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Internships Elevate School of Business Students

September 15, 2019

Students in the School of Business across all majors gained valuable experience this summer through engaging internships. Business students interned at dozens of companies holding a variety of positions with each organization, with 15 students earning academic credit, while others completed internships for the experience.

RMSC intern Valerie Nguyen donned an astronaut costume to promote events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

RMSC intern Valerie Nguyen donned an astronaut costume to promote events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Students draw from what they have learned in their major and from the School of Business core to excel in internships and develop new skills. Now, they will bring those new learnings back to the classroom this fall.

“Students benefit greatly from the internship experience because they are able to take what they have learned in their classes and apply them in a professional business setting,” said School of Business Internship Coordinator Laurie Valentino. “Additionally, students expand their professional networks and build a strong reputation in their intended career field.”

Senior Valerie Nguyen spent her summer as a marketing intern at the Rochester Museum & Science Center. A former nursing major turned marketing major, Nguyen embraced the new experiences her internship brought her, learning how to use HTML to construct social media posts, and growing her network by conducting informational interviews.

“My internship taught me a lot about prioritization and time management,” said Nguyen. “I was able to learn how to organize my time and work in a way that made me the most efficient. Being in a professional work environment this summer really put timeliness and efficiency into perspective.”

For Joshua Lambert, an internship as a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual allowed him to gain real-world experience while beginning to build a client base of his own. “The internship has not only given me knowledge that classes can’t teach, but it has also made me more familiar with the concepts in my financial planning classes, and how to apply them,” said Lambert.

Companies where students held for-credit internships this summer included:

  • Accounting: Seneca Financial Advisors, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Ernst & Young
  • Finance: Corning Inc., Financial Partners of Upstate New York, and Northwestern Mutual
  • Human Resources Management: Wegmans Food Markets and Vascular Surgery Noninvasive Lab
  • Management: Live Nation at Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Raymour and Flanigan
  • Marketing: A2Z Environmental and Rochester Museum & Science Center