Western Michigan University's integrated supply management program is highly competitive and nationally recognized. Each year the program produces approximately 100 graduates who are ready to work on day one. Our ISM graduates are in demand, and many students begin their senior year with job offers in hand.
The Zhang Career Center is available to help employers connect with ISM students, faculty, staff and administration. Jennifer Palmatier is the employer relations specialist for the ISM program. She is available to consult with you on designing a recruiting strategy tailored to your needs. She also serves as the contact for career fairs and workshops. Contact Jennifer Palmatier: (269) 387-2729 | Email Jennifer Palmatier.
Interact with ISM Broncos
There are a number of ways you can connect with ISM students throughout the year:
- ISM Interview Workshop—A prep event for ISM Career Night where supply chain professionals edit resumes and provide interviewing tips. The event is held twice each year several weeks before ISM Career Night.
- ISM Career Night—A night of networking for company representatives to interact with students pursuing internships and entry level positions in supply chain management. Employers register to attend ISM Career Night, which is held semi-annually in September and February, using Handshake.
- Internships—Employers use their Handshake accounts to post internship and full-time job opportunities. ISM students publish resumes that employers may search through and view.
- Externships—Designed for pre-business students, an ISM externship is an unpaid, collegiate level job shadow experience. Each company is matched with a student applicant, who is assigned to a mentor (often an alum) to learn about the supply chain career field. Employers register to participate in December/January, students apply in February and most externships are completed in May.
Other opportunities to connect
- Bronco Force—Bronco Force offers applied supply chain solutions to industry clients. The program is designed to address difficulties supply chain managers face and, through faculty and student involvement, determine the best methods to solve those problems in the workplace. Participating companies gain exposure to the top students in WMU's nationally ranked ISM program. Several companies have hired from the pool of students working on Bronco Force projects.
- Student Chapters of Professional Organizations—ISM students participate in professional organizations involved with supply chain management. WMU's ISM program has an active APICS student chapter that holds regular meetings that include presentations by business professionals and company visits.
- Classroom presentations—Each semester, supply chain faculty invite company representatives to deliver classroom presentations on relevant supply chain topics. These presentations allow students to interact with industry professionals and give companies an opportunity to introduce students to their organizations and industries.