for the organization. In addition to creating a superior internship experience, the Salesmanship Club also made mentoring their intern a priority and helped her create a portfolio of the work she completed over the summer. The Salesmanship Club was selected for the Agency of the Year award by a panel of judges, who evaluated information obtained during site visits at each of the 75 participating agencies.

Titus, a junior corporate communications and public affairs major at Southern Methodist University, was honored with the Intern of the Year award for her work as the Junior Volunteer Coordinator at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. During her internship, Titus supervised 65 high school volunteers, planning all aspects of their placements from training to activities, fundraisers and educational field trips. Although she originally wanted to pursue a career in event planning, she is now interested in working for a nonprofit agency because of her CSJP internship experience.

A panel of judges selected Titus as the Intern of the Year after reviewing nominations submitted by participating agencies. Nominations included information from each agency about the impact their intern made on the organization and the ability of the intern to exceed expectations set by their supervisors.

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