How UNB’s Faculty of Management Graduate Student Internship Program connects companies with international talent
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International students face many cultural and professional barriers when entering the New Brunswick labor market and can often struggle to start their careers after graduation.
Recognizing these challenges, the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Management offers international students enrolled in its graduate programs the experiential learning they need to succeed in some of the fastest growing employment sectors in Canada.
The management faculty created the Graduate Student Internship Program last fall and this spring began fulfilling its first internship opportunities offered through several community partners.
Supported by a partnership with UNB experiencePETL and Trapdoor PlanetThe Graduate Student Internship Program places international students from the Faculty of Management’s Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Quantitative Investment Management programs into companies in high-growth technology sectors such as cybersecurity, digital health and data analysis.
Its goal is to increase the retention of international students in New Brunswick while developing a pool of highly skilled business managers to help drive growth and innovation.
UNB MBA student Divya Suryavanshi is one of those benefiting from the graduate student internship program and recently joined the University of Fredericton. Beauceron Security in May for his summer internship.
Suryavanshi received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from the University of Delhi in India and has lived and worked in Dubai. She says working full-time after graduation didn’t make it easy for her to complete her MBA.
“I didn’t quite have time to do my MBA back then because I was so involved in work and stuff,” Suryavanshi says.
She discovered UNB’s MBA program on the Fredericton campus and thought it offered the right combination of being able to further her education to complete her MBA while continuing to gain valuable work experience in a new country.
The program equips participants with the skills found in the most successful entrepreneurs, which also happen to be the attributes most sought after by employers.
Eligible employers who participate in the program will receive a 75% wage subsidy and the benefits of a highly skilled worker who brings a wealth of knowledge and new perspectives to their organization.
Partners can also engage regularly with MBA students, which has become an effective recruiting strategy for participating companies, such as Beauceron Security and its talent specialist, Tasha Piekarski.
“We noticed that we really needed a job as a market research analyst and that we didn’t have the in-house skills to do it,” recalls Piekarski. “We know that UNB has an incredible MBA program filled with very talented students. We reached out and were able to fill this gap with Divya who came to help us with her knowledge and expertise.
Piekarski says Beauceron Security has a long-standing relationship with UNB, noting that the majority of the company’s founders worked or studied at UNB before starting the company.
While its day-to-day operations involve helping many organizations better understand their role in cybersecurity and protecting their workplaces, Beauceron Sécurité also helps, through its partnership with the UNB MBA program, to leverage of the expertise of international students by providing an enrichment platform for them to learn.
“I think we’re out of the start-up stage now, and we’re starting to grow,” says Piekarski. “There’s a lot to learn – especially how fast it is here – and how everything changes.”
Prospective students write their CVs and cover letters to prepare for interviews in a formal application process.
Once Divya was selected, she began her introduction to not only the business of Beauceron Security, but also the Canadian work culture.
“It’s very different,” says Suryavanshi, who recalls working his first job in India, for a Singapore-based company.
“I can tell you that the Canadian work culture is more about doing your job well, and then you can take your time off. There is a work-life balance here,” says Suryavanshi.
Of all the jobs Suryavanshi has done before, many involved working days off and working extended hours on working days.
“I really appreciate that about Canada, and employers actually understand that work/life balance is very important for any employee working these days.”
Now only weeks into her internship at Beauceron Security, Suryavanshi says she has come to enjoy the experience the most, working closely with her supervisor, Beauceron Security Chief Evangelist Ian MacMillan.
“He is very understanding about my classes because I was studying in the summer session. They are all so understanding to know that as an international student, I have to take care of my studies and then balance my work at Beauceron Security.
“Working at Beauceron Sécurité forces you to be on your toes and to be really adaptable,” says Piekarski, who believes this is a type of skill that often isn’t found in larger, more structured organizations where goals are more predictable. .
“A broader skill set is something she is learning here. She worked with our Chief Evangelist, who is not only an expert on our products, but also a marketing and branding expert,” added Piekarski.
“It’s a really unique opportunity to join an organization and have someone close to the top management team as a direct manager, and as a student she has a good sense of what’s going on. happening here.”
Since taking on the role of talent specialist at Beauceron Security, Piekarski says she has been able to help develop the company’s resources to focus on the types of internships that the MBA program at UNB can provide.
“In the past, we had one or two internships, so we didn’t have a full-fledged role that could coordinate them all,” she adds.
“I’m really passionate about creating a talent pool,” says Piekarski. “I think the UNB MBA program is really special. I know the skills MBA students bring and the amount of study they do makes them well-rounded.
“It’s very diverse and a lot of students come from different backgrounds that we don’t see often, especially in a small province. So it’s unique and beneficial to add to our workforce,” notes Piekarski.
For Suryavanshi, his early work with Beauceron Security was as inclusive as it was immersive.
“I am totally involved in everything I do. I’m actually learning all about cybersecurity awareness right now,” Suryavanshi said.
“I’ve always worked mainly in the food industry, but now I’m learning something about the IT industry, cybersecurity, things I never covered in school before. It’s a great experience broaden my horizon of understanding and discover new topics,” says Suryavanshi.
“This is the very first time they’ve done this for international MBA students. I think we’re very lucky to have this opportunity to get out there and get this hands-on experience.
Suryavanshi says any international student looking to UNB for their MBA studies will not be disappointed.
“It’s very culturally inclusive, and it’s very important for international students,” Suryavanshi added. “That’s something I really appreciate about Canada and coming to UNB.
This story is sponsored by the Faculty of Management at the University of New Brunswick.