Students take a bite out of The Big Apple

Students in front of the New York Stock Exchange building.

Students in front of the New York Stock Exchange building.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

Each spring, the Black School of Business organizes a trip to a major metropolitan city where students engage with industry professionals, interact with alumni, and experience the professional environments in which they will soon be working.

This year, forty students and six faculty members went to the heart of business and finance in the United States—New York City. They toured the Bloomberg facility and dined with alumni, then broke into smaller groups to visit businesses relevant to their specific majors. Accounting students, for example, visited Ernst & Young while finance majors visited Credit Suisse.

“The trip allows students to explore career options, to get a taste of what it would be like to live in a big city, and to network with alumni and business leaders,” said Eric Robbins, lecturer in finance and team leader of the trip.

Past trip destinations have included Boston, Chicago, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

“We’ve learned that the impact these experiences have on students is profound, and it lasts a lifetime,” Robbins said.