School of Business student Michael Ryan took home the ‘Intern of the Year’ at the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce Business Awards held on Thursday 12th of December. Michael’s internship was with RIKON, an applied service innovation research centre located on the Carriganore Campus of WIT. Michael joined the RIKON team in their Kilkenny innovation lab in January 2013 as part of the student work placement programme for 3rd year Bachelor of Business (Hons) Degree in the School of Business.
Dr. Thomas O’ Toole, Head of the Business School commented “We are delighted with Michael’s achievement and this prestigious award is recognition of Michael’s hard work ethic, dedication, integrity and commitment to his job. He is a great ambassador for the work placement programme which continues to be a huge success for both employers and students. Employers tell us that they are amazed at how much the students can help with their business by bringing new skills and perspectives to the organisation”
Dr. O’Toole added “The work placement can often help employers implement important one-off projects or, free up other staff to concentrate on more profitable areas. It can also help organisations attract graduates earlier for their graduate programmes. The students are delighted to have paid work experience and an opportunity to put their newly learned skills into action and return to their studies with a renewed focus on learning. The Institute and the employers are very supportive of the placement process and it fosters even stronger business links".
Joe Daly, Director of Work Placement at the School of Business said that “Employers are delighted to have business students and return each year looking to recruit our undergraduates. RIKON has facilitated work placement for twelve students in the past five years. We consider the programme has a partnership between the student and the employer. RIKON have benefited so much from this interaction; the student brings a wealth of energy, knowledge and new ways seeing how things are done and in turn the employer passes their business knowledge and expertise to the student”.
Dr. Patrick Lynch, Director of RIKON commented that “We are very proud of Michael’s achievement and the award is recognition of the calibre of his work. His position focused on business development activities with clients and was considered a full member of the innovation team. He carried out important research and supporting project activities on a variety of projects and also played a key role in developing in-house products and services for RIKON. At all times Michael was found to be dependable, reliable, hard-working and conscientious. He is particularly talented in his ability to manage his workload across multiple projects and showed a huge willingness to learn all aspects of our business and has acquired many new skills as a result. Michael takes an extremely conscientious approach to the work he carries out on behalf of RIKON and has displayed utmost professionalism throughout his entire time with us”.
In reaction to the award, Michael Ryan said: “It was overwhelming being nominated let alone winning such a prestigious award. I learnt so much from the work placement programme and this award is a testament to the lecturers and the work placement office at the School of Business for preparing and equipping me with the knowledge and skills that are need in a professional environment. It was an incredible eight months with RIKON”.
From more details on the BBS Degree Programme contact Mr. Dermot Moore, Programme Leader at [email protected], or on work placement, contact Mr. Joe Daly, Work Placement Programme Leader at [email protected].