Class: Junior Major/Minor: Canfield BHP and Finance/Educational Psychology Certificate: Risk Management
Internship: Financial Analyst Intern Company: Amazon
Topics of Interest: Consulting, Finance, and Risk Management
Nihar Tatapudi is a Canfield BHP junior majoring in Finance and minoring in Educational Psychology while pursuing a certificate in Risk Management. Born in Detroit, Michigan, this avid Cowboys fan comes to us from Dallas, Texas where he grew up for the last ten years. Inspired by his big brother (also a UT alum), Nihar found his home away from home here at the Forty Acres.
Over the summer, Nihar completed an internship at Amazon as a Financial Analyst Intern. He shares his experience on working remotely for the first time and gives us a front-row seat looking into Amazon’s response to the growing demand amid a lingering pandemic and how he navigated much of the logistics behind the scenes.
Tell us why you wanted to intern for Amazon.
I think it’s almost a no brainer, right? It’s the world’s largest company. How do you say no? I was able to find out the opportunity through two different avenues. One, my professional journey on campus, Delta Sigma Pi. Two, Stephanie Cantu who is an academic advisor for Canfield BHP. She helped me get my foot in the door by talking with the recruiter and the next thing you know, I’m going through the interview process.
The reason I chose this specific program is that I had an interest in corporate finance when I was a sophomore. I wasn’t too sure what the field entailed but I knew as a finance major, that it’d be nice to get some exposure there and it just seemed like a program that hadn’t hired sophomores before. I was going to be the first sophomore they hired, which was intimidating but at the same time, it looked like something that I could have a lot of fun with and learn from, especially in such a fast-paced environment. With things being virtual, getting to see the world’s biggest company operate during a pandemic was one experience that I will never forget. Continue reading
Class: Senior Major(s): Canfield BHP and Marketing Certificate: Sports Media Internship: E-Commerce Intern Company: PepsiCo
Topics of Interest: Brand Marketing, Sports Marketing, and E-Commerce
As a rising senior and marketing major pursuing a sports media certificate, Canfield BHPeer Rebeccah Musson shows us that perseverance and patience pay off. Born in the great state of Texas and raised in the Chapel Hill-Durham area of North Carolina, Rebeccah comes to us as a seasoned veteran who has dealt with change for most of her life. We caught up with Rebeccah on her experience with PepsiCo and to talk about how she has coped with working remotely after a successful summer as an E-Commerce Intern.
Starting her recruitment process off on the right foot was a bit dicey. Rebeccah admits having to do more leg work than her peers but finding alums with marketing backgrounds to get their insights on recruiting for a company like Pepsi was a task she was ready to take on.
“Recruiting for marketing is a little bit more difficult than some of the other majors. There are not as many companies that are coming to campus [for marketing], at least not to the extent of consulting for example. Within Canfield BHP, marketing is a smaller major. It took a bit of extra work to reach out to people who are marketing majors and to get their insights on how to recruit. It proved not to be too difficult once I got into it.” Continue reading
Class: Senior Major(s): Canfield BHP/Plan II Internship: Associate Consulting Intern Company: Bain and Company
Topics of Interest: Consulting and Intellectual Property
Let’s talk about consulting. Many of our students are passionate about the profession but we also understand that navigating the dos and don’ts of a new internship in consulting while working remotely can sometimes be quite arduous. We recently caught up with Liam Baskin, a Canfield BHP rising senior also majoring in Plan II Honors who completed an internship with Bain and Company over the summer while working remotely.
While Liam’s interests lead to a consulting career, his path is not a lonely one. He and his sister Terrill, also a Canfield BHPeer and Plan II student, share similar passions in consulting and work at competing firms. “She’s at BCG and I’m at [Bain and Company]. We recruited together and we’ve been through the exact same thing for pretty much three years, which has been interesting.” Liam says.
As an Associate Consulting Intern at Bain and Company, Liam trained for two weeks and was quickly “plugged” into a case at the firm. “My case is probably a little bit less conventional because I’m not working for a client. I’m doing IP (Intellectual Property) work for [Bain and Company] so they are my client.” Liam explained. Continue reading
Names: Samantha Bryant and Arushi Mathavan
Class: Samantha (Senior), Arushi (Junior)
Position: WEL Institute Student Advisory Board Members
Topics of Interest: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Social Impact, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Mentorship
In June, the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (WEL Institute) at UT announced its inaugural Student Advisory Board. Twenty-one undergraduate and two graduate student leaders were chosen to head the institute that empowers women to lead. The WEL Institute seeks to “strengthen the next generation of courageous, creative female leaders who will change the world – in business and beyond.”
We’re excited to report that two of our own Canfield BHPeers, Samantha Bryant and Arushi Mathavan, were selected to be part of its Student Advisory Board—no doubt, ensuring the board starts on a strong note. At the time of writing this post, the WEL Institute is having an election for the Student Advisory Board President and Samantha is currently a candidate in the running. Continue reading
Internship: Launch Intern at EY
Topics of Interest: iMPA, Accounting
Houston native, Jada Davis is a junior at UT and Canfield BHP. She is currently in her 3rd year as an iMPA student pursuing her master’s degree in accounting. Jada is a member of the Black Business Student Association and a member of the Master in Professional Accounting Council. Her motivations for becoming part of UT and Canfield BHP centered on Jada’s passion for business, math, and working with numbers. Ultimately, her interactions with upperclassmen at Discover Canfield BHP helped her make the final decision to be part of our program.
Jada’s passion for business and numbers doesn’t end there. Her interest in mentoring and helping her peers along their academic journey developed during her time as a camp counselor at the annual McCombs DYNAMC program. The week-long program features world-renowned faculty and keynote speakers, networking opportunities, a case competition, and much more. It’s made possible thanks to the support provided by fellow partners at EY, formerly known as Ernst and Young. The acronym stands for ‘Discover Yourself iN Accounting Majors and Careers’ and helps introduce students to the opportunities offered with a degree in accounting. Jada recalls when she participated in the program as a high school student.
“I was a part of the program when I was in high school, and I enjoyed being able to return and give back to those students. I remember how much of an impact it had on me in deciding what I wanted to do after I graduated from high school. I gained more exposure to all of the possibilities available.” Continue reading