Summer Internships

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.

A Vietnamese Summer Internship

Xin Chao! (Hello)

This summer I had a very educational experience working as a sustainability intern for one of the largest bag manufactures in the world. Pungkook Corporation (PK) is a Korean company founded in 1966 and headquartered in Soul. Like most other Korean manufacturing companies PK moved its entire manufacturing south for cheaper labor. PK has seven manufacturing facilities in Vietnam and two in Indonesia. They have 70+ customers some of which include Nike, Adidas, Eastpak, VF group, Cabelas, Oakley, Marmot, North Face, and L.L. Bean.

For two months I lived on site at the PK Vietnam IMG_4229headquarters just outside of Ho Chi Minh City. If being in Vietnam wasn’t enough, I worked with both Korean and Vietnamese employees, which made for an interesting environment (if you want to hear more about that, lets grab a coffee). My project? I flew to Vietnam vaguely knowing that I would be doing some sort of analysis of energy and or carbon.

My project turned out to be much more than expected, but I accepted the challenge head on! Here are the projects I took on in the short two months:

  • Conducted an energy footprint analysis for one manufacturing facility. Created an Excel energy footprint template for PK to use in measuring their other manufacturing facilities.
  • Assisted the Social & Environmental Affairs (SEA) team with implementing water metering on site and constructing an action plan for future water usage. Conducted lighting assessment and calculated saving gained from investing in LED lights.
  • Reviewed Adidas 2014 audit of Environmental Key Performance Indicators (EKPI) and assisted with ensuring that 2015 compliance was met and future targets were established.
  • Contributed in the planning phase of a Human Resource Management (HRM) system and Operational Productivity System (OPS) merger. PK wanted to automate daily decisions such as assigning employees to manufacturing lines based on skills.
  • Coordinated with multiple departments to build a list of potential employee incentives to help increase productivity of the overall factory (productivity metrics are kind of a big deal).

IMG_4254The time management, presentation, and Excel skills the MBA program helped me develop during my first year came in very handy this summer. I appreciate the opportunity to gain more experience in Asia and to expand my network of professionals in sports products and I look forward to applying what I learned to another year of school, go Ducks!

Written by Jacob Lewis

Jacob is a second year UO MBA student in the Center for Sustainable Business Practices (Class of 2016). He is an Oregon native but enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures. He is passionate about sports, renewable energy, new technology, and fun aesthetics (.. oh, cooking and beer too!).

Not My Father’s Vietnam

I wish I could describe the look on my parents’ faces when I told them that I had accepted an internship near Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. I watched as two of their emotions clashed with one another: an internal war pitted excitement versus unrelenting fear. We hugged, we celebrated, but perhaps what is most important to this story are the things that were left unsaid. My parents’ body language suggested there was a passenger of doubt resting comfortably on both of their shoulders.

My parents were both children of the 1950s, coming into adulthood right as the world watched the United States enter into a perilous war with Vietnam. This very war would leave an impression on the young adults of that time like no other before it. My father’s Vietnam is death, my father’s Vietnam is destruction, and my father’s Vietnam left more questions than answers. And now, nearly fifty years later, his son was going to return to that same Vietnam, voluntarily.

I can only speculate that brutal images of the past were brought to the forefront of their imagination. Would they be sending their son to the same place that claimed the lives of so many of their friends, family members, and neighbors? In their minds Vietnam was a war zone, and who could blame them? I imagine that Vietnam to their generation represents what select countries of the Middle East represent to my generation. And what that boils down to is that the fear of the unknown is an incredibly powerful force. One that is virtually incapable of being masked over by a smile.

I landed in Vietnam in early June to start my twelve-week internship with the Ching Luh Group, a shoe manufacturer, as a strategic projects intern working on Nike business. Though the work has been both challenging and exciting, the focus of this piece is on Vietnam as a whole. When I got off the plane I was immediately welcomed by the Ching Luh Group and in that moment, was brought into their family. Family is everything to the Vietnamese and even though I don’t speak the language, I feel like I’ve been with them for my entire working career. I’m fully supported in all aspects of my projects and everybody makes an effort to include me in outside activities. The streets are alive with activity. Smiling children and adults permeate through despite what many Westerners would consider a harsh lifestyle. I absolutely love it here and couldn’t be happier.

Realize, of course, that “my parents” in this story don’t just represent the couple that gave birth to me. Rather they represent a whole generation of individuals that still question the unknown that is Vietnam. I am happy to report that the images, thoughts, and connotations traditionally allocated to “Vietnam” can be comfortably laid to rest while my generation works to restore the Western perception of this great nation.  Upon my return to the United States, I’m sure to get the question, “How was it?” to which I will proudly reply that it was unbelievable and it’s NOT my father’s Vietnam.

Written by Collin Hoyer

Collin is a second year student in the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center (Class of 2015). He is looking to use his experiences working abroad in the NIKE business for the Ching Luh Group, Stanford University, DBI Beverage, and The Ronnie Lott IMPACT Foundation to begin a marketing career specializing in sports products. Collin did his undergraduate work at Chapman University and originates from Pleasanton, CA.

Landing an Internship at Nike

Landing an Internship at Nike

Gaining a prestigious summer internship at Nike means that undergraduate Lesley Grant is one step closer to her dream job–a fulltime position at Nike. With a little help from  Lundquist College Career Services, and plenty of practice interviews, Grant was able to calm her jitters and answer even the most challenging interview questions. See how Grant did it in the interview below.

What will you be doing at Nike this summer?
This summer I’ll be interning with the Emerging Markets department at Nike doing Retail Brand Presentation.

What is your dream job?
Ideally, working for Nike is my dream job which is why I feel so lucky to have this opportunity. I’m also interested in learning more about the Nike Foundation this summer because I would love to work there.

What was the interview process with Nike like?
The interview process was very challenging. It started with a resume submission and then I was invited to interview on-campus. After that interview I had a webcam interview and then finally a phone interview with my hiring manager.

What was the most challenging part of the interview process?
I think the most challenging part for me was that I never knew quite what they were going to ask. I know that’s true with most interviews but Nike doesn’t have a lot of generic questions like other places. The questions are difficult because they want to challenge you. I’ve never spent so much time preparing for interviews in my life.

It sounds like you took advantage of many of the resources the Career Services office offers. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
I really did, I’m pretty sure everyone knows me by name there now. I’ve gotten help with my resume, cover letter, writing thank you cards, and practice interviews. I’m thankful we have Career Services here because it has a lot amazing resources to offer students.

Which of the resources was most helpful for you?
Practice interviewing with Jessica Best was probably the most helpful for me. I was so nervous the first time that I kept stumbling over my words because I wanted to work for Nike so badly. She helped me figure out the most important points I wanted to make and how to articulate that. I would recommend it to anyone!

Written by Kit Alderdice

Kit Alderdice works in the communications office at the Lundquist College of Business. She manages the college's social media channels and writes the monthly E-News.

Bagging an Internship at Bloomberg--in Tokyo

Netting an Internship at Bloomberg—in Tokyo

International student Jumpei Iiyama landed the internship of his dreams–at the Bloomberg offices in Tokyo, Japan. Scheduling interviews across multiple time zones was no picnic, but with the help of Lundquist College Career Services, Iiyama rose to the challenge. He even had a chance to use his singing skills. Get the details in the interview below.

What will you be doing at Bloomberg this summer?
I will be working as Sales and Analytics Intern.

What is your dream job?
Working at Bloomberg fulltime is a crucial step on my way to achieve my dreams. One day, I hope to work as an investment banker and find a career in hedge funds.

What was the interview process with Bloomberg like?
There were three interviews. First, a phone interview with HR at Bloomberg, which lasted about 45 minutes. Second, another phone interview with a sales manager and analytics manager for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Third, a Skype interview with the analytics team leader and the analytics manager for another hour and 30 minutes. These interviews were in both English and Japanese. The interviews were based on my experience, school work, and knowledge in sales and finance. We also practiced several scenarios. For one of these interviews, I actually sang an Indian song that I had recently learned in my Non-Western Music class. It was a great experience and unlike any other interview I’ve ever done.

What was the most challenging part of the interview process?
The scenarios we role-played on the phone (like “how would you make people who have no musical experience listen to classic music?”) were challenging because they forced me to think on my feet. I was also a bit insecure about my Japanese. Even though I am a native speaker of Japanese, it is hard to switch back after speaking primarily English for months. In particular, there is a formal style of speaking in Japanese called keigo that is used for special situations like interviews. This was difficult.

It sounds like you took advantage of many of the resources the Career Services office has to offer. Please tell us more about that.
Yes, the Career Services office has been extremely helpful. Before the interview process, I was able to speak with career advisors. They helped me anticipate what type of questions I would be asked and how I should be prepare for them. Sabrina Black in particular was very supportive. I stopped by her office many times with questions about my concerns about interviewing. Although she was busy with other work she always maintained a welcoming atmosphere and her guidance was invaluable.

The up-to-date magazine collection at Career Services helped keep me briefed on ongoing financial events. For my Skype interview, I used a private room with a computer at the Career Center, since I needed a quiet room and good Internet connection. I have used the UO Career Center at Hendricks quite often for the same reasons.

Which of these resources was most helpful to you?
The most helpful resource at the Career Services office was the staff. As an international student from Japan, it can be quite stressful to conduct a job search and do the work necessary (researching, networking, and practicing) while still being in school. They have been always supportive and helped me in a number of ways. I would not be able to have got an offer without their assistance.

You interviewed across multiple time zones, using Skype as well as the phone. Tell us a little more about that, please.
As I mentioned above, my interview process was two phone interviews and a Skype interview, with staff at Bloomberg L.P., Tokyo office (JST(UTC +9:00)). Because I could not leave Eugene for the interview due to my schedule, the HR staff at Bloomberg kindly helped me set up the time and date for the interviews. It was a little unusual for me to have an interview at night (afternoon in Tokyo), but I was doing alright.

Anything else you’d like to mention?
I would like to express my gratitude towards the MBA students and faculty who have been a huge support to me. In particular, one of the MBA students has mentored me since last fall term and this experience has been incredible. Without all this support, I would not have been able to do as well as I did in my internship search. To further my knowledge, I have also done some informational interviews with other MBA students and faculty. I can’t say how much I appreciate their extra help and guidance.

Written by Kit Alderdice

Kit Alderdice works in the communications office at the Lundquist College of Business. She manages the college's social media channels and writes the monthly E-News.

Gaining a Google Internship

Gaining a Google Internship

Undergraduate Spencer Petersen will spend her summer in Mountain View, California, interning at Google with the company’s SMB Global Customer Services Department. How did she nab this sweet gig? She worked hard and took advantage of the resources provided by the Lundquist College Career Services office.

Find out more about Petersen’s internship search–and get some great advice–in this interview.

What will you be doing at Google this summer?
This summer I will be working with a small team in the SMB Global Customer Services Department at Google in Mountain View. SMB Services works with Google’s marketing tools in helping clients to better understand how to utilize these platforms as well as troubleshoot problems with these platforms.

What is your dream job?
If you asked me in elementary school I would have said veterinarian. If you asked me in high school I would have said photojournalist for the National Geographic, but prior to getting this internship I wanted to work on Google’s marketing team or for a technology based marketing firm hence the main reason why I applied for this internship. The internship embodies many of my interests: working on a social level with clients, utilizing technology and digital mediums, and mainly marketing and collaborating in a creative environment.

What was the interview process with Google like?
The application was very straightforward: a basic information section, as well as a supplemental application which required more creative answers and involved completing two or three extremely short essays. The supplemental applications asks for a resume and cover letter as well. If you pass the first round, you move onto the second round which consisted of two thirty minute to forty five minute phone interviews back to back with two different interviewers. I have heard that there may also be a third round which could be an on-site interview but I personally heard of no one in my department having to go through that round.

What was the most challenging part of the interview process?
The first phone interview hands down was the most challenging/nerve wracking part of the interview process. Because all interns must sign NDA’s there is literally nothing to base potential interview questions off of and because Google is such a creative company with innovative employees, the questions during this interview ranged from very basic to very “out of the box”. Combined with nerves, the first interview was very challenging. Moving onto the second interview you have a better sense of the potential questions that could be asked and a broad sense of the “vibe” of the interviews. Luckily they give you about 5 minutes between interviews to regain your composure!

Is there something you learned that you want to share with other students?
CHECK YOUR EMAIL INBOX CONSTANTLY. I had so many email accounts that I rarely check and having not checked them did not see that I had moved onto the second phone interview round until two weeks after I had initially been notified. Luckily the email that congratulated me on moving onto the second round also included a direct phone number to my personal recruiter so I was able to immediately contact her and set up an interview time. Lesson learned, I now have all my email accounts organized and synced together so that not one email slips past me!

How did Career Services help in your internship search?
Throughout my adventure with the Google application process, I was in the Career Services pretty much every week.

I heard of the guest speaker who initially informed me of the opportunity through the Career Services, I got further details on tips for applying through the Career Services, I brought my rough draft of all my documents to the Career Services to have them revised (over and over again. Also get them revised by professors, peers etc.), and I was in the Career Services hours before my interview asking Jessica Best how to avoid certain scenarios and certain tips to utilize to set me apart from other interviewees.

One big tip I think really set me apart was that when the interviewer is talking about him or herself, pay attention and write notes on their story as well as their name. At the end of the interview it resonated when I could not only address them by their name, but base some of my questions off of their personal experiences they shared with me at the beginning of the process. It shows you are a good listener and tuned-in.

Written by Kit Alderdice

Kit Alderdice works in the communications office at the Lundquist College of Business. She manages the college's social media channels and writes the monthly E-News.

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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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

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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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.