On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, our amazing Master of Business and Science program (MBS) Externs—comprised of MBS graduate students and undergraduate students from Rutgers Honors College, Rutgers School of Engineering Honors Academy, and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)—gave presentations about their semester-long projects to a virtual audience of company mentors, MBS academic advisors, and MBS students, faculty, staff, and friends.
Over 170 participants attended the event, which featured in-depth presentations about projects for companies including L'Oréal, Citi Ventures, BMI, Colgate-Palmolive (regulatory and quality), NJ TRANSIT, TVD Associates, Imagine, Taste of Truffles, F&S Produce Company, Inc., New Age Drinks, Bayer, PharmAllies, and many others.
The MBS Externship Exchange is, per program coordinator Christie Nelson, Ph.D., a “small, collaborative, multidisciplinary team project,” which connects students with industry experts via company projects submitted by more than 60 partner organizations.
The audience was virtual, but the enthusiasm was real.
Working in groups of two to seven students for roughly eight to ten hours each week, externs worked on more than twenty projects to develop social media strategies, build web platforms, improve user experiences, evaluate cyber-vulnerability, and mine and analyze data. These projects solved real-life challenges across industries including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, food, music, finance, cosmetics, transportation, and many more.
The session began with some encouraging words and a program overview from the MBS Externship Exchange advisors: Dr. Christie Nelson, Abbe Rosenthal, MA, PCC, Dr. Karen Bemis, Dr. Rupa Misra, and Lori Dars, Associate Director, Economic Development and Innovation for Rutgers University. After that, the students took over and each group did such a fabulous job summarizing—in three minutes, via eye-catching posters—their hard work, complex analyses, research, readings, weekly discussions with their respective companies, and learnings. The audience gained some wonderful insights, and the Q&A session kept the virtual event engaging and fun!
An e-Technology Transfer by Colgate-Palmolive Externs – Kavita Shanbhag (Lead),Suraj Verma, Jianqi Li, Shivangi Singh, John Gorgy, Veronica Farag.
Other projects involved externs performing evaluations and analyses of creditworthiness and other issues using Moody’s rating methodologies; performing an analysis of Rutgers Recreation’s hourly payroll system; creating a website for New Wilmington Boro, Pennsylvania, providing a financial and environmental analysis for Wall Street Bootcamp among others! At the end of the event, MBS Externship advisors presented awards for the best poster—given to the L'Oréal team for their amazing hard work and beautifully designed poster—and best company mentors, who included Dr. John Betak, an MBS mentor since 2018 who this year mentored students on both the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) & Global Information Systems, LLC teams, Donnie Weissberg of Bayer, and Richard Szeto from Imagine.
Poster by L'Oréal Externs – Kelsey Gwynne, Jordan Berry, Simiao Zhang, Samantha Siu, Misha Mehta, Rajan Verma, and Zeal Dholakia was given the Best Poster Award.
Overall, each team did a terrific job on working through the semester and we thank the companies, the mentors, and MBS advisors for their support and bringing opportunities like these for students to get technical and professional work experience as part of their Rutgers MBS and Rutgers University education.
The Externship Exchange opportunity is open to students of all majors during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. For students or companies interested in the program, please contact Dr. Christie Nelson, Externship Exchange Coordinator, at email@example.com.