Issue 442: 12 / 3 / 2012

Rolta/MLGW Partnership Brings Paid Internships to Southwest

Rolta Vice President Amit H ...

Rolta Vice President Amit H. Patel conducts an orientation with Southwest internship applicants.

Internships basically transition students from the classroom/laboratory to a real-life working environment where they can apply their knowledge and skills while acquiring on-the-job training. Not only do internships look good on resumes, but in some situations also offer salaries to student interns. Southwest was chosen as an internship partner by Rolta International, a global leader in business transformation. “We have quite a bit of specialties. One of the key specialties that relates to the work being done with Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) is our work in respect to Oracle technology, and particularly as it relates to the back office systems like finance and work management, and material asset management. It is all those combinations that help companies run more efficiently. Rolta has a tremendous expertise in that area,” explained Rolta Executive Vice Pres. Blane Schertz.

Rolta/MLGW conducted an orientation on November 14 in the Bert Bornblum Library Auditorium on Southwest's Macon Cove Campus. Participating students will have the opportunity to put their skills and education to work at MLGW – the nation’s largest three-service municipal utility. “It is a paid position. We are looking to get started with 10 interns in January [2013]. We are looking for skills in the program management discipline as well as the functional disciplines in finance and accounting, and also the technical disciplines, said Schertz.

Rolta was recruiting for the following positions:

  • Technical Consulting Intern - Information Technology or similar majors
  • Functional Consulting Intern - Accounting or Finance majors
  • Project Management Office Consulting Intern - Accounting, Math or Business-related majors

Career Services at Southwest indicated it will work with Rolta to award academic credit to interns for their work experience.

The program engagement with MLGW is for two years, providing long-term assignments for students with the right qualities and interest. Schertz says the skills that the students will bring to the table are extremely marketable and hold potential for full-time employment not only with MLGW and Rolta, but with other local industries that require similar skills.

Computer Software Specialist Darren Sharp, a former graduate from Southwest, formerly State Technical Institute at Memphis, who got his first job at FedEx, said, “It is a great springboard for job opportunities and a great opportunity for Southwest students to gain some good experience with Rolta.”

 View more photos of the Rolta/MLGW Internship Orientation.