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CMA Association Management says interns are a valuable member of the team, working closely with account executives to gain hands-on experience and an understanding of how the organizations’ day-to-day operations are run.
This summer, the Princeton Junction, N.J.-based AMC has provided Sandra Penas Mur, a Rider University MBA candidate, an opportunity to work with the North American Association of Commencement Officers and the Third Party Marketers Association.
“Working at CMA has given me the exposure I was looking for,” said Mur, who is from Barcelona, Spain. “For instance, I’ve been able to observe board meetings with NAACO and see firsthand how decisions are made. My responsibilities included researching potential new clients for NAACO and 3PM as well as potential sponsors for the organizations. In addition, as NAACO is trying to gain presence in North America, I was responsible for making outbound calls to universities in Mexico. It was very interesting to see how universities in other countries are structured differently.”
“Being multi-lingual is a must working with international associations, and since Sandra is fluent in Spanish, we asked her to make contacts in Puerto Rico and Mexico that we are now pursuing,” said Gabrielle Copperwheat, director of operations at CMA Association Management. “She had exposure to what really drives associations and learned the foundations of association best practices and governance.”
Mur attended board meetings, worked with member management systems, prepared materials for meetings and worked with committee reports and financial documents.
“I was able to apply the research skills learned in the classroom, and the projects I have been working on have been valuable in helping me understand the business world more,” she said. “I decided to major in finance after I took my first finance course at Rider. I realized then that finance takes a huge role in every company and that being knowledgeable in the subject would make a valuable asset.”
CMA Association Management’s CEO Jeff Barnhart has been recognized by Rider University’s Communications Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, with the Alumni Achievement Award. As part of Barnhart’s mission to give back to his alma mater, CMA regularly recruits and selects students from Rider to participate in the internship program. “Offering college students the opportunity to work and participate will give them hands-on business and marketing experience that will hopefully give them a leg up when they graduate,” Barnhart said. “Internships are a way to nurture the business leaders of tomorrow.”