Enterprise Center Introduces New Internship Program

Posted: October 27, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

Top students from all disciplines at the university now have the chance to be on the front lines of small business marketing and development with the Mason Enterprise Center’s new internship program.

Student interns will learn about business fundamentals, market research, and Enterprise Center operations through three rotations that last four to five weeks each. Working with advisors, they will be involved in reviewing business plans and meeting with Enterprise Center clients, as well as conducting marketing activities for the Enterprise Center itself. They also will have a chance to hobnob with executives in the community through business plan reviews and power lunches with the center’s advisory board.

“We are all about helping young companies start and grow, and we are giving students the opportunity to work directly with companies as they develop business plans and grow,” says Roger Stough, director of the Enterprise Center. “We will help students learn as much as possible about how to start a business, from the basics of writing a business plan to the hands-on experience of conducting market research. Market research is a skill that is in huge demand in this region, and this is an opportunity to get real experience.”

Students have been working for the Enterprise Center for years, says Stough, but now the center is formalizing the relationship by recruiting university-wide and coordinating with George Mason’s various schools so the program meets their internship requirements. Students who satisfactorily complete the semester program will receive a $500 stipend and certificate of completion, and are eligible to return for a second semester in a more advanced role.

The center is still looking for a few candidates for the fall semester. For more information or to apply, contact Stough at x32268 or rstough@gmu.edu.

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