Up Close With KEVIN EVANS (NU '15)
Northwestern University Evans Scholar Kevin Evans made the leap from classroom theory to real world marketing this summer after being chosen for the 2014 BMW Evans Scholars Internship Experience.
“I was ecstatic when I found out I got the internship.” Evans said. “I was thrilled to get a summer job that is such a rare opportunity to learn about marketing for a respected company and brand – everyone knows BMW.”
Kevin caddied at The Alotian Club in Roland, Arkansas, and is majoring in psychology at Northwestern.
Kevin learned about the BMW internship from the Evans Scholars Career Network and worked for BMW in Schaumburg, Illinois, assisting with preparation and execution of a variety of BMW events, including the BMW Championship, which benefits the Evans Scholars Foundation.
Kevin is no stranger to planning activities that benefit the Evans Scholars. He is currently serving as New Scholar Educator on the Northwestern Evans Scholars Executive Board, a position that puts him in charge of planning and executing all events for first-year Scholars.
“The New Scholar Educator position requires a lot of planning to get New Scholars acclimated to college and the Evans Scholarship culture. The BMW internship goes hand-in-hand with this, and because of its mutual relationship with the Evans Scholarship I am able to work for a cause that’s close to my heart,” he said.
Though Kevin has had previous internships, the BMW Evans Scholars Internship Experience has provided him a completely different type of learning experience.
“It’s cool to be learning so much. I have learned more about marketing and cars in the past few weeks than I have my entire life. It’s a fast-paced, interactive environment with the opportunity to learn from the best and build professional relationships with them,” he said. “I love interacting with these incredible professionals who care so much about the Evans Scholars Program.”
Kevin understands the Evans Scholarship is more than just a college degree. Through the networking options it presents, it has the potential to set students up professionally as they begin their lives.
“The Evans Scholarship has profoundly impacted my life. Everyone in the Scholarship House is so motivated to do well and give back to the Program. It’s an unforgettable experience – the best thing that’s ever happened to me for sure,” Kevin said.
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In addition to interning for BMW in Schaumburg, Kevin also worked at the 2014 BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado earlier this month. Kevin tended to the BMW Championship Putting Challenge, a unique part of the BMW Experience that allowed spectators to try their luck putting on a miniaturized, 40-foot replica of Cherry Hills' historic 1st hole. Before attempting their putt, patrons also were asked to donate to the Evans Scholars Foundation, the sole charity of the BMW Championship.
During tournament week, Kevin also caddied in the 2014 Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am in a group that included defending champion Zach Johnson and WGA Chairman Dennis O'Keefe, and was interviewed by PGA TOUR Radio's Will Haskett about his experience as a BMW intern and an Evans Scholar at Northwestern.
Before interning for BMW and departing to Denver for the 2014 BMW Championship, Kevin was able to travel abroad for the first time. Last fall, Kevin spent time studying at the University College of Cork in Ireland and managed to find time to travel throughout Europe.
Studying in Ireland and exploring Europe was an incredibly fulfilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience that would not have been possible for me without the funding of the Evans Scholarship," he said. "I am extremely grateful for my time away from the ‘States, but I must admit that it felt good to be back home at the Evans Scholar House here at Northwestern."
A BRIGHT FUTURE
A psychology major, Kevin intends to put his degree to good use upon graduating from Northwestern next year.
Kevin said he intends to plan to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and become a practicing therapist, researcher and writer. Over the past year and a half, he worked in a social psychology lab on campus where behavioral economics and the consumer mindset are studied.
"Since deciding to pursue a degree in psychology, my appreciation for the complex nuances of the human mind has only grown deeper over time," he said.