Eberly Business Honors Program students took part in the unique learning
experiences offered by the Business Honors Program when they visited the World Bank
and other Washington, D.C. sites during a leadership event April 17–19, 2014.
the trip, students from the sophomore Business Honors cohort visited the World Bank
and other D.C. sites and got to network with alumni.
students departed early Thursday morning and traveled directly to the World
Bank, where they met with Zainab Allawi and Alyaa Alaali, two advisers within the
attended a presentation about the World Bank and were able to ask any questions
about the institution during a question and answer session that followed. After
the presentation, students were shown the World Bank’s boardroom, where
significant World Bank meetings are held with powerful world leaders to discuss
Management Information Systems major Deric Schmidt said seeing the boardroom
was one of the most memorable parts of the visit.
the World Bank was an absolutely amazing opportunity that really opened my eyes
to the inner workings of international support for developing countries,”
the World Bank visit, the cohort went to the Smithsonian National Museum of
American History, where they went on private tours of the Dibner Library of the
History of Science and Technology. In the exhibits, students could see books
dating back to 1280 and the museum library’s Trade Literature Collection that
held the library’s large collection of magazines, catalogs, etc. from various
points in time.
the cohort traveled to one of the Washington Center’s office locations, where
students saw a presentation by representatives at the center and had the
opportunity to ask questions about the program. The Washington Center provides
programs for students that enable them to receive internships in various fields
in the Washington, D.C. area.
many of the students will be looking for internships during the upcoming year, this
visit really interested many of the students and benefited them tremendously.
place students visited was the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where
the students were able to see inside the governmental operations of the
country’s energy regulation.
cohort met with IUP alumna Chrystina Steffy, who now works at the FERC. Steffy
told students about the FERC’s background and the type of work she does there
before arranging for them to visit the Marketing Monitoring Room, where employees
told students about the market monitoring dimension in the FERC.
Steffy and her husband, Kenneth Steffy, also an IUP accounting alumnus, then met
the students over dinner, where students had the opportunity to ask the Steffys
about internship opportunities in the D.C. area as well as any professional
free time, students visited the many sites that Washington, D.C. has to offer
and bonded with other students in their cohort.
Accounting honors major Sarah Begany said she was glad she decided to go on the
enjoyed having the chance to network with alumni at the FERC and at dinner,”
Begany said. “I was also really happy with the fact that our cohort had the
chance to create fun memories and grow closer.”
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