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Villanova School of Business Ranked #13 in the Nation by Bloomberg Businessweek - The Villanova School of Business (VSB) was once again recognized as one of the best undergraduate business schools in the nation in the 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek ranking.  VSB ranked #13, placing among the top 15 business schools in the nation. The annual ranking is determined by academic quality, professional development, business relevance, and student satisfaction. In the ranking released today, VSB performed exceptionally well in a number of categories: Overall Academic Quality Rank (2); Student Grade for Teaching Quality (A+); and Student Grade for Job Placement (A+).

Villanovans Ignite Change at Inaugural TEDxVillanovaU Event - On Wednesday, March 28, Villanova University hosted TEDxVillanovaU – part of the TEDx program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share ideas. TEDxVillanovaU will feature live speakers from the Villanova University community sharing how they “Ignite Change,” the conference’s theme. Villanova’s vision is to showcase the most fascinating thinkers and doers from Villanova for a stimulating day of presentations, discussions, entertainment and art that will spark new ideas, innovations and opportunities across all disciplines.

Maria Bello – Villanova Student to Acting and Activism - Maria Bello ’89 A&S returned to her alma mater on March 27 to share her unique journey as a Villanovan. The talk, sponsored by the Villanova University Center for Peace and Justice Education, featured Bello, an internationally renowned actor and women’s rights activist, who traces her current work back to her formation as a student at Villanova.


FEATURED: The Summer Internship Crunch!


Does your student still need an internship position for this summer? Despite what you may think, it’s not too late! Even with summer right around the corner, with the help of the Villanova Career Center and if your student is motivated and acts fast, there are still plenty of opportunities for a summer internship. Here is what the Career Center says your student should do ASAP:


(!) Perfect a Resume

A strong resume will aid in the process of articulating skills, talents, and interests. Students can utilize the resume writing resources available on the Career Center’s website (www.careers.villanova.edu) and they should stop by the Career Center for assistance in writing and perfecting a resume.


(!) Develop a Plan of Action

The internship search is a time-consuming process, and since summer is right around the corner, having a solid work plan and organized records is vital to ensure that students do not miss deadlines or fail to follow up on a lead, contact, or interview. It is often helpful for students to treat the internship search like a class and dedicate a certain amount of time to it each day.


(!) Take Advantage of Contacts

Utilizing contacts does not mean that students are not getting a position on their own - the majority of available positions are filled by word of mouth. Students will discover important information about employment opportunities through personal contacts. Your student should let friends, relatives, faculty, etc. know that he/she is looking for an internship. Career Center staff and VU alumni can also be used for informational and networking purposes. Students should use these contacts to obtain the names of individuals with whom it might be valuable for them to speak with.


(!) Apply Apply Apply

Utilizing multiple job search strategies works the best – students should not simply rely on one resource. They should use their contacts, the Career Center, professional associations, past internship contacts, and various internet sites, in addition to pinpointing companies on their own, to find any and all internship opportunities. Students should apply to as many opportunities as possible that fit their interests and qualifications to increase their chances of success.


(!) Interview and Follow-up

A strong interview and appropriate follow-up is key to scoring that last minute internship. The Career Center conducts practice interviews to help perfect techniques. Guidelines on professional communication and follow-up can also be found in the Career Center and on their website.


(!) Make an Appointment with a Career Counselor ASAP

The Career Center’s counselors are available to assist with every step of the internship process. Students should make an appointment ASAP to get personal advice on searching for internships, networking, resume writing, interview skills, etc. The Career Center is open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, and students can call 610-519-4060 to make an appointment.  More information about the Career Center and all of their services and resources can be found at www.careers.villanova.edu 


Can’t Miss Opportunities…


Summer Business Institute - The Villanova Summer Business Institute (SBI) is a rigorous ten-week program held every summer for undergraduate students to earn a business minor. The SBI experience will broaden student’s skill sets, strengthen their academic foundation, improve their problem solving and decision making skills, and serve as an impressive credential on their resume. Summer 2012 SBI will be held from May 30 through August 2, 2012.  Students may opt to reside on campus or to commute to campus daily. Sophomores are encouraged to apply for this upcoming summer. Applications are due on April 15, 2012.  The application and more information, including tuition details, can be found at http://www.villanova.edu/business/sbi/


CAROUSEL opens at the Villanova Theater Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL recounts the story of a naïve young woman who falls head-over-heels in love with a troubled young man. CAROUSEL is a powerful musical fable of passion and redemption. Students can catch the show from March 27th through April 22nd at the Villanova Theater.



Easter break begins on Thursday, April 5th and classes resume on Tuesday, April 10th

From all of us in Student Life,

Have a Happy Easter Holiday, and a Healthy Spring Season!




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