Secret formula: UofSC senior earns coveted internship

Taverious Davis' phone lit up, and he answered the call. It was Coca-Cola calling to offer him an internship. After one phone interview and two days of in-person interviews in Atlanta, Davis earned one of six summer internships offered by the company.

"It was pure excitement," says Davis, a senior global supply chain and operations management major at the University of South Carolina. "To know that my experience and education got me the position, it made me feel very accomplished."

Davis, will graduate in December from the Darla Moore School of Business, says being a part of the school's Emerging Leaders Circle helped him get the internship with Coca-Cola.

The program encourages and recognizes undergraduate business students who take on leadership positions at Carolina and in their communities.

"Being able to get experience and leadership in different student organizations and having the ability to learn from a great academic program has helped me out tremendously," he says.

Davis heard about the internship through the Career Center's job search resource center, JobMate, and applied soon after.

He will be working in operational excellence, which means he will look for ways to improve processes and save the company money.

"I'm looking forward to the experience of being able to work on real projects and being able to apply what I learned in the classroom to my projects," Davis says.

After graduation, Davis wants to get a full-time job working with a prominent company. He sees working at Coca-Cola, a Fortune 500 company, as the launching pad for that.

"It'll set me up for success on down the road," he says.

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