For the second consecutive summer, the Notre Dame Asia Office hosted two undergraduate interns from the Student International Business Council. SIBC is the largest student organization at Notre Dame with approximately 300 members spanning the five undergraduate colleges. Each summer it coordinates a limited number of internship positions across the globe.
This summer, Qiancheng “Verona” Lu, a sophomore Accounting and Studio Art double major, and Christine D’Alessandro, a junior Political Science major and Journalism minor, each spent one month in Beijing. During their time, they met with prospective applicants to Notre Dame and surveyed alumni in the Beijing area in order to gather suggestions regarding strategies for how Notre Dame may better promote the University’s academic mission in China. The interns also participated in developing new bi-lingual promotional materials. They also worked on forging an emerging partnership between SIBC and the Student International Communication Association at Peking University in order to create global projects that encourage student collaboration. In early February, a delegation of Peking University students are planning to visit Notre Dame for a joint conference with SIBC. They plan to tour the university and visit Chicago to present to business leaders.
Christine, the SIBC intern (left) working with Miranda, Asia Office Staff
In addition to placing interns globally throughout the summer, during the school year, SIBC also runs case studies in five major areas: accounting, finance, marketing, consulting, and global development. Last spring the organization carried out 30 case study projects. At the end of each semester, teams of students present their findings to company leaders. This offers students a chance to apply what they learn in the classroom to real world scenarios while offering companies the chance to seek out new talent and find innovative solutions to problems. Currently SIBC students work on cases for Target, Coca-Cola, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, KPMG, IBM, and many others.