Student Spotlight: Dennis Boyce

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Major: Finance

boyce and mccann.jpgDuring his time at Bethany, senior Dennis Boyce has served as an Academic Tutor for the McCann Learning Center, Treasurer of the Business Club, Treasurer of Student Government, and a member of the Strategic Team for the McCann Student Investment Fund. Although he has been heavily involved outside of the classroom, Boyce stresses that his experience through the different clubs and organizations, as well as his major in finance propelled him to succeed at his semester-long internship with International Business Machines (IBM) in Somers, New York. 

Boyce was introduced to this internship after being accepted into Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to minorities to maximize their opportunities for college and career success. Boyce was accepted as one of 250 interns from a pool of more than 10,000 applicants.

Board of Trustee Member Bob McCann ’80 introduced Boyce to the opportunity of SEO and encouraged him to apply. After Boyce was chosen, he received professional development and leadership training from Fortune 150 executives. He also completed online and in-person training covering technical skills and professional skills relevant to a corporate environment.

This training with SEO in New York City propelled him to enter his internship at IBM as a Financial Analyst in the Analytics Platform from June 2016 to January 2017. At his internship, Boyce was responsible for a number of duties including doing revenue metrics tracking, accounts receivables, co-location master spreadsheet consolidator and tracker and financial analyst for the development department.

boyce.jpg“I received exposure to all types of finance within IBM, on the revenue side, the cost side, expense, accounts receivables – you name it, and I had exposure to it,” said Boyce.

Boyce also received Bethany's Cooey-Davis Experiential Learning Fellowship, which aided significantly in his housing cost in New York.

The Cooey-Davis Experiential Learning Fellowship is given in honor of Professors Randy Cooey and John Davis and their combined 82 years of service to Bethany. The fellowship funds research, internships, conferences and travel for selected Business and Economics students.

Boyce also knew going into his internship that it was going to be a big change, but he stressed that his professors and experience at Bethany prepared him.

“The best preparation I could ever receive was getting an education from Bethany College,” said Boyce. “Bob McCann would tell me that there would be people there that went to bigger schools and may know more, but they would never outwork me. Listening to that and being myself were the two main things I focused on. I knew if I took it seriously and worked hard, I could do it.”

Boyce’s mentors at IBM were so impressed with him that they asked him to apply for the internship again this summer.

Q&A:

What is your favorite memory from your internship?

  • My favorite memory from interning at IBM was definitely being in the meetings. I always remind myself to live in the moment, and I know everyone does not have this opportunity. I would always catch myself taking a step back and thinking, wow – I’m in an IBM meeting. I still think that was the coolest part about it. My manager was the CFO of Analytics, my mentor was the Vice President of Finance. I had these relationships with important executives. I had to ask questions and learn a lot to help me through the whole experience. Everyone was so helpful there, from the regular employee to the executives.

Why did you choose Bethany College?

  • When I first came here on a basketball visit, I was going around the Business Department, and Dr. Ramjee took the time and talked with me even though she had a meeting. It showed me that the professors really care about the well-being of the students, and that really spoke to me.

What are your plans after graduation?

  • After graduating in the fall of 2017, I am hoping to land a full-time job with IBM. That would be my ultimate goal.

Any final thoughts?

  • I cannot express enough how thankful I am to everyone who helped get me this opportunity. I want to thank the people that I know played a vital role for me. Dr. Anju Ramjee, Dr. Virgil Thompson, Professor Andy Fletcher, Senior Vice President Sven de Jong, Bob McCann and Bill Booker, thank you for believing in me.