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LSB Students' Summer 2020 Experiences

The Undergraduate Business Programs Office has launched the student spotlight series “What are you doing this summer?” to highlight the many ways business majors are spending their summer. Hear from our students about their volunteer work, internships, fellowships, work on the SCU campus, and other interesting opportunities.

The Undergraduate Business Programs Office has launched the student spotlight series “What are you doing this summer?” to highlight the many ways business majors are spending their summer.  Hear from our students about their volunteer work, internships, fellowships, work on the SCU campus, and other interesting opportunities.  

KC Agcaoili
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Graduation Year:  2022

What did you do this summer?  During the summer, I had the opportunity to be an Audit Intern at Accuity LLP through a virtual setting. As an Audit Intern, I was able to experience how working remotely affects certain accounting processes and caught a glimpse of how a career in public accounting would be like. Additionally, I was able interact with people in varying positions from Associate to Partner and gained a better understanding of the firm.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience? The most memorable part of my virtual internship was working with other interns on a project that analyzes a new accounting guideline and its impact on a company. Despite not being able to work as a group in-person, I still enjoyed our virtual meetings and how we were still able to get to know one another remotely. As an intern, I was also able to be a part of the firm's rebranding reveal which was another memorable experience.


Kenji Ma
Major: Accounting
Hometown: San Rafael, California
Graduation Year:  2022

What did you do this summer?  This summer I'm interning as a Private Equity Summer Analyst at a search fund called OmniFidelis. The firm's goal is to acquire a company and make significant improvements to grow the business. I'm also project managing Santa Clara Consulting's first ever summer engagement helping a local tech company improve how they communicate with their employees and foster company culture.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  After weeks of work on a $20 million dollar deal, we had to scrap it because we caught a simple accounting error. Threw me right back into ACTG 11.


Anna Rosztoczy
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Graduation Year:  2021 

What did you do this summer?  This summer, I worked at Nike (virtually) as a Strategic Planning Intern for Apparel.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  I was placed on a team with 5 other interns, each from different functions within the business, to compete in the Nike "Intern Combine". We had 5 weeks to address a problem within the business and pitch our solution. We presented our plan to a panel of judges and my team finished in the top 6 out of 35 teams presenting. It was a pleasure getting to work with my team of interns, and seeing our project come to life was very rewarding.


Calvin Park
Major: Finance
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Graduation Year:  2022  

What did you do this summer?  This summer I worked as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst for a Cybersecurity-focused boutique in San Francisco called Momentum Cyber. I worked directly on live deals north of $100M and received client-facing experience.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience? The most memorable part about my summer was the relationships that I made at the firm, specifically with the six other interns. Although it was virtual, we spent a lot of time together and the camaraderie I built with them made every tough night bearable.


Katarina Draskovic
Major: Management 
Hometown: Culver City, CA
Graduation Year:  2021 

What did you do this summer?  This summer, I worked as an Associate Product Marketing Manager Intern on the Google Hardware Team. I owned a research project to identify opportunities to engage with consumers through non-traditional retail touch points and increase sales of Pixel and Nest products. I led the project from start to finish, from creating a research brief, to managing a vendor to conduct focus groups and surveys, to presenting the final report to stakeholders.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  I've loved getting to know the other interns in my program and participating in all the intern events. Even though the internship is in a virtual format, I feel like I've made so many amazing friendships and I'm so grateful for the wonderful summer Google put together for interns.


Jennifer Che
Major: Accounting & Information Systems
Hometown: El Cerrito, California
Graduation Year:  2021

What did you do this summer?  This summer, I interned remotely at Clarus Designs, a consulting firm specializing in corporate growth and effective sales operations. I had the opportunity to work on many different projects from the consulting side, financial reporting, and managing CRM systems. Aside from that, I also participated in a two-weeks virtual internship at PwC with the Deal Advisory group. I connected with many amazing professionals and completed a series of digital training.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  The fast-paced environment at Clarus Designs challenged me to learn and complete my tasks in a very efficient manner. Throughout the summer, I felt really connected with both the people at Clarus Designs and PwC, despite working remotely.


Matthew DeSimone
Major: Finance & Political Science Majors
Hometown: Davis, California
Graduation Year:  2021

What did you do this summer? I am interning remotely with Intel's Ethics and Legal Compliance team. The internship started this summer, but lasts a full year. It's being offered through SCU's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  On National Intern Day, I and some other interns had the opportunity to meet Intel's General Counsel, Steve Rogers. I asked him about the major legal challenges facing Intel and learned a lot about his unique career path. All of the legal professionals at Intel – Mr. Rogers included – have been willing to share their experiences and advice with the intern class, which I've really appreciated. 


Daley Potter
Major: Management Information Systems
Hometown: Issaquah, Washington
Graduation Year:  2021

What did you do this summer? This summer I am interning at Accenture! I’m working as a consulting development analyst doing data analytics.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience? This summer I was able to create an interactive dashboard in Power BI, a Microsoft data analytics tool. The best part of the summer was presenting my final product to the client, who loved it and told me he wants to use it as a model for future projects!


Aly Hartman
Major: Finance, Real Estate Minor
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Graduation Year:  2021

What did you do this summer? This summer I had the pleasure of working remotely as a Marketing and Research Intern for aXpire, a company specializing in FinTech SaaS products. I’ve spent a lot of time researching SEO fundamentals for the industry and incorporating them into marketing materials that are distributed to clients and leads.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience? My favorite part of this internship was getting to learn all the ins and outs of financial technology through the lens of a company that caters to massive corporations like CocaCola, Nike, and IBM. It’s truly fascinating to see the integration and subsequent functionality of something as creative as Marketing with something as tech-y as, well, FinTech!


Kristen Lee
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Carmichael, California
Graduation Year:  2021

What did you do this summer?  This summer I participated in Deloitte's two week virtual internship as an Audit and Assurance intern. I was able to reinforce audit concepts I learned in the classroom and create a mock client proposal presentation with my fellow interns that we presented to Deloitte partners.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  The most memorable part of the experience was networking with my fellow interns and current Deloitte employees. Over Zoom, I developed connections with people from across the firm's different locations, which I might not have had the opportunity to do if the internship was not virtual.


Isabella Draskovic
Major: Management
Hometown: Culver City, CA
Graduation Year:  2021

What did you do this summer?  I spent 10 weeks of my summer interning at Amazon Web Services(AWS) on the Demand Generation Team. For the rest of the summer, I will be returning to Adobe and I will continue to intern for the company on a part time basis for the rest if my senior year.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  Even though my internships have been virtual, I have appreciated how much effort the HR teams and Program Managers have put to ensure that interns felt welcomed. During my time at AWS this summer, I have made some friends who I will keep in touch with doing forward regardless of what company I end up at full time.


Brooke VanSant
Major: Finance & Economics
Hometown: Camano Island, Washington
Graduation Year:  2021

What did you do this summer?  Interning with Cisco’s Customer Experience team as a business analyst. I’ve been developing project management skills while building a cost model and providing financial analysis for the upcoming release of Business Critical Services. I’ve also been working with a group of interns to encourage teams to use their team building funds at Black-owned businesses.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  I’ve had the chance to learn about the various aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) within Cisco by talking to people in different arms of the company. It’s really inspiring to see a company as large as Cisco living out their values and doing the right thing by the communities they work in and the world at large.


Ifeanyi Ifediba
Major: Finance
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Graduation Year:  2022

What did you do this summer? This summer I interned virtually at Accenture as a consulting summer analyst. During my internship, I oversaw risk, decision and actions for Accenture's COVID-19 fund tracking team implementing a tool to effectively facilitate new processes and automation to identify and reconcile over 500 million given in the C.A.R.E.S Act.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  Virtually volunteering for the Story Pirates reading little kids stories and encouraging them to keep creative writing. There stories were absolutely amazing and honestly better than any story I've ever written.


Fernanda Gaete
Major: Finance
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Graduation Year: 2022

What did you do this summer?  This summer I had the opportunity to facilitate the academic side of online orientation for incoming LSB students as a peer advisor! I got to interact with incoming first years and help them navigate class registration as well as answer all their questions about transitioning from high school to college.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  It was a pleasant surprise to realize that I have become the type of upperclassman that I would have looked up to when I was an incoming first year. With that said, I also noticed that each of my conversations with the first years taught me how to be a better leader and listener. I came out of this experience all the more motivated to continue to be someone who learns and leads by example in the LSB community, and is always there to support my fellow Broncos!


Darius Johnson
Major: Finance
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Graduation Year: 2023

What did you do this summer?  This summer I interned with JP Morgan as a Summer Analyst. My role was focused on understanding JP Morgan as a firm, their lines of business and focusing on the Corporate and Investment Banking division at JPM. I had a chance to work on various projects, connect with bankers and perform my role as an analyst for 7 weeks.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  Aside from networking with great people, I’ve had the chance to consult with banks that have over $300MM in AUM and advise on ways to increase top line performance and generate healthy balance sheets. Additionally, I’ve sourced potential businesses for the bank to acquire to enhance their offerings and data strategies. The best part is learning technical skills but even more so it’s the opportunity to meet other interns (virtually) and solve complex problems together. 


Megan Hsia
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Palo Alto, California
Graduation Year: 2021

What did you do this summer?  I spent my summer working 3 part-time jobs, one of them being a Summer Peer Advisor for the Leavey School of Business! I guided first-year students to get prepared for their orientations and answered any questions they had for registration. My other part time jobs were marketing internships in two small startups.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  It was heartwarming to finally meet the first-years on Zoom! I enjoyed being a resource to them, and feeling their excitement reminded me of my first-year before entering SCU. My favorite part of this was seeing first-years feel more comfortable and excited with adjusting to SCU after sharing the unforgettable experiences I had in my first year.


Simone Walker
Major: Accounting & Information Systems
Hometown: Elk Grove, California
Graduation Year: 2021

What did you do this summer?  This summer I had the amazing opportunity to virtually intern with EY for 5 weeks. During this time I got to network with professionals, develop new technical skills, and learn what makes EY a global leader in professional services.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  The most memorable part of my experience was getting the opportunity to network and bond with the other interns through weekly virtual socials. Additionally, at the end of the internship I enjoyed working on the Intern Capstone Project which allowed me to meet more interns and demonstrate what I had learned throughout the internship.


Jeremy King
Major: Management
Hometown: Brookfield, Wisconsin
Graduation Year: 2022

What did you do this summer? This summer I helped SCU orientation as a peer advisor. I shared my first year experience and helped to answer questions about life in the business school and at Santa Clara. I also have been working as an HR intern for the Borgen Project, a nonprofit out of Seattle, WA that fights global poverty through US foreign policy.  My job at the Borgen Project includes contacting US politicians, recruiting and helping with fundraising.

What was the most memorable part of your summer experience?  The most memorable part of my experience was getting the opportunity to network and bond with the other interns through weekly virtual socials. Additionally, at the end of the internship I enjoyed working on the Intern Capstone Project which allowed me to meet more interns and demonstrate what I had learned throughout the internship.

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