Evan Umberger ('10) | College of Business Administration
Organizational management major
from Garland, Texas
Evan Umberger's internship last summer took him halfway across the globe - to Sydney, Australia, to be exact. Evan was selected for an internship with Harte-Hanks, a direct marketing services company with locations in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
When Evan heard about the internship in Australia, he saw it as an opportunity to grow both individually and professionally. He began his internship assigned to do a competitive market analysis. "After interviewing the staff," he says, "I recognized an internal communications project that could add greater value to the Sydney and global offices."
His boss gave him the go-ahead, so Evan spent the summer working on an international communications audit with the general managers, business development managers and account services managers in each of the Harte-Hanks locations.
"I customized the research questions and collaborated with the director of international operations," he says. "My COBA and Department of Communication courses prepared me academically and culturally to adapt and analyze the organizational needs," he says.
Now in his last semester, Evan is still involved at ACU and in the community. This semester he has worked with the non-profit organization Eternal Threads, which markets handmade goods of women in third-world countries and returns the profits to educating girls in those countries. Evan got his Business and Professional Writing class involved writing a grant for the organization.
Evan is Drum Captain/Battery Section Leader for the Big Purple Marching Band and has had played drums for several events on campus, including the student retirement party for ACU President Royce Money and the Toms "Style Your Sole" event.
But of all his experiences at ACU, the most enduring, says Evan, will be the relationships he has developed. "ACU's faculty and staff are more than just your professors," he says. "They are your mentors in your business life, they are examples for your family life and are your greatest assets when you graduate."
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