Bryant program connecting business students to jobs

'They know you can come in prepared on the first day.'

With just a few weeks to go until graduation, Bryant University senior Alicia Kennedy spoke with great relief about having wrapped up what many of her classmates – as well as other graduates across the nation – may be heavily fretting over. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



EDUCATION

Bryant program connecting business students to jobs

'They know you can come in prepared on the first day.'

COURTESY BRYANT
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Bryant University students Alicia Kennedy, left, and Makena Sage with Gerald Cohen, standing, Chafee Center for International Business trade specialist, Madan Annavarjula, second from right, Bryant international business program director and David Marquis, president of ChemArt.
Posted 4/30/12

With just a few weeks to go until graduation, Bryant University senior Alicia Kennedy spoke with great relief about having wrapped up what many of her classmates – as well as other graduates across the nation – may be heavily fretting over.

She had accepted a job offer.

What led to her achievement? Kennedy said it was the school’s international business program – more specifically its senior-year practicum.

“To a future employer it looks fantastic. [They know] you can come in prepared on that first day,” said Kennedy. “The program itself is a differentiator but the capstone [the practicum] is the ability to have real-world work experience. That’s not something every university has.”

Bryant University’s international business program, launched in the mid-2000s, has since 2009 run the practicum as a capstone project that matches students in groups of three based on their background, strengths and the needs of participating companies.

Students work as consultants to help businesses with aspects of their international strategies.

Madan Annavarjula designed the course when he took over the program in spring 2007, after examining its curriculum and identifying a gap in the practical experience employers would be looking for in new hires.

“We found that one of the biggest challenges our students [would] face is to convince the employer that they can do the job,” he said.

In 2009, six companies hosted 18 students. This semester, 20 businesses signed on to work with Annavarjula’s 60 seniors.

Annavarjula said that of the group of 50 companies that he’s worked with over the last few years, all are launching or in the last stages of launching an international expansion.

“[The practicum] has tremendously helped the program image,” he said. “I [think] it’s a win-win situation because the students get valuable experience … and the employers get to see what they would bring to the table.”

Kennedy was one-third of a student group assigned to help ChemArt, a Lincoln-based manufacturer of custom metal keepsakes, including the White House Christmas ornament, in the last stage of its plans to launch in Mexico and Canada.

The company has taken practicum students since the program’s inception.

Saying he was daunted by the task of developing an international strategy, David Marquis, president of ChemArt and a Bryant alumnus, has had students do market research and this semester had Kennedy’s group focus on social media.

Next Page
Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Save the Date - Thursday, May 29th - for the Business Women Awards Luncheon at the Providence Marriott. Winners to be announced May 2nd.
  • Manufacturing Awards
    Only a few seats remain for PBN's Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Thur ...
  • 40 Under Forty
    It's the 10th Anniversary of 40 Under Forty, and PBN is planning a special event ...
  • Healthiest Employers
    Enrollment now open for the 2014 Healthiest Employers Program. Please take a mom ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News