Catalina Lizarralde interning @ The Dow Chemical Company

Hola everybody! My name is Catalina Lizarralde and I am a international student from Ecuador that has been living in the US for 19 months. I must start by saying that if something in my grammar sounds a little wrong, it probably is… but please bear with me… just imagine I am talking with an accent :). Anyway, I am a junior and currently I am part of the Honors Cohort program here at fisher. Hopefully, I will be graduating in the spring of 2010 with majors in Logistics Management and Operations. I decided to come to Ohio State because of its high ranks in these fields, and so far my experience has been fabulous. I must accept though that I am not a fan of the winter or the sudden weeks of crazy weather. In the flip side, I love the crazy scarlet and grey obsession and I proudly call myself a buckeye…even though I don’t undin the beacherstand how a nut can be a mascot or the fact that “buckeye” means nothing in Spanish… oh well that is another story.

Ohio State has been quite a journey of emotions, experiences and memories that have made a stronger human being. I have been able to meet people (professionals, professors and peers) that have influenced me in infinite ways and I just rejoice when I realize how valuable this ride has been for me.

A little bit more about me. I was raised in Quito, capital of Ecuador but I am Colombian… After high school I studied music performance and German in SalzbuSome of the family membersrg- Austria and after that, I backpacked all Europe in a couple of months. Also, growing up I participated in United Nations, program that took me to many different places around the world. With my parents, I have gotten the opportunity to travel as well and all the interesting experiences I lived in each unique place make me become passionate about traveling and experiencing new places. Besides that, I love to dance, sing, play soccer, chill in the country house, interact with different people of ages and spend lots of time with my family and friends. Pretty sweet random fact? Back home, my dad has an ice-cream factory and yes, I was the luckiest girl in the world….  I got to make my own creation. Also, I am addicted to soccer and In 2006 I experience some of the best days of my life while I was in the World Cup in Germany!!! Finally, I am the youngest of three sisters and I am a proud With my friends in the country house!aunt of three gorgeous little girls and a little boy that takes care of me from heaven.

This summer I will be interning with Dow Chemicals in their brand new business center in Houston Texas! I am really exited because I will not be only working with an industry leader, but specifically with their supply chain analyst improvement team which professionally passionate me. Everybody tells me Texas is a different country and that probably I am no longer going to be international one…that is pretty awesome. I think is fascinating I get to experience a different American life style. As soon as I get there, I will let you all know how it goes.

What can I say, I am a pretty lucky person with a life full of exiting anecdotes… and I have a feeling this summer is not going to be the exception.. so, stay tuned!
World Cup 2006!

Marshal Getz in Jolly old England

Stonehenge 2008

Hello everybody! I am currently a junior at Ohio State dual majoring in B.S. Business Administration: Finance and International Business, and B.A. Economics.  I was majoring in chemistry for two years before figuring out that it was too depressing of a major, so I switched to business and so far, I love it!  But enough with that boring stuff, here’s a little about myself:

I grew up in Orrville, which is a little town in northeast Ohio.  Orrville is home to the J.M. Smucker Co., and legendary NCAA coach Bob Knight.  I lettered 3-years in football and basketball, was in the percussion section of the symphony band, and was an American Legion Buckeye Boys State Delegate during high school.  While at Ohio State, I have been a member of OSU Ski Club, OSU Young Republicans Club, and am currently in the process with a couple of my buddies of establishing the OSU Brewing Club.   I pretty much enjoy what every other dude enjoys: Playing with fire/fireworks, paintballing, 4-wheeling, throwing the football and baseball, mud pits, roller coasters, and anything else that’s crazy.

 Having just transferred to Fisher College of Business from the College of Arts and Sciences two quarters ago, I was really behind on, well everything!  I knew that I had to find an internship this summer because I needed to gain some experience working in a professional environment (my former jobs had consisted of working road construction and installing water pipe).  I previously visited the United Kingdom for Spring Break 2008, and absolutely loved it, so when a buddy of mine told me about an internship opportunity through Fisher to the UK, I knew that I was on board.  The Internship that I am participating in is through Fisher, and is sponsored by a London based group known as EUSA.  This organization specializes in placing university students at U.S. institutions in internships abroad.  My internship is focusing on the areas of investment banking and corporate finance; however what I am looking for most is to gain some valuable work experience.  I could be doing logistics in a sweatshop for all I care, and will be happy as long as I get the valuable work experience that comes with the job.  I know that I will cherish the opportunity to work abroad in London, and will make the most of my stay because this is truly a once in a lifetime experience. 

 If any of my lovely readers have any questions, please feel free to comment on this page, or if you want, you can email me at  Thank you for reading this and my next update will be around June 21st in London, England.

Jake Vogel @ Cohen & Company

Jake Vogel

Hi my name is Jake Vogel and I am a third year accounting major.  This summer I will be interning full-time with a regional accounting firm, based out of Cleveland, here in Dublin. I worked part-time with Cohen & Company during the busy season and am returning on June 15th.  I will continue in the CFAS (Cohen Fund Audit Services) department while doing AA and Tax work. CFAS is similar to typical auditing but focuses only on mutual and hedge funds.  I was first exposed to Cohen last May at the Accounting Association’s Winter Internship Night. Since then I interviewed in Cleveland in July then started working part-time the first week of January.  I am looking forward to seeing and working with my co-workers again as well as furthering my knowledge of accounting principles.  Having worked for Cohen in the Winter, there are not too many things I am anxious about. The only thing that will be different is I will be traveling to Cleveland more for training and other intern exercises.  By blogging about my experience, I hope that I am able to expose interested students to an alternative path for accounting majors. Not only through a non Big 4 firm but also in the service of fund auditing.

Allie Feinstein @ Marvel Enterprises

Hi I’m Allie, a sophomore marketing major and theatre minor from Cleveland, Oh. This summer I will be working as a production assistant on the film Thor and blogging every step of the way!

dsc00825Hey there! I’m a current sophomore, studying marketing and theatre from Cleveland, Ohio. This year has flown by, but I can’t wait for summer! I leave for Los Angeles on June 20th and will be working all summer as a production intern for the film Thor, which is a Marvel film. When I first began the internship search in December, I had two criteria: I wanted a position in the entertainment industry and I wanted to be in Los Angeles. I spoke with Nadine Holmes and Diana Martin of the Alumni Association who sent out emails inquiring about potential job opportunities to Alumni on the west coast. One of the responses came from OSU alum and executive producer Arne Schmidt of “Thor” who let me know that there was an intern position open.

I have interned for one other film, but only for a couple of weeks. This summer, I am hoping to expand my knowledge of film production and marketing as well as expand my network of connections. I am definitely anxious to live on my own in Los Angeles and worry about being able to afford living expenses. Blogging will be a cool way to document and reflect upon my experience. Hopefully my blog will provide insight to others who are interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry!


Michael Song @ Hope International

n12927696_36671474_3556I’m a third year finance and economics major in the honors cohort program. This summer I will be interning with Hope International, a non-profit microfinance firm, as the sole finance and accounting summer analyst. The Firm is based out of Lancaster, Pa (Amish Country… anyone?) and has funds in 14 different countries.

I found out about this opportunity as somewhat of a coincidence. I was visiting home for Thanksgiving break catching up with an old friend and was introduced to Hope International when asked about my intentions after graduation.

Just as a caveat, I have been hyper-focused solely on opportunities that have offered traditional valuation experience due to my previous internships in investment banking. Honestly, I hadn’t thought of this particular industry as a possibility for a career path directly out of undergrad until learning more about microfinance.

Hope International is a niche based microfinance firm that seeks opportunities in “hard places,” which directly translates to countries most major funds in the industry avoid. That being said, the fund is not extremely large. I will be working directly with the sole finance manager and analyst in assessing and improving efficiency of their funds while assisting in fund operations. Due to the small team, I’m looking to get a vast amount of responsibility and an opportunity to add value immediately.

There are three things I am very excited about with this opportunity: making a social impact in trying to alleviate poverty through business, receiving more exposure to the field of microfinance, and experiencing the impact of my work first hand in the Dominican Republic. As part of the internship the firm allows the opportunity for interns to visit a country in which one of the funds operate.

In regards to blogging, The Firm actually encourages interns to blog so that experience can be shared amongst the intern class. I believe the hindsight analysis of blogging will help me in clarifying my goals for the summer as well hopefully give some of (you) insight into the field of microfinance and general summer internships.

As a side note: If there is anything (you) would be interested in hearing about specifically, feel free to leave a comment and I will try to include it in my next blog.

-Michael C. Song

Background From Nicholasville, KY
Past Internships:
Consultant, Lazard Capital Markets (Columbus, OH & New York, NY)
IBD Summer Analyst, KeyBanc Capital Markets (Cleveland, OH & New York, NY)
Marketing Summer Analyst, Limited Brands (Columbus, OH)
(More about microfinance)
Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus
Creating a World without Poverty by Muhammad Yunus