In the summer of 2008, four cadets participated in the department’s “internship for credit” program. Working with the department internship coordinator to secure the internship, ECBU majors and minors can then apply to earn up to 3 credit hours for an economics or business elective. In addition to satisfactory completion of the employment, cadets are required to write a term paper on the experience and give an oral presentation to the department faculty. Col. Robert W. Moreschi serves as the department coordinator of the program. An important aspect of the coordinator is to insure that the employment and cadet responsibilities meet department standards for academic credit.
The four cadets who earned economics or business elective course credit, employer, position, and location were:
- Stephen Cary at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management, Richmond VA
- Jarrod Imatani at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management, Portland OR
- Chris Johnston at Mann, Armistead, and Epperson, LTD, Richmond VA
- Joe Taylor at Owens & Minor, Inc., Mechanicsville, VA
Cadets Cary and Imatani each worked for Merrill Lynch financial advisors, learning about wealth management as they assisted the advisors.
Mann, Armistead, and Epperson, LTD is a privately-held investment banking firm. Cadet Johnston spent a great deal of time developing financial models of business performance.
Owens & Minor, Inc. is a leading medical products supply firm. Cadet Taylor worked in the finance department, learning budget forecasting and analysis.