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2018-19 Rising Leader Cohort - Investment Banking Track

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Adam Kesten

 Management Science

Adam Kesten is a management science major and mathematics minor at UCSD interested in data analytics and strategic consulting. During the year he interns as a data analyst for a technology startup called Aira, which leverages artificial intelligence and remote assistance to provide visual information to the blind community. In his spare time he is working on a startup that uses an automated wealth management tool to help low income individuals better understand and utilize financial vehicles to save for their futures. He enjoys using data to solve problems, and is interested in using analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to change the ways in which businesses operate and make decisions.He is currently seeking a 2019 summer internship at a consulting or technology firm.

 

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Sahil Nayyar

Joint Mathematics & Economics

Sahil Nayyar is a junior majoring in Joint Mathematics and Economics. He is currently working at University Growth Fund, a venture capital fund based out of Salt Lake City, as a summer analyst. At UGF, he does valuations of start-ups and small-cap companies and analyzes the financial growth prospects of the same companies. Previously, he worked with Finlegal, a financial house based out of New Delhi, where he devised strategy plans for trading call options and also, helped with valuation of Real Estate. Sahil is actively involved in organizations Student Foundation Investment Committee, where he leads investment education sessions and participates in weekly stock pitches. Sahil is an avid learner and is always excited to further his knowledge of industries and subjects - he finished top of the class for the Honors series for Macroeconomics. In his free time, he likes to read about Middle-Eastern politics and go hiking! He is currently looking for an internship opportunity at an investment bank for Summer 2019.

 

2017-18 Rising Leader Cohort -

 General Finance/Business/Investment Banking Track

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Shivani Patel

Management Science

Shivani Patel is a Management Science major minoring in Literature/Creative Writing and Computer Science. She is pursing a career in consulting and enjoys solving business-related problems with a detailed analytical, and creative approach. She is currently the President and one of the Founding executive officers of UCSD Women in Business.  She also loves creative writing, especially poetry and fiction prose. Her range of experiences has allowed her to realize how much she loves inducing change and improving processes. She is currently seeking a technical/analytical summer internship at a consulting firm.

 

 

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Bailey Marsheck 

 

International Studies- Economics

 

Bailey Marsheck is a junior majoring in International Studies-Economics and pursuing minors in Chinese Studies and Data Science. He’s fascinated by how Chinese governmental policy shapes the dynamic, fluid Chinese business landscape. His previous experience spans the business, think tank, and non-profit spheres. He sees interdisciplinary expertise in how political developments affect a multinational corporation’s business processes as an underrepresented skill set, with which he can add value. Bailey is currently targeting a summer internship in the Chinese business world.

 

 

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Yiyi (Effie) Sun

 

Management Science 

 

Effie Sun is a sophomore pursuing a career in management consulting. She is currently a data and analytics research intern at StepStone Group LP and a research assistant at the Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS). Previously, she worked as an operations intern at Huafu Securities. She has been a contributing member in multiple on-campus professional organizations including Undergraduate Investment Society and Financial Professional Network. As an avid learner and agile team player, Effie is actively seeking an internship opportunity with a consulting firm for this upcoming summer.

2017-18 Rising Leader Cohort - Investment Banking Track

 

2017-18 Rising Leader Cohort - Investment Banking Track

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Baihui (Tony) Mao

 Management Science

Tony Mao is a junior pursuing a career in investment banking. As a proactive learner eager to take on new challenges, he is currently an equity analyst covering the technology sector at UC San Diego’s Student Foundation Investment Fund. Previously, he worked as an investment banking intern at Galaxy Securities. Furthermore, he is actively involved in multiple professional organizations on campus, holding positions as external committee member in Undergraduate Investment Society and public relations officer in Chinese Business Society. In his spare time, he loves cars and also enjoys playing tennis. For this upcoming summer, Tony is looking for a full-time internship opportunity at an investment bank.

2016-17 Rising Leader Cohort - General Finance/Business Track

2016-17 Rising Leader Cohort - General Finance/Business Track

Angela Chen
Angela (Hsinyi) Chen
Management Science

Angela Chen, originally from Japan and Taiwan, is pursuing a career in accounting and auditing. With experience in financial services, market research, and event planning gained through internships around the world, she is eager to explore aspects of business finance and deepen her proficiency in financial measurement and presentation. Goal-oriented and ambitious, Angela is currently seeking an internship for the upcoming summer that will challenge her to do accounting in the real world.

Molly Chen
Molly Chen
Joint Mathematics & Economics

Molly Chen is currently pursuing a career in strategy and is open to working on both the client and the agency side. She has had the opportunity to gain experience in account and project management by serving clients such as Ford Asia Pacific and Cadillac Global from past internships at GTB (WPP) and Publicis Worldwide. Molly hopes to build power connections between consumers and companies by understanding why people do what they do and from there, solve problems for clients through analytics and strategy. In summer 2017, she will be working at Publicis North America in New York as a Strategic Planning Intern.

 

Emmy Peng
Zhaoyue (Emmy) Peng
Management Science

Zhaoyue Peng is pursuing a career in marketing and is eager to seek every opportunity to explore the business world. As the Lead Peer Educator at the Center for Student Involvement – Communication and Leadership, she has been an active team-player with strong interpersonal communication skills and executive force. Having held internships in marketing and taken marketing-related courses at UCSD, she has realized the power of marketing and expected to further incorporate course knowledge into her career. With initiative and ambition, she is always looking for new opportunities for growth. Currently she is looking for a summer internship to test and improve her ability of doing creative and effective marketing.

Mengyao
Mengyao Chen
Joint Mathematics & Economics

Mengyao Chen is looking to pursue a career in business and specifically looking to leverage her strong quantitative background to apply for finance or management consulting opportunities. She currently works as an Advance Tax Preparer at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Her previous experiences include her role as an Audit Intern at KPMG and additionally as a Fixed Income Intern for a securities firm. Academically, she has strong merits and is currently the Lead Teaching Assistant within the UCSD Economics department. In her free time, she is active in the Chinese Business Society as the Department Chair of Public Relations. She is eager to gain additional experiences in finance and consulting to apply her solid business background and curriculum.

Tal Roded
Tal Roded
Joint Mathematics & Economics

Tal is a second year working towards a major in Joint Math-Economics, as well as minors in Business and History. Outside of his classes, Tal is also a member of the Undergraduate Business Network, Undergraduate Investment Society, and Undergraduate Economics Society. He is currently working on a research project in collaboration with the UCSD Economics Department as well as working as a College Ambassador. Tal plans to go to graduate school to earn a PhD in Economics and then do research in finance and economics.

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Philip Gresser
Economics Minor

Phil Gresser is originally from Michigan, and grew up in San Diego, California. He is interested in a variety of investment strategies, and is pursuing a career in investment management. He is the Senior Analyst for the Consumer Team in the Student Foundation Investment Committee, and was a part of the winning CFA Research Challenge Team. He is had internship experience at a private equity firm and currently works at a hedge fund.

 

Wei (Ashley) Xiong
Economics

Wei Xiong is a second-year student major in economics and minor in mathematics. With a genuine interest in the business world and a strong quantitative background, Wei Xiong is aspired to pursue a career in quantitative finance or economics consulting. Currently, she works as an undergraduate teaching assistant under the economics department. She is looking forward summer internship opportunities to further explore her interest in finance and to apply her technical skills and interpersonal skills to real business world.

2016-17 Rising Leader Cohort - Investment Banking Track

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Xuan (Ferdinand) Chen
Economics

In the past three years, I interned for three totally different companies including manufacturing company, merchandising company and their combination. In this process, I understood how a competitive company organized and developed and how real economy worked in this society. When I worked as a bid manager last year, I needed to complete a well-organized, professional, and competitive tender for my company within several weeks, which is a huge task with hundreds of pages. Although I had never done this job before, I spent 18 hours a day in the office: studying the former successful tenders, carefully reading and following the government tender requirement, and cooperating with other colleagues to find the supply chain. Step by step, I became the most important part of this project. I talked to bid director about the strategy, delivering his concerns to other teammates.

After learning about real economy, I wish to know more about the financial market, for example, why virtual economy exists and how it works. Especially, I am so curious about Mergers and Acquisitions. I know that investment banking is one of the most parts of this process, so I want to get involved in it. Moreover, I’d like to know about how a private company changes if it becomes listed. In the future, I want to work for investment bank first. If I find something that worth taking a risk, I really want to start my own company, treat it like a baby, and try my best to make it stronger.

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Lanrui (Jasmine) Zou
Joint Mathematics & Economics

Jasmine Zou is pursuing a career in investment banking. As an active member in multiple professional organizations on campus, she learns and grows through holding both outreach and research positions, such as external committee member in Undergraduate Investment Society, and equity researcher for Student Foundation Investment Fund. She is currently interning at a boutique investment bank focusing on technology sector, but is also open to explore opportunities within other sectors. Her current goal is to launch a full-time investment banking internship in the upcoming summer.

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Kevin Lam
Management Science

Kevin Lam, originally from Fountain Valley, California, is a rising junior pursuing a career in investment banking. Both of his parents are entrepreneurs which is where his original interest in finance began. Upon entering UC San Diego, Kevin was introduced to the field of investment banking through an alumnus working within the industry. Since then, he has worked as a supply chain assistant at UC San Diego before becoming an intern at RA Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank. Furthermore, he currently holds a leadership position for UC San Diego’s Financial Professionals Network and is also a member of UC San Diego’s Undergraduate Investment Society.

2015-16 Rising Leader Cohort - General Finance/Business Track

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Vicky Chen
Management Science

Vicky Chen wants to pursue a career in public accounting and is eager to gain experience in a variety of business sectors. She is currently a tax preparation intern in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and a consumer behavior research assistant at Rady School of Management. Previously, she's worked as an online marketing intern at a British-owned staffing agency and as an international counselor for a language immersion program.

 

 

Erika Nunotani
Erika Nunotani
Economics

Erika Nunotani is pursuing a career in marketing and is eager to learn about all aspects of the industry. She is an active community leader and has held multiple positions in marketing, advertising, and event planning. She hopes to incorporate economics into her creative marketing and research to explore new areas of business. Ambitious and goal-oriented, Erika is always looking for new opportunities for growth. She is currently seeking a summer internship for this year to challenge herself to think critically in an innovative manner.

 

 

Lily Tang  
Lily Tang
Economics

Lily Tang is pursuing a career in accounting and has been involved with the Undergraduate Accounting Society since her freshman year. Having held internships in tech and finance, she is passionate about exploring the intersection of these two areas. By building a background in economics, accounting, and computer science, she is looking for opportunities that apply technology and data-centered analyses to drive decisions in the business world. Lily hopes to work in public accounting with a specialization in the technology sector after she graduates. In summer 2016, she will be working at Salesforce in San Francisco as an intern with the Internal Audit team.

 

Qingyang Wang  
Qingyang Wang
Economics

Qingyang Wang is pursuing a career in Accounting. As a proactive learner who seeks every opportunity to explore the business world from various aspects, he is currently working as a teaching assistant at UCSD. From the experience of explaining account entries and interpretation of financial statement to students, he has realized that accounting is an essential language of the business world and found himself enjoying using this language. He looks forward to the opportunity to test and improve his ability of doing accounting in real-world situations.

 

 

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Youli Wang
Joint Mathematics & Economics

Youli Wang is interested in investment banking and marketing. She is currently a finance and marketing intern at Coastwise Capital Group, LLC., and an equity analyst covering consumer staple sector at UCSD Student Foundation Investment Fund. She is also a part of external committee in Undergraduate Investment society. Prior to college, she won The National Scholarship in Zhejiang University because of her two research projects about marketing. In this upcoming summer, she is looking for an internship opportunity with an investment bank.

 

 

2015-16 Rising Leader Cohort - Investment Banking Track

Jose Cacheado
Mason Chu
Economics

Mason Chu is pursuing a career in investment banking. He currently works as an intern at a pre-ipo valuation consulting firm and has experience with all valuation metrics, forecasting, and option pricing. Furthermore, within the firm, he has also been assisting with a research study on the topic of asset volatility. His previous experience includes working at a renewable energy focused hedge fund. Currently he is starting the path towards a CFA charter and is set to take his CFA Level 1 exam in December.

 

Kyle Yu  
Kyle Yu
Joint Math-Economics

Kyle Yu is originally from Shanghai, China, and was raised and grew up in Miami, Florida. He is pursuing a career in Investment Banking, primarily within the Energy and Healthcare space. His genuine interest in Finance grew in middle school as he began to follow news regarding the financial crisis of 2008. Prior to college, he interned for a trading firm and a commercial bank. Since his freshman year, he has held two summer internships at an M&A advisory firm and a boutique investment bank. Additionally, he is currently a Senior Analyst covering Energy & Healthcare sectors at Student Foundation Investment Committee and the Vice President of Research for UC San Diego's Undergraduate Investment Society.

2014-15 Rising Leader Cohort - General Finance/Business Track

Jose Cacheado
Jose Pedro Cacheado
Economics

Jose Pedro Cacheado has held a corporate finance internship in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is currently a senior analyst at the UCSD student-run endowment fund. He is looking for opportunities in investment management, with a particular interest for Latin American markets.

 

 

 

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Jubilee Cheung
Economics

Jubilee Cheung has had experience working with accounts payable that she hopes will continue to serve her moving forward. She is primarily interested in the fields of forensic accounting and corporate law.

 

 

 

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Jason Ho
Economics

Jason Ho is seeking a career in the film industry with an interest in strategic planning and marketing. He also has an interest in the financial process of green lighting films, which develops business plans to forecast the return-on-investments on films.

 

 

 

Mikhail Kazi
Mikhail Kazi 
Joint Mathematics & Economics

Mikhail Kazi currently interns at a behavioral economics research firm under an NSF grant. Additionally, he aids UC San Diego economic professors in their effort to create a microeconomics video series. He also holds the position Treasurer of Phi Gamma Delta at UCSD. He is currently pursuing summer internships in the field of financial analysis and is striving to obtain a Masters of Financial Engineering or Quantitative Finance degree in the near future.

 

 

Jason Masong  
Rebecca Moshfegh
Economics

Rebecca Moshfegh's interest in consulting grew while studying abroad at the London School of Economics. She took a class focused on decision making analysis for management and was fascinated by the methods by which we can rectify the inefficiencies caused by poor decision making processes. Her research background was helpful during the case studies worked on in class, as she had experience analyzing data and effectively communicating findings. What has made these and other experiences at UC San Diego so enjoyable for Rebecca, has been working towards accomplishing goals while fostering strong bonds with team members. The prospect of consulting is exciting to Rebecca because of the cooperative and dynamic environment it often fosters. She is very excited for her upcoming tax consulting internship with Deloitte’s transfer pricing team in Los Angeles in summer 2015.

 

 

Jason Masong
Carlo Provinciali
Management Science

Carlo Provinciali has been collaborating with local startups since Fall of 2013. He is currently looking for challenging opportunities applying computer science to business and data analysis.

 

 

 

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Lauren Taiclet
Economics

Lauren Taiclet is working to build a career in consulting, preferably on the international level. She has gained experience working as an internal business consultant through an internship at Mitchell International in San Diego, which she will be returning to for the summer of 2015.

 

 

 

Jason Masong
Christopher Thai
Economics

Christopher Thai has experience at a Mutual Funds firm and in management. He is pursuing career opportunities in Investment Management.

 

 

 

 

Jason Masong
Jiayi Zeng
Joint Mathematics & Economics

Jiayi Zeng has held internships at a private equity firm and a Swiss private banking firm. Prior to collage, Jiayi worked as a full-time financial consultant at a precious metal trading company for nearly one year. Jiayi has a genuine interest in finance and is pursuing opportunities in investment banking, private equity and hedge funds. In summer 2015 he will be interning at UBS AG as an investment banking summer analyst.

 

 

Vicky Chen
Management Science

Vicky Chen wants to pursue a career in public accounting and is eager to gain experience in a variety of business sectors. She is currently a tax preparation intern in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and a consumer behavior research assistant at Rady School of Management. Previously, she's worked as an online marketing intern at a British-owned staffing agency and as an international counselor for a language immersion program.

2014-15 Rising Leader Cohort - Investment Banking Track

Brian Dzou
Brian Dzou
Joint Mathematics & Economics

Brian Dzou has held internships at a private investment bank in San Diego and an M&A advisory firm in Newport Beach. Brian accepted a full time offer from JP Morgan after working with their TMT group in the summer. He will begin his new role in San Francisco, in June, 2016. Brian shares his thoughts about the Rising Leaders Program: "Thank you for providing me an invaluable opportunity to network with such distinguishable alumni. I have been provided helpful advice throughout my term as a Rising Leader, and I am certain that future scholarship recipients will benefit from this program as well."

 

Jason Masong
Jason Masong 
International Studies -Economics

Investment banking hopeful with a particular interest in the food and beverages industry. Interest sparked from following fast-casual restaurant IPOs in the United States and deals within the fast-moving-consumer-goods (FMCG) sector in Asia. Past experiences include prep cooking and doing inventory at a hotel to gain a "bottoms-up" understanding of the industry. Jason became involved with financial/equities analysis through a student-run endowment at UCSD where he presented on (SBUX, BWLD,DNKN, and SYY). In the summer of 2014 he was an M&A and Valuation intern at E&Y as well as a summer associate at an independent equities research firm specializing in consumer retail and TMT. Jason's 2015 summer internship will be with Credit Suisse, Singapore. Jason shares his experience with the program: "Thank you for all your support these past six months. After careful consideration, I have chosen to take the offer from Credit Suisse Singapore. The support I received from Rising Leaders was one of the key determinants to helping me reach my goals. Nonetheless, I realize the journey doesn't end here and would love to stay involved and contribute to the Rising Leaders program in any way possible. My hope is to make it an even better experience for the incoming crop of recipients and to ultimately help UCSD become a target school for financial firms."

2013-14 Rising Leader Cohort

Yelaine Wang
Patricia Mou
International Studies -Economics

Patricia Mou has held internships in internal consulting roles for major technology companies. She will be starting a full-time position as a Management Consultant Business Analyst at Accenture in Fall 2014. Patricia shared her thoughts about the program: "My experience in the Economics Rising Leader Program has been invaluable and worthwhile. Along with financial support, I received unprecedented guidance from UCSD alumni who were leaders in the field I aspired to pursue. While recruiting for management consulting, I received a personal mentor who took time to run me though a live case study and provide me with constructive feedback and insight into the nuances of the field. I think this is a great opportunity for tritons to take advantage of if they hope pursue careers in finance and consulting."

 

Yelaine Wang
Yelaine Wang 
International Studies -Economics

Yelaine Wang is looking forward to building upon her experience in investment management. She is also very interested in management consulting. Yelaine shares her experience of being a Rising Leader: "Being selected as an Economics Rising Leader is one of the best things to have happen to me in college. Participating in the program has not only provided me with opportunities to meet and talk with members of the Economics Leadership Council and other professionals, it has also prepared me to pursue my career of interest. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who qualifies and sincerely believe that it will only help them in the pursuit of their career path.

2012-13 Rising Leader Cohort

Maximillian Chua (management science)
 Maximillian Chua
Management Science

Max Chua has his eyes set on a bulge bracket firm, perhaps focusing on energy and pricing. In the summer of 2013 he interned at the Bank of Singapore.

 

 

 

 

 

Albert Koh (economics)
Albert Koh 
Economics

Albert Koh has gleaned knowledge from his family in the enterprise software industry, and he plans to utilize this knowledge for his career. In the summer of 2013 he worked in Credit Suisse's healthcare innvestment banking group.

 

 

 

 

Chris Kwok (joint mathematics-economics)
Chris Kwok 
Joint Mathematics-Economics

Chris Kwok has experience in technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) and is seeking a career in investment management or equity research.

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Youn (joint mathematics-economics)
Edward Youn
Joint Mathematics-Economics

Edward Youn held internships at a boutique investment-banking firm in Los Angeles and at a private equity firm in La Jolla. In the summer of 2013 he worked in Citigroup's New York investment banking division.

2011-12 Rising Leaders

Aimee Kang
Aimee Kang

Aimee Kang is working to build a career in accounting and was successful at securing an internship at Ernst & Young in assurance. She had the following to say about her experience: “My experience with Ernst & Young has been an amazing opportunity, and a step toward my career goal of being a forensic accountant. As an assurance intern, I was able to work at different client offices in different industries, and was even able to talk to clients for walk-through procedures. Throughout my internship, I was exposed to professionals from all levels, and even had my very own peer advisor, career counselor and partner mentor. Overall I had a positive internship, and am looking forward to working with the firm after graduation.”

 

Ali Palida

Ali Palida

Ali Palida applied to the Rising Leaders program applied to the rising leaders program with a growing interest in academic research. His experience as a Rising Leader helped solidify his aspirations and, after graduating last spring from our joint mathematics and economics program, he accepted a full-time research assistant position at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Ali had this to say about his experience working as a researcher: “My time spent as an RA at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York this summer has been both productive and enjoyable. Within my few months here, I have come to realize that the job of an RA is far more than mere data gathering and entry. You are expected to be an active contributor to professional economic research, both for academic and policy purposes, through assisting economists in writing papers, conducting empirical analyses and reviewing theoretical work. This requires a solid understanding, as well as direct application, of the various concepts taught in economics and mathematics classes. Such a responsibility is both challenging as well as extremely rewarding. Being an RA is also perfect preparation for graduate study. It provides you with the necessary skills required to conduct independent research, where opportunities to develop these skills in undergraduate programs are often quite limited. The scope of the research conducted here is also very wide, ranging from microeconomics to finance. Anyone interested in graduate study in economics should definitely consider first taking a stop at one of the Federal Reserve banks.”

 

 

Jayoo Song

Jayoo Song

Jayoo Song is working toward a career in management consulting and was fortunate to secure an international internship in Booz Allen Hamilton’s South Korea office as a research assistant supporting management consultants. He had this to say about his experience: “My research assistant position was a lot of fun, but also extremely challenging. From the start, I worked into the early morning hours pretty much every day. A few of the busier days I would work until 5 a.m. and leave my home at 8 a.m. Though it really depends on what kind of project you are working on, consulting generally requires you to work very hard. You have to be mentally and physically tough.”

Jayoo did a bit of preparation that paid off: “As a research assistant, I spent most of the time researching data and categorizing them using Excel ... I memorized pretty much all the short cuts in Excel before I started to work, and it really paid off.” One thing that Jayoo learned quickly was that research is a serious task. “I thought that researching was Googling. But that was not the case. When consultants wanted me to find something, it was essential to know why they needed it, and how they were going to use that information. Once you really understand this, then it is a lot easier for you to gather data you and consultants want.”

Overall, Jayoo learned throughout his internship what the life of a consultant really is: “Being able to talk to consultants and ask questions was probably the biggest opportunity for me. Now I know how they dress, how they eat and how they communicate with others. I hope to figure out how they think and solve problems like they do one day.” Jayoo graduated with a degree in economics.

 

 

Rebecca Wagner

Rebecca Wagner

Rebecca Wagner, now a senior majoring in economics, hoped that the Rising Leaders Program would provide her with exposure to the work environment and help her narrow down career options. Under the guidance of UC San Diego alumnus Jerome Fons at Kroll Bond Ratings in New York, Rebecca was able to achieve her goal. At Kroll she was assigned to support work on a corporate default model: “My days were filled with SQL queries, Excel spreadsheets and Google. It is amazing how different econometrics in school is from how it is in the ‘real world’… During the econometrics series, I was constantly warned about how data is never found exactly how you want it, but we never had experience sorting through data. Organizing data was the most time consuming part of the entire process.” A self-professed Excel expert prior to the summer, Rebecca learned about capabilities of Excel that she never knew existed and gained valuable skills using SQL.

Rebecca was also able to grow through real-life work experience. According to her, “even though the purpose of my internship was narrowly based, I learned about and worked in a variety of different areas of the business. Jerry made sure to bring me into all types of rating committees from CMBS to public finance to learn about the rating process and about all the different types of securities that are rated at KBRA. I was also assigned small tasks outside of the corporate model, I even spent some time learning how to use a Bloomberg terminal.”

The internship was very positive: “As a whole this experience was amazing. It felt more like I was working at KBRA as a consultant than interning, since I usually imagine internships to be about getting coffee and making copies, neither of which I had to do. This internship definitely honed my technical skills on a variety of different programs. I got to learn a little bit about everything, and as someone who is still not entirely sure what she wants to do, learning is the only way to narrow it down. I think the biggest advantage one gains from an internship is learning what a job is like in the ‘real world’ and learning the different kind of jobs that are out there. While one is at college, one masters how to be a student, but college is a bubble that I believe hides the ‘real world’; especially at a research-based school like UC San Diego. While the skills I learned at UC San Diego were used repeatedly at my internship, the knowledge and skill set I gained at Kroll is completely different than what I have learned in college. Another benefit to my internship at Kroll was spending the summer in New York, which taught me a lot about who I am and what I want to do in the future.”