These Business Undergrads Just Landed Plum Jobs At Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Tesla & Twitter

For the Class of 2018, business comes down to one word: Impact. As graduation day nears, these future business leaders are leaving their mark – often in big ways that defy traditional business roles and methods. No wonder they're landing plum jobs at the likes of Apple, Facebook, Google, Tesla, McKinsey, and JP Morgan Chase.
Wherever they've landed, they already have accepted some great employment offers. Colleen Peng, who majored in supply chain management at Michigan State University's Broad College of Business is headed for a job at Tesla after already doing internships for GE Aviation, Nestlé USA, and Ernst & Young. Danny Sheridan has a job waiting for him as a product manager at Amazon in Seattle as soon as he graduates from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business this spring.
Michele Enkerlin, who did a concentration in global business and marketing at NYU Stern School of Business is heading off to Google as an associate product manager. Abiel Zewolday, who majored in info systems and marketing at the University of Washington this spring, accepted a great offer from Apple to work in the company's finance rotation program. After graduating from the Wharton School, Kayvon Asemaniis headed to Menlo Park, California, to begin his job at Facebook as a rotational product manager. He leveraged summer internships at Accenture Strategy, Viacom Media Networks, and the Hershey Trust Co. to get that plum Facebook assignment.
All of them have truly distinguished themselves during their undergraduate business years. Take Georgia Tech’s Evie Owens. For the past two summers, she has served as a merchandising intern at Home Depot. During that time, she has taken a deep dive into the company’s operations in several units. The result? Owens has already saved the company $6.4 million dollars. Just imagine what she’ll do when she joins the company full-time. Her bosses can – and they’re are already giddy over the prospects. 
“I have high performing associates at the senior manager level that would be hard pressed to compete with the quality of the work that she produced,” gushes Kelly Barrett, a senior vice president in home services “I believe she will be an officer of this company one day.”
Then there’s Villanova’s Brady Scott Acton, the very personification of a Renaissance Man. As a sophomore, he launched a tech startup that employed seven people thanks to $127K in angel and VC investment. A year later, he designed an AI platform that’s used at the Wharton School. In between, he opened a non-profit and created a popular app that was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer. On top of that, he was a scholarship baseball player who was named a Forbes “Under 30” Scholar. If you thought time management was Acton’s toughest hurdle – think again! 
“I was surprised out how humbling it would be to major in business,” he admits. “The major is very rigorous because one has to be skilled at both the qualitative and quantitative sides of business.” He has a job waiting for him at Deloitte Consulting.
These are just a couple of graduating seniors from Poets&Quants’ 3rd annual “Best & Brightest Business Majors.” In December, P&Q reached out to 55 undergraduate business schools – including the Top 50 programs in its annual ranking – to ask them for submit two seniors for inclusion. Each school chose their representatives using their own criteria, though P&Q encouraged them to factor in “academic excellence, extracurricular leadership, personal character, innate potential, a striking personal narrative, and overall impact on the program.” Overall, 101 students were included from 50 programs, including representatives from each of P&Q’s 40 highest-ranked business schools. 
For the Class of 2018, business is a force for a good, a tool to give back and make a difference. Carnegie Mellon’s Sam Benger is one example of this servant leader ethos brought to life. On campus, Benger is best known as the football team captain, a record-breaking running back and All American who was a finalist for the William Campbell Trophy, given to football’s top scholar-athlete. Behind the scenes, he is far more. 
Using his football notoriety as a “platform,” he has organized student cleanup crews around Pittsburgh; mentored young people suffering from chronic illnesses; and led the campus Special Olympics for two years running. Last year, he put his business pedigree to work, starting a ‘Shark Tank’ style social entrepreneurship competition to address issues like “poverty, homelessness, and food shortage” in the Steel City. 
The class may be serious and socially conscious, but they’re not always what you might expect. Elon University’s Nicole Restater spent two weeks living out of her van in the wilds of New Zealand’s South Island. NYU’s Shobhit Jain is an award-winning film director who has danced alongside Justin Timberlake – and racked up internships ranging from Good Morning America to the Academy Awards. Speaking of the entertainment industry, the University of North Carolina’s Caroline Ririe, a fiddler and violinist by trade, has opened for acts like The Gin Blossoms and Edwin McCain. Think that’s a cool gig? Rutgers’ Erik Rasmussen has a side gig that sure beats bartending. “I’m a trained and somewhat experienced professional wrestler – yes, the WWE-type stuff,” he admits. 
What schools did these Best & Brightest business majors attend? Where will they be working? What lessons did they learn from studying business? What advice would they give to prospective business majors? How would they change business education as a whole? Click on the link below to review in-depth profiles of 100 of the most insightful and inspirational 2018 graduates who’ll soon be joining you on the front lines of business.
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