At Whittier College, education goes beyond the campus. The Business Administration department provides opportunities for real-world experience that prepares students for their careers and helps them grow intellectually and personally.
Visiting entertainment companies, historic landmarks, and local shopping destinations are all part of Assistant Professor of Business Administration Kristen Smirnov’s JanTerm course, Consumer Behavior. During the course, students step off campus and traveled throughout Los Angeles to examine various forms of consumerism.
As part of the first excursion last January, students attended a showing of The Last Jedi on the IMAX screen at the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It was an opportunity for the class to discuss how streaming services are changing the way people consume media and the effect that has on traditional media production. A trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum allowed the class to examine the consumer experience at a large not-for-profit organization, as well as appreciate the impressive collection of masterpieces.
As a final trip, the class found themselves at the headquarters of Blizzard Entertainment, a developer and publisher of computer games. During their visit, students took a tour of the company’s main campus and engaged in an hour-long Q&A session with J. Allen Brack, senior vice president at Blizzard and executive producer of World of Warcraft. The visit allowed students to see how consumer-focused companies develop and maintain products, develop consumer engagement strategies, and react to changing markets.
Doing Business Around the Globe
Nothing compares to the real-world business experience that going abroad presents. And after spending much of January experiencing business first-hand in China, the world’s largest economy, international business major Brittany Snapp was hooked.
She’s just one of the many Poets who have traveled overseas to gain distinctive perspectives on the global marketplace, thanks to globetrotting Jan Term courses. In China, Brittany and other Poets met with diplomats and senior executives of global firms such as Google and Lenovo. Other Poets have traveled to Argentina and Mexico to meet with heads of multinational corporations.
Professors lead these trips and add their special focus to the course, based on their own research interests. For instance, when Professor Lana Nino has led students through China, she has turned their attention to the influence of business on society by visiting non-profit organizations that are focused on the country’s environment.
Interning in China
From participating in an international sales meeting to working in a call center, everything international business major Austin Luckett experienced while interning in China reaffirmed his dream to work internationally.
Austin was among the first group of Whittier students to intern for two months at Intex, one of China’s major manufacturers and Walmart’s Vendor of the Year. Through the Intex Fellowship, students learn about international business, customer service, inventory forecast, employee training, and how to collaborate with Chinese employees.
To join, Poets need to demonstrate a desire to learn about Chinese culture and business practices, and an enthusiasm for sharing positive elements of American culture with Chinese counterparts. Learn more about the fellowship.
More Internship Opportunities
To learn more about internship opportunities, visit The Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development.