Saint Louis University

AAMS Scholars at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Scholars got to view the Anheuser Busch facilities and learn about internship and employment opportunities with the company. Submitted photo

Sporting ties, dress shirts, and slacks, 15 members of Saint Louis University's African American Male Scholars (AAMS) Initiative visited the Anheuser-Busch Inc. St. Louis brewery to learn more about opportunities for internships and future employment.

The tour introduced students to the production of the many beverages that have made Anheuser-Busch a household name. After being greeted by Jeff Pitts, general manager of the brewery, Anheuser-Busch employees from several different fields presented their backgrounds and spoke about their experiences with the AAMS scholars.

Kevin Riley, director of human resources, gave the scholars a personal tour of the facilities that consisted of viewing the iconic Clydesdale horses; an explanation of how Anheuser-Busch makes its product; and a viewing of the bottling and distribution processes. Riley addressed the brewing company's efforts to lessen its carbon footprint by using less material, water and gases to make beer.

He also stressed how the "world's largest beer producer values diversity in its workforce, and that opportunities were open to those who were willing to work among a team and in a competitive industry."

AAMS scholars got the opportunity to ask about the skills and qualifications needed to succeed at the company. Riley and other employees explained that Anheuser-Busch is interested in people in various fields including finance, business administration, chemistry, human resources, government relations or, especially, engineering.

Scholars were urged to apply for internships during the school year or in the summer, which pay up to $15 per hour, and weekend employment, which pays up $30 per hour. The AAMS Initiative hopes to place some of its students in these positions. To improve their chances of placement, the scholars have been refining their resumes and cover letters with the help of Brian Lawrence, AAMS staff mentor and career development Specialist in Career Services.

The A-B representatives discussed how the company has invested in the St. Louis community and emphasized that working with Anheuser-Busch could be a lifelong career. Riley challenged the AAMS students to apply for the opportunities in the company and to work to obtain their degrees.

At the end of the visit, the company representatives lauded the AAMS men on their attentiveness, informed questions and professional appearance. Saint Louis University was represented well by its African American Male Scholars.

The AAMS Initiative is open to all African-American male undergraduates, with a specific focus on freshmen and sophomores. To learn more about AAMS involvement opportunities or to recommend a student, email aams@slu.edu.