Student’s Summer Internship Leads to Scholarship

Posted: August 15, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

Lisa Lustig keeps herself busy during the academic year. The rising junior is vice president of marketing for Alpha Phi sorority, participates in Alternative Spring Break and is active in New Century College (NCC). This summer, she was an intern with the car insurance company, GEICO.

The internship literally paid off, as she was awarded a $2,500 scholarship as a reward for her academic credentials and job performance. Lustig, who majors in integrative studies with a concentration in conflict resolution and analysis, was one of four local interns at GEICO’s Virginia Beach regional office. She was the only intern at her office who was awarded a scholarship.

“The scholarship will help pay for my tuition and books for this upcoming semester. I come from a large family of four children who will all hopefully come to George Mason, so every bit helps,” says Lustig.

GEICO gives scholarships based on GPA, leadership ability and involvement in student activities at the respective student’s college. A recommendation from a professor is also required.

Lustig’s work at GEICO was monitored and later evaluated by several individuals, including her peers, GEICO company managers, a company college recruiter and the company’s intern coordinator.

“[My supervisors] were very impressed with the fact that I was constantly asking for more feedback. Another reason [for the award] was my ability to work on a team. I knew when to take the lead, but even more importantly, I knew when to step back and play a different role to facilitate the best process for accomplishing our goals,” says Lustig.

Lustig credits her experience with NCC as helping to shape her personality and work ethic.

“My experience in New Century College did make me competitive with the other 350 applicants because I had skills that the program had helped me develop, such as strong communication skills, ability to work in a team, critical thinking and problem solving experience, as well as a general knowledge of information technology.”

At the same time, Lustig believes her sorority experience was also valuable. “In Alpha Phi, there is a strong focus on academics, campus involvement and leadership skills that we all strive for.”

Lisa Lustig receives award
Lisa Lustig, third from left, received a $2,500 scholarship from GEICO.
Photo courtesy Lisa Lustig

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