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Barney Students Go from the Classroom to the Boardroom


Posted 09/10/2015
Submitted by Lauren Cartwright
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Three Barney School of Business students — Josh Lopes, Brendon Nunn, and Joe Shashaty — had an experience of a lifetime this summer interning at First Monetary Mutual in Bermuda. Their two-week journey included stays in Manhattan and Bermuda preparing for and managing First Monetary’s annual board meeting.

The experience started with a two-day-long planning and organizing session in New York City, where First Monetary maintains its U.S. office. The students prepared all of the materials for the week-long board meeting in Bermuda. Once they arrived in Bermuda, they prepared and staffed the meeting for board members and shareholders, most of whom are presidents, directors, and officers of independent NY and PA community banks.

Sophomore Joe Shashaty was captivated by the experience. "The symbiotic Barney School–First Monetary relationship created both a physical and figurative learning experience unavailable elsewhere. Time spent in Bermuda facilitated a transformational crossroad, allowing Barney classroom learning to be applied in a dynamic, real-world setting."

"The First Monetary internship in NYC and Bermuda was the perfect chance to practice all that was taught in our 'Exploring Career Opportunities' course this past semester," commented junior Brendon Nunn. "Professor (Celia) Lofink definitely prepared us well! I am so glad and grateful that I was able to take part in this experience, one I will never forget."

University of Hartford parents Eileen and Frank Shashaty made the internship possible. Frank Shashaty is president, CEO, and founder of First Monetary Mutual, an industry-owned insurance and risk management organization. The Shashaty’s son Joe is an entrepreneurship major and a member of the Hartford Hawks baseball team.

Read more about Joshua Lopes's full experience as it relates to the Barney School’s Career Ready program and the programming that helps students become competent, confident, and connected.