Archive for the ‘Co-ops/Internships’ Category

Hit the Bull’s Eye with Target Career Opportunities!

by Scott Bridges, Executive Team Leader for Human Resources, Target Stores

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When it comes to earning potential, most people don’t think of working at Target Stores. But they’d be surprised: New hires in the Executive Leadership Program start out at $42,000. Likewise, it may surprise you to learn that Target offers an excellent leadership training program—one that is unmatched in the retail industry. And you don’t have to be a management major to participate. Let’s take a closer look at the opportunities that await U of L College of Business Target interns.
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Internships Pave the Road to Rewards for Martha Tyler and College of Business

by Laura Merrill, Editor-in-Chief of Career Connection

The University of Louisville College of Business was good to Martha Tyler (’00), who graduated with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Finance (she was just three credit hours shy of a double-major). As a full-time college student raising a daughter, , Tyler needed all of the support she could get. Professors Bill Stout and Julia Karcher stepped in to mentor Martha and encourage her in her studies. “I was the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi when Martha was president, and I came to admire her attitude and enthusiasm,” recalled Karcher. Continue reading

Heavrin, Ison, and Rimpsey Shine

by Laura Merrill, Editor-in-Chief of Career Connection

As you learned in “What’s Up with Co-op?” there are many advantages to participating in co-op. Here are a few students who have reaped the benefits. Continue reading

Onders and Shipp Excel

by Laura Merrill, Editor-in-Chief of Career Connection

A co-op offers many benefits, as you can see in the accompanying article, “What’s Up with Co-op?” located here. In addition, here are two students whose co-op experiences have prepared them for work after graduation. Continue reading

What’s Up with Co-op?

by Laura Merrill, Editor-in-Chief of Career Connection

You hear a lot about cooperative education in the College of Business, but you may not know what it’s all about. Here are some FAQs that may provide some answers.

What’s the History of Cooperative Education?
Cooperative education was founded in 1906 by Herman Schneider at the University of Cincinnati. The original model was in the engineering school, and students rotated working one quarter and taking classes the other quarter. At the University of Louisville, co-op originated in the Speed School of Engineering. Today, at the College of Business, co-op remains an opportunity to take what you learned in the classroom and apply it to real-world work. Continue reading

Fall Into Your Career at UCMC Recruitment Events

by Gloria Fuqua, Manager of Recruitment Events

Look who’s coming to campus this fall! The Ulmer Career Management Center is pleased to announce that over 40 companies are coming to campus to recruit…YOU! Participating companies include UPS, General Electric, U.S. Department of Labor, KPMG, BB&T, Papa John’s, YUM! Brands, Kroger, Ernst & Young and more. Don’t waste time: Sign up now!

You won’t want to miss out on any of our events. Accounting majors can look forward to our annual Accounting On-Campus Recruitment event scheduled for September 25 through October 6. Some of the top firms that will participate include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and many more. All firms have full-time and/or internship opportunities available in the areas of audit services, tax, assurance practice, staff accounting and more. To date, 16 CPA firms are confirmed to participate.

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UPS Co-op Program Delivers Opportunities

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

CIS, finance, and accounting students, take note: If you want to work for UPS, getting a co-op is a good place to start. There are approximately 60 co-ops at UPS at any given time. According to Warren Zoeller, professional recruiter for UPS, computer science majors comprise the majority of UPS’s co-ops. Right now, there are more than 20 co-op students working as programmers providing tech support for UPS’s Louisville operations.

There also are co-op opportunities in finance and accounting and for MBAs. Finance co-ops usually work in process improvement or as business analysts. Occasionally there are general business co-ops.

Most UPS co-ops are full-time because the learning curve is long and the development team might consist of as many as 40 or more people ­working on long-range projects. By working full-time, students are more likely to have the opportunity to contribute to these projects.

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On the Court, in the Classroom, as a Co-op: Zoya Excels

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

Zoya Filippova didn’t choose U of L—U of L chose Zoya. As captain of the national volleyball team in Russia, she stood out among her peers. So much so that Leonid Yelin, U of L’s volleyball coach, called her three and a half years ago and asked her to play for the Cards. That was good news for U of L academically. It’s a long way from Moscow School # 786 to Louisville, Kentucky, but that didn’t hinder Zoya’s academic prowess. According to accounting professor Christy Burge, “Zoya was one of our top accounting graduating seniors. She overcame culture and language difficulties as a foreign student. She illustrated leadership skills in the classroom and on the volleyball court. She is an outstanding individual.”

Zoya excelled in her accounting studies and was chosen by the accounting faculty as the Outstanding Senior for Commencement for May 2005. With a GPA of 3.8 and her leadership role in her volleyball team, that is not surprising.

During the spring semester of her senior year, Zoya completed an accounting co-op with Jefferson Financial Group, where she got hands-on training in Continue reading

Marx Is on Target at Target

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

Susan Marx (’03 Finance) works for Target Stores as executive team leader for human relations. She’s earning more than $35,000 after little more than one year with the company.

Morale: don’t think the retail industry doesn’t have a lot to offer college grads.

Landing the Job
It took hard work in school, mixed with lots of fun. Susan, who came to U of L from Wisconsin and graduated with a 3.1 GPA, seized opportunities to take a leadership role in student activities and on the job. During her sophomore and junior years (1999-2001), Susan was a Louisville Lady, assisting with recruiting efforts for the U of L football team. This experience, as well as high school and college scholarships, helped her pay for college, and it also helped her learn the value of hard work.

Susan took an active role in extra-curricular activities during her junior and senior years, serving in leadership roles in five separate student organizations and serving as a student representative on various other boards and committees. Among those organizations in which Susan honed her leadership skills were Continue reading

Peter Pu Advances from Co-op to Full-Time Employee

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

If you’ve ever wondered about the benefits of having a co-op experience, ask Peter Pu. During his co-op work at Colgate-Palmolive, his work ethic and skills attracted the attention of the company’s management—so much so that the company offered him a full-time position when he graduated in December 2003. Of course, his GPA also helped (3.1 cumulative; 3.5 in CIS). Now, he’s earning more than $45,000 a year.

So why did Colgate-Palmolive take notice? According to Frank Lynch, associate director for the Americas technical infrastructure team at Colgate, Peter demonstrated, as a co-op, technical know-how, a solid work ethic, a desire to learn, and an eagerness to improve.

Says Lynch, “He came in here and held two different types of co-op positions—two very different areas of support. His work ethic and his willingness to learn prompted Colgate to offer him a full-time position.”

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