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For most students, the opportunity to intern abroad with a prestigious company is merely a fantasy. But for Waynesburg University junior international business major Jerry Lawman, committed mentors, diversified skills and a solid work ethic allowed that dream to become a reality.

This summer, Lawman served as an intern in Stuttgart, Germany, for Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services and the third largest appliance manufacturer in the world.

Since 1991, the company has sold energy-efficient German-engineered home appliances in the United States and has won the 2011, 2012 and 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, an award honoring organizations dedicated to environmental protection through energy efficient solutions.

With nearly 360,000 employees in more than 50 countries, Bosch has given Lawman the chance to further learn about the day-to-day operations of a successful international business. Through this internship, he has been able to experience life as a member of the controlling department, a department that helps to identify and reduce risk in monetary exchanges. He has taken on various responsibilities such as drafting machinery and equipment reports for the previous month, drafting cost center reports, making comparisons to the business plan or current forecast and designing Excel templates to increase the efficiency of processes.

Lawman says that his Waynesburg University accounting classes have helped him to develop the skills necessary to complete the types of tasks he was assigned.

"My accounting classes really [familiarized me] with what I would need to know for this internship,” he said.  “A lot of [the] classes I have taken involved learning about Excel and business terms that are needed for an internship.”

As part of his internship, Lawman attended monthly meetings with Bosch’s controlling department, as well as weekly meetings with his mentor to discuss what he has learned from his experiences working at Bosch.

This unique opportunity allowed Lawman to further learn about the many functions that go into ensuring success for a company such as Bosch.

“This internship has really helped me see how important controlling is for international business. I learned a lot about how companies have to set goals and adapt to changes internally and externally,” he said.

Through his internship, Lawman has had unique learning opportunities outside of the office as well. While in Germany, he has taken advantage of time off during weekends and public holidays by traveling to more than 10 countries, including France, Hungary and the Netherlands. As a result, he has had the chance to learn about cultures and grow his love for travel.

For many students, adjusting to life in a different country may seem daunting, but for Lawman, this was not the case. The junior says that the guidance he received from Mary Cummings, Vice President for Student Services, and Marie Coffman, Director of Career Services and Placement, helped to ease his transition to life in Germany.

Lawman names the two as the most important people in his adjustment process.

“The process was stressful at times, but they helped me the whole way through, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that,” he said.

The junior credits many of his experiences at Waynesburg University, including his time as a member of the Yellow Jacket football team, for the opportunities and success he has experienced. Through his position on the team, Lawman experienced the caring support of Richard Shepas, head football coach at Waynesburg University.

“You see the way [Shepas] treats and cares for [his] players.  That’s what you get when you come to a great school like Waynesburg,” he said.

Lawman believes that his time at Waynesburg has been essential in providing him with unique learning experiences and opportunities to grow as an individual.

“[Waynesburg has taught] me the importance of service and selflessness,” he said. “My Waynesburg experience has given me so many opportunities to grow and to better myself as a person.”

Upon graduation from Waynesburg University, Lawman plans to pursue his master’s degree and hopes to continue his work with Bosch. His time with Bosch has inspired him to seek additional opportunities abroad, including travel, mission trips and study.

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For Heidi Dains, the choice to attend Waynesburg University did not happen at the most advantageous time, but fortunately for Dains, the choice has proven to be the right one.  Dains transferred to Waynesburg University a year after beginning her undergraduate education, and despite the challenges associated with transitioning to a new school, she has never looked back.

“My Waynesburg experience has opened my eyes to what an education can and should be. I’m very thankful to have made the transition to Waynesburg and I think that it was a very smart move in terms of getting the most out of my higher education.”

This summer, Heidi Dains, a junior business management major at Waynesburg University, is spending her time as an intern in the Customer Relations department of Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

On a typical day at Mylan, Dains handles calls from distributors and wholesalers regarding shipments, as well as interacting with other related departments.  This internship has allowed her to gain everyday experience through observation of and participation in transactions, deals and the process of communication internally and via outside parties.  In addition, Dains has had the opportunity to shadow people in both her department and neighboring departments, so as to gain a better understanding of what their jobs entail.  

Dains believes that her Waynesburg education has helped to prepare her by teaching her the importance of hard work and dedication.

“You need to be able to voice your opinion and have the courage and knowledge to successfully make moves in the right direction and you’ll get to where you want to be,” said Dains.  “The classes that I’ve taken at Waynesburg have proven helpful during my internship because we are taught real-life skills and all completely relative material.”

In addition, Dains has found the supportive atmosphere of the Waynesburg community to be beneficial in helping her to grow as an individual.

“Waynesburg is different because you build strong relationships with your professors, and those who have more experience are always willing to help you no matter what,” she said.  “You’re not just another student, because someone is always looking out for you and your best interest.”

For Dains, Neely Lantz, instructor of business administration, has proven to be one of those people. In addition, Dains credits Lantz for helping her to set up her internship opportunity and for being someone she could count on for advice and resources.

Upon her graduation from Waynesburg University, Dains plans to attend graduate school, with the ultimate goal of starting her own business or making a career out of something she loves.

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Joshuah Dains, senior business management major

North America accounting/finance intern at Mylan, Inc., in Morgantown, W. Va.

When Joshuah Dains was searching for internship opportunities last winter, he was not only looking for an organization that had a great global reputation, but also a place where he could make a difference in people’s lives. Dains was able to accomplish this at Mylan, Inc., in Morgantown, W. Va.

As an accounting/finance intern, he worked with the Existing Product Forecasting Department. Throughout his internship, Dains met with various departments within the organization to collect data, created reports to send to end users and performed the economic forecast for the coming quarter. 

In addition, Dains and another intern were given the responsibility to work with a Mylan product and improve its performance in the public’s eye. 

“The finance team assigned us a product to research, analyze data and make a recommendation on what we would do with this product in the future to increase sales,” said Dains. “This project gave me the ability to reach out to different departments and really get an in-depth look at what it takes to sell a successful pharmaceutical product.” 

Through his internship at Mylan, the current president of Waynesburg’s Student Senate learned how to incorporate his faith into his work in the corporate setting. Dains is now confident in expressing his faith in any situation.

“Before my internship began, I researched the attributes of a Christian businessman to figure out what it would take to carry my faith into the professional work place,” said Dains. “Now that my internship experience is completed, I can approach any work with earnest, knowing that the decisions I make at work further enhance my personal faith and what I have learned in classes.” 


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Business Administration, minors in Accounting and Marketing

Senior Financial Analyst at Volvo CE Region Americas (North America, Latin America and Canada)

Shippensburg, Pa.

Additional Info:

  • Operations Production Intern at Volvo CE, Graduate Assistant at Shippensburg University
  • Education | Bachelor of Arts and Science, Waynesburg University, 2009
  • Master of Business Administration degree, Shippensburg University, 2010

“My experiences at Waynesburg University, both inside and outside of the classroom, coupled with the encouragement of the faculty and professors there, helped me to earn summer internships, and eventually a Graduate Assistantship at Shippensburg University, where I earned my MBA.  The two degrees, along with the foundation and encouragement received at Waynesburg, were critical in earning an analytical role at a Global Manufacturing and Sales company.”

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Ready to board a plane to serve on a mission trip in Guatemala, Zander Shashura received the news:  Bayer Corporation was interested in hiring him as an intern. At 3 a.m., standing in an airport, about to leave the country, the opportunity stood as proof of God’s faithfulness to the senior business management major.

Soon after he returned to U.S. soil, Shashura accepted a position with a subsidiary of the Bayer Group, Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), in Pittsburgh. BMS is a world-leading materials provider and the leading producer of high-performance plastics in North America. With a global presence, BMS works to find solutions for the challenges of today’s world, focusing on the use of renewable energies.

As part of the controlling services department for BMS, Shashura’s tasks consisted largely of analyzing data, assisting the control team, attending daily business meetings and diagnosing and solving problems—all of which he practiced as a business major at Waynesburg University.

“Zander is successful because of his preparation,” said Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of accounting. “He puts the time in before, during and after class that is necessary to allow him to comprehend and master material.  He approaches his work life with that same passion, making it impossible for people not to notice and respect him.”

In addition to being a hardworking student, as a scholar in the Stover Scholar Program for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, Shashura has acquired the skills to set him apart as an honorable leader, both during his internship and in society.

“Zander is a distinguished scholar who always inspires others with his good cheer and fresh insights which invariably draw upon his deep Christian faith and his commitment to uphold the constitutional vision of America’s Founding Fathers,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership. “In the years ahead, he will undoubtedly become a strong ethical leader in the American business community.”

Due to his involvement in both class and scholarship, Shashura was more than prepared to start his journey this summer. Through his experience at Waynesburg and the Stover Program, Shashura felt confident conversing with top management at Bayer in a professional business setting.

The challenging aspects for the Fredericktown, Pa., native, encompassed learning the ins and outs of a large corporation.

“The most difficult parts for me were learning how all of the computer systems work, how Bayer does things and overcoming the many times I felt lost with what I was doing,” said Shashura. “These challenges were good, however, because they humbled me and made me a better problem solver.”

Through the experience, Shashura was given more than a chance to see the inner-workings of a global company and get his foot in the door. He was given the opportunity to see a glimpse into his future and know, with a little trust, things will always fall into place.

“This opportunity is a tremendous blessing to me and a reminder that God has everything under control,” said Shashura. “I simply need to trust in Him.”

Though he gives his gratitude to Professor Chicarelli, Dr. Stratton and the people he met and worked with at Bayer, his praises are firstly sent to God for choosing him to be the one to stand out for the position.

“I want to give all the glory to God for providing me with this opportunity,” said Shashura. “I know it was not because of myself or anything that I did— it was all Him and He deserves the glory for it all.”

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