La Sierra Master of Business Administration student Edgar Rodriguez developed real-world experience giving presentations to increasingly large groups, ending with a pitch to 100 school teachers. While he had given many class presentations as a student, this was something different and provided valuable experience. “I came out feeling I had actually learned something,” said the future marketing executive. Rodriguez’s career goal is to lead a marketing department within the international automotive industry.
Rodriguez’s tasks at United Way included creating Excel spreadsheets. One involved a 20-hour project that breaks down all the funding the agency receives to show regions that provide the most donations or to show areas where representatives are giving more presentations.
During his practicum, Rodriguez was impacted by the sincerity of the United Way staff. His supervisor shared personal stories and reasons for working with the agency. “You feel people there care and whatever they’re doing is going to make a difference,” he said.
Rodriguez recommended the agency set up a sign-in system detailing work projects and availability so that supervisors can ask interns and others for help during ‘down’ time.
Erickson, who is also director of La Sierra’s Center for Philanthropy and a well-known regional fundraiser, was impressed with the students’ work and views they were able to provide the United Way. “I was so proud of them,” he said. “They achieved more than I thought and they had such insight and perspectives.” The practicum not only gave the students key experience for their resumes, “more importantly, they gave back to the community in a significant way,” Erickson said.
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