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Video: Student finds opportunities beyond the books this summer

From the streets of Brazil to offices in Winston Tower, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) marketing major Nailah McElvane is gaining experiences beyond the classroom this summer.

In May, McElvane, along with nine WSSU students and three WSSU professors, traveled to Salvador da Bahai, Brazil. During the 14-day trip to what’s known as the “African Capital of Brazil,” she studied cross-cultural psychology, focusing on what it means to be black in Brazil. 

Upon returning, McElvane, an incoming junior and graduate of Myers Park High School in Charlotte, began working at the United Way of Forsyth County as the marketing and engagement intern. She’s working with Kim Thore, vice president of marketing and engagement, to support community events. She’s also posted on the United Way’s social media pages.

“My boss, Kim Thore, has a whole lot of experience in a lot of different sectors in marketing. So, she’s teaching me things I need to know,” McElvane says.

McElvane’s internship is through the North Carolina Governor’s HBCU Internship Program.

Watch the YouTube video. 

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