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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) seeks two part-time MBA Summer Interns to support the delivery of business consulting services to regional small businesses impacted by Covid-19.
The successful candidates will assist SBDC business consulting staff with providing information, individual consulting, and training to assist small businesses with accessing and managing federal resources, to include PPP, EIDL, and all types of SBA and other local, state and federal loan programs, so small business can effectively access capital and promote business recovery, sustainability, growth and resilience.
Specific responsibilities include:
meet with business owners and prospective business owners one-on-one
listen to business owner’s specific problems and analyze the critical challenges they are facing
provide recommendations and actions to be taken
conduct market research
create action plans, next steps and follow-up
refer clients to other sources of expertise in the Penn State ecosystem and economic development community
facilitate referrals between clients and professional, technical, and government service providers
record all client interactions in the PASBDC database within one week of meetings
attend monthly team staff meetings
The Summer Interns will work closely with the Business Consultants to build and expand the quality of services provided by the SBDC. The Penn State SBDC provides consulting and training to businesses in a 4-county region of central Pennsylvania. Part of a nationally accredited team, the SBDC is located at Innovation Park.
The position requires an individual who is highly organized, a self-starter, collaborative, has excellent written and oral communication skills, is comfortable with making connections with new people and building rapport, and can manage multiple, concurrent assignments.
The ideal candidate will:
be a graduate student studying business, finance or a related field
have completed coursework in management, accounting, strategic planning or entrepreneurship
Individuals must have demonstrated broad knowledge of business issues and topics including finance/accounting, sales, marketing, operations and management; ability to empathize with clients and quickly translate experience into practical advice
ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
ability to prioritize activities and projects
ability to work with individuals of diverse economic, social and educational backgrounds
knowledge of basic office technology, computer software programs, digital media/communications and cloud based applications
This is a fixed-term appointment funded for the Summer of 2020. Applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and one academic or professional reference.
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