January 14, 2016 • Anonymous
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Driven by her Haitian heritage and strong desire to get involved in community-outreach programs, Roselande Louis ‘16 started interning early into her college career. She first landed an internship at Enterprise Rent-a-Car to get her foot in the door and later at the Police Reform Organizing Project. Yet, it wasn’t until she became the recipient of the MasterCard Business Research Scholarship Fund in 2014 that she was able to combine her love for social activism and her passion for finance.
A collaborative incentive between the College and the corporation, the scholarship led to an internship with the company. After submitting her résumé and two essays, one explaining why she was a good fit for the program and another listing her involvement on campus, she was interviewed via Skype while studying abroad
During her time at Manhattanville, Louis has been the public relations representative of the Business Club, the freshman representative of the Caribbean Culture Club, a member of the Student Ambassador Association, and a volunteer for the Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice
and the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action
. With all of this experience under her belt, she was asked why it was so important for her to land three different internships. “Coming into Manhattanville I wasn’t sure which area I wanted to get into. It was either law or business. So I knew that internships would give me the opportunity to get that hands on experience to find out which area I wanted to pursue. I wanted a variety of internships.”
Not only did Louis get a galore of internships, but also had a very well rounded experience at MasterCard. One of the projects Louis was involved in had to do with keeping a global count of how many members and employees were engaging with the company. She credits her Manhattanville classes on Microsoft Excel for helping her get through this task, sharing that she would bring her textbook in to work every day. She also revamped the employee department website to be more appealing and user-friendly, and participated in the “Intern Business Challenge,” where she worked with her fellow interns to come up with a new financial service product to be presented to the executives—in this case an app that allows users to buy group concert tickets but allows everyone to pay individually.
As advice for future students, Louis shared: “Being self-aware of what you want and how you share that to the world will give you opportunities. Be open. Networking is big in college and outside. Take chances, thoughtful risks. Do something you’re not completely sure of but completely passionate about. Believe in that process. I am Type A but I’ve learned you can’t plan everything, but you can do whatever you want. The money will follow if you’re doing something you’re passionate about.”
Louis is currently working on Manhattanville’s first Diversity Career Summit alongside the Center for Career Development
and MasterCard. She also continues to do volunteer work with the Coachman Family Center through the Duchesne Center and has organized three sessions in which she discussed the importance of college, cultural awareness, and financial literacy.
You can be sure that the finance
major and political science
minor won’t stop here and will go as far as her wings can take her. “As far as I can see, I would hope to be working in an influential space where whatever I’m doing will be beneficial to a good cause. That is something that I appreciate. If I am working on something that will help someone else, I’m all for it,” she shared.
To top it off, her long-term goal is to open her own nonprofit organization one day. Talk about an ethical and socially responsible global leader!
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