In the Spotlight: Meet the BIC Interns


Part of the Business Innovation Center’s mission is to offer internships to college students. It’s a win-win situation: they gain valuable work experience and we gain much-needed administrative, marketing and research assistance. This semester, we are pleased to mentor three interns with diverse backgrounds and skill sets.

ABEL BAUTISTA earned his BA in Sociology from St. Bonaventure University in the rolling hills of western New York, and is currently a graduate student in the Corporate and Public Communication program at FSU-PC. Along with his enthusiasm for helping others, Abel has business experience in social work and in working with the youth through recreational sports.  As a former Division I soccer player, Abel sees the monumental significance of sports in personal and interpersonal development, and believes impacting the youth through sports is a good way to build a stronger and more vibrant community.   “I’m eager to work for a non-profit  that benefits the community and hope to gain the skills of consulting and working in the business world,” he says. “It may help achieve my own dream of opening a sports-oriented non-profit organization in my home state of Washington.”

JAMIE SMITH is currently serving her second enlistment in the Army National Guard with two previous deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She entered the BS degree program in Communications in 2013 and was previously employed as the FSU PC’s Bookstore Assistant Manager. During her undergraduate degree, Jamie has helped analyze and develop advertising plans for the Humane Society of Bay County’s Operation Spay Bay, the Community Health Task Force’s dance-based diabetes awareness program, and Gulf Coast State College’s innovation tournament, The Collegiate Drive Challenge. Now in the last semester of her BS degree and first semester of her MS degree here at FSU-PC, Jamie hopes to expand her knowledge on business and entrepreneurship as an intern here at the Business Innovation Center. She fully supports the BIC’s mission and vision to provide tools for emerging entrepreneurs improving their likelihood of success. She recalls, “My father really struggled in his business. A program like the BIC would have helped him.”

JESSICA WILLIAMS realized that when all of her friends came to her for help in their writing and English classes, she was bound to have a writing career. She declared her major in Professional Communication in June 2014 here at FSU PC and steadily started working towards her BS. Expected to graduate in May 2016, she has dreams of working at Viacom Mass Media – CMT to combine her writing and public relations skills with her love and knowledge of music. As a BIC intern, Jessica is excited to gain knowledge and experience of a true business atmosphere, as well as honing her writing and marketing skills. She writes, “Interning at the BIC will provide me with wonderful on-site training and experience as well as a deeper awareness of all business dealings.”