Student Experience

When students think of American Express, finance normally comes to mind, but that is not true for Computer Information Systems majors involved with the Department of Information Systems Club (DISC). Recently, representatives of the company visited DISC to show the innovative work American Express Technologies does to support the global firm. Company representatives and students discussed the opportunities ahead for both American Express and the talented students that W. P. Carey produces.

Computer Information Systems major Josh Valdez Elizetxe first explored a computer at the branch library where his dad dropped him every day after school. Now just 19, Josh is an entrepreneur with a track record of success. A Barrett Honors College student on full scholarship, Josh manages a heavily academic schedule while at the same time working on three new ventures. KnowIT spent some time listening to his story recently; we think you’ll agree he is a student worth watching.

Managers value employees who have career goals and the desire to acquire new skills, and many companies have education reimbursement programs. But before you discuss an MBA with your boss, it’s best to be prepared, do your research and understand the policies and procedures to secure support. 

W. P. Carey MBA students have fantastic opportunities to participate in the international and off-campus programs, which broadens your exposure to business concepts outside the traditional classroom in a hands-on learning environment and adds value to your degree by distinguishing you from other MBAs competing for the same positions and promotions.  Plus, participating in an international program gives you the opportunity to network with students across MBA platforms. 

About 120 professionally-dressed students gathered in a classroom at the W. P. Carey School one evening last week, waiting to hear alumna Stephanie Gonzales speak about her company, Protiviti — a global business consulting and internal audit firm with an office in Phoenix. The venue was this year's first meeting of the Department of Information Systems Club. But DISC does much more than hold meetings — invaluable as they are. The club builds connections: students with employers via speaker events and job listings; students with each other through social and study opportunities; and students with the community as a result of service projects.