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College of Business internship programs recognized

2014-09-29 00:00:00.0

The University of Akron’s College of Business Administration (CBA) was awarded special recognition for its successful and rapidly growing internship programs for students. 

More than 80 percent of CBA students are actively engaged in internships and perform at such a competitive level that Northwestern Mutual ranked UA No. 2 on its list of 492 colleges in its national intern college team competition. The award is based on intern team development, as measured by client relationships. 

CBA Dean Ravi Krovi accepts an award from Northwestern Mutual Akron/Canton managing director Ray Latiano.

In presenting the award to CBA Dean Ravi Krovi, Northwestern Mutual Akron/Canton managing director Ray Latiano noted that internships offer students real world, hands-on experiences.  Students “are provided a mentor to help them build their skills in sales and marketing, communication, general business knowledge and leadership.” 

More than 100 business executives who serve on CBA advisory boards attended a breakfast in which they learned of a new program called “Prepped, Polished and Ready” to pair students with executives who can help polish their resumes and interview techniques.  CBA engages more than 200 business and industry executives in an advisory capacity to the College.  Dean Krovi described their pivotal role in student success through internships, mentoring, curriculum reviews, guest speakers and real-world projects. 

 “Our students have all the skill sets, they have the classroom knowledge and the work ethic to be great contributors to an organization,” noted Dean Krovi.  “This new program will give them an even greater edge to compete in the internship and job markets.” 

'Portfolio approach'

That message was reinforced by UA President Scott L. Scarborough who shared his personal career path with the group, along with some of his strategic thinking about higher education. 

President Scott Scarborough speaks during a CBA event honoring its advisory board members. More than 200 business and industry executives advise the college on its curriculum and internship program.

Scarborough described how technology and experiential learning are changing how higher education is delivered and the need to “take a portfolio approach” to student populations, targeting education to meet the unique needs of adult learners, high school graduates, international students and hybrid students who seek much of their education online. 


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