AMR Student Profiles

Student Testimonials

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Danelle Mcintosh
Danielle Mcintosh
2014 MBA Candidate,
UCLA Anderson
Out and Equal Workplace Advocates
Out and Equal Workplace Advocates
2014 MBA Candidates,
UCLA Anderson
Zach Goldman
Zach Goldman
2014 MBA Candidate,
UCLA Anderson
Kyle Forrest
Kyle Forrest
2014 MBA Candidate,
UCLA Anderson
Diana Rosen
Diana Rosen
2014 MBA Candidate,
UCLA Anderson
From YouTube to Uganda // AMR doesn't just help companies solve their problems, it helps nonprofits of the world, too. So while UCLA Anderson was able to help Google's YouTube create a paradigm for companies to use when posting their video content, AMR teams in the opposite hemisphere worked for a nonprofit microfinance organization (FINCA) to offer sustainable healthcare options for the poorest of the poor. The team's on-the-ground research in Uganda revealed successful organizations that FINCA could partner with to achieve a cost-effective means to reaching its goal of improving health outcomes for East Africa's poorest populations. Below, our students share some of their most memorable experiences from their AMR and BCO projects, which gave teams the opportunity to launch a business or travel around the world to bring business expertise to humanitarian efforts.

I have no doubt that my AMR project played an important role in displaying my business acumen...

"The AMR program is truly an incredible learning opportunity at Anderson. As part of our project, we helped our client think through an international market entry strategy in China. Not only did I gain strong business analytical and client management skills but I was also pleasantly surprised by how often it came up in my interviews.  Companies are increasingly looking to expand into China, and I was able to comfortably talk to several issues that my interviewers were grappling with.  These included segmenting the Chinese market, debating operational issues due to the recent increases in wages, concerns with IP protection, and the importance of forging ties with the government for long-term success.  I have no doubt that my AMR project played an important role in displaying my business acumen, knowledge of global macroeconomic issues, and the passion with which I approach my projects.  It is clear to me that my successful and satisfying AMR project also contributed to success in the recruiting process.
HINT: Make sure to include AMR on your resume, and talk about it during your interviews!"

-Aspan Dahmubed '13

"One of my goals in attending business school was to have a chance to learn about and become more involved with international development. I can't think of a better way to have done this than through our AMR project. Our trip to Uganda was one of the most important and meaningful experiences in business school, and I certainly learned more from these experiences than from the classroom. I hope to have future opportunities in international development at some point in my career as a result of my experiences."

Our trip to Uganda was one of the most important and meaningful experiences in business school...

-Robbie Schaefer '13

Indirect management of peers is imperative to business results, and AMR provided a safe situation for my own development.

"The collaborative environment amongst peers is different in AMR, and requires an approach that is more inclusive than much of my work prior to Anderson. Indirect management of peers is imperative to business results, and AMR provided a safe situation for my own development."

-Ken Janssen '13

"I had never started a company. As a Business Creation Option (BCO) team member, I had the unique opportunity to see an idea from conception to execution with the support of classmates and the UCLA Anderson faculty and school. I was able to participate in so many areas, from finance to marketing and business development. It challenged me in new ways as a professional. When we finally saw our product in consumers' hands, it felt amazing!"

I was able to participate in so many areas, from finance to marketing and business development.

-Satiya Witzer '13