Mount Union Business Students Integrate Education into Summer Work

May 24, 2010

Kyle Anderson, Brett Baker, Ryan Brody and Chris Crawford not only made financial gains this summer, they made gains toward their educational goals. 

All four business students participated in the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration Internship Program.

“In today’s job market, experience goes a long way when applying for the job of your dreams,” said Mike Kachilla, internship coordinator for the Department of Economic, Accounting and Business Administration. “These four students have gained essential experience and skills that no classroom can provide.”

Brett Baker, a senior business administration major of Delaware, OH integrated his summer experience with the U. S. Army.

“I had summer jobs in the past, but this experience was much different than the others. There were parts of my training where I was physically, mentally and emotionally drained, but I was still expected to be a leader,” said Baker. “I was evaluated everyday, therefore, I was able to see how I stacked up next to my peers. This training is a part of the total experience that Army ROTC requires in order to prepare for service as an officer following graduation. This internship with the Army went beyond tactical challenges and included many logistical experiences to prepare me for a future career serving my country.”

A senior business administration major of Painesville, OH, Chris Crawford, developed his practical skills while spending his summer interning with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

"My time spent with this company has had a very large and positive impact on my life,” he said. “This experience has opened many doors and supported my growth both personally and professionally."  

Ryan Brody, a senior business administration major of Chardon, OH furthered his education this summer by working with Aon Risk.

“My experience working for a global industry leader, such as Aon, has given me great first-hand insight into what it takes to be successful in the business world,” said Brody. “One of the points they (Aon) really stressed with me is the importance of networking. At Aon, employees have established a network of strong business relationships which they utilize to cultivate new business relationships to grow their sales."

Kyle Anderson, a senior accounting major of Alliance, OH also spent the summer interning by using his accounting experience to help the Alliance Neighborhood Center. 

All four students found that doing a structured internship provided opportunities that probably would not be available to someone through an ordinary summer job.  This is because each student identified learning objectives that were necessary to accomplish during their internship.  Students also designed strategies and measurements that were approved by the internship coordinator and the students’ job site supervisor. 

Each week students submitted a one to two page paper that analyzed the week’s accomplishments and difficulties.  These papers gave the students the opportunity to evaluate the week’s experiences against their learning objectives.  This reflective effort was the real learning element of the internship. 

As the fall 2009 semester gets underway, these students can move forward knowing that they had more than a just a “summer job.” They also gained experience and knowledge that will go very far as they start their job searches upon graduation.

Any student who is majoring within the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration and is interested in an internship should contact Mike Kachilla, internship coordinator at kachilma@mountunion.edu or (740) 680-6720.

 
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