Senior Amanda Citron was looking for a way to stand out in her search for a summer internship. The computer science and economics double major had the academic background for a job with a technical company, but she needed practical skills, too. So she applied to Bucknell's Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management.
"The course combines different disciplines and gives you exposure to upper-level management executives all over the country," Citron says. "I worked for (Philadelphia-based) Oliver Sprinkler, specifically in the inspection process. We were brought in to analyze what kind of software was available to them. It was kind of like being an information technology consultant. At the end of the course, we gave a presentation to the president and top executives."
The two-summer, ILTM program offers rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to work with technology-based companies and solve real-world problems, says Mike Toole, the program co-director and an associate professor of civil engineering. During the course, students hear lectures and participate in workshops led by Bucknell faculty and corporate leaders, travel to industrial and business sites, and complete a challenging consulting project that addresses real problems or opportunities within the client organization. In a second summer, students participate in off-campus internships, implementing what they learned the previous summer.
"We think it's unique from the perspective that engineering, management and liberal arts majors study interdisciplinary topics about what is going on in the world," Toole says. "We literally look at newspaper headlines and examine issues from a macroeconomic, marketing and corporate social responsibility perspective."
Citron not only secured an internship with GE Energy after completing the ILTM program, but also was offered a job. Another student, Mohammad Imran, a senior electrical engineering major, was offered a job - with Manhattan-based Deloitte Consulting - after the ILTM program.
"The thing I really took out of it is that I was working with people of all different majors and different backgrounds," Imran says. "You learn how to lead a team, and you have something to talk about when you go for interviews in your junior and senior years."
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