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Internship Combines Student's Focus on Education and Business

by Zaria Bonds, Class of 2019 on December 14, 2016

Millsaps College senior Hannah Doggett has nurtured both her passion for education and her interest in business, thanks to the ELSEWorks Entrepreneurship Program.

The ELSEWorks Entrepreneurship Program, offered by the Millsaps College Else School of Management, provides undergraduates the opportunity to embrace entrepreneurship and make positive social change in the community, state, and region.

Doggett, a Cypress, Texas native, has worked as an intern at Midtown Charter School in Jackson. She worked with the school’s principal Josalyn Filkins, an experience that allowed her to view the administrative side of education. "I'm very thankful for the opportunity and experience I gained from working alongside Ms. Filkins,” she said.

She managed the charter’s school market and bank system, which teaches students how to write checks, pay bills, and make deposits. She also learned to file discipline reports and handle other administrative duties.

Doggett served as the coach for the school’s cheerleading team as part of her internship. “While I don’t plan on being a cheer coach, the experience really forced me out of my comfort zone and taught me to be flexible and open-minded,” she said.

Doggett praises Millsaps College professor of marketing, Dr. Penelope J. Prenshaw, who recommended her for the opportunity. “Dr. Prenshaw came to me right before summer break and told me she would be in contact with me over the summer about an internship she thought would be perfect for me with my education and business background,” she said.

Majoring in both education and business administration, Doggett plans to earn an M.B.A. at Millsaps after she receives her undergraduate degree. She plans to return to her hometown to work as a first-grade teacher at a local, private, Christian school there and to coach the high-school softball team.

Doggett is a natural to become a softball coach since she has played softball for many years, including four years at Millsaps. During her freshman year, she was named to the Second-Team All-Southern Athletic Association, had a .321 batting average, scored 18 runs, and posted a .964 fielding percentage at third base. She is also a designated hitter for the team.

Doggett is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a game event worker for the Millsaps Athletics Department, and a student photographer for the Millsaps College office of Communications and Marketing.

In the spring semester, Doggett will be a student teacher at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Jackson. She will play her final season with the Millsaps softball team this spring.