SOM Graduate Students Make an Impact Through Their Summer Internships

October 20, 2015

This summer, eight of our School of Management graduate students went out into the world and worked at various internships throughout the country. These women started their searches for these positions as early as November 2014 in preparation for the Summer 2015. With the assistance of Career Services and by engaging their networks, they were able to arrive in positions with organizations that they targeted and had great experiences for the 10-12 weeks they were there. All of them enrolled in the internship course for credit at Simmons, which allows students to gain work experience while earning credit. Below is an account of each of their summer opportunities.

Deyra Janeth Baciu ‘16SM 

Deyra is a part-time Master of Science in Management student. This summer, she worked for Bisous & Co., a consulting company, to define a business model and prepare a business plan for clients who were interested in establishing a home health care corporation and nursing home in Massachusetts. Part of the business plan included building a 6-month operating budget. Deyra was able to apply a lot of the skills she has learned in various courses in her program to the position this summer. 

Ferry Cadet ‘16SM

Ferry CadetFerry is a full-time MBA student. Ferry was an Operations Intern at Staples this summer.  She was stationed at headquarters in Framingham, MA working in the Copy and Print Department. Ferry conducted a project for the department that involved collecting data on the physical attributes of the copy and print centers in each Staples store. She also worked on a competitive analysis and pricing strategy for a particular project that Staples in starting. Ferry incorporated coursework from both quantitative and strategy courses in her internship.

Jennifer Eno-Ballbach ‘16SM

Jen Eno Ballbach Jen is a full-time MBA student graduating in December. Jen had a fellowship with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps program where she was placed at Citizens Bank. EDF Climate Corps places graduate students at host organizations to work on energy management, sustainability strategy and employee engagement. This year, Jen was one of 117 fellows and had the opportunity to work for Citizens Bank in Providence, RI, on strategy and communication. She created an outline of how Citizens could incorporate its sustainability initiatives into its corporate strategy and how Citizens could communicate what it is doing in this function to internal and external stakeholders. For more information on EDF Climate Corps, visit www.edfclimatecorps.org or contact Jen with questions. 

Monique Jackson ‘16SM

Monique JacksonMonique is a full-time MBA student graduating in December. Monique had the opportunity to work at Stonyfield Farm in New Hampshire as a Digital Marketing Intern. As part of the marketing team, Monique was embedded in the daily operations of the department. She was given a lot of responsibility including assisting in redesigning the Stonyfield website, leading marketing email blasts including one that was a collaboration with Disney, and creating an integrated marketing plan for the Oh MyYog! product line. Monique also ate lots of free yogurt and learned a lot about working for a mission-driven company with a focus in sustainability.

Bing Peng ‘16SM

Bing Peng Bing is a full-time MBA student graduating in May 2016. Bing was motivated to work in Silicon Valley, CA for the Summer 2015 and did everything she could to obtain this internship with Drippler. Using her network to its max, Bing was connected with executive leadership at Drippler, a mobile app company, where she was a Marketing Associate for the summer. Bing worked on two major projects focused on defining Drippler’s current and potential clients better using data analysis and also collaboration between marketing and sales. She created process maps and tools for the sales team to better identify clients and get leads to increase business. As a Chinese citizen, Bing was able to help Drippler communicate with top app developers in China to expand their business. Bing will continue working on a part-time basis for Drippler throughout the academic year and hopes to obtain a career in Silicon Valley after graduation.

Arielle Schwartz ‘16SM

Arielle is a full-time MBA student graduating in May 2016. Arielle worked as an Assistant Marketing Manager for Mathnasium, a math-only learning center focused on helping children in elementary, middle and high school understand and thrive in math. Arielle ran two marketing campaigns over the summer including a “back to school” campaign and the “avoid the summer slide” campaign. She successfully managed the sales pipeline at the location she was placed at and enrolled 100 students in the center over the summer. It was a great opportunity for Arielle to learn about marketing and how to run successful campaigns.

Caroline Weatherill ‘16SM

Caroline Weatherill Caroline is a full-time MBA student graduating in May 2016. Caroline was part of the Consumer Banking Summer MBA Leadership Development Program at Bank of America (BOA) in New York City. BOA is the second largest bank in the U.S. and has 280,000 employees. Consumer banking is the largest division of BOA, generating a third of the overall revenue for the bank. 

Caroline worked on a special project called Student Rush that focused on building relationships with colleges and universities in order to meet students’ banking needs. The focus on the project was on acquiring college students as customers as they enter the workforce and then keeping them as lifetime customers to build the business long-term. Caroline had some fun as well, attending a Yankees game and volunteering with co-workers in NYC. She had a successful summer and as a result was offered a position with BOA after graduation as part of the Consumer Banking Fulltime MBA Leadership Development Program, Sales Leadership track. She will start working next summer in Charlotte, NC in product management. 

Xue Yu ‘16SM

Xue is a full-time MBA student graduating in May 2016. Xue had the opportunity to work for Bank of China this summer in their New York City branch. Over the three months at Bank of China, Xue worked in their different functions: Consumer Banking, Financial Investments and Human Resources. Xue describes the experience as extremely different cultures between the three departments. In one, the expectation is that you work late everyday and on Saturdays, while in other departments everyone leaves on time everyday. She was surprised by the extreme differences but learned a lot about banking and the expectations within the organization. Even though she was an intern, there was a lot of pressure to perform at a high level because she is an MBA student. Xue worked lots of hours at Bank of China and ate a lot of pizza for dinner.

All of the students were presented with opportunities to use the skillset they are developing in their programs to its fullest potential. They were given a lot of autonomy in some cases to work independently and be creative. They all agree that it was a great experience and suggest that every student take advantage of getting an internship while in their program here at Simmons. For more information on the internship program, speak with Career Services or Patricia Deyton who oversees the course.