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Lucia Jueguen ’24 Shines during her New York City Summer Internship

Lucia Jueguen at her internship location in New York City
Lucia Jueguen at her internship location in New York City

CBE Fellow Lucia Jueguen ‘24 is an International Studies and Business Double Major, Arabic Minor. This summer she served as an intern at BNP Paribas, in New York City.  

We asked Lucia…

How did you find my summer internship? 

An Allegheny Alum worked there and referred the opportunity to our Career Education team.

What were your duties?

I worked for the Group Financial Security team. Essentially, our team was tasked with US sanction compliance across all business lines/operating divisions of the BNPP Group. My main project for the summer was an internal auditing review.

Would you recommend the experience to other students? 

YES! I would recommend working for BNP because of many reasons. It is the perfect way to get exposure to the finance industry, especially the location at their headquarters in NYC. They provide a good introduction and transition process for incoming interns, making us feel empowered doing actual work while getting support from HR, our managers, and other peers in our department. I had the opportunity to network and go on coffee chats with most of the people in my department! They also have a direct hire program for summer interns, including sponsoring visas for international students. 

A Global Citizen Scholar, Lucia Jueguen is a Resident Advisor and CBE Fellow. She is a  member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Honor Society in Economics, and Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society. 

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics (CBE) prepares Allegheny College students to succeed in a diverse, global economy.

Rutendo Mavunga ’24 Encourages Students to Take Advantage of Internships with Rotational Programming

Rutendo Mavunga '24 during her internship at Ernst and Young
Rutendo Mavunga ’24 during her internship at Ernst and Young

Rutendo Mavunga ’24 is an international student from Zimbabwe majoring in Economics with a French minor. During the summer, she returned to Ernst & Young,  an internationally esteemed Big 4 company for the second summer. During her internship she served as a Financial Services Business Consultant.

We asked Rutendo….

How did you find your internship?

I found this internship through Handshake and the support of Career Education, a service that I recommend that every student utilize during their time at Allegheny College.

What were your duties?

I found my internship thoroughly engaging, rigorous and insightful based on the various engagements that I conducted that allowed me to gain a greater appreciation of the financial services sector as a business consultant. My key responsibilities included conducting financial analysis, strategic planning, and risk management. I was involved in identifying business process improvements, performing market research, and supporting potential M&A activities. Ensuring regulatory compliance, financial modeling, and client communication were three essential aspects of this role. Additionally, I engaged in project management, data analysis, and business development efforts, while continuously participating in training to enhance my skills and contribute to the success and growth of the company.

Would you recommend this internship to other students?

I would recommend this internship to fellow students who have an interest in the financial sector and are willing and eager to explore various roles that could follow. For those students who are still not sure what they would want to do, I recommend exploring the launch internships facilitated by EY, or any other internships that have a rotational program that will allow them to explore what they want to do long term.

Rutendo Mavunga ’24 is a CBE Fellow, a resident advisor and the President of the Allegheny College Model United Nations Society.  She is also a non-profit entrepreneur, and the business plan for her company, Batanai, is a two-time winner of the Zingale Big Idea Competition.

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics (CBE) prepares Allegheny College students to succeed in a diverse, global economy.

Colin Elder Uses the Allegheny Advantage* to Secure an Online Banking Internship

Colin Elder '25
Colin Elder ’25

CBE Fellow Colin Elder ‘25 is pursuing a double major in Economics and Data Science. This summer, Colin stayed on campus working for the First Bank of the Lake, a SBA Preferred Lender, with their online internship program.  

We asked Colin…

How did you find your internship?

I found my internship through the help of the Allegheny’s Career Education team, as well as the many Allegheny Alumni that work for First Bank of the Lake. One of our other fellows, Andrew Strobel, has previously worked within the same internship program.

What were your duties?

My duties this summer include working on external audits as well as making sure that all information is up to date and formatted correctly within our loans.

Would you recommend your internship to other students?

I would absolutely recommend this experience to other students. Everyone at First Bank of the Lake has been extremely welcoming and helpful during my time, and I have been able to learn so much about SBA banking.

Colin is a CBE Fellow, the Service Chair for the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and is a member of the Allegheny soccer team.

*Allegheny Advantage = Career Education Team + Allegheny Alumni

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics (CBE) prepares Allegheny College students to succeed in a diverse, global economy.

Meredythe Baird Builds on her Marketing Expertise with a Leadership Experience in Retail

Meredythe Baird (far left) with the Kohl's intern leadership team volunteering at the local Boys & Girls Club
Meredythe Baird (far left) with the Kohl’s intern leadership team volunteering at the local Boys & Girls Club

Meredythe Baird ‘24, a  Business and Spanish major, spent this summer as an intern at Kohl’s in her hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

We asked Meredythe…

How did you find your internship?

I found this internship through LinkedIn and utilizing the platform, I was recruited through a connection. 

What were your duties during this internship?

This summer I worked as a Store Leadership Intern at Kohl’s. Volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of America was one of the many events I got to participate in over the course of my 8 weeks. No two days were ever the same over the course of my time there. I learned a substantial amount of business acumen, merchandising, brand, the importance of customer satisfaction, associate effectiveness, assumptive selling, and so much more. I crossed paths with many wonderful people and had the opportunity to gain experience in the business field.

Would you recommend this experience to other students?

This internship overall provides a chance to demonstrate leadership skills, as well as learn new methods in an ever-changing world. Therefore, even if a student is not actively searching for a job in the retail industry, this internship still provides an enriching opportunity for anyone looking to continue the development of their ability to lead others. 

Meredythe, a Fellow for the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics, is the goalie on the Field Hockey team and a first baseman on the Softball team.  She is a proud member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, and Phi Sigma Iota. In addition, Meredythe serves as the marketing chair for the Wealth Management Club. 

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics (CBE) prepares Allegheny College students to succeed in a diverse, global economy.

RJ Swanson ’24 Shares the View from “The Park” — PNC’s Observation Deck

RJ at “The Park,” the observation deck at the top of PNC’s main building downtown.
RJ at “The Park,” the observation deck at the top of PNC’s main building downtown.

Richard  “RJ” Swanson ’24, an Economics major with a  Communications and Political Science double-minor served as a finance and accounting intern in Pittsburgh with PNC Bank.

We asked RJ….

How did you find your summer internship?

I originally applied through their external application site, but I was also referred to the program. I was able to connect with alumna Jennifer Daurora ’99, and she helped me organize my application, and prepare for my interviews.

What were your duties?

This summer, I worked under the Management Accounting team. On a daily basis, I was responsible for running validations that ensured the cubes with the bank’s forecasting and budgeting data were operating correctly. I also was involved with some testing efforts that looked at new data storage systems. 

A good portion of the internship also involved program events with our intern class. We participated in a speaker series that gave us face time with executives from the bank. There were also professional development training events to help us to refine our Excel, networking, and other skills. 

The PNC Intern Capstone Team
The PNC Intern Capstone Team

I was also responsible for working on a team with three other interns to present a research project to members of the finance department. We conducted research with the help of PNC’s Investor Relations team and consultants from EY and PWC. 

Our project looked at instant payment networks, and the emergence of the Federal Reserve’s FedNow. 

Would you recommend this experience to other students?

I would absolutely recommend this internship to other students. PNC’s internship program was just ranked in the top 100 internship experiences in the United States this year. It is the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself and utilize materials from coursework. Even if you don’t end up interested in the department that you interned with, there are almost limitless job opportunities within the bank to try. 

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

Besides working as a Fellow at the CBE, I am the president of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity on campus. Additionally, I am the president of both the Golf Club and Wealth Management Club.

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics (CBE) prepares Allegheny College students to succeed in a diverse, global economy.

CBE Fellow Andrew Strobel Discovers Endless Opportunities in the World of Finance

Andrew Strobel ‘24 is an Economics Major / German Minor interning this summer (2023) at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Pittsburgh.
Andrew Strobel (far left) with the summer of 2023 Thermo Fisher Scientific Intern Group

Andrew Strobel ‘24 is an Economics Major / German Minor interning this summer at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Pittsburgh.  We asked Andrew….

Andrew Strobel '24
Andrew Strobel ’24

How did you find your summer internship?

I found my summer internship through a LinkedIn search in September. I was looking for finance internships in and around Pittsburgh. In fact,  I would encourage students seeking internships to start early, it pays off! I am a FLDP (Financial Leadership Development Program) intern on the reporting and analytics commercial finance team.

What were your duties?

I was able to work on 2 projects this summer. The first project involved analyzing customer contracts for information regarding our customer incentive program. The commercial finance team typically tracks payments that we have to issue to customers during the course of the year manually, but our team is transitioning to a new application developed in-house in conjunction with IT. I helped input important contract information so that this process will be automated for over 90% of the payments that we make. 

Andrew Strobel '24 | Allegheny CollegeIn a similar way, I helped the cash applications team by analyzing customer contracts for prompt payment discounts. Prompt payment discounts are given to customers who pay their invoices early (i.e. 1% 10 Net 30). This discount helps incentivize customers to pay, which in turn speeds the company’s cash flow. 

The interns were required to participate in a volunteer opportunity together this summer with the caveat that we were to take responsibility for planning and choosing the opportunity. I led the interns in the planning and execution of the event– we  volunteered at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in their new venture, The Market. “The Market, in partnership with Giant Eagle, offers a grocery store-style experience providing shelf-stable, meat, dairy, fresh produce and non-food grocery items as well as connections to additional resources for help.”

My day-to-day responsibilities involved daily/weekly reporting. The most important report I sent out to leadership was the daily sales performance of one of Thermo Fisher’s North American Business segments. 

Would you recommend this experience to other students?

I would highly recommend this experience to any Allegheny student. This opportunity provided me with so much information on corporate finance, the opportunity to learn new softwares, networking opportunities, and work experience as a team and as an individual in a short amount of time. Thermo Fisher Scientific offers opportunities in many different locations around the US, so if you are geographically flexible, it is a great chance to work in a different city. It also provided me with some knowledge that finance isn’t just stocks and bond pricing; there are endless opportunities in the world of finance. 

Andrew is a CBE Fellow, Vice President of Delta Tau Delta, a member of the Men’s Soccer Coaching Staff, and is in the process of  trying to start a pickleball club!

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics (CBE) prepares Allegheny College students to succeed in a diverse, global economy.

Can You Find an Interesting Summer Internship in Meadville? Yes!

Graham Kralic '25, an economics major and communications minor,  elected to stay in Meadville this summer and intern in the Financial Aid office at Allegheny College.
Graham Kralic ’25, an economics major and communications minor,  elected to stay in Meadville this summer and intern in the Financial Aid office at Allegheny College.

Graham Kralic ’25, an economics major and communications minor, elected to stay in Meadville this summer and intern in the Financial Aid office at Allegheny College.

We asked Graham…

How did you find your summer internship?

I found this opportunity through my campus job in the financial aid office.

Allegheny students can apply for wide variety of campus jobs through the student job bank.

What are your duties?

My duties include financial aid awards research based on recent SCOTUS rulings, scholarship account bank reconciliation, employment verification, general student employment duties, assisting in general office duties, data entry, and dealing with student and parent relationships regarding financial aid.

Would you recommend this experience to other students?

I would definitely recommend this experience to other students. It’s a great way to learn the ins and outs of office life and hone communication and collaboration skills better. This experience also provides the opportunity to take on larger responsibilities since the office has a smaller staff compared to some internships at larger companies.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I’m involved in CBE as a Fellow, the varsity men’s soccer team, I’m the co-president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee(SAAC), the Director of Membership Development of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, the treasurer of the Interfraternity Council, and a member of the golf club.

◊ Graham is the first place winner in the fall 2022 Financial Literacy Competition.

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics (CBE) prepares Allegheny College students to succeed in a diverse, global economy.

Reece Smith Leverages his Major/Minor Combination to secure a Corporate Risk Internship with Fidelity

 Summer of 2023 Internship Group at Fidelity
Summer of 2023 Internship Group at Fidelity Investments

Reece Smith ’24 is a rising senior majoring in Economics and minoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Law & Policy. This summer, Reece is a Corporate Risk Intern for Fidelity Investments at the corporate office in Merrimack, New Hampshire. 

We asked Reece…

How did you find your summer internship?

I found my internship by going directly through Fidelity’s career page. I highly recommend going directly to the career sites of companies you are interested in working for. It saves a lot of the time that it takes to tailor search parameters and dig through results. 

What are your duties?

As a Corporate Risk Management Intern, I work on the risk assessment team, and in this role I am responsible for 3 risk assessments, which involves checking with other associates to make sure the controls are being followed, and conducting tests to measure the effectiveness of the control. Along with that, I create surveys used by my team members for their assessment. I serve on the focus group for the internal website for the Legal, Risk, and Compliance department that will host many resources that aid in risk assessments. 

On the lighter side, I volunteered to be the LRC’s point of contact for the interns in our department, assisting in relaying information to others and organizing events for us to attend and get to know each other. I recently organized a Ping Pong tournament!

Would you recommend this experience to other students?

I highly recommend this internship to my fellow students; Fidelity has a great, relaxed corporate culture, they will invest into developing your skills, and is growing fast. It looks like they’ll hire interns who are rising seniors.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I am a Center for Business and Economics Fellow, A Don Lavoie Fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, CFO for Allegheny’s Student Managed Investment Fund, Program Director for Allegheny’s College Radio Station, Treasurer for the Allegheny Ghost Club, and a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economic Honor Society), the Egg Detectives (Improv Troupe), and the Fencing Club. 

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics (CBE) prepares Allegheny College students to succeed in a diverse, global economy.

CBE Fellow Zula Stenger Travels to Sweden for a distinctive Summer Experience

Zula Stenger '25
Zula Stenger ’25

Zula Stenger ’25 is pursuing a major in business with a focus in marketing and double minors in political science and studio art.  Inspired by Rebecca Oliver, Professor of Political Science along with her studies in Business and Economics, Zula travelled abroad to Sweden to an inclusive experience that combines classroom work with research and  field study. We asked Zula:

How did you discover your summer experience?

I always knew I wanted to spend time abroad during my college career, which prompted me to join Global Citizen Scholars. This cohort program encourages students to take a global approach to learning, and helps students to pay for time abroad. After taking a course in political science with Professor Oliver on welfare states, I developed a keen interest in learning more about welfare systems, and how welfare policies can impact the economy.

For my senior comp, I plan to conduct a comparative study on Sweden and the US to determine if generous welfare policies, particularly regarding child care, have acted as a stabilizing force for the Swedish economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given my research interests, I felt it would be hypocritical to study without firsthand experience of life in Sweden. Therefore, at the beginning of the spring 2023 semester, I embarked on a search for any possible means to visit Sweden. After conducting some research, I came across DIS, a non-profit study abroad foundation. DIS offers semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English featuring a broad curriculum enriched by experiential learning components. DIS appeared to be the perfect opportunity for me to engage meaningfully with Swedish culture and facilitate personal growth both as a scholar and an individual.

What were your activities during this experience?

During my summer with DIS, I am enrolled in two courses that I believe will satisfy requirements for my major and minor fields of study. The first course  that I took was “Storytelling through Photography,” and the second course, “Comparative Economics: Global Risk and European Responsiveness,” both span a duration of three weeks, with three hours of class time each day from Monday to Friday.

Storytelling through Photography

In my photography class, the professor prioritized providing us with firsthand experiences, moving beyond the mere technical focus often found in introductory classes. We had the opportunity to visit various museums, with my favorite being Fotografiska, Stockholm’s photography museum. This experience allowed us to practice interpreting and critiquing art. Our assignments involved creating a portrait series that emphasized finding meaning through expression and framing. Moreover, this class allowed me to engage with Swedish individuals, using photography as a medium to better understand them.

Comparative Economics

My second course, Comparative Economics, aligns perfectly with my research interests. It has been an exceptional learning experience, delving into the factors that shape a nation’s response to crises. We examine economic systems, resource allocation processes, forms of government, policies and regulations (and their beneficiaries), market organization, trade agreements, alliances, and developmental capabilities. This course highlights the significance of studying comparative economics and its role in comprehending and navigating the complexities of the economy.

Study Tour to Greece

During the course, we had the remarkable opportunity to embark on a study tour to Greece, led by our Greek professor. This trip provided a firsthand view of the effects of the Greek crisis and the resulting socio-economic landscape. We had the privilege to meet and interact with various individuals, including a farmer, a businessman, a doctor, and a board member of the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund. Such encounters added depth to our understanding of the Greek situation and broadened our perspectives on real-world economic challenges.

Would you recommend this experience to other students?

The learning opportunities I have encountered have surpassed all my expectations. The DIS program offers a diverse selection of fields to study and provides flexible options that cater to individual preferences. I wholeheartedly recommend Stockholm and this program to anyone interested in studying abroad. Additionally, for those, like myself, who prefer not to be away for an entire semester, the summer program proves to be an excellent choice.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

In the upcoming fall semester, I am honored to have been selected as the Head Resident Assistant (RA) of Shultz Hall on campus. Additionally, I will be serving as a Fellow for the Business and Economics Department, which marks my first semester in this role. I am excited to continue my involvement with the Women in Business and Economics Club as the President. I also aspire to revitalize the College Democrats organization, encouraging students to actively engage in local politics. Furthermore, I am eager to maintain my personal connections with the city government and contribute to the upcoming fall city council election.

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics (CBE) prepares Allegheny College students to succeed in a diverse, global economy.

The Board of Visitors Offer Practical Insights for Life Beyond the Classroom

Members of the Board of Visitors on campus during the spring 2023 semester
Members of the Board of Visitors on campus during the spring 2023 semester from left: President Ron Cole, Devone McLeod ’13 (Co-Chair), Anne Linaberger ’84,  Anne Gearan ’85, Evelyn Pendleton ’87, Trish Lawless ’92, Lauren Odrechowski ’10, Eileen Webb ’06, Diane Sutter ’72 (Chair), Assistant Professor Tim Bianco, Stuart Armstrong ’81, Professor Tom Nonnenmacher, Naveed Ismail ’12; missing: Stacy Corbin ’89

When the arrival of the Board of Visitors is announced each spring, many students ask “who are the Board of Visitors?”…but what they are actually thinking is “what does that mean to me?,” “do I have to go?” and most importantly, “can I get extra credit?”  

The real answer to all of these questions is that students who participate in the Board of Visitors day of activities come away with actionable information about how to approach getting the most out of their time at Allegheny, and starting a satisfying career.  They make valuable connections and learn what’s happening in the real world outside the classroom.

Here’s what happens

Each year, members of the 20 member alumni Board arrive in Meadville to engage with students in a variety of activities.  The programming is designed to help students use their college experience to achieve their career goals, and investigate trending topics in employment, economics and work/life balance.  

According to CBE Co-Director and Asst. Professor of Economics, Timothy Bianco, “members of the Board of Visitors serve a three-year term with the possibility of reappointment to two additional terms. The Board of Visitors members were students themselves, and now understand what they wish they knew before starting their careers. “

He continued, “Devone McLeod, the Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors and the upcoming 2023 Executive in Residence, suggested that we consider a new set of topics for the morning symposium for 2023. We tasked the CBE Fellows, the Women in Business and Economics Club, and the Wealth Management Club with choosing original topics, and it was a huge success. Next year, we’ll continue to rely on feedback from students and Board of Visitors members to guide these topics.” 

The day is divided into three main events, each designed to capture opportunities for alumni/student engagement and learning.

Morning, the Symposium

This year’s symposium featured a variety of topics:

  • Determining your Strengths and Utilizing them in the Workplace,
  • Breaking barriers: Navigating the Job Search to find an Inclusive Workspace (chosen by the Women in Business and Economics Club),
  • How to Cope and Be Smart with your First Salary, (chosen by the Wealth Management Club), and
  • Transitioning from College to Career.

Noon, the Networking Lunch

The Board then re-convened in the Tillotson Room in the Tippie Alumni Center for a popular lunch with students that combines good food with good conversation and a “speed networking” session managed by the CBE Fellows.  

Individual Board members are invited to host a table; in turn, they introduce themselves to students and let them know something about their professional lives and their career paths.  After introductions, the students in attendance rotate in small groups around each table, getting the opportunity to practice their elevator speech and make connections with board members.

Afternoon, the Executive Roundtable

Global news and events swirled around the 2022/2023 academic year leading Diane Sutter,  Board of Visitors Chair, and CBE Co-Director, Tim Bianco, to re-imagine the Executive Roundtable as three distinct panel discussions with three specific topics:

  • How have Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiatives Affected the Business Landscape?
  • Global Economic Outlook: Soft or Hard Landing?
  • How has Generation Z Changed the Workplace?

At the end of this year’s event, students knew not only who the Board of Visitors are, but how much there is to learn about the real world outside of the classroom.  Our special thanks to the Board of Visitors for participating in this high energy schedule of  events.  

Learn more about the Board of Visitors and who is currently serving on the Board here.

The Board of Visitors annual event is supported by the Earl W. Adams, Jr. Endowment, established by Allegheny College Trustee William H. Brown, Jr., Allegheny Class of 1980, in honor of Professor Earl William Adams, Jr.  –  teacher, mentor and friend.