Published 06/19/13

IB students laying groundwork for export growth

This Providence Business News story reports on the International Business Program 's Senior Practicum and the benefits its delivers to students, companies and the state's economy.

The practicum is a capstone project required for all graduating seniors. It started in 2009 with just six participating companies and has grown quickly. This past spring, more than 20 businesses took part.

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"In the practicum, teams of three students each are assigned to work with businesses on specific international projects, with oversight from Bryant faculty and staff from the Chafee center," the newspaper reported. "At the end of the semester, they present a written and oral report to both the client and a panel of judges offering specific suggestions for how to enter new markets overseas."

“I like to say it is a win-win-win,” Gerald Cohen, an international trade specialist at the John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant, told the paper. “It’s a win for the student, the client and the university.”

A Providence Business News editorial praised the IB Senior Practicum for its impact on Rhode Island companies. Because of their participation in the program, companies report successfully opening new markets in Europe, Latin America and Asia.