Business majors Kathryn Taylor (above) and Angele Bell (below) interned at nearby Dynamic Aviation. Kathryn said, “Dynamic Aviation is a fast-growing company, so my internship in the human resources department was exciting. There was never a dull moment as I constantly communicated with a variety of applicants. The best part, though was learning about the company culture.”
sustainability and development
Ashley Hevener and Heather Wilkins interned at Shenandoah Growers, putting into effect lessons of sustainability and development in the local market.
Internships and Real World Experience
Internships and other student activities like national conferences and the new investment club help students put classroom learning into effect in the real world.
Real-world experience in the field
EMU’s student-run investment club shares profits with local charities like Our Community Place, a nearby non-profit community center familiar to most EMUers. And each year EMU business majors attend the national Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA) convention, often winning the annual student competition, as Lindsay Lehman, Heidi Boese and Matt Ropp did in 2009.
And on the job at internships, our business students have been working and making a difference in area businesses for years.
Business internships that make a difference
Internships receive 3 SH of credit, generally last for one semester, and in some cases are paid. Internships are a Community Learning designate and, for business administration majors, fulfill one of the required electives. Internships are open to juniors and seniors who have been admitted to the business program and who currently have a 2.7 business GPA.
We place interns in a variety of manufacturing, service, and not-for-profit environments where they work in accounting, cost analysis, human resource management, investments, marketing, operations, and planning. In some cases, internships lead to a permanent position after graduation.
What business interns are saying
Business graduate Isaac Wyse was interested in financial and business analytics and interned at Tenneco-Walker Manufacturing, which specializes in after-market exhaust systems. Tasked with improving the efficiency of the welders, Isaac used quantitative methods and waiting line simulations during his project. “On the job, it’s up to me to figure out what information I need and how to best get it. I believe internships put a real world effect on classroom lessons.”
Jeremy Yoder graduated in May 2009 with a degree in accounting after interning at Martin, Beachy, and Arehart, PLLC, a small, local accounting firm. He says, “I learned a lot about how an organization works through my experience at my internship and handling business for our clients. I learned how to stay organized and use different tax software, and I gained a general understanding about the way the federal income tax system works.”
Senior Liberal Arts major Jeff Gingrich used his internship in the human resources department at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) to help him determine his future in the business world. “An internship gives you a chance to explore the kind of organization, environment, and department you would like to work in later in life,” he says. Since he worked closely with many of the different supervisors at VMRC, Jeff also gained valuable knowledge about how the human resources team handles problems that arise. “The biggest thing I’ve taken away has been learning to communicate with supervisors within in a fairly large organization,” he said.
Timing the set-up of an assembly line in a muffler manufacturing plant is not a usual activity for an EMU business student, but for Ben Moyer it was part of his rewarding internship at Walker Manufacturing in Harrisonburg. Ben worked throughout the semester to improve efficiency and, with the guidance of his onsite supervisor, ended with a three-step process that improved efficiency. He says, “I’ve really learned how to relate to people better and the importance of doing research and asking people that know better before jumping to conclusions,” said Moyer about his internship. “It has given me a better idea of what I want to do in the future because I found I really enjoy the problem solving side of business.”