By Liz Warren-Pederson
Almost 30 Eller undergraduates connected with UA alumni to complete externships in San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, and New York City over the holiday break.
Marcus Ratzlaff (BSBA Business Economics and Marketing ’12) spent a day with Cale Miller (BSBA Marketing ’04) at Grubb & Ellisin San Francisco. “I learned so much from my experience at Grubb & Ellis,” Ratzlaff said. “Cale was great in that he went into detail about his job, introduced us to numerous executives within the company, and offered his personal advice for breaking into the industry.”
Ratzlaff came to the Eller College because of its academic reputation, but also because of its connections to alumni working in the industries he’s interested in. “I also chose the UA over other schools because it offers PAC 10 sports and an amazing social life,” he said. “It’s awesome being able to meet people from all over the country and the world.”
Ratzlaff said he chose to major in business economics and marketing because he’s passionate about both subjects. “I’m extremely interested in how our economy works and how it influences our everyday lives,” he said. “And I’ve worked in sales and marketing since high school, so the marketing major was natural to me.”
When he graduates in 2012, he is considering going on to law school, or breaking into commercial real estate or the sports industry. “Working for the McKale Ticket Center has given me the needed experience to take a job in sports upon graduation,” he said. “I also had an informational interview with the San Francisco Giants while I was in town for my externship with Grubb & Ellis.”
Luyao Wang (BSBA Finance ’12) completed her externship with Deutsche Bank. “I got a feel for the equity structuring desk in Deutsche Bank,” she said. “It was a very encouraging experience for me. I learned a lot from them, such as how they price products.” Wang is also minoring in mathematics, which her contacts at Deutsche Bank applauded. They also told her about client relationship-building, how they got started in the field, and what a typical day looks like.
“I am inspired by the ever-changing market and finance world and there are lots of opportunities infinance if I want to work for a major bank in the future,” she said.
Paul Mallery (BSBA Finance and Entrepreneurship ’11) completed his externship with Sandor Development in Phoenix. “Before coming to college, I was struggling to decide between business and engineering,” he said. “Eventually, I decided business, but I did not have a specific area in mind.”
The summer after his freshman year, his summer job had news radio on all day. “For several hours a day, I would be stuck listening to financial news whether I liked it or not,” he said, “But after that summer, I realized I actually liked what I was learning about.”
One day, he’d like to own his own company, so he applied for the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program to get that valuable experience. “Ideally, I would like to be a partner in a private equity company or a real estate company,” he said. “In order to get there, I see myself going into investments, real estate, or consulting.”
At Sandor Development, Mallery connected with Jay Stein (BSBA Finance ’86), a member of the Eller College National Board of Advisors. “He allowed me to sit in on a face-to-face meeting with a large real estate brokerage company, a lunch with the real estate department of a large client, and many conference calls,” Mallery said. “He was very open with me and allowed me to learn about whatever I wanted. It was an amazing experience.”
Mallery said he’s interested in potentially working for Sandor in the future. “At Sandor, I learned that the best players in the real estate market can do well in any economic conditions,” he said. “We just have to use all the information around us in order to best prepare ourselves for the future.”
“One of the most important things that I learned,” Ratslaff added, “is that we as Eller grads are entering one of the worst job markets in history, and it is absolutely imperative that we do everything we can to broaden our skill sets and use every resource that the Eller College offers to be job-ready upon graduation. Cale stressed this throughout the day, and all in all the experience was intellectually stimulating from start to finish.”