Barry McNamara  |  Published January 13, 2016

The power of internships

LaShawn Cargo ’16 making most of opportunity at Medcomp Sciences
LaShawn Cargo '16 is making the most of his opportunity at Medcomp Sciences.
LaShawn Cargo ’16 is making the most of his opportunity at Medcomp Sciences.
He may not yet have risen from the mail room to a corner office, but give Monmouth College senior LaShawn Cargo some time, and he will.
  Cargo has already completed the first half of that success story, and he’s rapidly moving through the ranks of Medcomp Sciences, one of the fastest-growing drug testing facilities in the country.   Cargo’s story began in 2014 with a summer job at Medcomp in Zachary, La., where he was tasked with the job of shipping packages.   The communications and public relations major from Aurora then used his skills to land a marketing internship at Medcomp the following summer. Cargo learned about the internship after pitching some ideas to Medcomp’s CEO about improving its website.   With increased responsibilities, such as keeping a Return on Investment (ROI) spreadsheet and helping different departments throughout the company, Cargo improved his knowledge of the company and used his skills to improve its entire operation.   “I have never met a more hardworking and resourceful individual,” said his internship supervisor, Lawrence Jones, who serves as Madcomp’s client services supervisor.   Swiftly impressing top management, Cargo became the leader in a campaign to research introductions to sports medicine and launch a new product being sold by the company’s compounding pharmacy.   Cargo has impressed the company so much that he’s been offered a position there after he graduates in May.   “LaShawn is one of those individuals who not only can see possibilities ahead but who also acts to take advantage of opportunities and makes things happen,” said Monmouth communication studies professor Lee McGaan. “He does this for himself and for others around him. It has been a real pleasure for me to see him develop his skills over time and to be a part of his progress. He represents the kind of graduate we all hope for with Monmouth students.”   Along with another student, Cargo has also started a service program, Pain Is Temporary, which provides mentoring to area intermediate students. The name, he explained, comes from the fact that “everyone has some type of adversity in their life. We all struggle, and that helps make us the same.”   Cargo, who also writes for the local Monmouth newspaper and served as sports anchor for the Monmouth College television station, is now interested in attending graduate school. He believes “education will grant me all the things I ever wanted in life, and my mission is to gain as much knowledge as possible to help me improve the healthcare services industry.”   He concluded, “This opportunity at Medcomp was given for my faith and determination. I will continue to work hard and one day help each person who impacted my life.”
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