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Brent Rice

Major: Political Science, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Quakertown, PA

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This past summer, I interned for a non-profit startup named Venture for America, where our mission was to place high-caliber college graduates in startups across the nation to catalyze growth in our partner cities. As part of my internship, I worked on the Programs Team where we planned and implemented a 5-week intensive Training Camp for the Fellows in our program, preparing them to move to our partner cities and immediately add value to companies in their area. I also worked on data analysis in our HQ Office in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Specifically, I performed cost analysis on several of our initiatives and programs.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My experience at Venture for America peaked my interest in business development and how policies and regulations impact development. It also led me to change my business major from Finance to Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIENT). I would say, without question, that this summer's experience has drastically altered my future career path and life. I have come to place more priority on happiness and passion than on simply accepting the highest paying job. Academically, I have found my new CIENT major to be more rewarding and engaging than my previous Finance major and have found myself happier and less distracted while in class.

I would say, without question, that this summer's experience has drastically altered my future career path and life.

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

After graduating, I hope be selected to be a Class of 2018 Venture for America Fellow. Obviously, this newfound career path is a direct result of my summer internship experience with the same company, made possible by the College of the Liberal Arts. Had I not had the funds to enable me to take on this experience, I do not know that I would be where I am today in regard to my professional development. After graduating from the fellowship, I hope to continue my role in the start-up environment by either staying on and growing my company or by starting something of my own. My summer experience inspired me to reach my full potential by breaking free from the traditional corporate recruiting model.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would definitely recommend my experience to any student who asks, regardless of College. I believe that many Liberal Arts students, or otherwise, would benefit from working in an early stage company and focusing on creating value, rather than becoming just another piece of the corporate wheel.

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