Students visit the windy city

Behrend students travel each spring.

Behrend students travel each spring.

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, they visited Chicago. Penn State World Campus students enrolled in Behrend programs attended the trip, too.

“They flew in from San Diego, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Raleigh, Pittsburgh, Miami, and Cape Town, South Africa, to attend,” said Eric Robbins, lecturer in finance and team leader of the trip.

Students toured a variety of facilities, including Morningstar, the Chicago Board of Options Trade, and the Money Museum before breaking into smaller groups to visit businesses relevant to their majors. They also dined with alumni in the area.

“The trip allows students to explore career options, get a taste of what it would be like to live in a big city, and network with alumni and business leaders.”

Past trip destinations have included Boston, New York City, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

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