More than 20 IIT Stuart undergraduate students showcased their semester-long IPRO projects at IPRO Day on Friday, November 22, 2013. Congratulations to all IIT Stuart students who participated in these innovative interdisciplinary projects!
IIT Stuart Student Affairs and the IIT Undergraduate Business Council (UBC) partnered to sponsor eight Stuart undergrads to attend the MidWest Crowdfunding Conference, held in Chicago on November 15, 2013. Student attendees included George Batah, Harshita Iyer, Alex Uribe, Yoni Pruzansky, Emanuel Chis, Anthony Thurston, Mazen Ataya, and Kevin Tapia.
The conference focused on how crowdfunding extends beyond products and services to real estate investments, equity, and more, with a growing body of available funding platforms in addition to Kickstarter. “Not every platform is suitable for every product or service,” noted UBC President Yoni Pruzansky (B.S.B.A. ’14, pictured at right), “and a lot of preparation and research is needed to choose the right platform for your idea. Even a good idea can fail if it’s pitched to the wrong crowd.”
Students also had opportunities to network with other conference attendees and make valuable professional connections.
In addition to the What’s Next weekly sidebar featuring jobs and internships, IIT Stuart CMC has highlighted the following opportunities with CME Group and Huco Consulting:
Hedge Funds Internship at CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange)
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, is seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) Hedge Funds Intern in their Chicago office during the academic year. The intern will support the products and services group that works to build CME Group volume by assisting in the development of new products and promoting the products to new and existing customers. In addition to responsibility for supporting the execution of the sales strategy for the Client Development & Sales Hedge Fund Segment , the intern will work to enhance existing relations and ongoing communications with CME Group’s customer base.
Competitive candidates will be pursuing a Finance, Economics or related degree, with:
- Basic understanding of futures/options
- Ability to handle confidential information appropriately and work well within a team environment
- Strong communication skills
- Knowledge of MS products and a basic understanding of programming
Apply for this position via NACElink.
Environmental Permit Analysis Intern at Huco Consulting
Huco Consulting, an Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) data management solutions provider, is seeking an Environmental Permit Analysis Intern. Compensation is a competitive hourly wage and actual hours will vary based on demand and intern’s availability. The intern will be responsible for quickly learning Huco’s method of extracting key information from environmental permits, rules and regulations to create succinct actionable instructions that match clients’ detailed expectations.
Competitive candidates will have a bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in engineering, math, business, or natural science, especially with an environmental focus. Learn more.
Apply for this position by submitting your résumé and cover letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, identify the position title, convey your interest in environmental consulting, and explain why you would be a good fit and what you would uniquely bring to Huco.
For questions about either of these opportunities, contact IIT Stuart CMC’s Associate Director, Shahzad Hussain, at email@example.com.
A paper by Assistant Professor of Finance Yiwei Fang, titled, “Institutional Development and Bank Stability: Evidence from Transition Countries,” was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Banking and Finance. Her co-authors are Iftekhar Hasan and Katherine Marton, both from Fordham University.
IIT Stuart School of Business undergraduate student Rytis “Ray” Bizauskas recently launched his first custom app — a sleep cycle calculator called Sleepr — in the Windows 8 Store. With the guidance of Martin Schray, a senior technical evangelist at Microsoft, Bizauskas has been developing template apps throughout recent semesters at various on-campus Microsoft events and in his spare time. At the recent MonkeyBars hackathon, “The Forge,” Bizauskas created the Sleepr App with Schray’s help.
Sleepr allows users to input data related to when they need to go to sleep and/or when they need to wake up, and then suggests optimal sleep times based on sleep cycle patterns. Bizauskas’ business and entrepreneurial studies helped form the original concept, and IIT courses in Java gave him the technical skills he needed to program the custom app himself.
In the future, Bizauskas will add features to Sleepr to enhance the user experience as well as adapt to other platforms. The skills gained from this app will contribute to the development of his time management app, which has been in research since he took BUS 203: Ideation in Fall 2012.
Bizauskas is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Information Technology Management, and he expects to graduate in 2016. He goes by the alias “Third Dimension Dev” on the Windows Store.
Read more about Ray’s development process on the Microsoft Developer Network blog.
Brett Abrams of Cushman & Wakefield presented at a recent Company Info Session and shared insight for new hires that can translate across industries:
- Begin building your internal and external networks as soon as you start your new position by developing relationships with mentors and peers.
- Cultivate an analytical approach to synthesizing data. Know what the numbers actually mean to the company.
- Do not tie yourself to one career path. As you build your networks, ask how and why people took new positions. Many people have found unexpected success in career paths not previously considered.
- Seek simplicity by making your projects and recommendations clear and concise.
- Learn to be a team player and how to coach others as you become more experienced.
- Invest yourself in the success of your team and your company.
Consider these tips as you prepare for your next position and contact Associate Director for IIT Stuart CMC Shahzad Hussain at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Brett Abrams of Cushman & Wakefield presented at a recent Company Info Session and shared insight on what he looks for in student hires that can translate across industries:
1. Demonstrate efficiency and productivity in past jobs and projects with specific examples.
2. Know what you want in a job in terms of professional development and career goals.
3. Identify what kinds of activities you enjoy doing on the job and outside the job.
4. Show that you are comfortable with data. Virtually all jobs are data-driven.
5. Demonstrate how you’re improving your skills while you’re in school or between jobs.
6. Be open to career options beside your ‘Plan A’….There can be a variety of other jobs and industries that can benefit from your skills and experiences.
7. Have hobbies—Be an ‘interesting person.’
Consider this insight as you prepare for future interviews, and contact Associate Director for IIT Stuart CMC Shahzad Hussain at email@example.com with any questions.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Brett’s presentation: “Lessons for New Hires.”
A paper by IIT Stuart Assistant Professor Smriti Anand, titled “One Member, Two Leaders: Extending Leader-Member Exchange Theory to a Dual Leadership Context,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Psychology. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Prajya Vidyarthi, University of Texas at El Paso; Dr. Berrin Erdogan, Portland State University; Dr. Robert Liden, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Dr. Anjali Chaudhry, Dominican University.
IBM Selects IIT Stuart’s Marketing Analytics and Communication Program to Pilot New Talent Assessment Platform
IBM has selected IIT Stuart School of Business as one of eight schools nationwide to pilot the IBM Analytics Talent Assessment, a cutting-edge online platform that seeks to cultivate the next generation of workers by narrowing the Big Data and analytics skills gap.
Starting this month, students in IIT Stuart’s Marketing Analytics and Communication (MAC) program will participate in the pilot program which was launched as part of a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Big Data event held recently in Washington.
The tool seeks to help students by gauging their readiness for careers in Big Data and analytics, and to inform employers’ decisions in hiring the right candidate for the right job.
Read IBM’s full press release.
Learn how IIT Stuart’s MAC program is providing students with the depth and breadth of qualitative and quantitative skills in Data Informed’s profile.