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THE CORPORATE EDGE PROGRAM

A Professional Development Program for Students from Diverse Populations

Background

In fall 2017, Montclair State University’s Feliciano School of Business joined forces with the “Equal Opportunity Fund” (“EOF”) Program to provide EOF students with an ‘edge’ in professional development through the requisite skills, tools and support needed to succeed.  The ultimate goal - to secure an internship or part-time employment in an organization matching their preferred area of career interest.  

The EOF Program provides students from underrepresented populations that demonstrate financial need and exhibit the potential for high achievement with the quality academic support, leadership development, career enrichment and need-based financial assistance to support their intellectual and social growth.  Candidates for the Corporate Edge Program are sophomore business majors who are part of the EOF Program.

Students that have completed the Corporate Edge Program have left with a greater sense of confidence in themselves and their abilities.  They have better understanding of the operations of area businesses and have begun to develop their network of corporate contacts.  Equipped with the confidence and knowledge, they have increased their self-sufficiency in navigating the corporate community.  To date, this group of students has secured internships or part-time employment with companies such as:

  • EY
  • SAX LLP 
  • Peapack-Gladstone Bank
  • PSEG IIS
  • TD Bank
  • Valley Bank 
  • Georgetown University Summer Discovery Pre-College Enrichment Program
  • Urban League of Essex County
  • Scarlett Expressions
  • Property Management Boutique
  • De’Longhi
  • and Panasonic.

Purpose 

The Corporate Edge Program assists students of a diverse background to further develop their professional development.  With the partnership of the Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF) Department, we prepare students with the skills needed to effectively interview for an internship and build valuable relationships with employers.

Beginning with instruction in basic skills such as resume writing, job search and interviewing; the student’s professional development extends into networking and business etiquette. Students participate in a Dining Etiquette Luncheon, mock interviews and informal meetings with recruiters through “Lunch and Learns.”  Students are provided with opportunities to attend professional conferences as well as “Road Trips” to corporate sites.  In addition, peer mentors are available to partner with students.  Students are expected to attend bi-weekly meetings and be fully engaged in the program.

Employer Engagement

Employer engagement is a critical step in this program.  It provides an opportunity for our students to take the skills that are being developed and put them into practice.  For our corporate partners, it provides an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of underrepresented populations.

We offer a variety of ways to connect with our students including:

  • Lunch & Learns:  Offered on-campus, it is an informal way to meet our students over lunch.  No formal presentation is necessary – simply a conversation answering questions that the group may have about interviewing, the job search, or the corporate life in general.  We provide the lunch!
  • Road Trips:  Held on Friday mornings, we bring the group to you.  It’s a wonderful way to share your headquarters and provide an overview of the different roles that make up your corporation.
  • Job Shadowing:  Connect with one student for a day providing an opportunity for the individual to experience a day in your corporate life.

Making the Connection

Interested in providing the “corporate edge,” please contact Diane Freedman, Director-Feliciano School of Business Career Services, 973-655-6965 or freedmand@montclair.edu.