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Senior Grace McWatters Interns for Financial Literacy Nonprofit

by Zaria Bonds (Class of 2019) on September 13, 2016

Millsaps College senior Grace McWatters recently focused her efforts on lifelong financial success for youth.

She worked as an intern for the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy in Washington, D.C., a tax-exempt nonprofit that brings together organizations that share a commitment to advancing financial literacy among pre-school through college-age youth.

Among her duties, McWatters wrote press releases, designed communications kits, and created informational brochures for the National Educator Conference 2016. She also wrote a marketing plan for the 2017 year.

McWatters said the internship gave her the opportunity to gain skills to help set her apart in the workforce.

“I have mastered the fundamentals of business communications, learned the basics of coding, worked with several types of analytics, and learned how to use the Microsoft Customer Relationship Management systems,” she said.

As part of her internship, she took a public policy class at George Mason University.

McWatters praises Dr. Susan Taylor, economics professor at Millsaps, for playing a significant role in helping her obtain the internship.

“She suggested the program, wrote me a recommendation, connected me with an alumnus from the program, and even found sponsors for the program after I was accepted,” she said. “She is the sole reason I was able to receive this opportunity. I am eternally grateful for her inspiration, enthusiasm, advice, and kindness.”

A native of Arlington, Wash., McWatters is majoring in economics with double minors in business administration and theatre. She will graduate in May 2017 and then enroll in the Millsaps MBA Plus program. She plans to pursue work with a nonprofit organization that focuses on urban economic development.

Over the course of this academic year, McWatters plans to complete her research on job mobility in higher education. Taylor, Dr. Blakely Fox Fender, professor of economics and the J. Armistead Brown Chair of Business Administration, and Dr. Kimberly G. Burke, dean of the Else School of Management, direct her project.