I will be interning at BB&T in their corporate office located in Frederick, Maryland. I will be partnering with Employment Consultants in researching productive methodologies of attracting top quality minority talent as part of the BB&T diversity employment initiative as it relates to rural markets where diversity staffing proves to be a challenge. In addition, I will be completing special projects and performing a variety of assignments throughout the organization to assist various departments in order to learn about the financial services industry.
My career goals
After I graduate, I would like to obtain a job with a multinational company that offers opportunities to work abroad in order to immerse myself in international business. With that experience I would like to later pursue a JD/MBA and use the dual-degrees to work on both the business and legal sides of corporate law, specifically in the area of negotiations.
Why I chose UNC
I chose UNC because as soon as I walked onto the campus for the first time, I felt like I was at home. I enjoyed the Southern hospitality and the overall motivation and eagerness to learn that I observed from the students who I encountered during my visit. Of course, the top-notch business school was a selling point as well. I was destined to be a Tar Heel.
Experience of the undergraduate business program at UNC
I cannot begin to sum up the amazing experience that I have had thus far, as a student in the undergraduate business program at UNC. I have had the opportunity to attend a conference at The Ohio State University and came back as member of the 2010 KeyBank Symposium Case Competition winning team. I have been able travel outside of the country for the first time by participating in two global immersions, one to Beijing and Shanghai, China and the other to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa and I plan to participate in one more before I graduate in May. These global immersions allowed me to spend time in countries that I would never have been able to travel to without the help of UNC Kenan-Flagler. I was even granted the opportunity to meet a few CEOs and CFOs during the company visits. The undergraduate business program is also very flexible regarding pursuing other majors; in fact, they encourage it to diversify your education at UNC. I have a second major in Afro-American studies and am in the Honors Program, which goes to show UNC Kenan-Flagler’s flexibility and diversity of students. The global immersions have been my favorite experiences out of the many that I have from Kenan-Flagler.
The UNC Kenan-Flagler network
Alumni provide their information in the database and encourage all current undergraduates to contact them if they are interested in their career path. The most important resources by far at UNC Kenan-Flagler are your peers. Students here at UNC Kenan-Flagler tend to communicate opportunities to other student fairly often and it is not rare to find a student encouraging another student to pursue a particular internship or experience. UNC’s Kenan-Flagler network has become like a family to me and I truly encourage all students to utilize its many resources and get to know as many as its members as you can in your short, two years at UNC Kenan-Flagler.
Involvement in student life
Last year, I was granted the opportunity to serve as one of the three inaugural program coordinators of the new program, BSBA Ambassadors, which is the student-led program that works in conjunction with administration to recruit high quality students for the BSBA program. Since my first year at UNC, I have been a member of the Minority Business Student Alliance and next year, I will serve as Vice President. I volunteer at Communiversity Youth Program with elementary school students tutoring and organizing educational activities to promote the importance of attaining a higher education.