TSU student lands coveted internship at St. Jude Children’s Hospital

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (September 2022) After years of starring in theatrical productions such as “Rent” and “Romeo and Juliet,” Jackson, Mississippi, native Julian Mitchell, takes on a different light as a summer intern for the team. investments in ALSAC, the fundraising and outreach organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

The Murrah High School graduate explained that his fascination with finance dates back to his childhood, which blossomed into a passion for pursuing a career that helps marginalized American families build generational wealth.

“When I was six, I opened a savings account,” he laughs. “I was pretty ahead of the curve. Every penny from birthdays and Christmas parties went towards my savings. My thirst for knowledge grew from there.

The 20-year-old thanks his family for bringing the internship to his attention. His mother Monica Mitchell encouraged him to apply via LinkedIn. His grandmother Eleanor Mitchell is a longtime St. Jude supporter who joked, “If you don’t get that internship, let me know and I’ll stop donating.” Luckily for Mitchell and St. Jude, her grandmother has increased her contributions since then.

Upon acceptance, ALSAC offered Mitchell housing at the University of Memphis to allow out-of-state students to experience office interactions. So, Mitchell packed up to travel over 200 miles to Memphis.

As an investment intern, Mitchell is part of a team evaluating how best to manage funds raised by ALSAC, so that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital can advance research and care for children today and those who will need St. Jude in the future around the world.

At the end of his internship, Mitchell will write and present an extensive research project on emerging forms of investment such as cryptocurrency, which he compared to the internet boom of the 1990s – at the time, c It was a new concept that proved invaluable. opportunity.

Although Mitchell considers himself knowledgeable in finance, he appreciates the way his managers, Pat Cox and Andrew Rutter, have challenged him to expand his area of ​​knowledge in a welcoming environment. “They don’t want you to be perfect,” he said. “They want you to learn.”

Even miles away from home, Mitchell remembers the St. Jude rescue mission every day as he sees St. Jude families on campus. “I’m contributing to something bigger and bigger than me,” he said. “My functions have a purpose.”

Mitchell applauds the internship program for pushing him to grow both professionally and personally. For students looking to gain valuable work experience while using their skills to support the St. Jude Mission, the ALSAC Fall Program offers paid internships of 10 to 12 weeks and up to 20 hours per week at its headquarters in Memphis and in its field offices nationwide. To apply, visit stjude.org/alsacintern.

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