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Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) MBA work-integrated learning (WIL) internship program through the Centre for Experiential Learning (CEL).  We value your participation and see you as a co-educator to learning in our student’s progress as they transition from academic studies to the workplace. 

The CEL at VIU is committed to delivering high quality WIL opportunities for students and employers based on well-established experiential learning practices.  During these learning experiences, students have the opportunity to explore, apply and enrich their academic program through work experience. 

VIU MBA interns offer a rich diversity of knowledge, skills and abilities to help your organization succeed.  MBA interns can fill  short-term organization project needs or longer term recruitment needs; bring a global perspective and graduate level skills to benefit your organization and add value to your team.

Examples of internship projects:

Internship Job Title

Market Research Analyst

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Market research analysts research and gather data to help a company market its products or services. They gather data on consumer demographics, preferences, needs and buying habits. They collect data and information using a variety of methods, such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls and literature reviews.

 

Analysts help determine a company’s position in the marketplace by researching their competitors and analyzing their prices, sales and marketing methods. Using this information, they may determine potential markets, product demand and pricing. Their knowledge of the targeted consumer enables them to develop advertising brochures and commercials, sales plans and product promotions.

 

Market research analysts evaluate data using statistical techniques and software. They must interpret what the data means for their client and they may forecast future trends. They often make charts, graphs, infographics and other visual aids to present the results of their research.

 

Market research analysts typically do the following:
  • Monitor and forecast marketing and sales trends
  • Measure the effectiveness of marketing programs and strategies
  • Devise and evaluate methods for collecting data, such as surveys, questionnaires and opinion polls
  • Gather data on consumers, competitors and market conditions
  • Analyze data using statistical software
  • Convert complex data and findings into understandable tables, graphs and written reports
  • Prepare reports and present results to clients and management

 

Qualifications and Requirements

 Market research analysts typically need a bachelor’s degree in market research or a related field. Some research positions may require a master’s degree in fields such as statistics, math, or computer science. Others have backgrounds in business administration, the social sciences, or communications.

Courses in statistics, research methods, and marketing are essential for these workers as are Strong math and analytical skills are essential. Courses in communications and social sciences, such as economics or consumer behavior, are also important.

 Some market research analyst jobs require a master’s degree. Many analysts complete degrees in other fields, such as statistics and marketing, and/or earn a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). A master’s degree is often required for leadership positions or positions that perform more technical research.

 

Source <https://www.truity.com/career-profile/market-research-analyst>

Internship Job Title

Sustainability Analyst

Duties and Responsibilities

Corporate Social Responsibility

Sustainability analysts help companies address corporate social responsibility (CSR). Business leaders who recognize the importance of building a positive public image commit time and resources not only to meeting regulatory requirements, but also to CSR. They take responsibility for how their operations affect communities. They also market their commitment to CSR through websites that describe their CSR efforts. These efforts require teams of resources, including roles such as sustainability analysts and chief sustainability officers.

Environmental Management System

A sustainability analyst might be responsible for developing, auditing or complying with a company’s environmental management system (EMS). An EMS is a management system that focuses on delivering environmentally friendly processes. Developing an EMS requires a sustainability analyst to know environmental standards such as the ISO-14000 series, in addition to regulatory requirements related to the types of impacts the company can have on the environment.

Environmental Impact

Environmental impacts can relate to manufacturing waste, product and raw material disposal, greenhouse gas emissions and other effects of operations. The sustainability analyst assesses operational processes to identify all potential environmental impacts. The analyst then determines the likelihood of each process causing these impacts, establishes control methods so potential impacts don’t happen and monitors the processes to make sure the controls continue to be effective.

Sustainability Measures

A sustainability analyst collects data relating to sustainability measures, such as the quantity of waste being generated and disposed of, the usage rate of electricity and other natural resources and the volume of waste products that are successfully being recycled. The analyst uses this data to write technical reports and recommend improvement objectives. The analyst might also perform environmental audits. These audits verify that EMS requirements are being followed and are effectively preventing environmental impacts, and whether improvement objectives are being met.

Sustainability Research Analyst

A different type of sustainability analyst also exists in the finance industry: Sustainability research analysts. Calvert Investments employs sustainability research analysts to evaluate companies and rate them based on the Calvert Social Index, an investment industry benchmark in socially responsible investing. Index ratings address the environmental impacts of a company’s operations and products, as well as other social responsibility standards, such as fair employment practices and community relations. Investors use these ratings to make investment decisions.

 

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s/Master's degree in an area of sustainability, environmental science, mathematics, engineering or related field. 
  • Related professional experience in conducting research, performing statistical analysis, and evaluating environmental issues.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of sustainability concepts, energy efficiency practices, DEQ Greenhouse reporting protocols, and EPA guidelines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in statistical tools and analysis.
  • Knowledge in various data collection and assessment methodologies.
  • Ability to organize and maintain complex/technical activities and handle multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Ability to perform analytical-related activities of large amounts of data and identify trends.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels, within and outside the college district.
  • Strong skills in MS Excel, Access and Word to combine and analyze large amounts of data from various sources, and generate reports and graphics.
  • Skill in effectively communicating complex information verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in analyzing and summarizing data gleaned from a variety of sources and preparing benchmark reports.
  • Skill in researching and supporting the implementation of state of the art sustainable practices.

 

 

Source <https://woman.thenest.com/sustainability-analyst-do-18918.html>

Internship Job Title

Lean Manager

Duties and Responsibilities

The lean manager’s job is to optimize the production or service process based on the *Lean Six Sigma model. As such they would need to go beyond departmental borders. The tasks they needs to do start from defining the process and products, studying the current process and designing production with lean management concepts, and down the line including implementation and operations:

  1. The lean manager is tasked to define the product, service or family of product and services. The product or service is defined based on the input and parts, as well as routing and processes involved.
  2. Create a state value stream map which includes all the value streams in the process.
  3. Study the current state map based on all available data.
  4. Create a long term ideal state map. This should include the product value streams as they would appear in the long term.
  5. Optimize the state map with the use of lean techniques. This will point out possible waste, eliminate the identified waste sources, and create short and middle term state maps which improve on the process value.
  6. Create an implementation plan to turn the current state map to the short term, mid-term and long term state map.
  7. Implement the plan. As the lean manager, they will have to lead the implementation.
  8. In line with the implementation, the lean manager has to mobilize the stakeholders, including employees of the various departments, suppliers and customers. They should be appraised of the required changes as the plan is implemented.
  9. Provide leadership in the day-to-day operations of the value stream. This ensures that the stakeholders meet the current production demands, at the same time the changes are improvements are also met.

 

Multiple hats

The lean manager is tasked with understanding the whole process and to improve it according to lean strategies and techniques. After careful study, they have to be able to sell the idea to the various line managers and process owner. They, in turn, have to understand that they have already done their best to optimize their own process and it is time to move forward and implement production as a whole. Stakeholders outside of the company also have to be assured that they will not be left out and instead they will benefit from the improvements. The day-to-day operations for the process also have to be monitored to ensure that the production numbers are met and that changes continue to be implemented.

As a matter of course, any changes in the industry or in the way the company conducts business also has an effect on the implementation. It is expected that at any point, it would be necessary to redo the whole implementation plan to take into account improvements outside of the company.

 

Qualifications and Requirements

  •  Excellent leadership and management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage a variety of cross-functional team members
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational and follow-up skills
  • Competent in problem solving, team building, planning and decision making
  • Commercially and financially aware
 Qualifications and Experience Levels:
  • Lean Six Sigma or equivalent qualification
  • Background in manufacturing and/or engineering environments
  • Background in people management and project management

 

Source <https://leansixsigmabelgium.com/blog/lean-manager-role/>

Internship Job Title

Business Analyst

Duties and Responsibilities

Business analysts conduct market analyses, analysing both product lines and the overall profitability of the business. In addition, they develop and monitor data quality metrics and ensure business data and reporting needs are met. Strong technology, analytical and communication skills are must-have traits.

A Business Analyst job typically includes:
  •  Creating a detailed business analysis, outlining problems, opportunities and solutions for a business
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Planning and monitoring
  • Financial modelling
  • Variance Analysis
  • Pricing
  • Reporting
  • Defining business requirements and reporting them back to stakeholders

 

In addition to performing financial and operational modelling, a business analyst is expected to develop new models that underpin sound business decisions.

The end goal is to provide financial insights that help the decision-making process, and align capital and resource allocation within the business budget. The business analyst should also drive fresh initiatives for financial planning and business intelligence systems.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A business analyst should recognise the streamlining and improving of internal and external reporting.
  • Possess a strong understanding of regulatory and reporting requirements
  • In-depth experience in forecasting, budgeting and financial analysis combined with understanding of key performance indicators.
  • Experience working with senior decision makers
  • Strong communication/interpersonal skills
  • Proven analytical background
  • Advanced Excel skills

 

Bachelor/Master degree in the following subjects:
  • Business Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Information Technology

  

Source: https://www.roberthalf.co.nz/our-services/finance-accounting/business-analyst-jobs

Internship Job Title

Marketing Communications Strategist

Duties and Responsibilities

The marketing communications strategist is responsible for developing and implementing marketing communications strategies and comprehensive supporting plans to achieve client specific marketing and communication goals. They also draw upon the expertise of others within the organization to ensure that goals are met in a timely and cost-effective manner and work collaboratively within and outside the institution.

The marketing communications strategist works closely with various staff to carry out the plans for customer specific and institution–wide marketing communications strategies.  They are responsible for developing strategic marketing plans and measuring the outcomes against pre-established goals.

The marketing communications strategist often works independently and therefore must be self-motivated in developing appropriate strategic communication plans. They will be expected to understand and use quality principles and tools in managing their own work systems and processes.

  • Using market research, develop and translate concise and quantifiable business goals into marketing communications strategies and activities.
  • Develops comprehensive communications plans based on the strategic objectives of the organization and individually assigned clients of the organization.
  • Institutes data-driven marketing strategies.
  • Collaborates with internal teams (i.e. advertising, media relations, web, publications, decision support, development, community relations, legislative relations) to solidify comprehensive, strategic marketing plans.
  • Implements comprehensive marketing communication plans in a precise effective manner, to include, but not limited to, writing, editing, obtaining approvals, managing photo sessions and working with the Marketing Specialist if assisting on projects.
  • Ensures all products are of the highest technical standards in the areas of content, design and impact.
  • Present material in writing, through graphic presentations and other communications media.
  • Participates in management and project implementation teams when requested.
  • Develops and manages budgets, both for department dollars and for dollars housed in other departments, to meet agreed upon communication objectives.
  • Applies knowledge of quality principles, including health literacy, to all projects.
  • Demonstrates articulate, professional and courteous use of marketing communication strategies with others in all circumstances.
  • Ensures that projects meet or exceed customer agreed upon satisfaction goals
  • Independently obtains necessary knowledge and skills needed to keep up with technology and changing roles.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Ability to identify and analyze customer needs and translate them into innovative and effective solutions.
  • Ability to learn computer and application skills as applicable to role
  • Ability to interact with and work with a wide range of people
  • Ability to make judgments in demanding situations
  • Ability to react to frequent changes in duties and volume of work
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to listen empathetically
  • Ability to logically organize details
  • Comfortable accepting responsibility for medium to large scale projects involving multiple resources
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent activities
  • Ability to write for print, broadcast, web and social media as needed

Internship Job Title

Stakeholder Analyst

Duties and Responsibilities

Stakeholder analysis is the process of identifying project stakeholders, how the stakeholder needs may impact the project and the contributions that the stakeholders will make to the requirements elicitation process.  Projects typically have a large number of stakeholders from many different areas of the organization.  Based on each stakeholder’s position and responsibilities, the level of their involvement and their importance to the project will vary.

Stakeholder buy-in and approval is just as much about communication, education, and visibility as it is about strategic alignment. Stakeholders must be able to quickly and easily understand where a new project or investment fits into the larger business picture.

A stakeholder analyst will  map out and establish the appropriate level of communication with your stakeholders relative to their influence and interest in your project. They will prime you for the advocacy you need or prepare you for the opposition you anticipate.

 

A stakeholder analyst will :
  • Identify stakeholders
  • Prioritize stakeholders
  • Gather crucial stakeholder input
  • Investigate resources
  • Engage and involving stakeholders
  • Planning for requirements on future projects by collecting stakeholder feedback  
  • Create a project management communication plan

Qualifications and Requirements

Typically, stakeholder analysts require a Bachelor or master degree in the following subjects:

  • Business Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Information Technology
The core skills of a stakeholder analyst job should also include:
  • Experience working with senior decision makers
  • Strong communication/interpersonal skills
  • Proven analytical background
  • Advanced Excel skills

 

Source <https://www.lucidchart.com/blog/how-to-do-a-stakeholder-analysis>

Internship Job Title

International Marketing Analyst

Duties and Responsibilities

The international marketing analyst responsibilities include executing the roles and jobs of a global sales analyst as well.  They will work with the global and sales unit members of the organization to make and create presentations, documents and tools to observe the work functions and operations of different sales and marketing projects.

They aid in the functional creation and enforcement of all the reporting within the organization and follows the software packaging programs of the same. The international marketing analyst handles and deals with the marketing and sales information and explains it to the management. They recommend modifications to be enforced for the enhancement of different global and international sales and marketing plans, strategies and events.

Key Responsibilities of International Marketing Analyst
  • Formulating the marketing predictions on a monthly basis and developing trading strategies and programs
  • Merging and unifying the marketing and sales business plans and programs in the establishment
  • Collaborating with the tertiary software personnel and the inside information grounds of the organization to assess the work operations and functions against the predictions of all the sales plans and marketing events and programs
  • Investigating the marketing and sales trends of the other establishments and their own company and documenting the collections
  • Observing the investigation findings and interacting with the management about the same
  • Heading the global sales and merchandising unit and offering study back-up to the associates
  • Offering studied and examined sales and merchandising information to the administrative director and vice president of the whole establishment
  • Observing the past sales and merchandising conditions and studying and examining them
  • Determining the pros, cons, advantages, disadvantages, drawbacks, dangers and business possibilities of the establishment
  • Ensuring that the merchandising and sales campaigns organized within the company are effective and efficient
  • Making sure that all the global sales and marketing events, programs, plans, strategies and advertisements are successful
  • Developing merchandising and sales plans and strategies that help the company to make money and create a separate niche for itself
  • Making changes in the merchandising and sales plans and programs and implementing the alterations to bring about overall improvement in the profits of the organization
  • Holding fiscal studies and examinations to determine the sales and merchandising trends and conditions of the establishment
  • Analyzing the sales and merchandising trends and conditions to bring about and implement effective measures for future development
  • Designing the local and international monetary funds and filling up the inside and outside forms and documents according to the rules and the global policies of sales and marketing
  • Heading the marketing and sales section and instructing the subordinates on global marketing and sales analysis
  • Completing the remaining jobs and duties of a global sales and merchandising analyst that fall in the area of their expertise and administrative dominance

Qualifications and Requirements

Bachelor's or Master's degree in international business, finance or a similar field

Past working expertise with a related company

Good interacting, computing, administrating and project analyzing skills.


Source <https://www.bestsampleresume.com/job-descriptions/marketing/international-marketing-analyst.html>

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