Asad Azam '15
The opportunity to gain valuable experience through internships and to participate in innovative partnerships gives students an all-important leg up in their job search, and in many cases, provides a stepping stone into some of the country's leading companies.
In collaboration with MB Financial Bank, Dominican's Brennan School of Business recently launched the MB Fellows Program. This unique partnership enables two undergraduate students (selected during their freshman year) to receive, over the course of three years, on-the-job experience, one-on-one mentoring from professionals in the field, a yearly financial scholarship and leadership development training, all to prepare them to be top candidates for positions after graduation.
Asad Azam, Class of 2015, was selected as one of the university's inaugural MB Fellows. In addition to taking courses to complete Dominican's Leadership Certificate, Azam is being mentored by MB Financial Bank executives and participating in two summer internships with the company. He also has the opportunity to work part-time at MB Financial Bank during the school year and to apply for the company's 24-month leadership development program after graduation.
"I was shocked to be eligible to apply for such a great opportunity so early in my studies," Azam says. "This experience will help me grow in the right direction and apply the knowledge I gain as an MB Fellow in my daily classes."
This early exposure to the working world also provides an added opportunity for students to align their academic experience with the skills employers seek.
It's a model that exemplifies the university's forward-thinking approach to preparing students: first-rate instruction from faculty members who have extensive real-world experience combined with distinctive experiential learning opportunities, career resources and a vast network of supporters.