Internships are opportunities to journey into the unknown. They allow you to gain experience in a real work environment aligned with your chosen field of study. The beautiful part – it’s not permanent. If you don’t like it, you can try something different. And hey, at least you learned valuable skills that can open the door for other possibilities.
This year, Ackerman welcomed three bright and ambitious interns – Jack Pelt, John Horton, II and Graham Officer. The young men were placed in departments most related to their professional goals. By all accounts, the guys have adapted well and kudos are being offered all around. “I’m proud of our intern team,” said F. Keene Miller, President of the Brokerage. “These young men have shown an impressive work ethic and have been valuable members of our team this summer,” he added.
Jack, a native of Georgia, is a junior at the University of Alabama. He currently is working with the investment group learning how deals are structured and implemented. The accounting major is thrilled to be learning about the investment aspect of commercial real estate. “I want to put myself out there and grow as much as possible during my time at Ackerman,” said Jack. “I believe this opportunity has given me more insight into my career path.”
Currently enrolled at North Dakota State University, John is an upcoming sophomore. He is assisting the marketing team, learning the day-to-day business operations. “I’m ecstatic for the opportunity to be a part of this summer internship. I believe this experience will help me develop both personally and professionally,” said John. The track athlete is no stranger to hard work having earned the Most Improved award for his high school track and field team two years in a row.
Graham is a senior at Jacksonville State University pursuing a degree in finance. He joined the internship team at Ackerman because he’s considering becoming a broker. A few weeks into his internship, Graham realized just how much he was up against. “I thought being a full-time student and baseball athlete was tough,” he said. “But brokerage can be pretty demanding,” he added. Graham is grateful for the opportunity to work with some of Atlanta’s top brokers. He especially enjoys the satisfaction of meeting client needs and closing deals.
As summer comes to a close, Ackerman would like to thank Jack, John and Graham for their dedication and eagerness to learn. We hope that this experience will have an everlasting impact on their lives and help steer them in the right career choice. We would welcome the opportunity to work with them again, this time as members of the Ackerman family.