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School of Business Administration Hosts Appreciation Breakfast for Internship Sponsors

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Marymount’s School of Business Administration recently held an Appreciation Breakfast for area businesses that sponsored MU interns during the past academic year.  In welcoming the students and their internship mentors, Marymount President Matthew D. Shank said,” I can’t thank you enough for your partnership with Marymount in providing our students an opportunity for active learning and engagement.” Dr. Shank further commented that he is confident that the relationship is mutually beneficial, saying, “Marymount wants to grow and strengthen our connections with the business community, and I encourage you to take advantage of the University’s many resources.”  

David Pomeroy, director of Business Learning and SBA Internships, also expressed gratitude to the sponsoring organizations.  Building on Dr. Shank’s remarks , he invited the business leaders to become involved in the many cultural events sponsored by the University and encouraged them to consider sharing their expertise as guest lecturers. He also emphasized the value of their mentorship, saying, “What we really appreciate is that you have shared your insights and your skills with your intern. You have helped our students learn about the world of business and given them the foothold they need as they begin their careers.”

MU’s business partners were equally enthusiastic in their commendation of the Marymount Internship Program and had high praise for their particular interns.  Rosemary McMahon, principal of McMahon and Company, PC, was paired with Paru Rai, B.B.A. in Accounting ’12. She said, “This is my third year sponsoring a Marymount intern.  It’s always been a win-win. This spring, Paru got lots of valuable experience during tax season. As for me, I learned a lot about new technologies from Paru.”

Sundiata Alaye, the director of IT Security and Compliance at Sirius XM Radio in Washington, DC, sponsored two Marymount interns, Stephanie Bell and Maira Ventura, both of whom are graduating this spring with a B.S. in Information Technology. Mr. Alaye stated, “One of their main duties was to help insure that our IT system supports and protects up-to-date, accurate financial records. They did a great job; they were very smart, always on point, and always brought good ideas to the table.  Stephanie and Maira are representative of tomorrow’s leaders, who will transform the way we do business around the world.”

Student remarks showcased the wide spectrum of internship opportunities available at Marymount. Speakers offered brief comments about their internships, which ranged from cloud computing and international business services to the use of new technologies in the delivery of transportation services.

Carolyn Ngidari, B.B.A. ‘12, whose work with Blue Door Painters involved the challenges of running a small business, reflected the sentiments of all the interns when she said, “I want to thank Marymount and the School of Business for preparing me and giving me the experience to successfully handle projects that will be assigned to me as I enter the business world.”  
PHOTOS OF INTERNSHIP MENTORS WITH MU STUDENTS (Photo Credit – Robert Brown ’15, a Communication major)

1.  President Shank addressing business leaders and students
2.  Jill Nabors, Marketing, supervisor, SODEXO, and Jennifer Williams , B.B.A. ’13
3.  Rosemary McMahon, principal of McMahon and Company, PC, and Paru Rai, B.B.A. ’ 12
4.  Sundiata  Alaye,  director,  IT Security and Compliance, Sirius XM Radio, Washington , DC,  and Stephanie Bell ’12 (left) and Maira Ventura ’12 (right), both students receiving  the B.S. in Information Technology
5.  Michael Jones, acting administrator, Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Labor, and Betsy Roija, B.B.A. ’12