By Alexis Timko
Youngstown State University business students Samantha Anderson, Connie Buck, Yana Flider, Rayann Gagliano, Megan Guliano and Gulnara Gumerova were selected as this semester’s John D. Beeghly Fellows.
The Beeghly Fellows program provides exceptional business students with a paid internship where they will work on a variety of projects with clients of the Ohio Small Business Development Center and the International Trade Assistance Center at YSU.
Betty Jo Licata, dean of the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University, mentioned that she is very proud of the program and the opportunities it provides to the students.
“Some are interested in the program as a means of rounding out their career-related experiences,” Licata said. “For example, a couple of students have completed internships in public accounting and then benefit from the Beeghly Fellows program as they gain hands on experience with small businesses and the financial and accounting needs.
Anderson, a senior Business Economics and Finance student, is looking forward to gaining professional experience as a Beeghly Fellow.
“I was very excited to be given the chance to work with clients and counselors in an effort to provide informational and developmental support in their endeavors to build their businesses,” Anderson said.
Guliano, a senior Accounting student, had a similar reaction to Anderson when she found out she was accepted into the program after following the same application process.
“I was extremely thrilled to hear that I was selected,” Guliano said. “I made it a goal of mine ever since I was a freshman to be a Beeghly Fellow during my senior year. This is my second semester as a Beeghly Fellow. I was selected in May, served a summer term and was asked back for the Fall semester.”
Both Anderson and Guliano had some experience prior to being accepted into the program that they felt made them an ideal candidate.
The skills that Anderson gained as vice president of Financial Affairs for Student Government Association lead her to believe that she was a highly marketable candidate.
Guliano completed two internships prior to her work as a Beeghly Fellow.
“These experiences allowed me to become more comfortable interacting with clients and taught me how to work efficiently,” Guliano said.
Licata believes that the students selected into the Beeghly Fellows program have unique opportunities that positions them for career success.
“I plan on applying for a number of jobs by the end of this month- primarily focusing on the business consulting industry,” Anderson said.
Once Guliano graduates in May she plans on returning to Youngstown State University to earn a Master of Accountancy degree.
“I will then begin working as an auditor for for Cohen & Company, a certified public accounting firm in downtown Youngstown,” Guliano said.