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Fashion Merchandising majors Meghan Roberts, Justin Baluyot, and Elle Bialozynski won third place/Honorable Mention in the Educator's for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices Business Plan poster competition for their project, Sol.

The students wrote a business plan in Dr. Lentz-Schiller's Merchandise Sourcing and Logistics course for a socially and environmentally responsible shoe line, Sol, focusing on using recycled materials, domestic production, and full product lifecycle sustainability, all based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. This award was presented at the closing luncheon of the International Textile and Apparel Association's Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. More than 50 submissions were then narrowed to 10 for presentation at the conference.



Three Fashion Merchandising seniors (Meghan Roberts, Justin Baluyot, and Elle Bialozynski) from Dr. Holly Lentz-Schiller's Merchandise Sourcing and Logistics (FMER 340) class were selected to present a poster at the International Textile and Apparel Association's Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV in October.  'Sol' was a term project consisting of a business plan for a socially responsible retailer conceived by the students.  

There were over fifty submissions to the competition, with only the top ten selected for presentation. Great poster! Congrats to all!


Business Administration Senior Kylie Shade spent last summer interning for Maryland state government as part of the Governor's Summer Internship Program (GSIP). Kylie was placed at the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance within the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.Kylie Schade

"I learned about how state government works, how a professional office runs, and how much regulations affect small businesses. Over the course of the summer, groups of four developed policy papers based on pressing Maryland issues. From that, I learned how to write a policy paper and present it to the governor's staff." says Kylie.

She learned about the Governor's Summer Internship Program through a friend who works for the state of Maryland. The GSIP is part of the Maryland Public Service Scholars Program which provides "students across Maryland the opportunity to develop as future leaders in Maryland’s public and social sectors."

Kylie describes a typical week during the internship as shadowing coworkers, attending outreach events, and becoming familiar with the Executive Order that created the unit that she worked in. "Everyone had different experiences," says Kylie "although, no fellow was ever the coffee person."  On Fridays, GSIP fellows take field trips; Kylie visited the State House in Annapolis and the White House in Washington D.C.

Applications for the GSIP are accepted in the spring for the following summer. The application process includes an application form, one essay, four short answer responses, a resume, unofficial transcripts, and two references. More about the application process, eligibility, and requirements can be found on the GSIP website.

After her internship, Kylie was offered a part time job at the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance and works there now. "Other fellows were also offered positions too" says Kyle, "This internship is also an amazing resume-booster. Employers, especially in government are impressed with a student who had this experience. I have had multiple job offers since completing this program."

When asked why she thinks other Stevenson students should apply for this internship, Kylie says "Networking! I cannot emphasize this aspect enough! I have met so many wonderful people, that I still stay in touch with, through this internship."

Congrats Kylie! And thank you for sharing your experience!


Business Administration major Iliyan Slavov will begin a semester-long Program Management internship with the World Trade Center Institute on January 30th, 2019. Iliyan was also the recipient of the Geraldine and Sam Dell Scholarship Award in April 2018. He will graduate in May 2019.Iliyan Slavov

Slavov credits his professors at the Brown School of Business and Leadership with assisting him with obtaining the internship. "...they help us build our paths based off their experience, wisdom, and observations about us. In my case, Dr. Leather who is my advisor mentioned the WTCI a couple of times since we started talking about possible internships during the winter of 2018" he said.

To apply for the internship, Iliyan submitted his resume, a cover letter, and answered some short questions before landing an interview in December 2018, and was notified in January 2019 that he was accepted.

As a Program Management intern, Iliyan will be assisting the Manager of the EDGE Program and Client Services and the Assistant Manager of Operations and Program Support. The EDGE program is WTCI's Emerging and Developing Global Executive Program which has a mission "to cultivate a group of emerging global executives in Baltimore who will ultimately contribute to greater success and growth for Baltimore area international businesses" according to the WTCI website.

Iliyan will also be performing research and analysis on Maryland’s top international companies/industries and strategic alliances, as well as researching potential new sources of revenue for the EDGE program.

"I am very thankful to Dr. Leather - she and I worked closely on this internship application - for all of her help, support, and confidence in me. Also, I am super excited to start this new chapter of my life!" says Iliyan.

Congratulations Iliyan!

Read more about the WTCI EDGE program


Senior Digital Marketing and Theatre major Jack Rizzo recently wrote the first student feature article for En Root, the monthly newsletter from OutGrowth, a local non-profit organization founded by Anna Fitzgibbon that links students with local farmers to provide experiential learning opportunities for college students. Read Jack's article here.

Jack Rizzo

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