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Business club holds All-Council meeting

Jenn Metz | Monday, January 29, 2007

The Student International Business Council will hold its All-Council meeting this Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Mendoza College of Business’ Jordan Auditorium, gathering students of all majors to hear board members speak about career and internship opportunities the club can provide.

Marketing director sophomore Megan Marsh said the club gives students the ability to gain hands-on experience with real-world companies.

“It’s a great club people aren’t aware of,” she said. “We send people around the world on internships and to work with major corporations.”

The club, which has been on campus since 1989, has worked with companies like Nintendo, Credit Suisse and Discover Card in the past.

Marsh said she hopes the meeting will allow more students to get involved with SIBC.

“We’re really not that new,” she said. “People just haven’t heard of us.

The club’s goal is “to empower students through the ethical advancement of international commerce by developing leadership, entrepreneurial ability, practical management skills and global interaction,” according to the SIBC mission statement.

It focuses on areas including business, consulting, accounting, finance, global development, human resources, internship opportunities and marketing. Within these categories, members can participate in projects, which vary depending on the area of interest.

“We learn presentation skills, gain contacts, learn communication skills and are presented with leadership positions to become more involved,” Marsh said.

Marsh said the club has links to approximately 20 international summer internships and an alumni network called the International Business Council. This network offers mentoring and networking events.

Part of the club’s vision is to work for peace through commerce, said both Marsh and SIBC president Kevin Rauseo.

“We as a council strive to make a difference in the world and ultimately achieve peace within it, through commerce,” he said.

Upcoming events this semester include a spring forum with speakers from the international business world and round table dinners for a smaller, more social setting to discuss projects and ideas.