Jake Elbogen is a Business Management and Entrepreneurship major set to graduate in May 2020. This summer he interend for STORE Capital as an Acquisitions Intern in Scottsdale, Arizona.
How did you get this internship?
I’ve known about the company for a few years now and I was able to use my connections in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area to help me get in touch with a few people that work there. Knowing people and networking is extremely valuable when it comes to pursuing opportunities like this.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
STORE Capital is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) meaning that they are publicly traded on the NYSE. I really enjoyed learning how a REIT operates and the benefits that are associated with it.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below:
I had the opportunity to work on a project that consisted of tracking and analyzing Google and Yelp reviews for the 1,600 consumer facing real estate properties in STORE’s portfolio. The main goal of the project was to see if there was a correlation between online reviews and unit level performance. The findings of the project were presented to STORE Capital Senior Management for further review.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?
Think about taking an unconventional route when looking for internships. Don’t just apply to internships that have online applications, use your network to help find opportunities at companies that you think you could learn a lot from.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship?
A lot of the the Excel skills that I have learned in my Eller classes prepared me for the different things I did in Excel on a day-to-day basis at STORE Capital.