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Spring 2012
Good for business

Indianapolis a gold mine for jobs, internships

Business students are relying on UIndy’s Center for Business Partnerships to find internships, professional experience, and jobs after graduation. The School of Business created the CBP to help connect its students to professional opportunities throughout Indy and central Indiana. The center is run by students for students, and all events are planned and led by students, too. And UIndy is just minutes from the heart of downtown, so it’s no wonder UIndy is good for business, and vice versa.

Connecting

Junior Mackenzie Klaes knows all about business in the Indy area and the opportunities that the CBP has to offer. Mackenzie has accomplished a lot in her short time as a student at UIndy and says she owes much of it to CBP.As a member of the Center’s Student Employment and Internship Team, called SEAiT, she’s helped connect more than 40 of her fellow students to internships in human resources, marketing, finance, and accounting around the city.

“I’ve been immensely thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the SEAiT team,” Mackenzie says. “It’s an incredible feeling to know you helped someone lay the groundwork for their future career.”

Mackenzie keeps busy when she’s not in the Center or in class. She’s completed a number of internships, including her most recent in downtown Indianapolis at Brightpoint, Inc., a communications technology firm, working as a Global Human Resources intern. Much of her work centered on branding the company’s social media and developing a new employee training program, which the company has built into its operations.

“Without SEAiT, my goal of working for a Fortune 500 company would still be merely a dream,” she says. “The team goes above and beyond to ensure their peers gain the experience necessary to obtain a job post-graduation.”

Mackenzie eventually wants to earn her MBA from UIndy with hopes of one day working in training and development programs.

Networking

Senior Jenny Simac didn’t waste any time as a freshman. She became involved in the Marketing and Communications area of CBP and they put her right to work: she was charged with rebranding the entire organization. Jenny had been drawn to UIndy’s business program because of its proximity to downtown, which she knew would allow her to complete internships while still taking classes.

“I knew that being so close to downtown would make for promising opportunities,” Jenny says.

During her time at UIndy she has completed a few internships that she obtained through networking via the CBP. Last summer, Jenny interned at Digitas ad agency in Chicago. As a New Business intern, she specialized in completing research for big-name brands. Jenny was able to draw on all of the skills she learned in her classes and from her involvement in CBP.

“CBP represents my network of contacts and professional training, which has prepared me for the business world.”

Prior to her summer internship, Jenny worked at Publicis in downtown Indianapolis, where she had the opportunity to work with actual clients and pick up workplace skills that will benefit her for the rest of her career.

Leading

“Aside from learning from professors who have real-world experiences, I found so many opportunities for leadership with the School of Business,” she says.

“Learning how to motivate and lead a team has been, by far, the largest lesson that I will take with me after my graduation.”

More good news: Jenny has been hired as a part-time associate by the advertising agency Publicis and is continuing to work there while she finishes up her degree.