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The Martindale Student Associates Program
The Martindale Student Associates Program has enabled a select group of Lehigh juniors and seniors to actively explore global business and economic issues each year since 1980. The Student Associate experience extends the scope of learning beyond the pages of textbooks and journals through travel to organizations around the world, and interviews and meetings with decision makers, distinguished executives, and scholars.
Each year a new group of junior-year Student Associates begins to explore a particular topic about a country outside the U.S. To gain first-hand experience of the society under study, the students take part in an extensive educational field trip organized by their faculty advisors in conjunction with faculty from other disciplines. Over the years they have traveled to Mexico, Canada, Argentina, France, Germany, England, the Czech Republic, Chile, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Sweden, Spain, Hungary, Panama, the Benelux countries, New Zealand, Turkey, Iceland, and Greece.
The senior year includes a two-semester course dedicated to researching and writing a paper about business or economic issues in the country under study. The students' papers are published annually in Perspectives on Business and Economics, the undergraduate journal of the Center, which is distributed to over 1,500 people and libraries in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America. Recent issues of Perspectives are available online here.
Nomination for appointment as a Student Associate is open to any qualified Lehigh junior. Applicants are chosen based on their academic records, the quality of their essays about business and economic problems, and their responses in an interview with faculty advisors. In recent years, three or four participants have been chosen from each of Lehigh's three undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, and Engineering and Applied Science.
Preparing agendas, hosting meetings, planning trips, researching issues, and writing articles for publication provide Associates with well-honed skills that distinguish them from their peers as they seek employment and postgraduate educational opportunities.
This unique, experience-based program consistently serves as a model for advancing the educational goal of the College and the University to develop future leaders in a global society.
"I owe a great deal of my personal and professional success to my participation in the Martindale program. As a student, I was exposed to new ideas and concepts that extended beyond the normal academic curriculum and broadened my thinking. In the process, I also developed deeper relationships with my professors, other students, and alumni that have continued to flourish to this day. Looking back, my involvement as a Student Associate was the highlight of my Lehigh experience."
Sarat Sethi ’92, CFA
Student Associate, Czechoslovakia Trip
President, The Martindale Society
Vice Chairman, CBE Board of Advisors
Harvard University Business School,MBA, ’97
Principal, Portfolio Manager/Equity Analyst,
Douglas C. Lane & Associates