Lucas Harder, '18
Lucas Harder, '18, is a Finance and Business and Organizations double major. He is interning with Lawrence Evans and Company, a Columbus, Ohio based investment bank as an analyst this fall. At Albion, Lucas is a member of the Albion College swimming and diving team where he has competed at the Division III national championships and was recently designated as a scholar All-American.
"I cannot imagine another college that would have offered me the ability to participate, and succeed in so many ways both inside and outside of academics. My classes have both challenged me and changed the way that I look at the world. The professors are fantastic; I would not be surprised if I stayed in contact with a few of them for years to come. As great as the classes are, I've found that some of my best experiences have come from applying what I've learned to the extra-curricular clubs and organizations that I have been apart of. I don't believe that I would have gotten the leadership experiences that I have had at any other school than Albion. Not to mention my coach, Jake Taber has done a fantastic job of helping me balance my finance course load with athletics."
Lucas is involved in a number of other organizations on campus including, the Gerstacker Institute, Delta Tau Delta, Student Senate, Investment Club and Albion College Conservatives. Lucas hopes to pursue another investment banking internship next summer and upon graduation join a middle-market or bulge bracket investment-banking firm.
"Breaking into investment banking can be difficult not coming from an Ivy League school, however with the help of my professors and Albion alumni I have confidence that I can make this dream a reality."
Genna Kleinknecht, ‘16
Major: Economics and Management
Internship: Albion Economic Development Corporation - Small business development, Gross Stabil - Key Accounts Manager
Activities: Photography, my two kids and family
Career: Sales Coordinator, ZF North America
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I am responsible for post sourcing shifter (Human Machine Interface) sales activities for Audi and Volkswagen accounts. This includes direct contact with customers, breakdown of manufacturing costs, engineering costs and overhead costs to provide an accurate quotation to the customer regarding changes made to their parts. I am also responsible for analyzing reports to figure out a profit delta as well as financial breakeven points to calculate profitability within each component. I act as an German interpreter within my division as well.
Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do because: I love what I do because I get to put many aspects of what I learned through my major to work as well as a daily interaction with the German language. The company is a good company to work for and makes the work-home life balance seem easy.
What did you like about Albion?
The ability to learn beyond the textbook. With the amount of real world applications and hands on learning I was introduced to during my time at Albion, I was able to learn how to do the tasks that my job requires me to do on a day to day basis.
For me, Albion…
…gave me the opportunity to push my experiences within the real world workforce to the next step.
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