My name is Kevin McGowan. I graduated Morehouse College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with a concentration in Finance. During my senior year of college, I had the great opportunity to work as an intern for the Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center (MCEC). This opportunity was not only personally gratifying but it also laid the foundation for my career.
My internship actually began the summer leading up to my senior year of college. I served as one of the counselors for the Youth Entrepreneurship Summer (YES) Camp. The Yes Camp is a two-week program intended to inspire and motivate 25 young students from local Atlanta high schools to be creative, aggressive and persistent in their pursuit for success. As a counselor, my job was to mentor the students and assist with their development. In this short time, the students participated in a number of informative and enjoyable events such as, panel discussion with special guest speakers, a tour of an energy plant, and a crash course in robotics. This opportunity to mentor these young entrepreneurs allowed me to see the true value of an education, which is to empower and develop others in a unique way based on the knowledge one has attained. Watching these students develop intellectually and become filled with ambition was the most gratifying aspect of my internship.
In addition to serving as a camp counselor, I also participated in ISO 9001:2008 internal audits for several companies throughout the rest of the summer and the entire school year. Most notably, I worked as an internal auditor for the MCECâ€™s ISO 9001:2008 certification. In this role, I participated in strategy sessions with college executives and audit personnel to plan out the steps in the certification process. I also helped streamline the MCECâ€™s processes and procedures so the center could work as efficiently and effectively as possible, which is one of the most important factors in attaining the certification. This opportunity allowed me to witness some of the business principles that I was learning about in business classes that very same year.
Shortly after graduation, I had the opportunity to work with another group of students in the YES Camp. Only this time, I assumed the role of Lead Counselor. This position required me to delegate responsibilities to my team, communicate effectively with camp administration, and maintain day to day operations to ensure that the camp ran smoothly. Within the short time span of 2 weeks, I gained invaluable experience that would prove to be the foundation of my professional career.
As a result of my work with the MCEC and other companies, such as Hewlett-Packard (HP), Victory Global Solutions and VSTI, I was granted a position as a Business Development Consultant with Victory Global Solutions. After the YES Camp concluded, I left Atlanta, GA and embarked on a journey to Ellicott City, Maryland, to begin my career as a business professional. At Victory Global Solutions, I was involved in multiple aspects of proposal writing, business development, and process improvement.
In summary, it is safe to say that my tenure as an intern for the Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center was the greatest experience of my college career. I was able to positively impact the lives of local high school students, while gaining invaluable work experience that will carry me throughout my career.