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HCC Student Completes Business & Marketing Internship

The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC) welcomed Derek Apple, a sophomore from Hagerstown Community College (HCC), to the team as an unpaid Business and Marketing Intern during his Spring 2011 semester. Over the 12-week course, he assisted with EDC marketing activities under the supervision of Marketing Specialist Sarah Lankford.  
More About Derek Apple
Derek resides in Martinsburg, WV and graduated from Faith Christian Academy in 2009.  After attaining his Associate of Science degree in Business Administration at HCC, his future plans include pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at Shepherd University.
“The EDC internship experience gave me great perception and insight on how a Marketing Specialist can impact the business world.  It is because I am interested in general economic functions and enjoy analyzing how different businesses market themselves that this internship was the perfect fit for me,” said Derek Apple. 


Impressive Initiative

In pursuit of professional experience, Derek Apple took the initiative to find himself a marketing internship position and began asking his contacts about local internship opportunities.  One of Derek’s contacts, Sandy Sponaugle, president of  Platinum PR, a public relations firm in Shepherdstown, WV, helped Derek find the internship position by speaking to Sarah Lankford about Derek’s interest in the economic marketing field.  As a next step, Derek contacted Bonnie Saunders, the coordinator of Internship and Job Services at HCC, and discussed the internship process.  Following the instructions of Mrs. Saunders, Derek pursued the internship by contacting Sarah at the EDC.  

 "Derek’s initiative in pursuing the internship was impressive to me,” said Sarah Lankford.  “His creative ideas and input into the EDC social media and web strategy was helpful and we sincerely appreciate his efforts.  We wish him luck in his future endeavors.” 

Contributions to the Team 

As the Marketing and Business intern, Derek Apple has contributed his creative promotional ideas to the EDC team to help market and highlight the greater Hagerstown and Washington County, MD area. The projects Derek completed include: creating and expanding their business contact list; constructing a Facebook page; assisting with media relations; and, updating the EDC website.  He also attended an EDC Board Meeting to learn more about economic development. Throughout the internship, Sarah Lankford managed Derek’s assignments and observed his business character and proficiencies.

 About the EDC
The EDC is a county agency that provides assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland.  The EDC interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the county.  Visit for more information.  

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