BEM Tabletop Tradeshow features students’ summer internships

9.3.2013 Article, School News

It was “How I Spent My Summer” all over again – but this time with jobs and prizes in the offering. More than 100 business and enterprise management (BEM) students gathered in Wake Forest University’s Benson Center to talk about their internships with other students, faculty and judges during the 2013 BEM Tabletop Tradeshow.

Students created display boards, brought props and dressed the part to talk about their summer internship experiences.

“I didn’t know anything about haircolor until I started my internship with L’Oreal,” said Mackenzie Morrow (’14), “but this summer I found out that there is a real science involved with these kinds of consumer products and I was fascinated by that.” Morrow’s internship involved working with a new product launch and has resulted in a job offer after she graduates.

Abercrombie & Fitch, Bloomberg, Deloitte, DISH Network, Kelloggs, Mack Trucks, and UPS were just some of the companies that hired Wake Forest University School of Business students for internships on display. A team of judges set out to visit each table to chat with the students and assess their results. They awarded five prizes:

  • Spotlight Award for Research          Mattie Delvecchio/SCOUT by Bungalow
  • Spotlight Award for Creativity         Melissa Simonelli/USA Today
  • Spotlight Award for Presentation   Syndnee Alms/City of Clearwater Parks & Rec
  • Spotlight Award for Organizational Skills   Jess Argenti/Janssen Pharmaceuticals
  • Showstopper Award                         Maggie Wagner/Deloitte

Nikki Azzara (’14) spent her summer working with the team at Time Warner Cable on their Business Class offerings. She says her experience wasn’t a shallow overview, but a deep dive into collaborating with a team.  “I did everything from brand positioning to strategy to creative,” Azzara said. “I created a weekly status report that my supervisor appreciated so much, he asked me to leave behind step by step instructions so the team could continue to use the same format.”