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Students participate in internship showcase

Angelica Perez, Senior Visual Communication Design major, provides information regarding her internship. (Photo from Stevenson Flickr)
Angelica Perez, Senior Visual Communication Design major, provides information regarding her internship. (Photo from Stevenson Flickr)

As the fall semester concludes, students from the School of Business and Leadership and the School of Design are showcasing their hands-on experiences with real-world situations and topics through internships, research and video projects.


Senior Claudia Tonti (right) discusses her internship with Olivia Hare (left), senior business communication major, during the internship poster session. (Photo from Stevenson Flickr)

On Friday Dec. 7, from 1-3 p.m., the School of Business and Leadership will hold its third annual student showcase on the third floor of the Brown School of Business.

The School of Business student showcase will include students from a variety of majors, including accounting, marketing, digital marketing, computer information systems and more. The event will be separated into three different groups; students from each major will participate in the first two components, while the third component will be for select majors.

The first group will present posters about their internships, specifically focusing on their job tasks and the hours they worked. These student presentations will be geared toward freshman and sophomore students looking for future internships.

The second group of students will present research they conducted throughout the semester. The research relates to a variety of topics that allowed the students to connect to real world issues. Students will present their perspectives on selected topics to peers, professors and potential employers.

The third group will display video or computer projects that portray specific skills that may grab the attention of prospective employers.

Barbara Rowell, the chair of the accounting department, pioneered the student showcase for the School of Business and remains directly involved with the event.

“The showcase has great value on multiple levels,” said Rowell. “It is helpful for the students to display their research and experiences. It is valuable for faculty because they are able to see how they have helped the students develop. And it is great for administrators to see and hear about student initiatives and experiences. The event can also be good for some employers because they attend and have to opportunity to see the work level Stevenson students can produce.”


Chelsey Eggleston, fashion design major, showcases her internship poster to students, faculty and potential employers. (Photo from Stevenson Flickr)

On Nov. 16, the School of Design held its internship showcase in the School of Design on the Owings Mills North campus. The showcase consisted of a poster session and presentations from students who completed their internships during the fall 2018 semester. A panel of employers were also invited to share tips for interns and job-seekers.

The School of Design’s event was comprised of three separate segments. First, the 48 students who completed their summer or fall internships presented posters to students, teachers and potential employers. The posters displayed the student’s workplace experiences.

Second, a select number of nominated students formed a panel and spoke to the spectators, describing in detail what they learned and how they believed their internships went.

Lastly, a panel consisting of several employers spoke to the attendees about the benefits of an internship and offered thoughts about how to be successful in the workplace. These employers ranged from fashion companies, to non-profits, to film production companies.

The internship showcase is a mandatory part of the School of Design curriculum, and according to Sonya Lawyer, the School of Design internship coordinator, the showcase is a “celebration.”

“The purpose of the showcase is to celebrate the students completing their internships and help give exposure to potential internships for those students currently looking for one,” said Lawyer. “The process is not easy because finding the right fit is sometimes considered as difficult as choosing a university, so we feel it’s good to celebrate their process.”

The School of Design showcase was specifically centered around internships, but for the School of Business and Leadership, promoting the student internships is only one of the three components that will make up its student showcase.


Angelica Perez, a senior visual communication design major, provides information about her internship to interested students. (Photo from Stevenson Flickr)

Internships for both the School of Design and School of Business and Leadership involve academic requirements. Internship course requirements include a minimum number of hours, meetings, evaluations and participation in the showcases. Certain programs have paid internships, while others do not. Attending the showcases will help answer questions about internship details.

For more information, contact Lawyer in the School of Design, or either Rowell, or Jeannine Morber in the School of Business and Leadership.

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