Externship Spotlight – Brooklyn Nets

Over Winter Break more than 100 Eller students participated in Externships in the form of one-day job shadows.

Andrew Mottola Andrew Mottola (Management) shadowed Carly Levy, an Accounts Manager with the VIP Services of the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn, New York.

Why did you want to do this externship?

This externship interested me because I have a strong passion for sports and hope to one day work in the sports industry, particularly the MLB, NBA, or NFL.

What did you do during this job shadow experience?

I was fortunate enough to shadow Carly Levy who is an Arizona Alumni. Her main focus is to work with season ticket holders and to renew season ticket holders. During my externship, the first half of the day was spent in the office. Here, I was introduced to a number of people, learned about the different departments, learned specifically what Carly does on a daily basis, and was able to ask any questions I had. Specifically, Carly showed me the software she uses to keep her work organized along with tricks on how to be efficient at her job. The second half of the day was spent at the Barkleys Center. The Nets were playing the Celtics and I was able to learn about game day procedures and operations. I was also fortunate enough to get a complete tour of the arena (including the locker rooms), which was really cool. Before, during and after the game we interacted, talked to, and got to know the season ticket holders on a personal level.

What did you learn as a result of the externship?

Overall, this experience was incredible and I learned a lot about the sports industry and how things operate. I would definitely recommend this externship.

Photo courtesy Andrew Mottola.

Externship Spotlight – Fellowship Square

Over Winter Break more than 100 Eller students participated in Externships in the form of one-day job shadows.

Gracy SlaughterGracy Slaughter (Pre-Business) shadowed Lindsey J. Arrey, a Director of Marketing at Fellowship Square in Phoenix, AZ.

Why did you want to do this externship?

I did this externship to learn more about what an actual day of work looks like for someone in a marketing career. I don’t know enough about what career path I want to choose, so I figured shadowing someone to see what they do on a daily basis would help me decide. 

What did you do during this job shadow experience?

Lindsey walked me through her typical day and responsibilities. We got to tour the whole facility, and everywhere we went, she showed me places she had personally worked on to improve or places she was in the process of upgrading. Plus, I got to see her ideas and the work that goes into building an entirely new facility in Surprise, AZ. I learned about all of the marketing tactics Lindsey went through to have a successful launch of the new facility in 2017. 

What did you learn as a result of the externship?

One takeaway I learned from Lindsey was the importance of networking. She got her job because of networking and explained a lot of her jobs came through networking alone. Another interesting thing I thought she did was keep a journal of her year. Everyday she would write down important conversations, observations, statistics, or highlights of her day. Moving forward in whatever career I choose, I think I would like to keep a journal for progress as well! Marketing is fast-paced and very creative which is a path I am looking forward to continuing.

Photo courtesy Gracy Slaughter.

Externship Spotlight – OmniTRAX

Over Winter Break more than 100 Eller students participated in Externships in the form of one-day job shadows.

Andreas ZaiAndreas Zai (Finance) shadowed James Samuelson who is the head of Mergers and Acquisitions at OmniTRAX in Denver, CO.

Why did you want to do this externship?

I am interested in pursuing a career on Wall Street, and James was a strong connection in that field and could share a considerable wealth of knowledge with me about the industry. Furthermore, I am from Denver, and I have an interest for the culture of the city and the lifestyle-oriented career that one can pursue there.

What did you do during this job shadow experience?

I spent time discussing careers with James and his coworkers as far as their overall experience, day-to-day tasks, opinion of their positions, the markets, etc. Additionally, I applied myself to a faux-research project in the afternoon and presented my findings to James at the culmination of the externship.

What did you learn as a result of the externship?

I learned a great deal about the private-equity side of Finance, the amount of work that goes into an average day, and the culture of a position in Finance. It was incredibly invigorating to spend time with a group of driven and successful individuals that shared my passion for the field. I would suggest that all students who have a love of their industry pursue an Externship through Eller. It is one of the best professional experiences I have had to date.

Photo courtesy Andreas Zai.


CREW Scholarship for Women

Founded in 1989, CREW Network is the industry’s premier business networking organization dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate.

CREW logoThe CREW Network Foundation scholarship program supports future female leaders as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in commercial real estate. Help us plant the seeds of change in the commercial real estate industry.

Ten (10) scholars will receive:

  • $5,000 (tuition and books)
  • Paid internship opportunity (summer of 2017)
  • Free CREW Network member-at-large membership (18 months)
  • Matched with a CREW Network member eMentor
  • Free registration to the 2016 CREW Network Convention & Marketplace in New York, N.Y.

The online application will be open from Jan. 1-April 30, 2016.
To be eligible, the applicant:

  • must be a female
  • must be a full-timejunior, senior or graduate during the 2016-2017 academic year
  • must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • must be a citizen of the United States or Canada
  • must be in an accredited real estate program, college or university
  • focus of study is included in our qualified fields of commercial real estate

Learn more about the CREW Network Foundation scholarship program »

Externship Spotlight – AXA Advisors

Over Winter Break more than 100 Eller students participated in Externships in the form of one-day job shadows.

Sarah Boice (right) with Alison Althof.

Alison Althof from AXA with Sarah Boice.

Sarah Boice (Finance) shadowed Alison Althof, a Financial Consultant for the Retirement Benefits Group at AXA Advisors in Scottsdale, AZ.

Why did you want to do this externship?

I chose this externship because I am extremely interested in Financial Advising.  When researching AXA, I found that they worked highly with teachers, who I love working with being a dance teacher myself.  I loved their values I read in their mission statement and overall felt like they were a good fit for me.

What did you do during this job shadow experience?

During my job shadow, we spent the first few hours in the office learning how they explain their 403b retirement programs to first-year teachers. They went through how most teachers incorporate the 457 program as well that helps them pay for their student loans as well.  Then, Alison and Beau, who also had someone job shadowing from Eller,  showed us how Asset Maps work, showing us real-world cases that they personally worked on with clients to help them secure their finances, whether be putting more into life insurance, taking money out from an old pension fund and putting it towards other assets the family has, etc.

After “learning the ropes”, Alison and I actually traveled to two different schools and met with two teachers to talk about the plans we learned about at the beginning of the day.  Alison is assigned to the Washington Elementary District in Phoenix where she travels out and visits at least 4 of the 30+ schools per day; she is rarely sits at the office all day.

What did you learn as a result of the externship?

I learned quite a lot from this one- day job shadowing:

  1. Financial Advisors really love to help people.
  2. The job requires not only financial skills, but sales/people skills as well.
  3. They generally do not spend all day in the office, they are out in the field helping people.
  4. Asset allocating on asset maps can be difficult, but really makes a difference for your clients if done correctly.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with AXA, so much so that I am now a part of their AXANext program, an extended externship that could potentially lead me to an internship or even a full-time job.

Photo courtesy Alison Althof.

Alumni Spotlight – Margo Geer

Margo GeerUA/Eller Grad year: May 2015

UA/Eller Major: Business Management

What have you been doing since you graduated from Eller & how did you come across this opportunity?

Since graduation, I have continued my swimming career as a professional. I represented team USA in Kazan, Russia for the World Championships this past July. I will continue to train in Tucson and compete across the country looking towards qualifying for the Olympic games in 2016.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect is inspiring others in and out of the pool. I’m also very blessed to be able to travel and meet really special people. Plus, I love what I do.

What skills besides swimming would you say are important to being successful in your field?

To be successful as an elite athlete I think it is important to be focused and disciplined. You have to be not only physically strong but also mentally strong. It’s important to constantly find ways to get better and explore your potential.

Any advice for students looking to enter your industry/company (or for general success after graduation)?

Chase your passions and carve out your own path.

Photo courtesy of Margo Geer

Edward Jones Portfolio Challenge

Nathan Schupp and Sam Kinkade won the 2015 Edward Jones Portfolio Challenge. You can compete in 2016! The kick-off is Friday, Feb. 5

By: Nathan Schupp

Edward Jones winners

Photo courtesy: Nathan Schupp (pictured third from left)

I first heard of the Edward Jones Portfolio Challenge in one of my finance classes sophomore year. At the time, myself and 3 other finance majors decided to compete in the competition and ultimately got second. Last year, I decided that I would like to compete once again in hopes of winning. On the second attempt, it was just myself and Sam Kinkade, which was uncommon given that you could have up to four people on you team.

The competition consisted of being given a set of mock clients who were looking to prepare for retirement by reorganizing their portfolio. From there, the competition breaks into 3 parts. First, there is an executive summary where you describe your strategy and how you plan to help accomplish the goals of the client. The field was then narrowed to 10 teams who then selected their securities and the justification for each choice. Five teams were chosen based off those reports to give a final presentation to professionals from Edward Jones including the head of trading from their Phoenix HQ. For this presentation, we were to explain our security selections and were then invited to network with approximately 10 Edward Jones employees. Ultimately, it was our emphasis on the client’s needs and desires that won us the competition.

Resume Building: Media Marketing Experience

Alegre Lopez is working on a promotions team with fellow Eller students to promote an upcoming screening and concert at the Gallagher Theater while networking with industry professionals and building her resume. 

By: Alegre Lopez

Media Marketing Team

The Eller media marketing team. Alegre Lopez pictured far left.

As a Marketing student with an interest in entertainment, I have been searching for opportunities to gain experience in media marketing. I expressed this interest with a  career coach at the PDC, who then contacted me with an opportunity to promote and market an event on campus with Mirrored Media based in LA. In the same day, I was then introduced to a representative from Mirrored Media and given the information needed to get started as a Marketing Representative.

The event includes a free screening for the new Syfy show The Magicians followed by a live performance by Bebe Rexha. It also includes activations, refreshments, and a meet and greet. Our team came together only a week ago and in that time we have met and planned out our promotion strategy including social media posts, posting flyers, reaching out to organizations on campus, and more.

I am able to learn new marketing tactics and widen my network in the industry I want to work in. One of the best parts of this experience is being able to work with students that have a similar interests in entertainment. Everyone has their own unique ideas to bring to the table that will make this event a success.

I would advise any student interested in finding out about career opportunities to stop by the PDC. Every Career Coach I have met with at the PDC has been incredibly helpful with my career goals.  This has been a great resource for me for everything from networking to work opportunities.

If you are interested in attending the screening, it is on January 20th at 8pm in the Gallagher Theater. You can RSVP at http://www.themagicianstour.com/  It’s going to be a great time, you won’t want to miss it!

NYC Consulting Trip – Corene Roads

 Written by: Corene Roads

Roads_Corene - Consulting TripIn late October, Arizona’s Consulting Club headed to New York to meet with UA Alumni working in the Consulting Industry. Our goals for the trip were to network with consulting professionals, to create contacts for future students, and to learn more about potential career opportunities in the industry. We met with a number of firms including Deloitte, Accenture, Capco, Association of Management Consulting Firms, PwC, FTI Consulting, Ernst and Young, and Tata Consulting. We talked to Consultants of all experience levels working on projects in financial services, media, sustainability, crisis communications, IPOs, and more. Listening to their experiences and having the opportunity to ask questions helped everyone gain great insight into the consulting industry.

My favorite part of the trip was definitely learning about all of the different projects they had worked on and hearing their passion for their jobs. I would highly recommend all students interested in a career in Consulting to apply for this trip next fall and to join Arizona’s Consulting Club. My experience in New York was eye-opening in many ways and really encouraged me to keep pursuing a career in this industry.

Consulting Trip- Gus Rasch

Written by: Gus Rasch

Consulting TripRecently, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to New York with eight other Eller students to network with consulting professionals. Over the course of three days, we met with Eller alumni and others from firms such as Accenture, Deloitte, and Capco. We arranged panel discussions and office tours with most of these firms and attended an alumni mixer that provided the opportunity to chat with professionals in a less formal setting. The trip was intended to inform as well, to build the foundations of a professional network for Eller students interested in consulting.

Our trip was modeled after the annual Wall Street networking trip run by the Investments Club for finance students. That trip has been growing for several years and has proven to be very successful in providing a way for high-achieving Eller students to get their foot in the door of high finance. This was the first time such a trip has been run for consulting, but we intend to continue it in the future to further develop opportunities in consulting for University of Arizona students.

In an industry as selective as consulting, forming relationships with professionals is often critical to landing a desirable job or internship. People in industry are valuable sources of knowledge and guidance, and may also lend a helping hand throughout the application process. With that in mind, we hope to return to New York next year with a group of passionate and motivated students who will help to enhance the University’s professional network and reputation within the consulting industry. For those interested in next year’s trip, or in the consulting industry in general, feel free to reach out to me at gusrasch@email.arizona.edu.