Crosby MBA prepares student for internship in investments

Hien Nguyen, Crosby MBA at his internship at MOSERSHien Nguyen is a second-year Crosby MBA student focusing his studies in Finance and Marketing Analytics. After graduation in May 2016, Hien hopes to find a career that allows him to expand upon his background in Engineering and Economics, helping companies to make data-driven decisions. He is interested in Marketing Analytics and Risk Management.

During the summer of 2015, I interned in the investment department at MOSERS, the pension fund of Missouri state employees. My main duty was to develop a quantitative trading system to trade indexes at the country level. This project required financial, economic and statistical knowledge to create models and data processing as well as programming skills to experiment with models. In addition, I attended due diligent meetings with external money managers and performed other various tasks such as generating reports and tracking indicators. (more…)

Internships add value to MBA

While it may be tempting to enjoy a summer break in between their first and second year of MBA school, Crosby MBA students find that there’s value in partaking in a summer internship. It’s a time to learn about different work environments that students may not have been exposed to previously. It’s also a chance to gain experience outside the classroom. And, for some, it’s also an excuse for adventure – Crosby MBA students were able to live all over the world during their summer internships. Here’s more about what our students were able to do this summer:


Finding an internship that challenges you

Crosby MBA student Krissy TrippKrissy Tripp is a Crosby MBA student studying management and earning the Marketing Analytics Certificate. After graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism she helped Central Missouri Newspapers Incorporated launch its digital marketing agency, Front Page Digital. She was recently elected President of the Crosby Analytics Society, and is actively working toward bringing data analytics opportunities to the students of the Crosby MBA Program. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her dog, Pepper.

At least a dozen managers were staring at me. I had just shoved a mouthful of Chipotle in my mouth, and the Executive Vice President of KeyBank Real Estate Capital asked me a question.

“Krissy, were you intimidated coming to intern at a bank since you’re not a finance major?”

I was now at the lunch portion of my final internship presentation, having finished presenting alongside the other four interns, all of whom have traditional finance, accounting or economics backgrounds. We put together a plan to diversify KeyBank Real Estate Capital’s  portfolio and help them to double in size by 2020. The 40-minute presentation  lead to a discussion about their inaugural intern program, and Marty O’Connor, Executive Vice President of KeyBank Real Estate Capital, wanted to know how to recruit more non-business undergraduates to work at a corporate bank. ­


Research abroad sparks interest in Ph.D. programs

Crosby MBA Runtian BaiRuntian Bai is a second-year Crosby MBA student studying finance and working toward the Marketing Analytics Certificate. Prior to earning his MBA, Runtian worked at the China Development Bank as the assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. Upon graduation, he is looking for opportunities to work as a research analyst at a financial institution or in academics.

My name is Runtian Bai, and I worked as a research assistant on the Sales Force Management research project for the marketing department at University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business during the summer of 2015.

I was mentored by two MU professors: Professor Shaoming Zou and Professor Murali Mantrala. For my research project, I traveled to China to interview eight B2B sales executives and record the interviews. During my month abroad, I visited three cities: Beijing, Qingdao, and Zhangye. The executives I interviewed were from companies such as Jingdong (similar to Amazon), China Aluminum, Tiancheng Trading, New Dongli, Shandong Province Trading Association and the Youcheng Foundation for the Poor. I will actually continue to work on this project during the academic year, transcribing interviews and then translating them from Chinese to English. (more…)