Murray State University student pursues opportunities through logistics and supply chain management program

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MURRAY, Ky. — When Miranda Brewer first arrived at Murray State University, she did not plan on pursuing a degree in the field of logistics and supply chain management (LSC). Now, as a senior with graduation in sight, Brewer could not imagine her future without it.

 

Over the summer, the Murray State student from Perryville, Missouri, applied her education from the University’s LSC program to an internship with Anheuser-Busch, a brewing company responsible for distributing more than 100 brands of beer across the United States.

 

“While we knew there would be good job opportunities for our LSC graduates when we started the program, it is exciting to see these early graduates of the program receive internships and job offers that meet and exceed our initial expectations,” said Dr. Teresa Betts, assistant professor of management, who helped establish the LSC program at the University.

 

The LSC program at Murray State is offered through the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business and prepares students to manage and coordinate the efficient flow of materials, products and information within and among organizations. In a field projected to grow between 5 and 10 percent before 2020, graduates of the LSC program are qualified to work in a number of managerial and analytical roles ranging from logistical analysts to purchasing and operations managers.

 

In addition to extensive training in the classroom, Murray State’s LSC program also offers extracurricular opportunities for students to get involved and earn real-world experience. One such organization is the LSC Student Club, where Brewer previously served as president during the 2016–17 academic year.

 

“I have been given the opportunity to partake in many clubs throughout my time here at Murray State and am proud to say I was given a chance to be a part of something much bigger than myself,” Brewer said. “With these clubs, I was able to gain not only leadership positions and skills but also friendships, time management skills and so much more.”

 

Last fall, Brewer decided to use her experience in the LSC program to look for a summer internship to begin preparing for her career after graduation. Her search ultimately led her to Anheuser-Busch. As an intern with the company, Brewer was responsible for inventing a 16-week repeating production cycle for creating cans. To construct the cycle, she collected historical sales and production data from the previous year, working alongside a team to ensure the newly-created production cycles would be sustainable.

 

Brewer now plans to participate in another summer internship with Anheuser-Busch prior to her graduation from Murray State in December 2018.

 

“My advice to anyone who is preparing for a career in business would be to step out of your comfort zone,” Brewer said. “Believe in yourself and apply for that internship or job even if you’re not the most qualified candidate. You never know, you might be the perfect person for the job.”

 

For more information about the LSC program, please visit the program page on Murray State’s website.

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