Daevon Greene, a computer science major at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has his 2018 summer job in the bag.
Thanks to a new partnership between the university and Cisco, a world leader in information technology (IT) and networking, Greene got a nine-week sales internship after winning a competition during the fall semester.
“This was a dynamic sales competition that challenged university students to engage in a mock sales conversation with a potential customer,” said Dr. Theresa Queenan, director of UMES’ Career and Professional Development Center.
The topic was based on developing a plan for selling computer software to a school district with outdated technology and “convincing them to go digital using Cisco products,” Greene explained. He estimates he spent six weeks doing research to prepare for the competition. He also sought advice from Waunye Seawell, UMES’ previous Cisco summer intern.
Greene, who is scheduled to graduate Dec. 2018, is the third undergraduate from UMES to be offered a Cisco summer internship.
During his summer internship, Greene will shadow a Cisco sales representative to learn how the company markets its products and services. He’ll be based at the San Jose headquarters of the company, which also arranged for his housing and transportation.
“It’s going to be an interesting experience,” Greene said. “I’ll definitely be getting out of my comfort zone.”
UMES’ Career and Professional Development Center and its Department of Business, Management and Accounting work together to make the connection with Cisco personnel who constantly are looking to keep the pipeline of new employees flowing.
Source: University of Maryland Eastern Shore Public Relations – “Daevon Greene lands Cisco sales internship“