Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) turned to the Lear Corporation Career Services Center at Michigan State University to arrange an experience for its students with U.S. corporations. The Lear Center, part of the Broad College of Business, regularly connects MSU undergraduates of all majors with employers and alumni to assist them in developing careers in business.
Lear Center staff suggested SUFE organize a corporate tour, much like the Lear Center’s study-abroad trips that enable MSU students to meet with potential employers across a broad region.
SUFE agreed and began to work with the Lear Center to plan a tour of the Eastern U.S. for July 2013, with stops in Boston, Chicago, East Lansing, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Across these cities, students visited employers including CH Robinson, Chicago Board of Trade, Deloitte, Export-Import Bank of the United States, General Motors (where they toured an assembly plant), Goldman Sachs, Macy’s, and State Street.
“Their favorite visit was at CH Robinson, where they were paired up with a sales representative for 30 minutes to obtain a better understanding of the business and services provided,” notes Eric Doerr, associate director of the Lear Center and the architect of the trip.
To provide additional support to students who may be considering graduate study in the U.S., the tour also toured some notable universities along the way, including Harvard, Michigan State, New York, Northwestern, Tufts, and Yale.
The trip also made time for fun cultural experiences, from visiting the United Nations in New York City to experiencing Lake Michigan at a beach in St. Joseph, Michigan.
The success of this partnered tour has led to plans for Lear to design another SUFE trip to the U.S. in the fall of 2014—and to take a group of MSU students to visit China in the summer of 2014.