LSB Newsletter Spring 2015

“Prepare for a world that doesn’t exist.”  This is one of the key objectives of Lawrence as we teach students critical thinking, effective communication and the intellectual curiosity and confidence that will enable them to thrive in the ever-changing world.  The Lawrence Scholars in Business (LSB) program is a part of that effort, preparing students to take the first step into this dynamic world of business.  For the past seven years we have been providing a variety of ways for students to gain exposure and understanding about a variety of industries.  Through on campus seminars, December (‘D’) term programs and summer internships we have helped students gain insights that enable them to make their decisions about the first step in life after Lawrence.

In the 2014 – 2015 academic year we’ve continued to broaden the opportunities that help students explore and prepare for Life After Lawrence NOW.

On Campus Seminars – A key part of the LSB program continues to be our on campus seminars where alumni from specific industries provide an overview of the industry and their experiences working in it.  This year we expanded our previous focus on the consulting and financial services industries by adding two seminars, one providing insight to the consumer products industry and one highlighting graduates from the past five years who shared their perspectives on getting started in the business world, including developing mentors/champions in the workplace, managing one’s budget to building a social community in a new geographical area.

Once again, we are pleased to offer a business immersion program through Fullbridge during the upcoming D-term.  Fullbridge coaches, facilitators and mentors will get students “work ready for the real world.”

Off Campus Activities – We have expanded the opportunities for students to have first-hand experiences with a variety of companies.  LSB increased the number of D - term opportunities for students.  Thanks to the generosity of 36 alumni and friends of the university, 20 students participated in Chicago Connections, a shadow or “externship” program which allowed students the opportunity to explore fields from medicine to nonprofits to financial services and consulting. This program was built on prior D-term programs, Network New York and Shadow D.C.

We also are growing the internship opportunities for students.  For example, last summer our LSB Scholars interned with the NBA retired players organization and overseas in Spain with a commercial real estate firm.  This summer students are interning in a variety of organizations, including Facebook, The Boldt Company, Generation Growth Capital, Inc. and the World Trade Organization.

How you can engage with the students

We continue to see strong interest amongst students in understanding their options for life after Lawrence.  Through the off campus visits, the on-campus seminars and summer internships we are helping them understand the breadth of opportunities, how liberal arts can prepare them to meet their interests and the steps they need to take to capitalize on their interests. 

If you are interested in supporting the students as they explore their future options please reply to this email.  There are a variety of ways you can participate including joining us on-campus for a seminar, hosting a student for an informational interview or a shadow day during D - term, or enabling/championing our students to apply to any summer internship or full-time opportunities in your company.

The LSB program is clearly a big help to our students, but is only as valuable as the engagement of our alums.  Please consider being part of this program and helping shape a student’s future.

In advance, thank you for your interest in helping us prepare students for Life After Lawrence NOW!

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