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HPU, High Point Market Authority Partner To Offer New Internship Program

12.1.2010

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 1, 2010 – High Point University and The High Point Market Authority have announced a new program that will help connect students and home furnishings companies. The partnership, which will match students with companies that are looking for help during the High Point Market, will also match students with semester-long internships throughout the calendar year.Students involved in the program will include those who are majoring in business, home furnishings, marketing, interior design, strategic communication and other career-related fields of study. The Career and Internship Services Office at HPU will advise students who hope to work with companies that need assistance in public relations, marketing, showroom set up, market staffing and more.”Exhibitors at the High Point Market contact us every April and October, looking for short-term workers before and during Market Week,” says Brian Casey, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “We have worked with interns from HPU ourselves at the Market Authority and have found them to be professional and incredibly hard-working. This is a win-win for the university and for companies who are looking for market help. These students could also step in and fill posts for local businesses, public relations companies, industry associations, and market buildings who need interns long-term.” Options available in the program include week-long internships with exhibitors and companies during Market, or semester-long internships for companies in the High Point area. Students participating in the program will receive credit for their work ? including 1 to 2 credit hours for Market Week Internships, and anywhere from 3 to 12 credit hours for semester-long internships.”High Point University is committed to the concept of experiential education. While we acknowledge the significance of what takes place in our classrooms, we know that direct hands-on experience is what truly rounds-out a quality education,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at HPU. “The partnership with the High Point Market Authority will give many of our students an incredible opportunity to put their classroom education directly to work.”For companies looking for interns, contact HPU’s Career and Internship Services staff at jobs@highpoint.edu and include High Point Market in the subject line. A link to the site can also be found on the High Point Market’s website at http://www.highpointmarket.org/ under Exhibitor Services. For more information on externships and internships, contact the Career and Internship Services at 336-841-9025.The High Point Market Authority is the official sponsor of the High Point Market in High Point, N.C. Featuring an extensive selection of exhibitors spanning every category, style and price point and attracting thousands of visitors from more than 110 countries twice each year, the High Point Market is the driving force of the home furnishings industry. At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu. Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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