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GWSB Undergraduate News

September 1, 2010

How I Spent My Summer: Alexander Hill

This summer has been an incredible experience. I have had the opportunity to intern at a world renowned banking institution, Northern Trust (ticker: NTRS.) In the beginning of the summer I promised myself that I would be aggressive and take my own initiative to seek opportunities to learn about my strengths and weaknesses. In addition to networking, I communicated my ambitions thoroughly with my career advisor Laura Venos, researched job opportunities, cultures of firms, and interviewed for positions. I also fly fished and wake boarded in Wisconsin and Michigan and participated in United Way's community service programs.

As a summer intern at Northern Trust, I worked in the Global Fraud Prevention and Investigations Unit. Through this assignment, I was able to hone my analytical skills through case investigation. I became accustomed to taking many variables into consideration and was challenged to view a situation from multiple perspectives. I paid attention to detail while considering potential schemes of fraudulent activity in order to piece a complex puzzle together. I learned the importance of thorough analysis in identifying key variables contributing to different outcomes. This experience increased my interest in becoming a credit or investment analyst because it allowed me to utilize my technical and analytical skills to strategically implement decisions.

Chicago, Illinois May 2010- August 2010
Intern at the company’s headquarters as a participant in the college internship program with a position in the Global Fraud Prevention and Investigations Unit.
· Participated as a team leader in a group project entitled New Opportunities in Investment Strategies for Emerging Markets, which was presented to 80 employees including the CEO, senior executives, managers and advisers.
· Prepared case study topics for the capstone rising seniors’ group project, such as BP oil spill, Volcker Rule, and EU volatility.
· Selected to interview the CEO and introduce him at a seminar.
· Created a standardized presentation for identity theft and teller fraud training.
· Researched internal monitoring systems to provide a cost effective approach to fraud detection within a $2 million budget.
· Assisted fraud investigators with a variety of internal and external cases as a financial analyst and project assistant.
· Chosen to present my academic and professional background to Northern Trust’s high school interns.
· Attended Financial Fraud conventions with other banking corporations, FBI, and Chicago Police Department and training programs on effective presentations and business etiquette.

Run With the Dean

Come run with Dean Guthrie the third Thursday of every month starting September 16, 2010. Students who are interested should meet at 7:30am outside the fitness center at G and 23rd.

Interested in Having Your Own Business Cards?

The Office of Undergraduate Programs is offering students the opportunity to have their own business cards printed. Business cards can be ordered in sets of 250 for $25 a set. To order, bring your completed Business Card form and $25 in cash or check made out to The George Washington University to the Office of Undergraduate Programs in Duquès 455. Business cards will be ordered twice during the fall semester with the first deadline being September 24, 2010. If you are interested in having business cards in time for the New York Trek make sure to turn in your form before the first deadline.

Deloitte Donut Day – September 8th

Welcome back to campus! Come join Deloitte in the Duques Hall lobby on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 from 8:30am – 11:30am for donuts and snacks to kick off the new school year.


Studying Business Abroad Information Session

Interested in studying business and/or your electives abroad? The School of Business Advising Center and the Office for Study Abroad will hold an Information and Q&A Session on Studying Business Abroad on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 5:00pm to 6:00 p.m. in Duquès Hall, Suite 453. Learn more about Study Abroad programs for GWSB students and speak to advisors from the School of Business and the Office for Study Abroad. A representative from the new GW/Kent State University European Business program in Florence, Italy will be present at this event.

Study Skills and Time Management Workshop --Wednesday, September 29

Are you having trouble fitting everything in? Are you worried about upcoming midterms? Do you want to make the most of your 168 hours this week?
Please join us for a workshop on how to develop better study skills. Learn how to organize your time, set goals, and take control of your education.
This presentation is provided by Dr. Imran Riaz, University Counseling Center and is sponsored by The GWSB Advising Center.

Wednesday, September 29
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Suite 453

Mintz Sophomore Getaway

Hello Sophomores!

Interested in learning more about the various concentrations, study abroad options, and GWSB student organizations while having a fun weekend outside of the city? Join us for our Mintz Sophomore Getaway in Edgewater, MD! This years Getaway will take place from October 1-2, 2010. GWSB faculty, staff and alumni will help you escape the city and answer your individualized questions in a relaxed setting. You'll also be able to network with upperclassmen and learn about various professional development opportunities. This is an annual and unforgettable event, so don't miss out!

For more information, visit the website at:

Apply to the Compass Fellowship

The Compass Fellowship is a dynamic two-year program that enables fifteen freshmen to become social entrepreneurs. Through a unique personal development and social business training program, Fellows interact with CEOs, bestselling authors, and start-up innovators. They receive mentorship and guidance from upperclassmen students and entrepreneurs from the community, are connected to internship opportunities in areas of passion and receive access to funding so each can launch their own social business ventures. Fellows engage in weekly modules, team-building retreats, workshops and social business simulations, all which challenge them to think creatively and develop innovative solutions to change the world. Apply online at

Want to do Something More With Your Time at GW? Have you Thought About Service?

DC Reads, a service program organized through the Office of Community Service, is currently recruiting tutors and volunteers for the fall 2010 semester. Tutors work closely with elementary school children, providing tutoring and mentoring in an effort to improve reading and math abilities. With eight different volunteer sites to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

Your experience with this service opportunity will not only be personally rewarding, but through the leadership, communication and team-building skills you develop, it will help make you a well-rounded job candidate. This experience will also give you a new perspective on DC culture, helping you better understand the community you’re living in. If you qualify for work study, you can get paid for your time. For more information about DC Reads, and to find out how you can sign up, visit

HMSR 198: The Role of NGOs in International Humanitarian Assistance

Professor Michelle Kelso (

Course description: The role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in providing service and care for vulnerable individuals and communities in need has been and continues to increase. When natural disasters occur, such as floods or earthquakes, or when armed conflicts break out, NGOs often offer humanitarian assistance to populations at risk. In this class we will look at NGOs as actors in the international humanitarian community by focusing on the development of the NGOs, the place they hold in international interventions, and the types of services they provide. Readings, films, and case studies will allow for an exploration of various forms of intervention from larger to smaller scale NGOs. This course has a service learning requirement, which will allow students to gain experience with a NGO working globally in this area.

CRN 77188, Tuesdays 11:10-1pm, at 2020 K Street

Capitol Advertising Looking to Fill Executive Board Positions

Capitol Advertising is a nationally-recognized advertising club that gives real world experience in the advertising industry. Members participate in a major competition called the National Student Advertising Competition, where students create an entire advertising campaign from start to finish. Capitol Advertising regularly places 1st in District Competitions in New York and goes on to Nationals to compete against schools from around the country.

There are several Executive Board openings for the 2010-2011 school year. Please visit Capitol Advertising's website (link to: for position descriptions and details on how to apply. All years and majors are invited to apply!

George Washington University School of Business Blood Drive

Tuesday September 21, 2010
10AM – 4PM
Duques Hall - Business School, Room 453

Please see the attached link to schedule your LIFE SAVING appointment.

Or Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE to schedule your LIFE SAVING appointment!!!

If you have questions regarding donor eligibility, please call 866-236-3276 or go to If you have questions regarding the blood drive or location, please contact Allison Latham ( For more information regarding what to expect at a blood drive click here.

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NEW! How I Spent My Summer: Alexander Hill

NEW! Run With the Dean

NEW! Interested in Having Your Own Business Cards

NEW! Deloitte Donut Day -- September 8th

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NEW! Studying Business Abroad Information Session

NEW! Study Skills and Time Management Workshop -- Wednesday, September 29

NEW! Mintz Sophomore Getaway

NEW! Apply to the Compass Fellowship

NEW! Want to do Something More With Your Time at GW? Have you Thought About Service?

NEW! HMSR 198: The Role of NGOs in International Humanitarian Assistance

Capitol Advertising Looking to Fill Executive Board Positions

George Washington University School of Business Blood Drive

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