Winter Externship: Matthew Jarvis at Facebook

Eller PDC Student Stories

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Where did you extern and where was the company located?

I externed at Facebook in Menlo Park, CA.

Who did you shadow at the company and what was their role/ job title?

I had the opportunity to shadow Daniel Garcia, a University of Arizona/Eller alumni. Daniel is the IT Strategic Sourcing Program manager at Facebook. I also got to shadow and interview with the head of the Financial Department who handles all money coming in and out of Facebook. Along with those two I shadowed a procurement lawyer who works directly with Daniel and his team as well.

Why did you want to do this externship?

I wanted this externship mainly because I knew that I could gain some experience and field knowledge about some of the careers I am considering to pursue.  I knew Facebook and its employees would be able to provide me with great advice to better myself as I continue my years here at U of A.

What did you do during this job shadow experience?

Throughout my day at Facebook I had the ability to sit in on Daniel’s, the IT sourcing manager, morning meetings as well as tour his two work spaces on campus. I was also able to interview and speak with the head of the Financial department one on one for almost an hour. Along with that, I also interviewed one on one with a procurement lawyer. Aside from the interviews, I got a full tour of the Facebook campus. Daniel and his colleague showed me all the different buildings and departments around the campus, I even caught a glimpse of Mark Zuckerberg in action.

What did you learn as a result of the externship?

The externship was an amazing experience and overall a great glimpse at how a social media site handles it’s employees on a day to day basis. The main thing that I learned from all the people that I spoke with at Facebook is that everyone’s journey to a certain career is going to be different. Every person I spoke with that day had different paths to their positions as well as different majors/previous experience.