Four Longwood University College of Business and Economics Students Selected to Attend Carnegie Mellon’s ITLAB: Junior Summer Internship

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This summer, four Longwood University College of Business and Economics students will travel to Pittsburg, Pa., to participate in the inaugural ITLAB: Junior Summer Internship at Carnegie Mellon University. The outstanding training provided by Longwood that includes a focus on applied technical skills helped distinguish these students from their competition from other schools.

Dr. Randall Boyle

Dr. Randall Boyle

This is a tremendous opportunity for our students. Their applied education at Longwood University in information systems with an emphasis on cyber security, has made this possible.

Four students from the Longwood University College of Business and Economics have been selected to participate in an all-expenses-paid research internship at Carnegie Mellon University this summer. The Longwood students competed for the opportunity with other hopefuls from around the country, including Brigham Young University, Emory University and Trinity University.

Hannah Flaherty of Springfield, George Werbacher of Fredericksburg, Nick Baragar of Virginia Beach and Ben Peters of Amherst will be traveling to Pittsburgh in June as fellows in Carnegie Mellon’s highly competitive ITLAB Internship program, which is open to rising seniors pursuing STEM-related undergraduate degrees from ITLAB’s 12 partner institutions. All four students are completing BSBA degrees with a concentration in information systems and security.

“The Information Systems program at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College ranks among the most prestigious in the world,” said Peters, “and I am honored to receive this opportunity to learn from the distinguished staff there.”

The internship program, which concludes in August, will provide Peters and the other participants the opportunity to work on real-world problems, with many projects coming directly from industry partners. to conduct cutting-edge research projects directed by Carnegie Mellon faculty, who are world-renowned experts in their fields; and to take two courses. Research projects will focus on areas including urban systems, digital entertainment analytics, healthcare IT and data privacy. Students also will develop new personal relationships, technical skills and novel ways of applying technology to business problems.

Dr. Randall Boyle, associate professor of information systems and security at Longwood, said the outstanding training his students receive made Longwood’s applicants for the program stand out.

“Longwood students discover that the extensive applied focus of their technical training sets them apart from their counterparts at other schools,” he said. “Our students have a technical skill set that is much more extensive than other top IS programs.”

Participating in the Carnegie Mellon program will give the Longwood students another important competitive edge in applying to graduate school. Students in the ITLAB program will interact with the directors of the information systems graduate program at Carnegie Mellon on a daily basis. If they prove their worth during the program, their chances of gaining successful admission to a graduate program at Carnegie Mellon will be greatly improved. Carnegie Mellon’s graduate program in information systems is currently ranked No. 2 in the country behind Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The fellowships provided by Carnegie Mellon include a stipend of $3,500, plus a meal allowance, round-trip airfare to Pittsburgh, university housing, tuition for two courses, all required books and related course materials, and access to all of Carnegie Mellon’s facilities.

About the College of Business and Economics and Longwood University

Longwood’s College of Business and Economics, accredited by AACSB International, prepares effective and successful business leaders by guiding students to develop their full potential. A dedication to leadership values and ethics builds upon Longwood University’s mission to develop citizen leaders. The college’s required and outstanding internship program ensures that all students practice their business skills and apply their knowledge in the real business world.

Founded in 1839, Longwood University is one of the oldest public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Longwood is a coeducational, comprehensive public institution offering 100 majors, minors and concentrations to more than 4,800 students with undergraduate programs in business administration, education and human services, nursing, and the arts and sciences, plus an MBA and other graduate programs in education, communication sciences and disorders, English and sociology.

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