Student Experience

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.

Most students don't really grasp the realities of CIS in the real world until they're actually in the real world, making the transition from the classroom to the first job a little jarring. A new W. P. Carey partnership aims to finally tackle that problem. David Woody, vice president for technologies at American Express, along with several of his colleagues joined up with Sule Balkan, a clinical assistant professor in W. P. Carey's Department of Information Systems, to create a new and unique CIS honors course.