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Business Honors Program Students Travel to Washington, D.C. for Leadership Event

Business Honors trip to Washington, D.C.Twenty-two 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.

During the trip, students from the sophomore Business Honors cohort visited the World Bank and other D.C. sites and got to network with alumni.  

The 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 World Bank. 

Students 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 important issues.  

Honors Management Information Systems major Deric Schmidt said seeing the boardroom was one of the most memorable parts of the visit.

“Visiting the World Bank was an absolutely amazing opportunity that really opened my eyes to the inner workings of international support for developing countries,” Schmidt said.

Following 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. 

On Friday, 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. 

Since 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.

The last 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.  

The 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. 

Chrystina 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 advice.

In their free time, students visited the many sites that Washington, D.C. has to offer and bonded with other students in their cohort. 

Sophomore Accounting honors major Sarah Begany said she was glad she decided to go on the trip. 

“I 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.”  

—Bethany Barefoot

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