Friday, October 03, 2008

SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise)

I just saw the special advertising section for SIFE in the September 29 Forbes magazine. While never a student member of SIFE, I have been active as an advisory board member on and off for the Mt. Mercy SIFE team. These students are both learning how free enterprise works and teaching Free Enterprise to younger students.
Many of these teams, including Mt. Mercy, have international projects where they introduce or reinforce Free Enterprise in other countries. Many of these projects involve not only students but adults in the host countries.

It is inspirational to watch how hard these students work on their SIFE projects during the year. Most of those projects are aimed towards community service while teaching Free Enterprise. Then the team goes to regional, and later national, competitions to report on their work. You would be amazed at the level of professionalism that these college students demonstrate as they present their accomplishments.

Companies, if you see SIFE on a college recruit’s resume, interview them and ask about their SIFE projects. You may be surprised how well they may fit into your organization.