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Alexis Madzelonka

Marketing, 2019
Project Management Intern, Hewlett Packard

Alexis Madzelonka professional portrait“I walked into COBE Career Services unaware of the significant aide they offered students. What I left with was an internship opportunity that would drive me intellectually and help stimulate my post grad life. Taking advantage of COBE’s networking opportunities was instrumental in getting introduced to employers before other applicants and gain fundamental business relationships. I hope to successfully utilize my previous internship experiences to help pave the way to a career that I am passionate about. Looking back, I would have attended more networking events put on by Career Services, as it is never too early to start creating connections!”


Brett Gates

Accounting, 2020
Audit Intern, KPMG

Professional portrait of Brett Gates“Having access to the COBE Career Services has been a great asset. The Career Services team was invaluable in preparing for recruiting season, and I frequently met with them to review my resume and participate in mock interviews. The advice I received helped me stand out as a candidate and gave me the confidence to walk into interviews feeling calm, collected, and prepared to be myself. I recommend every student visit the COBE Career Services throughout their college careers, and not wait until their Senior year to start thinking about careers after graduation.”


Jonathan Njilayi

Finance, 2017
Analyst Intern, Goldman Sachs

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“Short term, I am working on developing myself to become a subject matter expert in an area of greatest need within my role in the firm. In the long term, I would like to get my CFA certification. COBE Career services helped me figure out what exactly I wanted to do with my life after college and how. By taking advantage of every career fair and networking opportunity, I was able to narrow down my job hunt to Goldman Sachs. COBE Career Services’ practical advice on the application process, resume, interviewing, and professional persona played a major part in my career success.”


Andrea Chu

Accounting, 2019
Audit Intern, KPMG

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“In all my interactions with the COBE Career Services team, it was clear that they are passionate about helping students achieve their career goals. They were instrumental in helping me obtain my internship which led to a full-time offer. I returned to school with the goal of working in audit at a public accounting firm. I feel fortunate that, upon graduation, I will be able to live out that dream. After graduation, I hope to provide mentorship and advice to other second-degree and nontraditional students who have their own doubts and hesitations about recruiting.”


Adam Still

Accounting and Finance, 2019
Investment Intern, The Kauffman Foundation

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“COBE Career services played a pivotal role in my growth and ultimate success in the interview process. I participated in mock interviews, resume revisions, and cover letter edits, all of which helped me put my best foot forward. Most importantly, I felt that Career Service’s doors were always open for me to bounce ideas around when charting my next plan of action. It was my frequent sessions with Laura that allowed me to formalize my career/internship aspirations and really pinpoint where I wanted to apply and who I wanted to reach out to. If you’re not utilizing Career Services, you’re forfeiting a huge advantage you would otherwise have had.”


Connor Sheldon

MBA, 2018
Research Analyst, The Peregrine Fund

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“COBE provides a space to learn, practice, and apply and challenged me to keep all doors open in regards to exploring various career options. Career Services helped me connect to the right individuals at companies I was interested in, and hosting networking events. Instrumental to my success was the opportunity to practice. Career Services provided multiple opportunities to learn, engage, and refine my elevator pitch and how I present myself on paper. If I were to do anything differently, I think I would get to know my classmates and fellow COBE students better. Chances are, we will see each other again and it is helpful to have a personal connection.”


Margarette Pierre-Louis

MBA, 2019
Solution and Services Business Development Intern, Hewlett-Packard

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“COBE Career Services has helped me in every step of the way to secure an internship with the company I wanted to work for. Through the different programs they created such as Take a Bronco to Lunch, Ask me Anything and multiple Career Fairs, I was able to connect with professionals working in the fields that interest me the most. Also, the staff was really helpful in editing my resume and giving me tips for interviews. I am grateful for everything I have learned from the COBE Career Services staff, and I hope to apply them to any job search that I will have to do in the future. I wish I used the Career Services earlier in my first MBA semester.”


Anh Nguyen

Accountancy BBA, 2018
Tax Intern, Micron

“I really love my internship now, where I can practice what I have learned from school, get to know the corporate environment, and gain the actual work experience. I have visited the Career Service multiple times for my resume, cover letter, and mock interview. I realized that there is always room for improvement. The mock interviews were extremely helpful to me in getting my dream internship. The mock interview really helped me to figure out better ways to market my skills so employers can see the best version of me.  If I could go back, I would start doing all of these sooner, not waited until I started looking for an internship.”


Amber Hunsaker

General Business, 2017
Jelli Inc.

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“I graduated from Boise State University in the Spring of 2017. I left Boise State with a bachelor’s degree and a job offer! I am now a customer success associate at Jelli Inc., which is the largest technology platform for programmatic audio advertising. I got this job with the help of COBE Career Services. They looked at my resume and helped me tailor it to the job. I also participated in many of their networking events, and learned the tools to help me stand out in a competitive environment. My best advice for undergraduates is to get involved and start networking now. I would highly recommend joining Women of the Workplace!”


Bailee Hanson

Business and Economic Analytics, 2018
Intern, Goldman Sachs

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“COBE Career Services has helped me to bridge my education and career opportunities. In addition, they’ve helped me to expand my professional network. COBE has provided me an opportunity to learn and gain the tools needed to be successful in the future. It’s my goal to be in a career that I’m passionate about, as well as to be in a place that I can contribute and grow with the business. Learning to reach out, network and go for what you want has been instrumental to my success—there is more to lose by not going for what you want than vice versa! If I were to do anything differently, I would have started earlier. Whether it’s a full time job or an internship, it never hurts to be reaching out and applying to where you want to be.”


Ben Ohashi

Marketing, 2017
Capital Group Co.

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“COBE Career Services played a major role in my time as an undergrad student. Through resume and cover letter advice, networking events, and constructive guidance, they helped me land a great job with an even better company. The resources Laura and her team offer are a large reason why COBE maintains its strong reputation among the Boise community. COBE Career Services is an invaluable resource for students that should not be taken for granted!”


Busayo Apampa

Business Economics, 2017 + MBA, 2019

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“I really enjoyed being a part of COBE because everyone cared about my success. COBE Career Services helped me land my current business analyst position with Chick-fil-A. I met with my employer at a career services event and made connections with them as well as other companies in attendance. Career Services helped me with my job search and let me use the Skype room for a virtual interview. If there was one thing I would do differently, it would be to get internships as early as possible in my college career. Be sure to utilize all the amazing resources the College of Business and Economics has to offer, they are so beneficial.”


Rachel Fike

MBA, 2017
Boise Chamber of Commerce

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“In May 2017, I graduated with my Master’s in Business Administration from the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. Recently, with Laura Chiuppi’s help, I started working for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce as an Event Coordinator and have loved every minute of it. COBE provided me with the skills necessary to be successful in the working world by providing hands-on, real-world application opportunities. Lastly, COBE taught me the importance of networking! It really is as important as everyone says it is. So, my advice to students is to get involved and meet as many people as you can in the Boise community!”


Rebecca Imhoff

Accountancy and Finance, 2017
Intern, Subway

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“I am an accounting and finance student. I recently got a bookkeeping internship at Subway. COBE Career Services helped me prepare my resume and cover letter for this position, and even did a mock interview with me! Being a COBE student has taught me to always strive for excellence and to face challenges. I am looking forward to developing my skills even more through COBE!”


Stephanie Voit

MSA Taxation, 2017

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“Graduating and getting your big dream job is that thing that you reach for and work toward… But being suddenly faced with it was scary for me. I could go to Laura and all of the people in the Career Center for advice and encouragement. I even went to ask for advice about what I was wearing to interviews! I leaned on Laura and COBE Career Services a lot and ended up with five job offers! The most difficult part of the recruiting process ended up being the decisions I had to make about which job offer to accept. Take every opportunity you can while you are here. COBE does an amazing job of creating clubs and workshops for every major, career path, interest or need that you may have.”