The IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Corporate Relations and Internship Department works to support
the internship and career goals of business students and to establish relationships with employers. The department serves as a point of contact for providing career materials, training, and placement opportunities for students. One to two faculty
members from each academic department in the Eberly College serve on the CR-I team, along with representatives from the IUP Career and Professional Development Center.
The Eberly College recognizes that many across campus are already hiring students with specific majors to best match job responsibilities with academic disciplines. Eberly hopes to establish more partnerships across the campus to create matches between
job responsibilities and majors, according to Cyndy Strittmatter, who oversees the CR-I Department.
“Creating opportunities for our business students to gain real-world experience on campus in areas such as accounting, finance, budget, marketing, supply chain, human resources, management, international business, and information systems not only gives
students the edge that they need when they apply for internships and permanent positions, but also helps students in the classroom by giving them the ability to apply real-world experience,” said Strittmatter. “It is also our hope that work-study
positions help us retain our students because of the increased engagement with the campus and campus personnel and the ability to conduct meaningful work for campus operations. We are hoping that more managers and staff members across campus are intentional
in trying to match job responsibilities with majors to the extent possible. It’s a win-win for the student and the department.”
Strittmatter added that there are many excellent examples of major-related job opportunities across campus. “We will be looking for more departments to partner with as they begin to refill work-study positions,” she said. Any manager or staff member with
a student vacancy in a business-related field is invited to contact our office. We will get the word out to the respective majors immediately and help departments fill positions.”
Members of the Administration and Finance Division and Eberly College of Business and Information Technology listened to freshman business major Shaun Scott’s presentation on Thursday, May 3, about his experience working in the IUP Central Storeroom as
part of a program to provide students with real-world experience on the IUP Campus.
“Central Stores runs a logistical operation that provides the university with all of the material resources it needs to function efficiently,” said Scott. “Most of my time this year was spent researching and removing obsolete stock in the warehouse of
central stores. This is just a small part of the operations of the warehouse. I learned how to use the SAP system to sift through information on all products that are stored in the warehouse. Based on the information that I found, I made recommendations
regarding whether or not the materials should be repurposed, put up for surplus sale, opened up for 501c3 non-profit organizations, or properly disposed. I saw the value of generating at least some amount of money through disposition of obsolete stock
and the importance of recovering valuable space for other purposes.”
“I am very excited to continue in this position,” added Scott. “My overall goal is to understand how the different parts of the operation work together. This position has been all hands-on and is helping me understand further what I have learned in the
Terry Breslawski, director of Procurement Services and Central Stores, came to the Eberly College to start a pilot internship program in his area. “The Procurement
Services and Central Stores pilot internship program was conceived in cooperation with Eberly College as a means to offer select undergraduate business students an opportunity to work in a functioning supply management operation. The project-specific
assignments enable the student to learn how the IUP logistics and purchasing operations support the university as critical business functions and provide a tangible output to their efforts that can enhance learning in the classroom and offer a resume-ready
experience to facilitate placement after graduation.”
“Shaun’s contribution to the Central Storeroom was beneficial to our department by having a fresh perspective on how the storeroom operations benefit the university
community. It has allowed him a hands-on work experience. Providing an on-site, at IUP, location for this pilot-intern program allowed the student to be close to the job and gave him the flexibility to work with his class schedule, as well as not
having any additional expenses.”
Michelle Fryling, executive director of Communications and Media Relations, hired two MBA students who were interested in the marketing field, Apeksha Jayavanth and Nehal Challani.
“Apeksha and Nehal have been incredible assets to the Office
of Communications,” said Fryling. “We discussed the project, which was updating the way that I do news clippings. These two talented students understood the issue by asking the right questions, and then worked with my clipping service and maximized
the potential for what the service could offer. They met my deadline of April 1 to create an entirely new electronic system for distributing news clippings,” said Fryling.
She explained that the students created it so that other students can update and use the system, which was very important to the office. “Apeksha and Nehal are self-starters and energetic, hard workers and have been a pleasure to have in the office,”
Craig Bickley, associate vice president for Human Resources, actively recruits human resource management majors each year. “In HR, we actively recruit HR majors and integrate them into our office environment and processes, providing valuable real world
experience that translates on a resume after graduation,” he said. “We also believe it’s our job to help them with their studies and support them in their job search and beyond. They're part of the family!”
Lorie Albright, Employee Services manager in the HR Office, is passionate about the students and the work they perform in HR. “My role as the supervisor of the student workers in HR is to be supportive and do all I can to assist in developing these upcoming
HR professionals to become successful in whatever they choose after their time at IUP is complete,” said Albright. “I work very closely with each student to stress the importance of confidentiality, punctuality, being dependable, stepping up to volunteer
for any opportunity that may arise, proposing process improvements for the department, keeping busy, dressing and speaking professionally and recognizing that you never know who your customer may be. I consider these students part of the HR staff.
We offer them many opportunities to shadow staff or managers in everyday activities or meetings.” She provided the following highlights:
Photo: Jason Wendel, Alexis Frenchak, and Alexandra Keegan, all HR majors, work in the IUP Office of Human Resources.
Wendel, a sophomore human resource management and operations management major, appreciates his position in the Office of Human Resources. “Working as a student assistant in the Human Resources Office at IUP has been an amazing opportunity to further develop
my business acumen and interpersonal skills within a professional office environment,” he said.
“I have had the opportunity to work alongside highly experienced HR professionals and would not be where I am today without the mentorship of the fantastic HR staff! My favorite project was when I co-lead our Student Hire Team with my fellow coworker
Alexis Frenchak. This entailed editing our existing job description, marketing our job posting, updating interview questions, interviewing candidates, and extending offers. The ability to conduct interviews and analyze candidates to determine if they
would fit our team’s culture was an unparalleled eye-opening experience. This experience over the last two years has been so rewarding and has further fueled my passion to be an innovative HR professional in the future. I am so thankful for the fantastic
opportunities IUP HR has provided to me and encourage all students to seek out student work experiences related to their respective majors.”
Glenn Good hires Information Systems and Decision Sciences students on a regular basis. Matt Roche, Kendric Grace, and Gabrielle Ricupero all work in the IT area
with Glenn. “These students make a great contribution to our operations and are getting exposed to real-world IT operations and issues,” said Glenn. “Matt assisted with programming with enhancements to the TimeClock time recording and reporting application. He
also created some administrative functionality so it was easier for me to manage the back end of the system. Gabby reviewed the IUP IT Support Center website and potential re-categorizations of existing pages based on research of a cross section of
other universities. Also, she did research on KCS (Knowledge-Centered Support) processes, which are something I am interested in implementing. Ken is our student lead for hardware repairs. Working with a User Services staff member, he oversees our
repair process to ensure student computers that are checked in get fixed in a timely manner.”
Tom Toia, manager of Affiliate Accounting, hired accounting major Stephen Kopczyk. “Stephen assists me with accounting and reporting for the university held endowments, the Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania Residential Revival student
housing project (a 3,548-bed, $244-million dollar project), and the Fairman Centre a (student housing and culinary school renovation project) in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Two of Stephen’s predominant traits that make a strong impression on me are
his integrity and initiative. When assigning him a project, I am always confident of his honesty and ability to take the necessary steps to follow it through to completion with minimal supervision,” said Toia.
“In addition, Stephen possesses an acute understanding of accounting theory and practice that he enthusiastically applies to his work. He has excellent communication,
organizational, and problem solving skills and is flexible and willing to work on any project he is assigned. As his supervisor, I came to rely on Stephen’s assistance, to respect his opinion, and to value his input. I have been able to assign him
projects that require a deep level of maturity both professionally and academically.”
Toia explained that one such project is the preparation of the Residential Revival Annual Operating Plan.
“Stephen assists with forecasting revenue and expenses. By using data from the Position Budget Management System (a module of SAP) he analyzes salaries and benefits of staff working on the project and accurately projects them forward incorporating them
into the plan. Stephen also assists with the accounting for the PASSHE SIMS Data Warehouse project awarded to IUP. He analyzes data from SAP, runs reports to retrieve payroll data from the SAP Business Warehouse, then uses the data to prepare invoices
to PASSHE for reimbursement to IUP along with calculating and preparing journal entries for indirect cost recovery. Stephen also prepares monthly invoices to the Foundation for the student housing project and posts the corresponding accounts receivables.
Given his characteristics, qualities, work experience, and education as a foundation, I believe Stephen will do well and has a bright future.”
Offices interested in partnering in the placement of business students in their departments are encouraged to e-mail Cyndy Strittmatter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Business
Starts at IUP!