The Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is excited to begin its internship program for undergraduate students. There are currently six interns for the 2015-2016 academic year, and each has chosen a project through which they can create a lasting impact on the UMD community. See below for the bios of each of the interns, and learn more about what they are working on this year.
- Year: Sophomore
- Major: Finance and Accounting
- Project: Program development for SELF
- Project Description: The Snider Enterprise and Leadership Fellows (SELF) is an annual summer program for high school juniors and seniors. Students work with faculty to explore how business principles and skill can propel them toward prosperous careers. This program not only inspires the Fellows to pursue enterprise, it empowers them to make informed decisions about important events in their lives.
- Quote: “As the era of outsourcing and brain drains continues to decrease in its effectiveness toward economic sustainability, our generation must increase the momentum of innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of enterprise. Through my work at the Snider Center in educational programming, I hope to inspire our stakeholders - students and teachers - by highlighting the world-changing potential of innovative firm culture and design.”
- Year: Sophomore
- Major: French Language and Literature, Marketing, International Business
- Project: Program development for Enterprise Through Literature.
- Project Description: Enterprise Through Literature is a program that encourages high school juniors and seniors to think of the business implications involved in everyday events. It involves a student contest for how businesses become evident in literature as well as a teacher workshop where teachers learn how to integrate business curriculum into mainly high school English and History classes.
- Quote: “One of my biggest motivations is to expose the virtues of business to the future generations. [I am also really excited to further develop my social marketing and web design skills.]”
- Year: Junior
- Major: Accounting and Finance
- Project: Research Assistant for Evan Starr
- Project Description: Evan Starr is an Assistant Professor in the Management and Organization Department. His current research project examines the impact of state-level noncompete policies on the incidence of firm-sponsored training, and the impact of noncompete enforceability on the creation, growth, and survival of spinouts and other new ventures. Emily is assisting Evan by using NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) and SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) codes to narrow the data into more specific industries and occupations.
- Quote: “I decided to work for the Ed Snider Center because I wanted to gain real-world research experience during my time as an undergraduate. I am so excited to be a part of an organization so involved in research and promoting innovation and enterprise.”
- Year: Junior
- Major: Accounting and Economics
- Project: Program development for Women Investing in Learning Leadership (WILL)
- Project Description: Women Investing in Learning Leadership is a program for 9th and 10th grade girls to help prepare them for their professional futures. This is accomplished by providing them a safe space to explore their passions and potential, having mentors as a support network, teaching skills and concepts applicable to enterprise and business, and building their confidence to overcome challenges.
- Quote: “I’m especially excited to work on this new initiative because my work directly shapes the experiences the young women will have. One of my biggest motivations is being able to see the impact this program will have on a very personal level.”
- Year: Junior
- Major: Finance and Economics
- Project: Coordination for the Ed Snider Center Debates.
- Project Description: The Ed Snider Center Debates are an arena where experts engage in reasoned, rational, and respectful discussions that examine all sides of an issue. Debates focus on timely topics such as work culture, the stagnation of middle class wages, and the costs and benefits of mandating electronic medical records.
- Quote: “I enjoy working on the Faculty Debates because they allow me to see the connection between my coursework and real-world events, and I get to learn more about the dynamic and controversial topics affecting the business world today.”
- Year: Graduate from Austria, Vienna
- Major: Media Production
- Project: Video editing for “Why Enterprise?”
- Project Description: Higher education is a rapidly changing industry that needs to embrace new ways of delivering curricula to traditional students and life-long learners. The Snider Center’s series, “Why Enterprise?” (created with the support of BB&T) engages in discussions with industry leaders to explore the systems and foundational values that foster success in the first place
- Quote: “I think open-mindedness and not being afraid of failure is the most important thing in order to be successful!”
- Year: Senior
- Major: Supply Chain Management, Spanish Language and Cultures Minor
- Project: Program development for the Snider Research Scholars
- Project Description: How do government bailouts of bankrupt companies affect the average citizen? What affect will a raise in interest rates have on children in America? Many college students are interested in going beyond the classroom to better understand the intersection of business and society. In the Snider Research Scholars program, undergraduate students will complete a semester-long research project on a topic of their choice. Through this program scholars will gain marketable research skills, learn from faculty mentors, and create a publication and presentation for the UMD community.
- Quote: “Many people do not realize the affect business has on the everyday lives of American citizens. Apart from the high quality and variety of products and services available in the United States, businesses have a drastic impact on society through the creation of jobs and the opportunity for social impact. I’m excited to be involved with the Ed Snider Center, and to have a chance to learn about and promote this concept.”
About the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets
The Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets, housed at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, promotes a multidisciplinary exploration of the institutions that affect human enterprise, thereby impacting the prosperity and wellbeing of individuals and societies. For more information, visit www.rhsmith.umd.edu/snider.
- Amanda Yard, B.S. Supply Chain & Operations Management, Spanish Minor, Class of 2016