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CoB interns work for some of the best this summer

August 01, 2014, Wendell Hughes


Internships are an important part of college education. They augment a student’s learning by providing them with a practical working experience, typically in their area of study. The SIU College of Business places students in a variety of internships, and once again, this summer its students were fortunate enough to work for some the best companies in the nation.

Matt Purdy, associate director of career services and placement, recently spoke about some of the great internship opportunities students took part in this summer. The Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, DC, gave Noppadol Tuksakulvith, a management student, experience in diplomacy, public speaking and international affairs. Internships such as these provide students with great contacts, college credits and many times, job offers.

Kiersten Weiland, a marketing student, participated in an internship at Mondelez International Incorporated, this summer. Mondelez, is a NASDAQ company (NASDAQ: MDLZ) and one of the world’s largest snack companies. Mondelez had global net revenues of 35 billion in 2013. Some of their brand products include Ritz, Oreo, Chips Ahoy! and Nabisco. Post internship, Weiland is now better equipped in marketing and the workings of an international business.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ intern from SIU this summer was Scott Polczynski, a first-year graduate student in accounting. PricewaterhouseCoopers is the world’s second largest professional services network. Participating in internships and externships has provided Polczynski with invaluable experience working with some of the leading companies in the area in auditing and accounting. So far, he has worked with the St. Louis Blues, Ameren and Edward Jones. Polczynski’s performance was so impressive that PricewaterhouseCoopers offered him a job upon graduation. Polczynski has accepted and will be a Saluki who is a part of the PwC team within a year.