Author | Freelancer
Internship Expert | Consultant
I’m Sharise Kent. For over 20 years I’ve been motivating, guiding, coaching college students to academic and career success. After growing tired of seeing college students graduate with massive student loan debt and no clue on how to get from college to career, I launched this blog and wrote a book. The Internship Manual is about helping you find internships, be a great intern, search for jobs and dump your student loan debt.
My mission is to educate and empower students to take charge of their careers, finances and futures so they are equipped to become generous givers that can impact the world.
For me, the best way to share what I’ve learned is to write. I love when the creative and informative meet in the middle. I enjoy the process of writing so much that I earned my M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University.
As for internships, I did eight of them between undergrad and grad school. I also spent five years managing a national non-profit internship program where I oversaw the internship placements of more than 400 students with major media and Fortune 500 companies.
The strategies, tips and advice that I share comes from my own experiences as well as the many who I’ve been able to help. My time in higher education has been spent at seven colleges along the east coast. In my career I have read thousands of resumes, reviewed thousands of applications for undergradate and graduate admissions, conducted thousands of interviews, and been a manager and a mentor. I am just paying it foward.
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Sharise Kent has been motivating, guiding and coaching millennials to academic and career success for over 20 years. She teaches high school and college students her four-year formula on how to get from college to career successfully. Her message is about getting a degree in four-years, doing multiple internships and dumping student loan debt quickly.
Her passion and interest for hands on learning pushed her to complete eight internships between her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She details her own internships experiences and those of her students in her book, The Internship Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting the Internship of Your Dreams.
Sharise is on a mission to educate and empower the millennial generation to take charge of their careers, finances and futures so they are equipped to become generous givers that can impact the world. Her blog, The Internship Manual, is not just about helping students “do college” successfully, but the discovery and pursuit of passion and purpose.
As the previous Senior Manager for a national college internship program she oversaw the placement of over 400 interns with major companies including AMC Networks, CBS, ESPN, HBO, the National Basketball Association, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Verizon and Viacom Media Networks. In less than five years under her leadership, the internship program grew by over 50%. In that same time, she launched a full-time placement and career development department to assist recent graduates with developing career skills and finding full-time job opportunities and provide top-notch talent to companies looking to fill openings. She has traveled the country recruiting, coaching, mentoring and speaking on college campuses engaging audiences with her compassionate, caring, but real and down to earth style.
Over the course of her career, Sharise has worked as a college admissions professional on the undergraduate and graduate levels at seven institutions in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.
She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and an M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University. Sharise and her husband live in upstate New York with their two children.