Wichita State University: Where Supply Chain Management Experts Thrive with Internships

Yasanthie Perera, currently a Master of Science in Management and Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) student at Wichita State University (WSU) applied for the SAP Ariba Sourcing Platform project for her internship, and is enjoying every minute of it. .

“As supply chain is an integrated field of study, my internship helps me explore and understand the different scales of supply and procurement that take place in an industrial environment. Through my work as part of my internship, I face real supply chain issues and work on solutions that make a difference to the business. In my opinion, this is the best way to apply what I’m learning in my graduate program in supply chain,” says Perera.

By participating in an internship at Johnson Controls Inc., Yoyi Kadiri from Nigeria was able to gain practical experience related to the theoretical aspect of the program.

“Some courses prepared me for the job market with solid insights into modern supply chain business trends,” he shares.

Perera and Kadiri are among the 16,000 students who flock to WSU for one major reason: location. Since Wichita – the largest city in Kansas – is one of America’s top exporting regions with several major food and commodity-focused headquarters, WSU enjoys a close connection with many companies local, regional and national.

At the same time, WSU’s Innovation Campus has attracted a growing number of companies such as Dassault Systemes and Boston Consulting Group to establish their base. Deloitte is building its first smart factory there to also help companies accelerate their digital transformation.

Convenient access to many top companies at WSU explains why approximately 96% of co-op placements are paid (significantly higher than the national average of 47%). Among state universities, WSU has the highest number of students finding employment in Kansas (74%) within one year of graduation.

Additionally, Wichita City’s dynamic business environment makes it perfect for studying the innovative MSSCM – a 33-hour interdisciplinary STEM degree, which is a partnership between the W. Frank Barton School of Business and the College of Engineering. The Barton School holds dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting; only 5% of business schools in the world have this double accreditation.

Add in the international mix of students from 110 countries, too, and you have the most racially and ethnically diverse college campus in all of Kansas at WSU — a fact that Kadiri is very fond of.

MSSCM students receive various aids to obtain internships. Source: Wichita State University

“Meeting new people from divergent backgrounds and cultures, networking with other students, professors and industry experts, and the opportunity to try new cuisines are my favorite memories of WSU,” enthused Kadiri, another MSSCM student.

Additionally, since the MSSCM is a designated STEM program, international students can work in America for up to three years after graduation. For the 65% of MSSCM students who are international, this is a highly desirable benefit.

That’s not all. When students embark on the MSSCM program, they can expect to receive exceptional support from WSU in various forms, especially for internships.

“There are several tools that students go to to find out about internships and jobs, such as Handshake, LinkedIn, and WSU’s Shocker Career Accelerator. Our Supply Chain Management program faculty and advisors also post full-time/part-time job and internship opportunities on the blackboard (learning management system) and student group supply chain graduates will communicate through job and internship opportunities on social media,” says Perera.

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MSSCM students appreciate the fact that their professors help them to grow. Source: Wichita State University

Likewise, Kadiri sought out internships through LinkedIn, job fairs, and WSU’s student association for supply chain management.

In addition to this, WSU helps future internship students to be better prepared for the whole process. Perera adds, “Students received materials on how to conduct face-to-face interviews. Program faculty also regularly invite supply chain professionals to events and classes, which facilitates networking between students and industry professionals, which can lead to internships and opportunities. employment.

Indeed, Kadiri truly appreciates the efforts of WSU faculty to help MSSCM students thrive: “Faculty support in navigating university policies and adjusting to life in a new country as as an international student, facilitated integration into the university and the community.”

What’s even more appealing about completing the MSSCM here is the shorter time to graduate: between 18 and 24 months. Also, with two tracks in management and analytics, they can expect to work in various areas of supply chain management such as logistics, distribution, and warehouse management.

It’s no wonder WSU is one of America’s fastest growing research universities with funding of US$164 million annually. For 10 consecutive years, WSU has also been the top university for transfer students to Kansas.

Finally, international students with a 3.3 GPA can apply for postgraduate scholarships with a tuition reduction of 38%; assistantships and graduate scholarships are also offered.

If you are an international student seeking to pursue MSSCM at the most diverse and affordable university in Kansas, apply here today.

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