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Students Spent Busy Summers at Home and Abroad

Over the summer, students of the Crosby MBA program applied their knowledge beyond the classroom — to real-world experiences close to home and around the globe.

Gaurav Ahuja

I worked on eight projects dealing with retail operations support at H&R Block corporate headquarters in Kansas City.

Some of my duties included:

  • managing content for pages accessed by internal clients
  • working on process improvements in Puerto Rico
  • reducing storage room costs
  • instituting a level of additional support between field users and the technical support center
  • organizing the summer executives meeting

Tim Cunningham

I consulted for one of the Financial Times’ business units.  I helped it understand its core capabilities, customer needs and segmentation, and competitors’ positions in the market.  I  facilitated a number of planning sessions to determine in which direction the unit should head.

The outcome was a number of reports and a presentation. The business unit has since adopted some of the recommendations.

Sam DeAtley

I studied abroad in Italy, through CIMBA, with Ryan Frederking and Fei Wang.

According to its website, CIMBA is committed to providing an innovative learning environment and to the development of superior educational programs to better prepare today’s young professionals for the global marketplace.  More information about MU’s involvement with the program is available here.

Kelly Eaton

I interned at the Kroenke Group, which owns and manages more than 200 properties nationwide.  I started in mid-May as one of the first members of the accounting production team.

Accounting production is responsible for:

  • receiving vendor invoices for work performed at all properties
  • entering invoices in the system and cutting checks to vendors
  • depositing rent checks into property specific bank accounts
  • paying utility bills
  • tracking insurance information for all vendors
  • working with accountants to be sure account balances stay positive

Whitney Lange

I was a marketing and fundraising volunteer intern for an English school in a village in Cambodia.  I researched ways to receive more financial aid from a larger group of donors, created fundraising campaigns, and redesigned the graphics, information, and language on all marketing tools.

In this photo, I am with the staff of both Salariin Kampuchea (Khmer for “Schools in Cambodia”) and Apsara Centrepole Hotel, receiving a donation of toothbrushes, toothpastes, and hand soaps for the students.

Sean McLerran

At Gasket Engineering, I have been an assistant to the plant manager.  I helped with space utilization as a new process and product was being introduced.  I also worked with CAD drawings from customers to help produce the products the most efficient way possible.  I also helped work on a presentation for a customer on a sale we just made.

Caleb Phillips

I can finally say I’ve taken a selfie with a Fortune 200 CEO and a kangaroo.

In all seriousness, my summer as an intern at DISH Network was nothing short of an adventure.  Between working on projects with executives and hiking 14-ers on the weekends, the experiences I have gained this summer will stay with me for the rest of my life.

I’m excited to bring back what I’ve learned to my second year in the program.

Katie Rapp

As an intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, I worked in the Education Administration department. Throughout my internship I have completed projects that include implementing a project management system within my department​ and assisting in the implementation of a large, museum-wide technology systems update.

The woman with me in this photo is Alaine Arnott. She is an alumna of the program and my boss at the Met.

Chase Sanders

I worked on vendor relations, recruitment, business development, and customer experience at Red Frog Events in Chicago.

I got to travel the country for some of our events.

Elliott Stam

I went to Cape Town, South Africa, with a group of journalism students for three weeks to interview people who were involved in the struggle against Apartheid.  Some of the people we interviewed had been members of the militant wing of the African National Congress.  One was Nelson Mandela’s lead security officer and another was the sibling of a deceased ANC leader from District 6 who had survived assassination attempts.  Others had been imprisoned by Apartheid security forces and tortured or placed on death row, or both. Besides interviewing people, another goal of the trip was to be the first group to establish a relationship between the Missouri School of Journalism and the University of Western Cape, one of the most politically active universities during Apartheid.  UWC has an extensive collection of newspapers, posters, and other documents housed in its Mayibuye Archives, and this was another point of interest on our trip.  We spent a lot of time digging through these archives, and I believe there’s an effort to help digitize this content so future generations have access to it as well.

Although not through the journalism program, MU has had a relationship with UWC since the 1980s.  The MU international center coordinated this trip, but it was not a class. It was more of a project that, hopefully, will foster a lasting relationship between UWC and the journalism school. Everyone who went has been assigned stories to write that should be published this fall.

Left: The “Table mountain cute fluff” is a Dassi, a hilarious creature that jumps around on the rocks of Table Mountain and any other dangerous rock faces they find.

Below: The whole group stands at the so-called most southwestern tip of South Africa.


At the end of the trip in South Africa we went up north to Kruger National Park for a safari. On the safari we saw elephants, zebra, lions, rhinoceros, and giraffes.  It was at the animal refuge that we actually got up close and personal.  The cheetah we got to pet even purred.
After returning to the United States, I washed my clothes and packed my bags for Chicago, where I had an internship with Leo Burnett, in its optimization department.  This basically means I did marketing analytics for them all summer.  I worked on an account that houses the organization’s biggest database, so I got great experience working on data analysis.  Something that’s really beneficial about this internship for me is I get to see how the business works across multiple disciplines.  I interacted with people from account management, creative direction, production, optimization, and strategy.  It was a steep learning curve.

Jacob Taylor

I interned for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, a Fortune 500 company, in the Dallas area.

My main internship project was to analyze travel expense data for their auto claims division.  The internship is designed to lead into the company’s field management development program.

Fei Wang

I studied abroad in Italy, through CIMBA, with Sam DeAtley and Ryan Frederking.

Joanna Leath’s Internship In Kenya with The Paradigm Project!

My name is Joanna Leath, and I started my MBA in Fall 2012 and graduated in Spring 2014 as a Business Generalist and with a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. I currently work at Boeing. I am extremely passionate about service and social enterprise.

Speaking with some Jiko users

I interned in summer 2013 with The Paradigm Project (TPP), a low-profit organization that manufactures improved stoves for people in developing countries. Paradigm works with a company called EzyLife to manufacture and distribute stoves, which are called jikos in Swahili. Currently, many women in developing countries cook inside their hut on a three stone fire with wood or charcoal. In addition to being time consuming and expensive to collect fuel, this type of stove produces massive carbon emissions that cause respiratory problems  in women and children and  also go on to pollute our planet. The Nature Conservancy estimates that the rural poor generate 25% of global carbon emissions. Thus, Paradigm has produced stoves that burn more efficiently and produce decreased carbon emissions.

However, the benefit does not stop there. In addition to being a healthier and more environmentally friendly option, the stoves create jobs for people in the area. Since Paradigm seeks to distribute stoves that are manufactured locally and creates sales teams comprised of local men and women, it is able to have an economic impact on the community in addition to an environmental one.  Paradigm’s focus is to empower people and to shift the way the Western world thinks about people in developing countries. Rather than charity, they seek to create opportunity by investing in the developing world through projects that help the people socially, physically and environmentally.

A Wood-burning Jiko

Paradigm carries several types of stoves which are either wood-burning or charcoal jikos. While The Paradigm Project is headquartered in Colorado, they are doing work in South America and Eastern Africa. EzyLife is the company on the ground in Kenya, which is where I am working. At this time, I am the only person from Paradigm in the office with EzyLife and am also the only American. I work and stay in Nairobi which is a wonderful city!

The duration of my internship was about two months. I was given two business problems, and was to “solve” them by the end of the summer (although it was winter there!). My long-term goals were to increase usage of the jikos among our end-users and increase warranty registrations. My way of doing that was to experiment with text messaging (extremely popular in Kenya) for warranty registrations and to improve the training of our sales staff to combat misconceptions and incorrect stove usage among end-users.  One misconception that our end-users have about our product is that certain dishes and certain size pots cannot be cooked on the jikos. However, the people who say it is impossible are the people who generally have not tried it. To combat this, one of my projects was to create a video that our sales team can show during product demonstrations. It has been really fun to plan who will be in the video, what they will wear, what economic level they will be from, what they will cook, etc.  I also spent a lot of time in the field, learning about peoples’ experiences with our product and our company and conducting focus groups that fuels the training materials that  I was producing.

The best part of my experience was been being “kicked out of the nest” after my first week. I was told the two business problems, was shown around for a week to become familiar with the company, the product, and the end-users, and then I was completely on my own. In a lot of ways it was terrifying, but I have loved seeing myself create my own projects and be a self-starter.

Exploring Kenya

I was excited to finish my materials and see the results.  I also really loved my safari a few weeks later. I definitely worked hard, but I wanted to take advantage of the beauty and adventure that is Africa while I was here!

Joanna Safari

Intern Spotlight: Josh Hampshire, Informatica

Silicon Valley has always been a hotspot for the latest and greatest innovations revolving around the tech industry.  That being said, this was a field that I have been highly interested in because of my love of anything involving technology.  After receiving the internship from  Informatica, I was excited to get out to California and begin working.

Informatica’s main business revolves around data; whether it’s migrating, integrating, masking, or replication, they assist in data management and enterprising.  The company is headquartered in Redwood City right outside of San Francisco in California and is home to around 1,000 to 1,500 employees. They are a business-to-business company focused on providing aid to customers, IT departments, and their technologically savvy consumers.

My role at Informatica supports their recently created Cloud department.  Only a few years old, the Informatica Cloud team helps integrate applications and data through the cloud and is parterned heavily with Salesforce AppExchange.  I tackle social media issues and programs promoting and starting discussions about our product.  At the beginning of the internship, I conducted a social media audit that focused on successfully taking off on three social media platforms.  I chose Twitter, Google Plus, and LinkedIn and created content and social calendars for all three social media sites.  Whether it is from our Product Managers, the VP of Marketing, or my own blogs, I gather and market content about Informatica and the cloud industry in order to keep Informatica in the discussion.  Keeping up with social media for everything from Slideshare to Chatter to Twitter has been quite the task, however it has provided great experience so far.

I am looking forward to many things throughout the rest of my time at Informatica, however a few activities stand out.  The couple intern events we have had have been fun so far, so I am looking forward to the Informatica Olympics among other events as well.  I am also excited to see where I can take the department’s social media presence and work on achieving the next level of social marketing.  I will keep you posted on what happens and how the rest of the internship goes.  My goal is to be posting next about the amazing successes I have with the company!


Josh Hampshire is an MBA student with an emphasis in Marketing Analytics.  As part of our Intern Spotlight series, Josh will join other Crosby MBA students in sharing internship experiences here on the blog.  You can read Josh’s other post about the growing importance of marketing analytics here.