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Shaan Pattni

Paterno Fellow
Major: Economics and Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Newtown Square, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

In finding this experience, I utilized career fairs to interact with recruiters. Intel is extremely competitive and they usually do not take undergraduate business majors, but the positive human interaction I had with the recruiter gave me the edge I needed.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I worked within a Mergers and Acquisitions team in Intel's Supply Chain division in Phoenix, Arizona. I was tasked with improving the integration of employees from a supply chain perspective. It was an ambiguous project, which required a lot of interviews and analysis to find answers. Intel employees are extremely friendly and very willing to chat with interns. I was able to talk to individuals at every level in Intel, and they were open, honest, and very intelligent. Intel also made my settling in very smooth. They provided me with a buddy, mentor, HR program coordinator, manager, and relocation compensation to make sure any needs I had were met.

How did this experience impact you academically?

From an academic perspective, I was able to apply many of the concepts I learned in Supply Chain (technically) and Economics (theoretically). I was constantly doing cost/benefit analyses to understand how to allocate my and Intel's time and resources. In addition, working at a company that strives for optimization of employee time, I really improved my time management and ability to prioritize work.

In addition, working at a company that strives for optimization of employee time, I really improved my time management and ability to prioritize work.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

One of my career goals is to build a strong foundation of technical and analytical business skills and apply them in a challenging environment. I want to further develop these with an MBA. These both will help me achieve my larger goal of using technology to help those in need - working at Intel is helping me attain this goal. My ultimate goal is to develop and run my own social enterprise that utilizes technology to help the poor in developing countries.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, because I truly saw the value of a liberal arts degree in a business environment. I think sometimes we're so focused on impacting the world through nonprofits, we shun the value of corporate companies. These companies have the resources to provide you with the training and business skills you need to succeed, ESPECIALLY in a nonprofit. Furthermore, because the goal in corporations is to optimize time, money, and resources to achieve value for shareholders - that pressure and mindset is what nonprofits need and miss constantly. So I think Liberal Arts Students have a lot to gain.

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