Meet Our Alumni
From the moment they receive their degree, Albion economics and management graduates are prized employees and attractive candidates for further study in graduate and professional school. Get to know a few of our recent alumni below.
Sales Coordinator, ZF North America
Broadcast Automation Engineer at ENCO Systems
Associate Auditor at KPMG
Assurance Practice, Ernst & Young
Private Company Services Audit Department
of Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Michigan State University's Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics Ph.D. Program
Data Analytics Consultant, Ernst & Young
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Accountant at Plante Moran
Master of Accounting degree, University of Michigan. Ernst & Young
Financial Accounting Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
Quality Assurance, Quicken Loans
Tax Associate/CPA, Rehmann
Completed program in December 2013;
graduate study at London School of Economics (Fall 2014)
Market Risk Analyst, Goldman Sachs
Zone Manager, Ford Motor Co.
Financial Analyst, Dow Corning
Pursuing Master's of Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Pursuing a JD at Michigan State University College of Law
Completed Masters of Accountancy, U of M, Tax Associate,Plante Moran
Data Analytics Consultant, Ernst & Young
Associate, LaSalle Capital
MBA Candidate, Class of 2017 at Indiana University Kelley School of Business
Associate, Equity Research – Machinery
RBC Capital Markets
Quantitative Analyst, Northpointe Capital
In today’s competitive job market, it is extremely important that our students obtain experience related to their career ambitions.
Internships are important! They provide distinctive and practical learning experiences outside of the classroom. This is the perfect opportunity to explore areas of personal interest, gain practical experience, and forge relationships that often times help with the job search after graduation. Employers will ask about internships, part-time jobs, and summer jobs when determining whether or not a candidate is qualified. In fact, companies are now using internships as one of the most common methods to select new employees.
Maybe you're looking for an internship that's local, one that's a few states away, or perhaps opportunities abroad are calling your name. Your options are many, and we're here to help you find the right fit. Reach out to your academic advisor or visit the Career and Internship Center today!
Meet a few of our current students below.
Lucas Harder, ’18
Internship at Lawrence Evans and Company, member of the swimming and diving team, designated as a scholar All-American.
Makenzie Frederickson, ’18
Internship at Ernst and Young and a member of the Honors program, a tour guide, first-year experience mentor, co-leader of Cru, and an accounting tutor.
Maggie Troost, ’18
Internship at La-Z-Boy and a member of the Accounting Society, and an active volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Andy DiFranco, ’17
Internship at Ernst and Young in the Assurance department and a member of the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management.
Elena Luce, ’17
Internship at Dow Corning and four-time scholarship recipient.
Danielle Nelson, ’17
Two internships in city government and a member of the Ford Institute.
Ethan Sutton, ’17
Internship at Fifth Third Bank, President of the Albion College Investment Club,
President of Delta Sigma Phi.
Eric Guindi, ’16
Awarded First Team All-MIAA Honors and interning with DTE Energy for the summer.
Jonathan Gurnee, ’16
Studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Interning as a financial analyst at Univar for the summer.
Theresa Henscie, ’16
Interned at Ernst & Young and secured a full-time position starting July 2016.
Randolph Kardas, ’16
Member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and was recently appointed President of I-Space. He started a website creation and computer repair firm.
Heather Vogt, ’16
Internships at Rehmann and Thomson Reuters.
Alex Archer, '13
Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Finance); winner, 2013 Maurice L. Branch Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Research
Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
Career: Zone Manager, Ford Motor Co.
In a nutshell, what do you do?
My responsibility is to be the intermediary between Ford and its dealerships. My goal in this position is to improve the overall performance of Ford’s stores by trying to increase sales through marketing, advertising and/or implementing new technologies; to increase efficiency through suggesting processes for dealers to implement; and to ensure transparency between both parties (Ford and its dealers) by being an immediate point of contact to certain dealerships.
In fact, I am not the only Albion alumnus in this position. My good friend Destin Simon, ’13, is a Zone Manager in Ford’s Dallas region.
Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do because not only is every single day a different challenge, but I have the opportunity to work with very successful entrepreneurs and to figure out what makes each unique Ford dealer successful. This position requires me to wear several different hats (creative, analytical, strategic) and gives me a chance to learn about the automotive industry from the front lines.
How did Albion help you get there?
Albion creates an environment that allows you to take advantage of your college experience. Albion helped me by preparing me in core subjects such as economics and math, while also offering the opportunity and flexibility to play on the golf team, get involved with several organizations, and study at the London School of Economics for an entire year.
For me, Albion ...
... is about learning both inside and outside of the classroom. The liberal arts curriculum is about being comfortable in uncomfortable situations, where your intellect is driven not only through coursework and textbooks, but also through leading organizations, competing in athletics, performing in theatre, and being heavily involved in numerous clubs and societies on campus.
Kathleen Petchell, '13
Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Accounting, Gerstacker concentration)
Internships: Product Support Intern, Thomson Reuters; Barn Management Intern, Nottawa Paint Horses, LLC
Activities: Equestrian Club, Western Equestrian Team, Tour Guide, Alpha Delta Lambda, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Mortar Board
Carreer: Tax Associate Plante Moran
Master of Accounting degree, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
What did you like most about Albion College?
I really enjoyed how personal my education was at Albion. My professors all knew me as a student and as a person, which was really beneficial as they helped me to create my résumé, search for internships, select courses and make decisions about my future. When I first came to visit Albion as a high school student, my tour guide told me Albion offered its students tons of great opportunities, and after graduating last year, I can say confidently that her statement is true.
How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?
Without the guidance of my professors, the wonderful ladies in the Gerstacker and Econ offices, and my advisor, Vicki Baker, I don’t know that I’d be on the path I am. When I came to Albion, I had no clue what I wanted to do, but Gaylord Smith inspired me to pursue accounting my very first semester at Albion. Later on in my college career, I got a little more inspiration from professor John Carlson, who teaches several tax courses at Albion. Aside from helping me to develop an interest in tax, he challenged me to pursue a Master's degree whenn I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do after Albion. With a little help from the Gerstacker staff, I was accepted itn the University of Michigan's Master's of Accounting program at the Ross School of Business for the Fall or 2013. Following my graduation from U of M in May 2014, I completed the CPA. In August I started at Plante Moran's Ann Arbor office as a Tax Associate.
For me, Albion ...
… was one of the best choices I have ever made. I’ve been able to pursue a promising career while also maintaining my passion for horses, and I have created friendships that will last a lifetime.