MBA Candidate Co-Leads New College Initiative on Financial Wellness

College of Charleston MBA Candidate Michael Lee

College of Charleston MBA Candidate Michael LeeMonday, November 8 kicks off the Career Center‘s new Financial Wellness Initiative!

Michael Lee, MBA ’22 candidate and financial wellness graduate assistant, is co-leading this project with Career Center director Jim Allison.

For Lee, being involved in the project has given him the opportunity to work with local financial institutions that will serve as resources for students.

“The financial institutions are excited about the opportunity to develop long-term relationships while demonstrating that they are good corporate citizens,” explains Lee, who worked at South State Bank as a personal banker before coming to the College.

Thanks to Allison and Lee, Truist, JPMorgan Chase & Co., CommonWealth and Wells Fargo are on board to serve as resources for students.

Read the full article on the new initiative over at The College Today.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Marketing Major Leads at Amazon Internship

Emily and her manager. Provided.

by Mia Olijslager

Emily Cooperman takes a selfie at her Amazon operations internship. Photo provided.

There is a lot that goes on between the time you hit that “place your order” button and seeing your package delivered at your doorstep, just ask Emily Cooperman ‘22.

After spending ten weeks as an intern at one of Amazon’s delivery stations in New Jersey this summer, the marketing major and minor in hospitality and tourism management found her knack for impacting customer’s lives through delivery operations.

The School of Business recently caught up with Emily to learn more about her summer at Amazon.

What drew you to an internship with Amazon?

Throughout college, I’ve had multiple internships with small companies. They were great and I am thankful for those experiences, but I really wanted to experience working for a larger company. I figured what a better company than Amazon, the world’s fastest-growing online retailer! The application process included a behavioral profile and situational questions about real-life instances in the workplace. After I sent in my application, I had two back-to-back virtual interviews. Once I was offered the position and accepted, I became a part of the Intern 2021 Cohort.

What did your day-to-day look like as an operations management intern?

In a word, hectic! Each delivery station operates on a 24-hour workday. The night and day shifts are each entirely focused on getting packages out the door. As part of the day shift, we oversaw the loading of over 100 delivery trucks daily. In the world of operations, and especially Amazon, the smallest mishap can cause the entire process to get bogged down.

What is one thing you are most proud of accomplishing during your internship?

Once the trucks departed, a key part of my day was to work on my internship project. Each intern at Amazon was required to work on local process improvement needs and present their research to senior leadership after their internship. My project addressed delivery errors, and through my work, I ultimately made a process improvement recommendation that saved the station approximately $16,000 during my ten-week internship alone!

Emily and her manager. Provided.

Emily and her manager. Provided.

That’s impressive! What business classes prepared you for your time at Amazon?

MGMT 301 — Management and Organizational Behavior — taught by Alexis Carrico certainly pertained to my internship as it equipped me with background knowledge about leadership styles in the workplace, customer responsiveness and six sigma. Amazon prides itself on its “customer obsession,” and I saw much of the class’s teachings and theories put into practice. Another course, Productions/Operations Management, DSCI 304 taught by Maryam Mahdikhani, was especially helpful in giving me an understanding of supply chain and process improvement methods. Amazon is assessing its operations daily and constantly tweaking for improvements.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned while interning at Amazon?

The process of how a package completes its journey and ultimately winds up at the correct customer’s doorstep was fascinating! As a customer, I was always very curious about the process of ordering something and it showing up at your house two days later. Amazon’s daily success is truly a supply chain miracle!

What has been a key takeaway from your internship experience?

I was so shy when I started college and got nervous about everything. But, I was extremely motivated to use all the resources I could during my time at CofC to help set me up with the best career I could find. I knew the first part of that would be securing meaningful internships. Using the School of Business Student Success Center and resume and interview practice from my business fraternity Phi Chi Theta helped to polish my skills and taught me where to find opportunities.

Any advice for your peers?

Get out of your comfort zone, apply to as many internships as possible and research companies you are interested in! It is never too soon to start planning for your future. “Have fun, work hard and make history,” as they say at Amazon.

 This interview has been edited and condensed.

Supply Chain Students Become ASCM Scholars

College of Charleston School of Business students Alex Allen, Isaiah Kahn, and Rex Bingham
College of Charleston School of Business students Alex Allen, Isaiah Kahn, and Rex Bingham

Left to right: Alex Allen, Isaiah Kahn, and Rex Bingham

A big congratulations to Alex Allen, Isaiah Kahn and Rex Bingham for being accepted into the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Scholar Program!

ASCM is the largest non-profit for supply chain training, certification and education. The Scholars Education Program provides professional development and networking opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students across the globe.

The supply chain management program at the College of Charleston School of Business is the first of its kind in the state of South Carolina. It also produces the most graduates in the state majoring in supply chain.

Accounting and Dance Major Counts Both Numbers and Beats

Double majoring in accounting and dance isn’t usual, but that’s the business school way. Many of our students complement their business education with coursework in the arts. The ability to study both accounting and dance is what drew Maggie Howe ‘21 to the College.

Watch below as Maggie attends her business and dance courses, enjoys Charleston’s beaches, attends site visits as a part of the Schottland Scholars program and more.

“You never know where the campus ends, and the city begins,” shares the Honors College student.

Business Students Aim to Make a Difference With E-Commerce Site

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape our world, more consumers have begun shopping online in greater numbers and frequency. A recent report showed United States customers bought over $183 billion in goods – all online – from March 2020 to February 2021. Although more and more people are buying products online, local merchants are not necessarily benefiting from this massive increase in online shopping.

Some College of Charleston students want to change that trend.

Read more at The College Today.

The School of Business Welcomes President-elect Andrew T. Hsu to Campus

Faculty, staff and students at the College of Charleston School of Business welcomed the College’s new president, Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D., to campus on March 1, 2019.

The Board of Trustees named Hsu the 23rd president on Nov. 28, 2018.

President Hsu was born in China and completed his undergraduate degree at Tsinghua University, a major research university in Beijing. After earning his master’s and doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, he worked in the private sector at Sverdrup Technology (a NASA contractor) and Rolls-Royce North America in Indianapolis. He then entered academia as a director of the aerospace program at the University of Miami.

As he continued his work in higher education, President Hsu held positions at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue University, Wright State University and San Jose State University. Prior to becoming the College’s president, he served as the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo.

Check out our video welcome below!