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MBAs Gain Unique Perspective in Innovative Two-Company Summer Internship Program

August 03, 2012
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From left to right: Wesley Pearce, Daniel Vergara, Michael Fudeman, Dania Slochowski, and Pavel Egiyan

Six MBA students spent the spring and summer of 2012 as interns in the School’s unique two-company internship program. Now in its second year, the Emerging Leaders Program provides MBAs with the opportunity to experience business from two different company perspectives. Students spend the first two months of their internships at the headquarters of Bacardi U.S.A. Inc., the import and distribution area of one of the world’s leading spirits and wine producers. After completing their work on the producer/supplier side at Bacardi, the students spend another next two months working at the headquarters of Royal Caribbean, the world’s second largest global cruise brand and one of Bacardi’s largest travel retail customers.

“Gaining experience in two distinct and influential companies, both headquartered in Miami, made this internship one of a kind,” said Dania Slochowski, one of the 2012 participating MBA students. “At Bacardi, I was on the marketing team for Bombay Sapphire. I conducted research on the market and industry and learned what drives increased sales in certain regions over others. At Royal Caribbean, I was in the Celebrity Cruise’s marketing loyalty department where I created an online tool that enables the entire loyalty team to access documents, collateral and other materials in one user-friendly site.”

Slochowski was joined in the 2012 program by Pavel Egiyan, Michael Fudeman, Wesley Pearce, Daniel Vergara, and Lauren Watson.

Michael Misiorski (left) and Brian Rice, members of the School's Board of Overseers, were in attendance for the students' presentations

The Emerging Leaders Program is the result of collaboration between members of the School’s Board of Overseers. The chief financial officers of Bacardi U.S.A. Inc. and Royal Caribbean – Michael Misiorski (MBA ’96) and Brian Rice (MBA ’82) - are members of the board and the program was developed as part of the board’s work to develop new career opportunities for the School’s students. Both Misiorski and Rice attended the students’ final presentations at the School August 3.

“My roles in the two companies were vastly different, but the combination of the two provided me with an internship experience unlike any other,” said Slochowski. “I am thrilled to have had this opportunity and grateful to the people I met and worked with along the way.”

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