Student Internship Spotlight: Kevin Loder

Name: Kevin Loder
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism Major – Public Relations
Internship: Gilman Scholar Internship with Rio EnCantos Tours in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Internship Dates: July-October 2015

Kevin Loder is a senior public relations student at the University of Oregon. He was awarded a Gilman International scholarship to complete an internship with Rio EnCantos, a tour agency, this past summer. After graduation, his career aspiration is to work in a leadership position in higher education. He currently serves as the Chapter President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and as Club President of the UO Social Media Club.

What was the structure of your internship

I met with my supervisor, Kelly Tavares, the owner of Rio EnCantos Tours, around 15-20 hours a week. On my own time I would research, monitor social media, work on presentations, etc. I also got to take pictures on tours and help create a new one for the Olympics. I was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for 10 weeks and earned 12 credits.

What are the steps you took to get your internship?

I was excited when I found this internship and that the supervisor, Kelly Tavares, is a UO graduate. I found the internship through IE3 Global. I met with a representative on campus to make plans to go. I decided because it was an unpaid internship that I would only go during the summer if I was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Not only did I receive this scholarship, but also one from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars honor society.

Describe your internship role and responsibilities.

I was a marketing and public relations intern. All of my projects involved communication both online and in person. The three major tasks that I accomplished were social media management with Hootsuite, coordinated an article with The Rio Times, and created a presentation tour for students at the 2016 Rio Olympic venues.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

Rio is all about the view, and every day I was amazed by the new things that I saw. It is incredible to experience a culture so far away from home. This was the biggest adventure of my life and I loved it.

What was challenging about your internship?

Learning new software and programs. I learned how to use Hootsuite Pro, Mail Chimp, Microsoft Sway, Google Analytics and AdWords. I watched tutorial videos on These are valuable tools that I apply in my classes and internship.

Why would you recommend your internship to other students?

There are three reasons I would recommend this internship. First, it is abroad. I am the first in my family to go abroad, and I found that to be a valuable experience in adopting a global citizen mindset. Secondly, this opportunity gave me an experience working for a startup and small company. I found I was allowed more flexibility in my creativity to find solutions. The third reason is all the wonderful support I had, from UO, IE3 Global, the Gilman Scholarship Program, and my supervisor Kelly Tavares.

What were the stragies you used to get and prepare for the internship?

I encourage students to do an internship after they have completed some classes in their major. I felt prepared to contribute valuable work, and also prepared to learned new skills. Don’t wait to plan; I set goals for this internship two years in advance.

This Student Spotlight blog post was conducted as a Q&A written interview with Kevin Loder.

Written by Karina Padilla

Karina is a senior from Oregon pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration in General Business. She plans to purse a career working in the banking industry.

Student Internship Spotlight: Shannon Emmerson

Name: Shannon Emerson
Year: Senior
Major: Accounting
Internship: Asset Management Intern, ESPN in New York City
Internship Dates: Summer 2015

Shannon Emmerson is originally from San Diego, California, and is a current senior in the Lundquist College of Business. She has been involved in many different activities during her time at UO, and during the summer of 2015, she took the initiative to purse an internship for ESPN in New York City. She generously shared with me some details of her experience during this internship and answered questions that may intrigue current students pursuing an internship.

What steps did you take to get your internship for ESPN?

I started by making a list of every person I know and their relationships to employees at ESPN. The first person I reached out to was an older student who had interned for ESPN in the past. He quickly became one of my mentors and I will always be grateful for his advice and encouragement.

After talking to him, I began to reach out to University of Oregon alumni who worked at ESPN and asked for an informational interview. I was amazed at how kind and supportive our alumni are. I was so humbled by their willingness to take time out of their day to help me succeed.

Did you utilize any of the resources offered by Lundquist College of Business Career Services to get your internship?

Absolutely! Career Services not only helped me refine my resume and cover letter but they provided me with the confidence I needed to pursue a position with ESPN. I would highly recommend making an appointment with an advisor before you begin applying to any position. They have reviewed thousands of resumes from every field of business and know from experience what it takes to succeed.

What exactly did you do at your internship?

I was an intern for the Asset Management department within television and digital media. This department is responsible for overseeing, pricing and placing all commercial inventory across every ESPN network as well as ABC Sports. Over a 10-week period I was exposed to the advertising strategies within Monday Night Football, National Basketball Association, College Football Playoff, the ESPYS, Major League Baseball and many more.

Within the television division, I was tasked with several jobs including creating the commercial schedule for the ESPYS, managing the commercial inventory and sponsorship for the Special Olympics World Games, and ensuring the effective placement of millions of dollars of inventory into the correct television programming.

On the other hand, working with the digital department allowed me to gain exposure to advertisement strategies within WatchESPN, and other digital platforms.

What skills did you use from being an accounting major to successfully complete the internship?

In week two of my internship I was tasked to examine millions of dollars of data relating to digital advertising spending and performance. In order to succeed on this project, it was imperative that I understood how each decision and dollar spent affected Finance, Research, Sales Strategy, Business Operations and Marketing. After weeks of pouring over the details, I presented an analysis that was so well received it was escalated to the Vice President and Sr. Directors of our department.

I am certain that without my accounting degree I would not have possessed the necessary knowledge or organizational skills to succeed on this assignment.

How do you hope to use your accounting major in the future?

I decided to pursue an accounting degree because I wanted to be able to understand the impact my decisions have on the business’s bottom line. Accounting has provided me with a strong business acumen that will allow me to make informed business decisions at every stage of my career.

What suggestions do you have for students who are looking for or who are about to start an internship?

Don’t be afraid to reach out to others in your field of interest! You would be surprised how many people want to help you succeed. I live by the saying “never hope for it more than you work for it.” You cannot wait for an opportunity to come to you! I promise, you will be amazed at the results when you begin to put yourself out there.

This Student Spotlight blog post was conducted as a Q&A written interview with Shannon Emerson.

Written by Claire Guy

Claire Guy is from Ashland, Oregon. She is a junior at the Lundquist College of Business and is concentrating in marketing. She plans to purse a career working in the beauty industry.

Student Internship Spotlight: Anna Karvina Pidong

Name: Anna Karvina Pidong
Year: Senior
Major: Accounting
Internship: Audit Intern, Deloitte in Portland, Oregon
Internship Dates: Summer 2015

Anna Karvina Pidong is a senior accounting student in the Lundquist College of Business. This past summer, she worked for Deloitte, one of the Big Four accounting firms, in Portland. Below, she shares some of the details of her internship, what she learned from the experience, and some advice for prospective interns in the accounting world.

What was the structure of your Deloitte internship like?

My Deloitte internship was two months long with 40-hour weeks. The first two weeks were spent in training, at both the regional and national level. The remaining six weeks of the internship were spent with our assigned audit engagement teams. I was at a client site for one-to-two weeks at a time so I had a fair glimpse into the firms that Deloitte audits and what it was like to be working with an audit team.

Describe your internship role and responsibilities?

As an intern, your biggest role is to soak in what the internship experience has to offer, and to do it with a positive attitude. Each audit team will engage an intern differently. For example, in one engagement team, I helped with the planning process of an audit by simply updating the information on prior year forms to the current year forms. In another audit, I helped out with preliminary risk assessments by working on the income statement fluctuation analysis. This meant I had to compare prior quarter income statement accounts with the current quarter’s income statement and explain why those fluctuations occurred. Yikes! But at the end of the day, the biggest responsibility that I had was to ask questions, be a positive and enthusiastic learner, and to complete each task that I was given to the best of my abilities.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

Every intern class at Deloitte Portland puts together a video that we show to the whole office at the end of our two months there. It’s a pretty big deal. There were rumors that previous intern videos were never really good so our class was determined to make a high-quality video. We spent three weeks putting it together, from script-writing to acting to editing. We made a satire of Law & Order … and we called it Law & Order: Financial Victims Unit, SOX Edition (because the two main detectives were named Sarbanes and Oxley. Accounting jokes). There was no better feeling than having people crack up over our jokes. People at the office commented that it was one of the best intern videos they’ve ever seen. My intern class really bonded over this project and it just solidified the fact that folks at Deloitte work hard but play hard, too.

What was challenging about your internship?

The most challenging thing about the internship was probably getting over what I felt like was expected of me. I came in nervous about whether I was competent enough to even be there. What if I asked a stupid question? What if I didn’t know how to do an assignment? What would they think of me? But I eventually learned that when you are an accounting intern, you are not expected to know everything. My audit team was there to help me with my bajillion questions and they were happy to do it! Learning to ask for help, even in small things, and not be ashamed of it was one of the biggest lessons I learned this summer.

What advice do you have for other students?

Don’t take your accounting classes for granted. What you learn in financial accounting, tax and audit will actually show up in your accounting career some day. Public accounting firms want to see that you are taking your technical skills seriously. There were several times this summer that I wish I had paid more attention in class because we were doing work related to PP&E valuations and investments accounting.

And I would also say, take time to get to know the culture of the different accounting firms that you are interested in. Don’t simply label a firm based on what you hear about them. Talk to the recruiter and go to networking events. The connections you build really make a difference before, during, and after your internship. Good luck!

This Student Spotlight blog post was conducted as a Q&A written interview with Anna Karvina Pidong.

Written by Karina Padilla

Karina is a senior from Oregon pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration in General Business. She plans to purse a career working in the banking industry.

Blogging as a Career Development Tool

Last Friday, the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center hosted a “blog party” for undergraduate club members and MBA students interested in contributing to There’s only so much of a “party” you can bring to the blogging world, but it was a really cool event, and I was glad I was able to help out somewhat. And I wanted to share the message that I gave to the folks in attendance the other day.

Whitney Wagoner, the center director, started the event with some wisdom as to the blog’s role in the long-term strategy of Warsaw. It can help with thought leadership and helping to establish the strengths of the program. And the three new blog editors — first-year MBAs Rob Cella, Nick Hudson, and Lauren Sokol — explained how to get started with the SportsBlog platform and some types of articles that individuals could contribute.

My role in the event: Give a little bit of inspiration for blogging and help with our goal to “demystify” the blogging process. Last year, I helped with Jeff Angus and Kurian Manavalan to edit the site. This year, I’m taking more of a backseat role as just a contributor because of my responsibilities as a Career Services graduate teaching fellow. But with my long history of blogging — I estimated I’ve contributed 2,000 posts to Flyer News, my WordPress site, my Tumblr site,, etc. — I had some additional perspective on the values of blogging.

Previously, I urged all young sports business professionals to blog. But within the context of the short talk I gave on Friday, here are my top three reasons why everyone should blog:

1) You’ll improve as a writer. When I was a freshman in high school, my history teacher said I was one of the worst writers in the class. That’s a very true story. And it really burned inside me. I was determined to just write and write and write in an effort to get better. And it’s certainly helped over the years with my communication skills in anything I’ve done. Many over the years have suggested that writing everyday about something, anything, can be a great way to practice.

In any job you’ll have in the future, you’ll need to have the ability to make a convincing argument to your colleagues and to your bosses. Effective communication skills are essential and a difference maker in today’s age of Internet slang, emojis and constant connectivity. If you can prove that you’re an experienced writer and communicator, you’ll have a leg up on any competitor during an interview process.

2) You’ll improve as a critical thinker. Typically, introverts desire time to sit back and reflect on their experiences. Extroverts seek interactivity and want to get things off their chest immediately. For either type of person, the process of writing about your feelings and working through the sentences can be a very powerful internal tool.

In terms of professional development, this can take the form of writing more frequently about the things you’re passionate about. For business majors, whether you want to work in social media, finance, accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship, or anything, you can’t merely just be a passive fan of that subject. You should practice your pitch at rationalizing why you want to work in that industry and what intrigues you about it.

3) You’ll have more self-confidence. For me, blogging has been instrumental in my career. A February blog post that I wrote about what I wanted to do in the sports business industry made its way into the hands of the Charlotte Hornets business office. A few weeks later, they emailed me about an internship opportunity and invited me to apply. I ended up accepting the offer and had a blast in Charlotte this past summer.

Blogging is a tremendous personal branding tool. It’s a great way to get your name out there and improve your digital footprint. Recently, the Warsaw Center brought in Dr. Marc Williams as a guest speaker. His main line was “It’s not about who you know, but who knows you.” Blogging will enable you to tell your story and your passions more effectively, so that others will be able to serve as your career advocates.

To summarize, anyone can blog. You’re only going to improve as a writer and a thinker if you commit to writing (and reading) every single day. Learn about what you enjoy from other writers and see how you can incorporate that into your work. Link generously back to other blog posts or articles that you enjoyed. And if you’re kind to others with your blogging activity, then you’ll have created a brand new platform for advancing your career into the future.

Written by Jacob Rosen

Jacob Rosen is a second-year MBA student in the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. His goal is to work in business or sponsorship analytics for a professional sports team. Jacob interned in business analytics for the NBA's Charlotte Hornets this past summer. He can be followed on Twitter @WFNYJacob.

Warsaw Students Eye Singapore for Summer Internships

The following blog post was written by Jordan Bloem, WSMC Class of 2014.

As the Spring Term draws to a close more and more conversation among first year MBAs has turned to summer plans. For five students, including myself, those summer plans include jet setting to Singapore for internships at the Singapore Sports Council (SSC).

In 2011 the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center inked a five-year partnership with the SSC, the government ministry that oversees all aspects of sports in Singapore. Since that time several MBA students affiliated with the Warsaw Center have had the opportunity to work on projects in Singapore, including one student intern during each of the past two summers. As the SSC’s Vision 2030 campaign to “Live Better through Sports” hits its stride, the need for talent expanded.  This year, Stephanie Baugh, Jessie Goodell, Dan Hall, Ron Li, and I all accepted internship positions in Singapore that will focus on specific and impactful projects that are tailored to match our own background, skills and interests.

My role will be to develop a strategic marketing plan for the SportsCares Foundation, the new philanthropic arm of the SSC. Formed in November 2012, SportCares was established to use sport as a force for social good in Singapore, however it has yet to scale its operations to a national level. I will be charged with creating a national strategy to market the foundation to corporate partners for funding and to grassroots sports organizations to develop socially conscious sports programming.

The Oregon MBA curriculum, including Warsaw-specific courses, will have direct application to the work each intern will be doing over the summer. From the time I accepted the internship in April I began reviewing the concepts and tools learned in my first year MBA curriculum through the lens of how they can be applied during my internship.  Industry analysis practices from Strategic Management class, philanthropic applications of sponsorship from Sports Sponsorship class, and tools to develop a powerful sports brand from Marketing Sports Properties class are all concepts that I am eager to put to practice while at the SSC.

I am also looking forward to heading to Singapore because I used to call the island-nation home, living in Singapore through my middle school and high school years from 1998 to 2004. During my time in there I grew to love the country, but as a youth athlete I was often struck by the limited exposure to sports among Singaporean kids. Beyond serving as a tour guide and local food expert for my classmates, I hope my time in Singapore this summer will help more Singaporeans develop a love of sports through the SportCares program.


Written by Andrew White

Andrew is an MBA Candidate in the Center for Sustainable Business Practices. A native of Massachusetts, he came to UO to refine his business skills and build his expertise in the sustainability arena. His primary interest is in helping organizations implement environmentally and socially sustainable strategies for long-term success, and he is a regular participant on many of the MBA intramural sports teams.

Deep Dive into Responsible Corporate Governance

Summer Internship: Environmental, Social, Corporate Governance (ESG) Research Analyst, Parnassus Investments
Oregon MBA Affiliation: Center for Sustainable Business Practices, Financial and Securities Analysis Center

I worked as an Environmental, Social, Corporate Governance (ESG) Research Analyst at Parnassus Investments this summer. ESG is a refreshing approach to investing. Traditional valuation focuses primarily on a potential investment’s return (e.g. profit). However, some asset managers, like Parnassus Investments, integrate ESG factors into their investment philosophy and risk evaluation process. Every investment company has a different investment philosophy and success rate; I chose Parnassus Investments for my summer internship because of its strong track record.

I had the privilege of working on several fascinating projects, backed up by an incredible team of smart and supportive thinkers. I enjoyed my work, which was diverse and challenging. Some days I researched the ESG performance of public companies. Other days I analyzed proxy voting policies and records. My executive compensation literature review was another stimulating project; modern executive compensation packages are quite complex and hard to gauge.

I feel privileged to have done great work, with great people, at a great company. It was meaningful for me to live and work my values. I came to business school with the belief that despite the recent news coverage against business, there are new ways of doing business that are a part of the solution rather than part of the problem contributing to society’s problems. I support the idea of triple bottom line businesses (people, planet, profit) instead of a narrow-minded focus on only profit, and this internship gave me the opportunity to put this attitude into action. It was a rich experience to be part of the ESG and socially responsible investing movement and be part of a company that deeply cherishes doing business the right way.

— Grace Chang, Center for Sustainable Business Practices, Class of 2013

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The MBA Internship Search Saga

The generally unfortunate weather of mid-winter is certainly enough to spawn dreams of summer.  Those sunshine filled memories of picnics, flip flops and long evenings are critical for sustaining me through the less appealing Oregon seasons. But this year, my dreams of next summer are even more exciting: I’m determined to find the crown jewel of my future resume: the killer internship.

I’ve been (attempting) to buckle down on my summer internship search for quite some time now.  In December, I chased down a lead I had into Hostelling International, an organization that I had worked for peripherally a few years ago.  It didn’t pan out as far as an internship because they needed work done from January to May. This was my first lesson in timing: the smaller the business, the less lead time they need to set up an internship.  If you are targeting the Nikes and Microsofts of the world, have that resume ready in October.  If you’re after smaller fish, go ahead and make the connections, but don’t expect to line up work unless you have a specific proposal.

Now, in the last third of winter quarter, I’m doing the strategizing I should have done over winter break: What do I have to offer? What experience and I hoping to have? Am I looking for a foot in the door at a potential career target or a unique once-in-a-lifetime project? What skills do I want to flex, and which do I want to develop? One of the most exciting (and sometimes frustrating) things about sustainability is it touches almost every industry.  I’m limited only by my imagination and bandwidth. In these next few weeks I have a lot of decisions to make… or do I?

I sat down with James Chang, our Career Advisor extraordinaire, who encouraged me to explore all of the leads I had without fear of pigeonholing myself.  The key advice he had was to start with an informational interview.  He explained with no position on the line, both you and your contact are more relaxed and genuine, and by asking informed questions you stand to gain industry insights.   This helps you position yourself more strategically when it’s time to craft the cover letter.  By asking about the challenges your targeted company or industry faces, you may even kick up some dust and make your contact realize they could use some help on the problem.  No, not just “some help”- your help.

I’m now prepping to set up some informational interviews.  My “shotgun approach” is aimed at a socially responsible coffee importing business, clean energy advocacy and outreach organization, sustainable apparel manufacturer and an event greening NPO.  Maybe even more as I dive deeper:   “Look for opportunities in unlikely places,” was the recent advice from second year MBA Claire Williams.  “I learned that fortune favors the bold, that people respond to offers to help.”

– Mikaela Hicks

Sustainable Business Practices
University of Oregon
MBA Candidate 2013


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Sports Development in Singapore

Hello OMBA,

Andy Behl here, I am a 2nd year in the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center currently on an internship in Singapore. I am here working with the government’s sports ministry on the Vision2030 project. The Vision2030 project is a comprehensive plan to chart a course for the development and promotion of sports in Singapore over the next 18-20 years. You can find out more about the project at Working in sports development here has been an incredibly interesting experience full of unique opportunities and challenges. One question I am asked often is, “What is the key to our sports culture in the U.S.?” Our goal is to develop strategies to growing the sports culture in Singapore.

I will be in Singapore until early December and then head to the Caribbean to run a series of grassroots track and field development camps and street competitions in the island nation of St. Lucia. Before coming to Oregon, I worked with the Peace Corps in St. Lucia with a focus on track & field development.

Over the next few months, I will be sharing insights about my experiences Singapore and in the Caribbean. If anyone has specific questions about my experience over here, or would like to get involved with these projects in the future, shoot me an email.

Andy Behl, Warsaw MBA ’12

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Where We Intern

The Oregon MBA opens the door to some great summer internship opportunities. We have a strong network in the Pacific Northwest that spans across the country and around the globe. Our students land internships at many of the top companies in technology, sustainability, finance, and sports. Explore our internship map to discover the diverse range of places and companies where Oregon MBA students have interned.

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Business and Backpacking

I spent the first half of my summer studying abroad at Reims Management School in Reims, France.  Reims is northeast of Paris and about 45 minutes away by high speed train (TGV).  The city is also known as the “Champagne Capital” of France.  I took four classes over four weeks: International Corporate Strategy, Sustainable Development, Strategic Marketing and Luxury Brand Management.  The classes were all day and company visits were also scheduled as part of the class.  I visited the Smart Car factory, CHAMTOR (produce gluten) and Moet & Chandon.

The class format was typical of MBA classes – a lot of reading and group work.  The mix of students in my classes was very diverse and it was a good opportunity to meet and work with people from around the world.  There were students from Canada, Australia, Belgium, France, Thailand and Japan.  I was the only American in the group, which really surprised me.  Everyone spoke English though, since that was a requirement of the program, and the only way I was able to take classes in France.

The format of the summer program was really nice, in that all class work was completed during the week, so our weekends were free until a new class started on Monday.  I took advantage of these and went to Paris, traveled the Route de la Champagne and had a mini European road trip that included Luxembourg, Trier (Germany) and the Normandy beaches.

After classes finished at the end of July, I took the opportunity be the cliché 20-something backpacker through Europe.  My travels have taken me to the French and Swiss Alps, Italy (Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence & Venice), Germany (Bavaria, Romantic Road, Rhine River Valley & Berlin) and the Czech Republic (Prague).  This has been the longest time that I have ever traveled on my own, but Europe is full of friendly people and I’ve shared many drinks and meals with people from around the world.

I’ve had a great summer of traveling and am looking forward to ending the summer in China and meeting up with my MBA classmates.

– Tiffany Yep

Sustainable Business Practices
University of Oregon
MBA Candidate 2012

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