Eric Guindi, '16
Eric is a Finance major and a Business and Organizations minor. He is interning with DTE Energy this summer at their nuclear power plant in Newport, Michigan with their business/finance department. While at Albion, Eric has been a member of Delta Sigma Phi. He has also played for two years on the varsity tennis team and was awarded First Team All-MIAA Honors.
“The Economics and Management Department at Albion College is second to none, and the faculty and staff do an outstanding job of maintaining its reputation.”
Eric hopes to get a few years of useful work experience before obtaining his MBA.
Danielle Nelson, '17
Danielle is a double major in Economics and Management, and Public Policy with a French minor. She is a member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. Her Economics classes are a great way to build on and improve the depth of her studies in Public Policy. She has a passion for urban planning and urban studies and is looking forward to taking urban economics classes at the Philadelphia Center next spring.
The Albion community is very important to her and she has found her niche in working in city government. She just completed an internship with Albion’s new City Manager this past semester where she organized special projects, developed new policies, worked on economic development programs and strategies, organized a series of community forums, and will be volunteering her time creating a community engagement strategy to gather public input to rewrite the Comprehensive Plan. Danielle also just accepted an internship with the City Manager of Springfield, MI for the summer where she will be working side-by-side with the City Manager on rewriting the Master Plan and the Future Land Use Plan and developing a community engagement strategy. She will also be spending her summer analyzing potential routes to complete sections of the Iron Belle Trail and the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail in the tri-county area and developing a public policy model to help communities like Albion move from opportunity to intentionality when trying to complete their sections of these trails.
She has held a number of positions on campus but her favorite is being a First Year Experience Mentor. Danielle enjoys guiding first-year students through their first semester at Albion and helping them build a community within their class and discover the path that is best for them. Her favorite thing about Albion College is the relationships that she has built with so many of her professors. She says that without the help and support of her professors, she would not have had such incredible opportunities. Not only have they helped her discern the path that is best for her but they have also created classes such as “Sustainable and Innovative Cities” to allow her and students like her to explore topics that truly fascinate them.
Leah Parker, '15
Majors: Accounting Major CPA Track
Internships: Rehmann (Ann Arbor) and PSLZ, LLP (Plymouth)
Career: Accountant at PSLZ, LLP
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I am a tax staff member at PSLZ LLP in Plymouth, MI. I do tax compliance accounting and return preparation for individuals, estates and trusts.
Why do you love what you do?
I enjoy the challenge of working with each client’s unique set of circumstances in regard to their taxes. I find the accounting field presents an exciting opportunity for me to apply the ever-changing tax law to a wide range of tax issues in order to assist our client’s needs.
What did you like most about Albion?
Albion helped me grow both academically and personally. The small class sizes and the accessibility of my professors was a huge help to me during my time at Albion.
How did Albion help you get to where you want to be?
The support and guidance from the Economics & Management department and the Gerstacker Institute helped get me to where I am now. While at Albion, I had the opportunity to be involved in several extracurricular activities, complete two internships, and complete all of the required coursework for the Certified Public Accounting examination – all in four years! Through these experiences, I gained the knowledge and the ability to approach new challenges with confidence.
For me Albion…
...is a place that has prepared me for the next phase of my life.
Paxton Mueller, '15
Majors: Economics, Management and Mathematics
Internships: Performance Improvement Intern -
EY Advisory Services (Summer 2014)
Current Job: Performance Improvement Consultant -
EY Advisory Services
In a nutshell, what do you do?
This coming fall I will be starting a full time position at EY as a data analytics consultant in the National Advisory Services group. As a part of the Performance Improvement group, I will have the opportunity to work with clients in a variety of industries to address problems and then design and implement solutions. Identifying problems and potential solutions relies heavily on analysis of past data so that we can ensure our solutions will be useful to the client.
Why do you love what you do?
I enjoyed my internship with EY because it gave me the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people. Working in a team environment gives me more opportunities to learn more and improve as a consultant. I also enjoy EY because the projects are challenging and require problem solving.
How did Albion help get you to where you want to be?
Albion gave me the education and experiences necessary to be successful at EY and anywhere else life takes me. My background in mathematics and economics helped me to develop strong problem solving skills and taught me how to work effectively under pressure. Albion also provided me with the connections that helped me to secure my internship and begin developing my professional network. Along with courses in my major, Albion also challenged me to take courses to fulfill the liberal arts requirements. These courses strengthened my performance in areas outside of my comfort zone and helped to enhance my writing and professional communication skills.
For me, Albion...
...provided the education and experiences that helped me discover the person that I want to become while pushing me to take the first steps towards becoming that person.