Student Spotlight: Ebitie Amughan, Microsoft

Ebitie Amughan is a senior majoring in MIS and Operations Management. Ebitie did an internship with Microsoft this summer.

Ebitie Amughan

Photo courtest of Ebitie Amughan

What are some things you have learned?

I learned to embrace a growth mindset during my internship at Microsoft. Growth mindset is at the core of Microsoft’s culture. It is defined as a belief that everyone can grow and develop; that potential is nurtured, not predetermined; and that anyone can change their mindset. I learned to adopt the mindset by thinking like a customer, creating diverse and global solutions, and working collaboratively with others to fulfill Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.


What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

The most memorable part of my internship was Intern Signature Week. Intern Signature Week is a week for all Microsoft interns to gather at Microsoft’s Corporate Headquarters in Redmond, WA to connect with others, explore Seattle, and listen to exceptional speakers. Throughout the week I had the opportunity to meet and hear from Microsoft’s executives such as Corporate Vice President of Treasury, George Zinn, CFO, Amy Hood, and CEO, Satya Nadella. I left the event feeling inspired and energized about Microsoft’s direction. I also had the chance to network with other employees and peers from different lines of business within Microsoft. I was extremely impressed by Microsoft’s commitment to its intern program because it displayed Microsoft’s intent to cultivate future leaders through professional development. It was an incredible experience and it helped shaped the remainder of my internship.

What advice you have for other interns?

My advice to other interns would be to seek a mentor during their internship. I was fortunate to have a mentor and she was vital to both my personal and professional development. I was able to seek support and advice from my mentor and she offered me invaluable responses based on her experiences. My mentorship was a great way for me to create an ongoing relationship of learning, dialogue, and challenge that extends beyond my internship.

Student Spotlight: Amanda Gunderson, GEICO

Amanda is a Business Management major senior who interned this summer at GEICO in Tucson, AZ

Amanda Gunderson, GEICO

Photo courtesy of Amanda Gunderson


Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

I heard GEICO would be at the Eller Career Showcase, and it seemed like a promising company to intern for.  I went through the application process after meeting the recruiters at the Career Showcase, and ended up landing a great internship!

What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

I had a lot of favorite moments throughout my internship at GEICO, but one of my favorite parts was that we got to rotate through the different departments. Each week, we would begin a new project for a different department, and it really helped to give us a good understanding of how the company works as a whole.  When I was looking for a summer internship, I talked to several companies where interns are in one position throughout the summer.  I think it is a great opportunity to accept a rotational position because it helps you to figure out what you like and don’t like about different departments.

What advice you have for other interns?

My best advice is to be yourself. An internship is basically a long job interview. The company is seeing if they think you are a good fit, and you get to see if you think you would fit in within that company. So really let your personality shine and show that you are a great leader, while staying professional at all times. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions! This is your opportunity to ask managers, mentors, peers, etc., everything that you want to know about the company, and any other career advice as well. Companies are looking for interns that show interest in pursuing a long-term career with them and really care about the work they are putting in during their internship.

How has Eller prepared you for your internship?

At GEICO, we would give presentations to management every week after our projects were completed.  Being in Eller has really helped me to become a better presenter from all the practice, especially in high pressure environments such as the case competitions.  That translated into me being able to present smoothly in front of managers and directors at GEICO.

Eller really gives you all the tools that you need to be successful in a work environment. At my internship, we were analyzing data, creating recommendations, working in teams, making PowerPoints, networking, planning events, and so much more. You can take everything you have learned from Eller, whether it be from the classroom or from group projects, and apply it to your internship to be successful.

4 Insider Tips to Succeed in Eller

Brek ThompsonThe Ultimate Guide to Surviving Your First Semester in the Cohort

By:  Brek Thompson, a second semester Eller MIS student

  1. Manage your time – organization is key!
  • Read ahead. It’s nearly impossible to do all the readings, for every class, all semester, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read them. The pressure builds as the weeks pass, so read ahead now. You will be grateful later as group work and complex deliverables are assigned. Assess what classes are more difficult for you and stay on top of readings. For the classes that come a little easier, at least review the chapter’s key concepts and the glossary for each chapter.
  • Take notes in every class for every lecture and try very hard not to miss class. For note taking, use a program like Microsoft One Note or Evernote. In MIS331 class you are required to draw diagrams, so taking notes by hand is generally better for this. Many professors will release PowerPoint slides ahead of class, so use them to take notes prior to class then add more during lecture.
  • Organize your time. Use iCal, Google Calendars or another calendar application to track assignment due dates and other obligations. Remember, organization is key to being successful in your academic and professional life.
  1. Be a good team member
  • Working with teams can be very challenging. Be familiar with Google Drive and how to create/share documents. Keep your Google Drive organized with folders for different classes and teams (you’ll be grateful you stayed organized as the semester progresses).
  • Take on a leadership role. You will encounter a few kinds of team members: slackers; leaders; and people who think they know it all. Set a good example and also hold all team members accountable for their work. Speak up and contribute ideas, but also explicitly ask your quieter teammates what they can contribute and support them in contributing (even when you don’t like their ideas). Arrive on time to team meetings and expect the same of others.
  • Collaborate with a smart-phone app like Asana, Slack or Trello to communicate, assign tasks and track progress on your projects. I am a big fan of Asana because it can be integrated with other useful applications like Instagantt and Chrome extension.
  • Schedule team meetings to work together but make sure you have an agenda and specific tasks and goals. Without an agenda meetings become a social hour. Contributing work independently through Google Drive may work, but some team members will wait until the last minute and then contribute subpar work. Meeting in person and accomplishing work together will help alleviate this slacker tendency.
  • Above all, do not be a slacker yourself. Communicate clearly about expectations for quality of work and what behavior is unacceptable in your team. My groups made a statement of values and work ethic that we all agreed to at our first meeting. This made expectations clear and allowed us to work effectively and with less stress than other teams I observed.
  1. Get Career Ready – Your graduation date is closer than you think
  • Subscribe to Wild Cat JobLink and keep your resume updated. I found on-campus employment through this site that relates to my major.
  • Complete your esms profile and keep it updated. I received a scholarship and had recruiters take me to a dinner with other students because my esms profile stated that I was interested in their industry.
  • Job fairs are great places to shake hands and talk to recruiters. Companies that will be at the fairs can be found through Wildcat JobLink. Verify the type of internships/employment opportunities they are offering before speaking with them.
  • Take advantage of the Eller Professional Development center. Get to know your Career Coach. Nancy is an excellent career coach and she lets me know when she has heard of an opportunity. This is because I have made sure to connect with Nancy and made sure she knows my face and name.
  • Make an effort to network in person and connect on LinkedIn. I also create profiles on companies’ career websites and employer review sites like Glassdoor to help me understand more about a company’s culture, employee happiness and details for full-time positions I am interested in.
  • Join a club. I am a member of the Management Information System Association (MISA). MISA has information sessions with company representatives to network and learn about employment.
  1. Be prepared and be kind 

  • Ambiguity (doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention) is something you will encounter continually at Eller and in the workforce. Professors can offer some assistance but you will be mostly left to research and find answers and make decisions on your own and in your groups. When in doubt, Google it.
  • Finally, your most valuable resources are your peers. Be kind to each other and offer help if you can. Create a study group and help each other be successful.

Love Your Boss? Tell us why to win!

I love my bossLove your boss? Tell us why, and enter to win an iPad mini!

If you are like most Eller students, you spent this summer collecting resume items at an internship or other summer job. Often the caliber of this experience is affected by your boss at that job.

At Eller we like to recognize strong leaders, and we want to hear from you, did you “love your boss?” What did you learn from him or her that you will take with you through the remainder of your college career and beyond?

Nominate your boss for a “Love Your Boss” award, and be entered to win an iPad mini for you AND a prize for your boss. We’ll notify your boss that you nominated him/her, and thank them for helping you have a good summer experience.

Use the Rafflecoptor entry below and be sure to leave a comment on this blog post and share with us what you learned from your boss.

Nominations close Sept. 11 – so don’t delay!

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A few great examples from last year:

2014 Winner:
“This past summer I interned as a marketing intern with SAP in Houston, TX. SAP is a multinational company that creates enterprise software to help companies run their business. I worked for eight weeks and had to opportunity to work with Jennifer Larson. Jennifer, being my boss, was extremely patient with me in regard to learning some company information and also provided so many opportunities for me to capitalize on. She was absolutely fantastic and this summer internship was one of the most if not the most memorable and educationally rewarding. I got my first taste of the workplace this summer and I realized how important networking and lingering relationships are. I want to say thank you to my boss Jen, and also… RUN SAP!”
Joseph Calzolari, 2014 Intern at SAP

This comment even led to a follow-up from a higher manager at SAP: Joey – thank you for posting your story regarding your internship at SAP and with Jen. As Jen’s manager, nothing makes me more proud to see us take the tall task of professional development seriously and effectively. I witnessed first-hand your contribution to SAP in a very small window of time. You were great. I think if there were a “Love your intern” contest, Jen would have been the first to post. Cheers. Good luck. And keep in touch. Jeff

“I had an incredible learning experience at my internship with R&R Partners in Los Angeles this summer. My boss, Preston, was very supportive and open to communication. He would assign projects for me to do and give me the opportunity to figure things out rather than micromanage, but I always felt comfortable asking him questions if I wasn’t sure what to do. Preston would also make sure that I am getting the most out of my internship by asking me if there was anything in the ad agency that I would like to learn more about or to see. Because of him, I gained a lot of knowledge in many different aspects of advertising rather than being limited to my role as an Account Management Intern.”
– Jenifer Wong, 2014 Intern at R&R Partners

Spring 2015 FESO Awards

Congratulations to all of the clubs that won FESO awards this year! Thank you all for your hard work and we look forward to seeing what your club does in the future.

 Outstanding Large Club: Delta Sigma Pi

Outstanding Small Club: AdCats

Outstanding Club President: Lesley King (PWBA)

Tom Moses Outstanding Club Advisor: Steve Reff (Delta Sigma Pi)

Clubs Awarded Academic Excellence: Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations, Financial Management Association, Eller Leadership Board, Eller College Student Council, Eller College Chinese Student Council, AdCats

Clubs Awarded Most Philanthropy Involvement: AdCats & Eller College Student Council

Best Professional Event:

AdFair: AdCats

Career Showcase: Delta Sigma Pi and Eller College Student Council

Eller Insights: Eller Hispanic Honorary

Eller Open: Delta Sigma Pi

Best Eller College Event:

Chinese New Year Celebration: Eller College Chinese Student Council

Best Internal Operations: Alpha Kappa Psi

National Conference Achievements:

BETA – Named distinguished chapter under Beta National

Delta Sig – William R. Kinsella Award, Legacy Chapter Recognition

DECA – 1st place in 2 different categories in a state conference

Student Spotlight: Kacey Overlund, Cincinnati Reds


Kacey Overlund is a junior studying management with minors in Spanish and political science as well as a certificate in sports management. She is also involved with the Sports Marketing Association, YoungLife and The National Society of Leadership and Success while working part time for Nike.

I have accepted an internship with the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund, a Major League Baseball Team. The internship is based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. I will be raising money for the Reds Community Fund during each game as well as working with the programs that the Reds Community Fund supports. This year the Cincinnati Reds are hosting the All-Star Game so I will be able to participate and learn about the operations associated with the event.

I spent many hours of searching and applying for internships that interested me, including this one. A couple weeks later I heard back from them about a Skype interview. I then emailed Nancy Roberts, a Career Coach at Eller, to see if she had any connections that I could speak with to prepare for the interview. She emailed me back right away to contact Rob Matteucci, who works closely with the foundation each summer. We were able to set up a time to meet and discuss aspects of the Reds Community Fund. Three weeks after the interview, I received an internship offer.

I look forward to learning the business end of the Reds Community Fund as well as all of the programs that they help to fund. I am also excited to experience the All-Star Game and to learn all that comes with the experience.

Seattle/Portland Study Tour: Student Reflections

Each spring, the Professional Development Center presents a unique opportunity for students in the Eller College of Management to visit a variety of companies and meet professionals living and working in a major city. This past spring break, participants of this Study Tour visited both Seattle and Portland. The following are some of the students’ reflections on what they personally gained from this experience. 


“My favorite company visit had to be Lytics, the Portland tech start-up that we visited on Thursday. It was refreshing and reassuring to see the younger employees at the company, and also amazing to have the CEO himself co-host the panel discussions…The companies visited and the connections made on this tour were invaluable, and I know that the relationships I fostered, both professionally and personally, will continue to impact me as I move through school and into my career.” – Jessica Lazzeroni

“Some good advice I was given in considering companies is to not only weigh the benefits for the company, but also to consider if that company is right for me… As a result, my experience this Spring Break was both productive and fun. I connected with Arizona Wildcats, who have been working around the country in various fields and understood the importance of real world job experience. I would recommend that all future Eller students take the time apply for this program.” – Burton Bennett


“One lesson I learned is that most people don’t start their career in a position they really want or are passionate about. Over time, they’re able to move into positions they are more passionate about by leveraging their previous experiences. Furthermore, many of the people we talked to weren’t even working in the field they studied in college. This was interesting and good to know because now I know that I’m not limited to one specific career path. We also learned that it is important to get as much experience as possible and to build meaningful relationships with people.” – Hannah Polm

“Aside from making new friends, the trip is a great way to see what certain industries are like. For example Microsoft and Amazon were really different than Wagner Edstrom and Fischer Investments. It was fascinating to hear from employees and learn how many people were in jobs that weren’t related to their degrees at all. Seeing new cities and seeing what is expected of a college graduate really has helped me plan for my future.” – Caelum Gay


“My favorite company of the trip was by far Waggener Edstrom. Melissa Waggener Zorkin in Portland, Oregon founded the company as The Waggener Group in 1983, and Pam Edstrom joined later on. It was very empowering to find this company where both Founders/CEOs are women and I believe that they are role models for young women immerging in business today.” – Lauren Thorell

To find out more about what some of the different company visits were like, check out the Seattle/Portland Study Tour: Lessons Learned from Companies under PDC Events.

Seattle/Portland Study Tour: Lessons Learned from Companies

Each spring, the Professional Development Center presents a unique opportunity for students in the Eller College of Management to visit a variety of companies and meet professionals living and working in a major city. This past spring break, participants of this Study Tour visited both Seattle and Portland. The following are some key takeaways that students received from some of the exciting companies that they visited.


Amazon (Seattle) by Caelum Gay, Nicholas Palomares, and Alan Rogers

Perhaps the most fascinating thing we learned about was the “white sheets” concept. The white sheets concept says that if an employee has a good idea, they are to write a detailed paper on it and share it with their superiors. If the higher up likes the idea, they implement it and give credit to the idea’s originator. Furthermore they let the originator of the idea follow the plan as far as it goes. Essentially, the employee doesn’t come up with a good idea just to hear their advisor say “that’s a great idea kid, let the grown-ups handle it from here.”


Costco (Seattle) by Meaghan Sweet, Hannah Polm, and Catherine Lahlouh

We learned that it is hard to anticipate how a new store is going to do in a foreign market. You can make predictions and forecasts but it won’t always go as planned. For example, many people thought Costco wouldn’t do well in South America or Europe because people don’t have the space to store bulk goods. However, they didn’t take into account the social nature of shopping in those countries. It turned out that people shared bulk goods and space wasn’t an issue. What we took away from the story was that there are so many variables that need to be considered when a new store is opened in a new market.


Starbucks (Seattle) by Aidee Campuzano, Alexa Mehl, and Shweta Omkaram

What makes their company unique is in addition to these departments they also have a coffee tasting department, a global marketing department as well as research department for coffee beans. The functions of these particular departments are vital as they constantly innovate new coffees and tastes and advertise them in a manner that hooks consumers to their products on a national and global scale. The coffee testing department test new products and what other flavors would compliment that particular coffee. The research department travels the globe in order to find the right type of coffee beans in order to keep the quality and diversity Starbucks is known for in conjunction with constant flavor innovations. Lastly, as Starbucks is a global company, their global marketing department strategizes how to appeal to consumers of different cultures.


Fisher Investments (Portland) by Burton Bennett, Matthew Burnett, and Samuel Rasch

What stood out for Fisher Investments was how thrilled the employees were while working. From our tour guides, to the alumni, and the account executives working on the sales floor, everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy their job. We even witnessed two coworkers fist bump as one apparently received some good news from a client on the phone. The Wildcat Alumni were able to answer our questions in great detail and provide advice for what we, as students, can be doing now in order to be highly qualified candidates for future employment.


Lytics (Portland) by Jessica Lazzeroni and Jennifer Schultz

Lytics was the only start-up company on the tour, which gave us an invaluable experience in contrast to the corporate structures we were visiting. Portland, Oregon has become an attractive location for tech companies, earning it the names of “TechTown” and “Silicon Forest.” Some reasons for this might be the lower cost yet higher standard of living as compared to similar cities (e.g., New York City or San Francisco). Lytics’ core asset is people, which is typical of most start-ups. There is a lot of flexibility in roles there, and freedom to work on projects.


Nike (Portland) by Tanner Hoskin and Denell Coon

Brent, who mentioned he worked with signing basketball players to endorsement deals, gave a lot of valuable insight to the company as a whole. He was honest and passionate, which spoke volumes to what he has invested in the company. Talking about the apparel deals with the NFL and the potential deal with the NBA, he was very detailed in the way Nike goes about making deals such as that. A key part in the NFL deal was having the Swoosh visible on the jersey, whereas in the NBA the jerseys do not have a visible company logo. Also, though not in specific, we thought it was interesting how they viewed a players worth and the positive exposures that athlete would bring the company.

Be sure to read about students’ personal experiences on the Seattle/Portland Study Tour, which can also be found under PDC Events!

Dream Job Spotlight: Andre Vidaller, Google

Andre VidallerMy name is Andre Vidaller and I am originally from Santos, Brazil. After two years playing professional tennis I started to think what I really wanted to be in the future. That is when I opened my eyes for this great opportunity that the University of Arizona offered me: receive an athletic scholarship and pursue a degree. I have to confess that I was a bit nervous because I did not speak a word in English. Now here I am majoring in Business Finance and Entrepreneurship and minoring in Global Business after four and a half years. I am very thankful for the University of Arizona to provide me this great opportunity to come to the United States to play the sport that I love and to develop new professional skills. The experience has been unbelievable and I made lifetime friends in the athletics department and in Eller.

What is the position you have accepted?

This upcoming summer I am joining Google, in Ireland. The position is called Associate Account Strategist, where I have a portfolio of Small and Medium Business (SMB) clients and I provide alternative ways to advertise their product and/or service. My team provides marketing solutions for those companies by understanding their wants and needs.

How did you land this opportunity?

During the summer of 2014 I worked in New York City for RBC Capital Markets, which made me develop new professional skills. The experience was great and at the same time it made me realize that this was not the industry that I wanted to devote my career. When I came back for the Fall I started the ‘job hunt’ and it was not easy because I am a foreigner (and there are many regulations that makes harder for international students to stay in the United States upon graduation).

I applied for Google in Ireland in its website. As soon as I sent my application, I started searching for people on LinkedIn that worked at Google to ask for advice. I got in contact with two people who helped me prepare for the interviews. One of them made an internal referral, which helped me to get selected for the first interview. The application process took a little time as it is not easy to communicate all the time through Google hangout. I did not have to complete any tests. The company likes to see the situation, task, actions, and results method when a candidate is answering a question. During the interviews they ask scenarios questions and there are basically no correct answers. They want to see the thought process and decision-making of the candidates.

The process was hard and productive at the same time because I was learning a lot about the company through research. I devoted time to prepare for the interviews to better understand the company, industry, market, trends, opportunities, competition, current news, etc. I had about five interviews on Google Hangout and about two weeks ago I accepted the offer to join Google. I am very happy with this new cycle of my life that is about to start and I am looking forward to increase my knowledge. As always, I am lucky to have the support from my friends and family and I am sure many of them will come for a visit.


Dream Job Spotlight: Chaunteal Rasmussen, Raytheon Missile Systems

ChauntealBy Chaunteal Rasmussen

My name is Chaunteal Rasmussen and I am a senior studying Management Information Systems (MIS) at the Eller College of Management. I entered the University of Arizona as a high school Salutatorian with a full-ride scholarship, as a first generation college student, and as an engineering and math major. However, through self-discovery, I learned that MIS was my true calling and I switched majors during my freshman year.

Being someone who always loves to stay busy and involved, I quickly became immersed in the U of A experience. I started by being an Arizona Assurance Scholar. My other campus and community involvement has included: the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Campus Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, Management Information Systems Association (MISA), the Economics Book Club, the Cohort Advisory Board, Project SOAR (Student Outreach for Access & Resiliency), RWEST (Raytheon Women in Engineering, Science and Technology) Jr., Creative Communications and Learning Advisory Council (CCLAC) Inc., numerous business and IT consulting ventures, and the Eller Centurion Senior Honorary. In addition, I have worked on campus for 2 years at the UITS’ 24/7 IT Support Center and have helped to execute a STEM summer camp for low-income middle school girls called the Applied Career Exploration in Science (ACES) Camp since 2006.

With all of these experiences, I have gained an immense amount of knowledge and opportunities, one of which was developing Raytheon mentors and contacts over the years dating back to sixth grade. Ever since my first encounter with Raytheon employees, I have wanted to work for the world-renowned company. I have continuously worked at building my Raytheon network, getting involved with Raytheon community outreach, and being aware of the job opportunities that became available. After having applied many times, I was finally given an opportunity to interview at Raytheon Missile Systems here in Tucson, AZ for a Configurations Analyst position.

At this interview, I was not only interviewed for the Configurations Analyst position, but also by the Data Management team. After each interview was completed, both departments offered me jobs on the spot! It was an incredible experience and one that I never expected. After contemplating both offers and doing my research, I finally decided that the Configurations Analyst position would make me the happiest, and I officially accepted that offer. I will be participating in coordinating assigned configuration management activities (identification, control, verification and accounting for systems and equipment), performing data analyses on technical engineering data, assisting in implementing customer requirements, and reviewing released data and then coordinating that data with multiple departments.

Coming next month, I will be a first generation college graduate, Raytheon Employee, and a University of Arizona and Eller Alumni! My future is looking bright, and it is all due to persistence in pursuing my goals, and always having heart in what I do!