In early March, two Pepperidge Farm Managers came to the Bronx campus to interview Bronx and New Rochelle Business Management majors for paid summer marketing internships. First, our students attended an information session where they learned the fascinating history of this $1 billion company, founded in the 1930’s by Margaret Rudkin, a female entrepreneur from New York City. Our students, many of whom have aspirations to own their own businesses, were very impressed with how the company grew from a one person operation with origins in their family kitchen, to their backyard stables, and then finally to huge bakeries located throughout the country.
The following week, our students were interviewed for Brand Marketing positions located at the Pepperidge Farm Norwalk, CT headquarters. After the interviews concluded, a Pepperidge Farm manager commented, “We originally learned of Monroe College at the national S.I.F.E. competition last year and we are happy we did. The students we met with were all highly motivated, enthusiastic, and bright. Our Company is committed to building and maintaining a diverse workplace, and we feel that your college can, and will, become a source for us to accomplish our goals.” Ms. Jennifer Friary, the Bronx campus Cooperative Education Coordinator noted that several Monroe students should be brought back for second interviews.