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As a UMD student, Jennica Astleford ’14 toured the Timberwolves’ facility. Following a one-year stint as an associate, she is now a Timberwolves account executive for group events.
“I want to educate students in the business school. Sometimes students say ‘I want to be this or that.’ When they visit our facility, we bring together representatives from departments that students might not know about. These areas may be a better fit for their talents. I want to make students aware of all of these opportunities.”
Four UMD graduates manage Saturn Systems, a custom software engineering company based in Duluth: Mark Chmielewski ’87, Scott Risdal ’85, Keith Erickson ’87, and Lee Matson ’91.
"We employ UMD interns and we fund two computer science scholarships,” says Keith Erickson ’87. “It’s important to us to provide students with real-world experiences. There’s an extra benefit for us; we often get to hire the cream of the crop.”
Alumni who provide workplace tours, one-day job shadowing, and internships to UMD students, offer résumé-building experiences, and sometimes, internships lead to jobs.