Student Chapter Highlights: Preparing Students for the Future
Friday, May 16, 2014
This series of articles recognizes the achievements of our student chapters in promoting the study and practice of information systems through professional development programs, social networking, and community involvement endeavors. AIS believes that students in information systems are critical to the future of the discipline, and that the successes of AIS student chapters helps to increase the visibility and the prestige of the field.
The Wright State University AIS Student Chapter got off to a great start in their charter year, the 2012-2013 academic year. To ensure continued development, they set three goals for the following year: hosting at least two meaningful professional development activities a quarter, recruiting at least 20 students to the MIS Club, and informing the Wright State University student body about MIS in an effort to better publicize the degree and potentially recruit more members. The student chapter not only met these goals but exceeded them.
Working hard to make their student chapter beneficial for all its members, the chapter held several activities throughout the year to prepare students for internships, co-ops, full time careers, and networking with individuals in the industry. With a great focus on local job opportunities, the chapter holds an annual business tour of Reynolds and Reynolds, a major employer in the Dayton region. Students are given the opportunity to explore potential jobs and see on firsthand what opportunities exist in the IT industry. In addition to this tour, the chapter invites several industry professionals to the campus yearly to speak with students, network, and provide resume advice and critiquing. To prepare students for the job hunting process, the student chapter partners with the Raj Soin College of Business advisors to host a resume-building workshop that helps students compose, edit, and polish resumes for future use. After students have perfected their resumes and professional profiles, they have the chance to put them to use at the annual Digital Mixer job fair held at the Wright State Student Union.
Lastly, the student chapter hosts an intern/co-op student panel with Wright State MIS students who have had an internship or co-op in the past. In this relaxed atmosphere, students seeking an internship or co-op can openly and freely ask questions of students who have already experienced the process. Likewise, the student chapter hosts an alumni panel that also presents students with the same opportunity to ask similar questions of current professionals in the IT industry.
“The MIS Club gives its members the opportunity to benefit from having expert speakers at our meetings to discuss MIS topics as they apply to the workforce,” said current MIS Club president, Andrew King. “The Wright State alumni also serves as a support system to our students.”
AIS is dedicated to advancing the profession of Information Systems, and students are the future of the profession. An AIS Student Chapter is a great way to attract the best and brightest into the IS field and into your classroom. To learn more about starting an AIS Student Chapter at your school, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.