Internship Spotlight – Ryan Dong

 

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Ryan Dong, BSBA (May 2016), Concentrations: Entrepreneurship/Management & Human Resources

A week in the life of a Northgate Commercial Real Estate internship…
Throughout the internship, I worked on an ongoing project using industry websites to obtain critical real estate data that the office used on a daily basis. I entered the information into an internal database called Real Estate Assistant (REA). I also supported other aspects of the daily operations of the office such as drafting Letters of Intent, creating marketing brochures, and reviewing other legal documents related to commercial real estate transactions. Though my work was fairly independent, I did report to the President and Vice President on a regular basis. During the internship, I spent a few weeks working closely with the property management team to gain some experience in that area of real estate. This gave me an opportunity to observe real estate from a management perspective in contrast to the brokerage side where I spent more of my time initially.

Highlights of the internship experience…
The opportunity to work closely with the firm’s senior leadership really accelerated my understanding of the industry in such a short period of time. I discovered what it’s like to have a “real job”. I quickly realized that the professional world is not so far away and this experience helped me grow primarily because I was contributing to a real business in a professional work setting.

Northgate 2What differentiates Northgate Commercial Real Estate as an employer…
The Northgate Commercial team is a team of younger, ambitious professionals. This makes for a very light-hearted work environment. All of the employees get along well with each other and often joke with each other. The open layout of the office makes it very easy communicate to coworkers. From the President to the Interns, everyone works together in this open space. Even though it is a fun light-hearted work environment, everyone is very driven and focused when it is time to get work done.

Northgate Commercial is very family oriented and expanding rapidly.  In just four years they have grown from 4 to over 20 employees.

What’s next for Ryan…
During 2015, I took the necessary courses to be qualified to take the California Real Estate Exam. My goals is to pass the exam in early 2016 to become a licensed agent. Northgate Commercial has offered me a full-time position as an agent after graduation.

Scholarship Awards Now Available

 

 

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PDF APPLICATION: ESB SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS APRIL 15 2016

The ESB is delighted to announce many scholarship awards now available for Fall of 2016.   All applications are due by 4 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016. Scholarship decisions will be announced on April 22, 2016. Scholarships that are listed as “Open to all ESB students” will be awarded at the discretion of the ESB Scholarship Committee and may be based on any combination of merit and/or financial need.  Please return your completed applications to Debbi Bell in Weber 206.  If it is more convenient, applications may also be emailed to dbell@pacific.edu.

Fletcher Jones Scholarship 

  • Open to ESB undergraduates, MBA, and MAcc students
  • Undergraduate Scholarship Amount: 15 percent of tuition
  • Graduate Scholarship Amount: 20 percent of tuition

Criteria
Scholarship recipients must:

  • Be a full-time graduate or undergraduate business major.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA.*
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurship and leadership abilities.
  • Demonstrate involvement in the university and the community.
  • Agree to complete an experiential learning project for a local business or non-profit organization for a period of two semesters, or to complete a summer internship.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation by April 8, 2016.
  • Complete the Fletcher Jones Scholarship application by April 8, 2016.

Timeline

  • Awards will be announced on April 22.
  • Awards will apply to Fall 2016 tuition.
  • Award is for one semester only, but recipients may reapply in future semesters.

Preference will be given to students from the greater San Joaquin County area who will remain in the area following graduation.

*The GPA criteria may be waived by the scholarship committee for select applicants based on academic potential and background.


Additional ESB Scholarships:

Charles and Carolyn Bloom Scholarship: $1,000
Criteria – Open all ESB students

Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Chang & Family Endowment: $1,500
Criteria – Open all ESB students

Warner Melvin Holden Scholarship: $1,000
Criteria – Undergraduate Accounting student, sophomore or higher, completed  BUSI 31 and BUSI 33, overall GPA 3.0 or higher.

McNamara Scholarship: $1,500
Criteria – Open all ESB students

Donald J. and Doenda H. Smith Endowment: $5,000
Criteria – Open all ESB students


 

If you have any questions, please contact Debbi Bell 209.946.2629.

Internship Spotlight – Shayda Ansari

Shayda Ansari

Shayda Ansari, BSBA Management and Human Resources | May 2016

A week in the life of a Ross Stores internship…

As a Management Intern during the summer, I spent 40 hours per week at the Ross department store in North Stockton. My daily tasks depended on the needs of the store, and could include anything from employee training and scheduling to day-to-day store manager duties. The internship consisted of a cumulative internship project that was assigned mid-way through the internship.

The nature of my work was predominately team oriented. Throughout my internship I worked with people who held the roles of an associate, area supervisor, assistant store manager, store manager, district manager, and the regional manager.

Throughout the internship, I traveled to other stores in the region and had the chance to tour the corporate campus for a day. There were multiple occasions when I met with fellow interns to work on the internship project. It was interesting to hear how their experiences differed at their stores and to hear about their overall internship experience.

Highlights of the internship experience…

As a student athlete, this was my first “real” job/internship. One of the best aspects of the internship was being able to apply all that I have been learning in school and through other life experiences to the job. I had the opportunity to work with and learn from a wide variety of people, as well as share my knowledge. I was also able to travel to the Central Valley and Bay Area to visit other Ross stores. I was very happy with my internship experience from start to finish.

The chance to work with and lead a wide variety of people was so valuable, especially since I want to pursue a career in Human Resources. It allowed me to implement my passion for leadership in another new setting.

Ross 2What differentiates Ross Stores as an employer…

Ross is currently the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States. I think many consumers “write off” Ross because they target a very specific market segment. However, as a company, they are very organized and driven to continue to grow and expand not only on the west coast but across the rest of the U.S. in the coming years.

The company culture is very disciplined. At Ross, there is a process to everything. This allows for all employees, across all positions, to be on the same page. It creates better cohesion with associates on daily tasks. The culture at Ross is also one that promotes growth, on an individual basis and as a company. When associates start out, managers look to help them climb the ranks and advance to their fullest potential. As an intern, it was very reassuring to see so many growth opportunities available at both a store level and at the corporate level.

What’s next for Shayda…

This internship gave me experience that can directly apply to the field of management and human resources. I got to work with a big company and see how stores operate on a daily basis from the moment inventory is delivered to when items are purchased. I was fortunate to receive a job offer upon completion of my internship, however since this was my first professional experience I felt that I need to explore a wide range of career option before committing to a path.


 

Article compiled and edited by Kristen Wong, ESB ’16, CMC Marketing Intern

 

#AACSBleads Student Leader Spotlight

The AACSB, who accredits the Eberhardt School of Business, is running a Student Leader Spotlight contest!

Our school is full of smart, ambitious, social-media-savvy students – whether they’re on the cutting edge of the next tech start-up, or seeking creative ways to leverage natural resources, our students are on the cusp of greatness –- AASCB wants to hear about it!

Your AACSB-accredited institution is preparing you for the world. What kind of leader will you be? How will you make your mark?”

All you have to do is TWEET your answer to the question “What kind of leader will you be?” Be sure to include the hashtag #AACSBleads to be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card! #EberhardtSchool #AACSBleads

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100 winners will be chosen based on their big ideas, enthusiasm for innovation, and the impact they hope to have on the world around them. Complete contest rules can be found here.

#EberhardtWinterBreak Photo Contest

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Share photos of your winter break fun!

The Eberhardt School of Business is excited to announce its #EberhardtWinterBreak photo contest.

From December 22 through January 19, photos that are posted on Instagram and Facebook and are tagged #EberhardtWinterBreak will be entered into our contest. The winner will receive an Eberhardt School prize pack! Only currently enrolled Eberhardt School of Business students are eligible to win.

Be sure to follow #EberhardtWinterBreak on Instagram and Facebook to see how your fellow students are keeping busy during the break!

If you share your Instagram photos on Twitter, please mention @EberhardtSchool in the tweet.

What are you thankful for?

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The Eberhardt School of Business is excited to announce its “What are you thankful for?” photo contest.

Starting today and through November 30th, photos that are posted on Instagram and Facebook that are tagged #ESBThanksgiving and share “what you are thankful for” will be entered into our contest. The winner will receive an Eberhardt School prize pack! Only currently enrolled Eberhardt School of Business students are eligible to win.

Be sure to follow #ESBThanksgiving on Instagram and Facebook to see what your fellow students are thankful for!

If you share your Instagram photos on Twitter, please mention @EberhardtSchool in the tweet.

Be sure to follow us: https://www.instagram.com/eberhardtschool/
Like us: https://www.facebook.com/eberhardtschoolofbusiness/

 

#ESBLaborDay Photo Contest

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#EberhardtSchool #ESBLaborDay Photo Contest

The Eberhardt School of Business is excited to announce its #ESBLaborDay photo contest.

Starting Friday, September 4 and through Monday, September 7, photos that are posted on Instagram and Facebook and are tagged #ESBLaborDay will be entered into our contest. The winner will receive an Eberhardt School prize pack! Only currently enrolled Eberhardt School of Business students are eligible to win.

Be sure to follow #ESBLaborDay on Instagram and Facebook to see how your fellow students are enjoying the Labor Day weekend!

If you share your Instagram photos on Twitter, please mention @EberhardtSchool in the tweet.

Pacific students use art to save ancient Chinese culture

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by Johanna Bakmas, Marketing Coordinator for College of the Pacific
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Students launch online store that benefits Chinese artisans in remote village of Dimen.

A Kam woman weaves traditional fabric on a loom

A Kam woman weaves traditional fabric on a loom

Singing Hands, a fair trade artisan cooperative run by students and faculty at University of the Pacific, has launched a website and online store benefiting artists living in remote areas of China. Working with ethnic Kam women artisans, Singing Hands has reinvented traditional art forms by developing a contemporary line of handmade products including fabric bags, jewelry, ornaments and paper stationary.

Marie Anna Lee, associate professor of graphic design at University of the Pacific, founded Singing Hands in the summer of 2014 with the support of the Dimen Dong Cultural Eco Museum in the remote village of Dimen in Guizhou province. Under Lee’s leadership, graphic design students have been working closely with artisans to develop prototypes of products that merge contemporary design with tradition. Sacha Joseph-Mathews, associate professor of marketing at the Eberhardt School of Business, and her students helped develop the store’s marketing strategy.

“I love that I’m able to use what I’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to help preserve another culture’s beautiful motifs,” says Binaypreet Singh ’16, a double major in graphic design and psychology.

The products are now available online at singinghands.org.

“While apprenticing with the Kam women, I noticed how contemporary their designs looked and had the idea of combining their traditional motifs and materials with modern techniques like screen printing to create products that could be sold for profit,” says Lee. “Sales from these products sustain Kam families by allowing them to make a living from their traditional lifestyle. I saw this as a win-win situation for everyone, including our Pacific students.”

All fabrics are handmade on wooden looms and hand-dyed with local plants following techniques that have been passed down from mother to daughter for centuries.

It is customary for Kam artists to sing while working, hence the cooperative’s name. Kam people are so renowned for their polyphonic singing that the Kam Grand Choir was designated a world-class intangible cultural heritage in 2009 by UNESCO. Their song has also been chronicled in a National Geographic article written by famed Chinese-American author, Amy Tan.

“They carry their history in their songs, as they do not have a written language,” says Lee. In an area where the average family income is $1,000 annually, many villagers are forgoing their traditional way of life and moving to larger cities to find work.

“By purchasing these products, you allow artisans to work from home. They do not have to leave for faraway factories that exploit the migrant workforce,” says Lee. Following the fair trade model, all profits go directly to the artisans.

To celebrate the grand opening, use promo code ‘grandopening’ to receive a 20 percent discount on items purchased via the online store.

Original news article: http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/Newsroom/2015/May-Aug-2015/Pacific-students-use-art-to-save-ancient-Chinese-culture.html

#EberhardtWinterBreak Photo Contest

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#EberhardtWinterBreak

Share photos of your winter break fun!

The Eberhardt School of Business is excited to announce its #EberhardtWinterBreak photo contest.

From December 12 through January 9, photos that are posted on Instagram and Facebook and are tagged #EberhardtWinterBreak will be entered into our contest. The winner will receive an Eberhardt School prize pack! Only currently enrolled Eberhardt School of Business students are eligible to win.

Be sure to follow #EberhardtWinterBreak on Instagram and Facebook to see how your fellow students are keeping busy during the break!

If you share your Instagram photos on Twitter, please mention @EberhardtSchool in the tweet.

Internship Spotlight – Jim Feliz

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Jim Feliz

Jim Feliz, BS, Accounting/MAcc ’15

We have all heard the saying “practice makes perfect,” and in the case of Eberhardt Masters of Accounting student Jim Feliz, this quote rung true with his search for the perfect internship. Jim practiced his interview skills with many companies and conducted mock interviews to be well equipped to take on the task of finding a summer internship. This approach combined with alumni connections pursued with the help of the Eberhardt Career Management Center gave him a foot in the door for an interview with Pacific alumnus Kevin Turco, the HR Manager / Corporate Recruiter for Armanino LLP.

Although Jim prepared extensively, the interview with Armanino was unlike any prior interview he’d experienced. The pressure was on him during his final round of a three round interview process. Rather than having a partner ask him questions, he had to fill the entire thirty-minute interview slot by asking questions about Armanino. This was a unique way of finding out if potential candidates were interested in the company and had done a thorough job of researching the firm ahead of time. It was also a unique approach to ensure that he was a good fit with the firm’s organizational culture. The offer of a summer internship proved he was!

What does a day in the life of an Auditor look like? Contrary to popular belief, Jim stated that everyday was different. He got to deal with diverse segments of accounting, meet with senior staff, and had direct interaction with clients.

The highlight for Jim was the autonomy and high level responsibilities that the company gave him as an intern. He said he felt less like an intern and more like a first year Staff Accountant. Jim’s most rewarding experience was signing off on successfully completed audits, which spoke to his high efforts and dedication to the quality of his work.

Jim appreciates the foundation of accounting knowledge that the Eberhardt School of Business has given him. He has been able to put the theory learned in the classroom into real world application. Jim was able to quickly learn on the job and adapt to the professional working environment.

you-miss-100-percent-of-the-shots-you-dont-takeIf he were to offer one piece of advice to students pursuing an internship, it would come down to a famous quote by Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” For Jim this means put yourself out there, attend events, utilize your resources, and apply to as many different types of internships that you may be interested in.  He said that persistence was essential and not getting discouraged along the way kept him focused on the end goal.

Jim secured a full-time offer with Armanino upon graduation, continuing his quest to achieve longer-term career goals of passing the CPA exam and moving up in the accounting industry. Jim’s success demonstrates how important summer internships can be for students.

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To learn more about Armanino and career opportunities: http://www.amllp.com/careers