Megan Stroud kept wondering how she could apply the things she learned in class to the real world. She found out during her finance internship with Business Lending Partners (BLP).
Business Lending Partners is a division of the Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC) that helps Racine County businesses with financing, workforce development, and relocation and expansion efforts. “I finally saw the connection between the books and real life,” Megan said. “I was able to apply real world scenarios to what I had learned in my Corporate Financial Management and Business Law classes.”
Megan performed a variety of tasks during her internship. She had the opportunity to help pre-process commercial loan applications and act as a loan officer, similar to what one typically sees within the banking industry. She also performed some marketing functions for the organization, including starting up a BLP LinkedIn page.
One of the most important things she learned during the internship was definitely something that cannot be taught in a classroom. “I went to visit businesses and got to assess their performance and, if they were struggling, refer them to RCEDC services,” she said. “I definitely gained some comfort in client relations by being face to face with people on the site visits.”
The internship has been very valuable for Megan in that it gives her some career flexibility. “I want to go into assurance accounting at a public accounting firm,” she said. “But by doing this finance internship, I now have the potential to pursue another career path.”
“Carthage does not make it difficult at all to become part of something outside of the classroom; there are plenty of organizations for all.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“David Brunn is my favorite professor at Carthage. He has a fantastic background in accounting which gives him the ability to provide real-world experience to complement what is in the books. He believes in his students and constantly pushes them to achieve excellence in courses and organizations during their time at Carthage.”
“My favorite class at Carthage was Security & Portfolio Analysis with Professor Joe Wall. I loved the class because I was able to work on many different projects that analyzed various stocks and companies. I learned a lot that I will definitely carry forward with me in future years as I start making investment decisions.”
“I would have to say my toughest class at Carthage was International Finance. The course introduced topics that were completely new to me and took a while to adjust to. Nonetheless, the course was helpful in explaining how financial decisions can affect economies on a global scale.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite moments at Carthage have come from watching sporting events and participating in club and organizational activities. Carthage does not make it difficult at all to become a part of something outside of the classroom; there are plenty of organizations for all.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot at Carthage is the lobby area on the third floor of Lentz Hall. It is such a gorgeous, relaxing view looking out the large windows to Lake Michigan.”
Biggest surprise so far
“My biggest surprise so far is how easy it has been to settle in at Carthage. I transferred in about a year and a half ago and feel like this has been my home all along.”