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By Gerianne Wright
The School of Business and Economics gave prospective students the opportunity to see what it offers during a special SBE-specific online information session on Thursday, March 23.
With 11 majors, 10 minors and myriad applied-learning opportunities — internships, externships, a volunteer tax prep program through AARP to name just a few — SBE graduates land jobs in fields like marketing, business administration and global supply chain management. Many secure a position prior to graduation with the same company they interned with.
Accounting major Tierra Chess ’18, landed an internship with J.P. Morgan the summer following her freshman year. Last summer, she interned with Ernst & Young.
“You just want to try everything,” she said. “There is no limit at SUNY Plattsburgh.”
The online session will provide students an overview of programs and opportunities available to them as business majors. Faculty members and current students will be on hand for a question-and-answer period after an admissions presentation.
Chess has been an active participant in many of the extracurricular experiences available at SUNY Plattsburgh, which will be discussed during the session. She has worked as an admissions ambassador, peer career assistant at the Career Development Center and calculus tutor at the Claude J. Clarke Learning Center.
Many students choose to complete internships in between terms during the summer months, as Chess did and as Patrick Hermans ’17 did with the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission Distribution Center, where he audited standard operating procedures to increase efficiency.
“The most important thing I learned from my mangers was how to conduct myself professionally and how to manage people in the workplace,” Hermans said.
The best approach internship candidates can take is to apply to as many positions as they can, he said.
“Apply for positions that you feel you aren’t ready for. They will force you to learn and build on your existing skills,” Hermans said. “Find a company that you see potential in. A company with potential for personal growth is very valuable. Most importantly, absorb everything. Learn every aspect of the industry.”
As a member of the SUNY Plattsburgh men’s hockey team, Hermans had to learn how to juggle his schoolwork and applied learning opportunities with more than five hours dedicated to hockey practice each day.
“Anything from workouts to practice to watching game film — they all take time,” he said.
For students like Chess and Hermans, who have busy schedules, campus services like the Career Development Center and the Office of Career Opportunities and Internships for the School of Business and Economics assist students in finding and applying for internships that get them the experience they need to be competitive in today’s fast-paced job market.
If you are interested in other programs, additional major-specific online admissions information sessions are offered this spring
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