June 12, 2018

Kathy's Point: June 2018

Kathy Farrell
Kathy Farrell
Our first summer in the new Howard L. Hawks Hall building brings something special for everybody– from students to faculty to alumni and business partners. Our recent graduation class of more than 600 business students accomplished incredible things during their time at the College of Business and are already filling positions at firms in Nebraska, across the U.S.and around the globe. They are starting their careers with employers such as TD Ameritrade, Sandhills Publishing, Cerner, Microsoft, starting their own businesses and pursuing further education at institutions like Harvard Law and University of Chicago. Watch this short video to see how one student, Angelica Carlini, who is from Grand Island, Nebraska, made the most of her opportunities at Nebraska Business from day one and how her path of experiences lead to her job offer before graduation.

In addition to many of our current students taking summer classes, many others have their sights set on internships and study abroad opportunities. Our global immersion program options include China, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Spain and our most popular program Nebraska at Oxford, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Beyond coursework and cultural competency a study abroad program offers, students can complete an international internship to gain global business experience. For example, Brenda Tran, a senior actuarial science major from Hastings, Nebraska, is studying abroad in Germany right now and interning with Schwarz Gruppe with their GreenCycle department. She is creating a strategic plan for recycling facilities and working on a merger and acquisition project with paper mills. Keeleigh Thayn, a sophomore international business major from Lincoln, Nebraska, is also studying and interning in France. She is one of five students who are blogging their study abroad experience for us. You can read more about them in the Start Something feature in this newsletter

Internships remain a growing and effective way our students can explore prospective employers and find their niche in the business world. In May, our Employer Partners Day with more than 110 attendees exemplified the tremendous partnerships we have with businesses who offer opportunities both in Nebraska and throughout the globe.

One of the big announcements from our Business Career Center was that 90 percent of business students graduating in 2017 reported completing an internship or career-related experience during their time at the College of Business. Since we implemented our Professional Enhancement Program (PrEP) in 2012, every business student progresses through a series of four one-credit hour courses designed to develop confident, professional and connected students for lifelong career success. We believe our internship and job placement growth are directly correlated to the work we’ve done in making professional development a priority for all students.

These are a few examples of the many ways we Start Something at Nebraska Business.