2019 Internship Program Students
Danesh Badlani ’22, Let's Home
Danesh, a rising sophomore from Karachi, Pakistan will be interning at Let's Home in Karachi this summer. Let's Home is a revolutionary startup that is capitalizing on the very promising tourism industry of Pakistan, especially focused in Northern Areas of the country. The company offers customized accommodation to tourists by connecting them with local residents to provide a very pleasant and cultural experience. Badlani, a computer science, and business administration major will work with Let's Home team to devise strategies for growth aspect of the startup by experimenting additional features on the platform to improve the overall customer experience.
Garrett Clinton ’20, Makena Capital Management
Garrett, a senior from Phoenix, Arizona interned at Makena Capital Management in Palo Alto, CA this summer. Garrett had extensive training at Stanford's Graduate School of Business through the analyst program. After training, Garrett conducted research on the historical concentration of Venture Capital returns and presented to the Board of Directors and various other senior partners, encouraging them to use the research to consistently evaluate their presence in the venture space. He also created an earnings summary model that tracked the quarterly report sentiment of Makena's top 50 listed equity holdings. One of the last projects Garrett worked on required him to analyze the illiquidity premium in Real Estate. Altogether, Garrett's summer was fun, enlightening, and intellectually stimulating!
George Folline ’21, Taaluma Totes
George, a rising junior from Columbia, South Carolina interned at Taaluma Totes in Olón, Ecuador this summer. Taaluma Totes was founded by former Virginia Tech students Jack DuFour and Alley Heffern. They gained inspiration for the concept during a study abroad in Uganda and were later featured in an episode of ABC's Shark Tank. Taaluma Totes produces backpacks from traditional fabrics and provides microloans to support the communities from which these materials were sourced. George, a Business Administration and Spanish major, helped Jack and Alley make informed management decisions through his research and financial analysis. He enjoyed learning from these young entrepreneurs and helping Taaluma Totes continue to grow.
Rohan Jairam ’21, Johnson Development Associates
Rohan is a rising junior from Salt Lake City, Utah who is majoring in accounting and economics. He interned at Johnson Development Associates (JDA) in South Carolina this summer. JDA is a real estate development arm of the Johnson Group of companies specialized in developing self-storage, industrial, and multifamily properties. What lends the Johnson Group its entrepreneurial culture is its focus on intrapreneurship, identifying and pursuing business opportunities from within the organization. As an operations intern in the self-storage division, Rohan optimized the financial performance of storage assets by analyzing market-specific competition, streamlined data analytics processes, and also improved the online presence of self-storage facilities. In addition, he analyzed large sets of data to track opportunities in the self-storage sector. Overall, Rohan learned a lot about how to successfully operate a business using data analytics.
Joseph Jast '20, Leaf and Grain
Joseph is a rising senior from Ogema, Wisconsin, who interned as a Business Analyst at Leaf & Grain in Houston, Texas. The vision and creation of Deets Hoffman ‘10 in 2016, Leaf & Grain is a start-up, fast-casual restaurant owned and operated by two additional W&L alumni. The up-and-coming restaurant sells primarily salad and grain bowls, and plans to open two additional locations within the next year. Along with fellow intern Bridget Washington, Joseph worked on a number of various data analyses and research projects, culminating in findings and proposals in regards to bowl process optimization, more efficient customer throughput, suggestions for alternative online ordering service providers, and a number of additional data-driven and due diligence projects. Joseph is an accounting major, and having worked at an exciting cryptocurrency startup last summer, he really enjoyed being back in a similar environment and learning more about the intricacies of a young company while working alongside very intelligent and passionate people. Reflecting on the summer, Joseph feels his work was very rewarding and impactful while he was able to contribute towards the growth of an exciting early-stage company.
Jimmie Johnson III '20, Arena Football League
Jimmie, a rising senior from Hoover, Alabama interned with the Arena Football League in Philadelphia this summer. The AFL, founded in 1987 is the 3rd longest-running American football organization in North America. Johnson, a journalism major, worked with the communications director of the league to create multimedia content for the League website and social media platforms. He created weekly feature articles on various players around the League, helped managed the League's photography portfolio and created and managed a podcast called AFL All-Access. In addition to content creation, Johnson also learned about the business side of the League office through numerous conversations with the League president and commissioner. Through this internship, Johnson got a realistic look into how a professional sports league is run. He is excited to build from this experience and apply it to a future job in the sports industry.
Brianna Karpowich ’20, Your Voice. Your Influence.
Brianna, a rising senior from Toms River, New Jersey, implemented her own youth enrichment workshop, Your Voice. Your Influence., this summer in both her home and W&L communities. Your Voice. Your Influence. has the mission of teaching middle and high school students public speaking skills that will empower them to use their voices throughout their lives. Brianna has seen the unmet need of teaching public speaking in school, and students' home situations vary greatly as some families do not have the time or resources to encourage learning these crucial skills. Yet, many students will be applying to jobs, university, and scholarships and need to know how to express themselves well. Brianna created curriculum consisting of lessons on the basics of public speaking and confidence-building activities, and students received a workbook to bring home with the hopes that they will return to it in the future. By coordinating with the Lakewood Branch of the Ocean County Library, YMCA Camp Zehnder, and Rockbridge County High School, Brianna experienced what it is like to start a program from scratch, adapt to challenges along the way, and teach one hundred and fourteen students these empowering skills.
Griffin Noe ’21, DealCloud Inc.
Griffin, a rising junior from Cincinnati, Ohio will be interning at DealCloud in Charlotte, North Carolina this summer. DealCloud Inc., founded in 2010, is a financial technology company that offers deal management and business development software to investment banks and private equity firms. DealCloud was acquired in 2018 by the Silicon Valley Professional Services software firm, Intapp. Griffin, a computer science and business administration double-major will work as a data and business operations Intern. He looks forward to learning more about the industry of financial technology while creating novel technical solutions that offer valuable insight to customers.
Griffin Scott '20, Uber Technologies
Griffin, a rising senior from Dallas, Texas will be interning at Uber in New York City this summer. Uber is a publicly-traded multinational transportation company providing services that include ride-hailing, peer-to-peer ridesharing, food delivery, and a bike and scooter-sharing system. Griffin is a Business Administration major and Computer Science minor. He is also a member of the Connolly Entrepreneurship Society, a captain of the men's soccer team, and president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Griffin will work with the UberEats Sales and Strategic Partnerships team to onboard new partnerships, research potential leads, conduct sales calls, participate in client-facing meetings, and develop pitch decks for ground-level initiatives. He looks forward to working in a fast-paced and innovative environment and to gain insights on the sales and strategy side of Uber.
Haochen Tu ’22, Lions Assurance Financial
Haochen Tu, a rising sophomore from Suzhou, China, interned at Lions Assurance Financials in Manhattan, New York this summer. Lions Assurance Financial is an independent financial service firm mostly offering service to entrepreneurially-run and privately-held business. Tu was responsible for analyzing different start-ups and providing investment suggestions to the investment committee. She and her team also helped a printing industry company to formulate potential exit ways by analyzing financial reports, conducting industry research, communicating with outside brokers, and so on. Tu learned a lot about the finance industry and improved her leadership, communication, financial analyzing skills over her internship. She looked forward to having more internship opportunities in the finance industry in the future.
Bridget Washington ’21, Leaf & Grain
Bridget, a rising junior from Canton, Ohio, interned in Houston, Texas as a Summer Business Analyst at Leaf & Grain this summer. Leaf & Grain is a fast-casual restaurant that provides salad and grain bowls derived from whole ingredients that offer a healthy alternative without sacrificing a delicious flavor. The company was founded by Deets Hoffman '10 after working for several years at both Boston Consulting Group and Advent International. He is currently in the process of opening a second and third location, with growth being a constant priority. Bridget, a Business Administration major, was a Summer Analyst at Leaf & Grain. The internship was structured in a similar fashion to a Big 3 consulting engagement - as a Summer Analyst, Bridget conducted rigorous analytical diligence, gave regular readouts, and received periodic performance-based feedback from the CEO himself. With the new location opening in September, Bridget played a pivotal role in the evolution of the company.