One of the great things about university life is the chance to get real world experience in a job that might eventually develop into a lifelong career, or just finding out if you like a certain type of work and/or are good at it. High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors all want to know about unique internship experiences that compliment their chosen degree program(s).
Loyola Limited is Loyola University Chicago’s student-run and managed business enterprises. If you haven’t heard about it yet, I encourage you to take a look and learn more about the team behind the name. Here is a group of Loyola’s entrepreneurial students majoring in everything from international studies to finance to economics to political science to biology. Together, they run Loyola’s first student-run business, the Loyola Flats, a luxury guesthouse adjacent to the Lake Shore Campus.
So what exactly does this internship experience entail? Look at John Adorno, CEO and Loyola senior from Knoxville, whose southern charm and business savvy help him handle everything from brainstorming about future projects to ensuring water heaters work properly. Another standout student is Patrick Chappell, COO and Loyola senior from Denver, who majors in operations management and history with the goal of going into the wine industry. Patrick understands the responsibility of being available 24/7 to assist with operations and whatever else it takes to ensure customer satisfaction and repeat visitors. Each of these students dedicate their time to this venture, learning what it takes to build a business from the ground up. Perhaps the best part is they are mentoring younger Loyola students to learn the ropes, they are investigating other business ventures, and they are hiring additional students to work on the project with them.
In general, internships and experiential learning provide opportunities for current Loyola students to explore options within various fields of interest. Loyola’s Career Development Center offers some steps for students getting started in the process. Keep in mind that there are many additional opportunities offered through Loyola’s different academic departments for students interested in all disciplines. When you arrive on campus, be sure to explore all these resources that can help you identify internships and other projects that are a great fit for you.