Class of 2023
Studying: BBA in Business Analytics with a minor in Finance
Member of: American Marketing Association
Before embarking on his final year at the Lubin School of Business, Derek Storer, a BBA student in Business Analytics, spent the summer of 2022 on an internship at Barclays. He credits everything he learned in his Lubin classes with landing the internship and receiving a job offer to work full-time at the institution after graduation.
Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business?
When I decided where I wanted to go to college, I knew three things: I wanted to be further from home, I wanted to be in a city, and I wanted to go to business school. Fortunately, Pace University ticked all my boxes. However, when I applied to Pace, I had never visited the campus. My first time at Pace and New York was in April 2019 for an accepted student event, where I got to meet faculty, students, club reps, and others, which gave me the opportunity to familiarize myself with the university. It was clear then that Pace University was where I wanted to be.
How have on-campus clubs helped enrich your student experience?
Some of my favorite Pace memories come from clubs on campus. During my freshman year, I became heavily involved with the American Marketing Association (AMA), one of many student organizations at the Lubin School of Business. I was introduced to an amazing group of people – many of whom are still close – and gained hands-on experience in various projects. I carried that love into my sophomore and junior years, as vice president and president, respectively. I always tell people that these positions built my resume. I learned a lot about project management, communication, budgeting, etc., which laid the foundation for my future success. In fact, these skills helped me land a job as a peer leader, a job as a tour guide on campus, and then, eventually, an internship at Barclays.
What has been your favorite opportunity at Pace?
Being at Pace made me understand who I am and what I want to do. If you met me in high school and put it next to “current me”, I don’t think they would recognize each other. Pace has a super accepting environment, which is fueled by being in New York. You really can be whoever you want here, so I spent a lot of time professionally and personally creating an identity that I could be proud of.
“Pace is a place with many resources and an extensive network to help students achieve their goals. Whether it’s getting involved in a club, asking for help in a class, or starting a whole new business, use all the resources you have while you have them.”
During the summer, you did an internship at Barclays. How did the Lubin School of Business help you prepare for this internship?
The Lubin School of Business gave me access to the best New York has to offer. From exciting classes to wonderful teachers, there is a plethora of knowledge available to me, which helped me chart a path that I could be passionate about. In fact, my business analysis courses came full circle during my summer internship, where I was able to use my Structured Query Language (SQL), Excel, project management and finance knowledge to navigate the banking space. My lessons at Lubin gave me real-world skills, which allowed me to thrive during my time at Barclays!
How has your internship shaped or influenced your career goals?
The internship allowed me to use my knowledge in the classroom in the real world. I now have a better idea of what I want to do in my career. I was fortunate enough to work for such a wonderful company where they spent a lot of time with interns to shed light on potential career paths inside and outside the company. Specifically, I spent a lot of time having one-on-one interviews with workers across the company to hear their stories, daily lives, and general advice. Fortunately, I received a return offer, so I can officially say that my professional career will begin at Barclays after graduating from Pace University!
Do you have any advice for other Lubin students?
Say “yes” to everything! I know the difficulty of not knowing what you want to do or wondering if you are making the right choices, so just say “yes”. Whatever the experience, even if you absolutely hate it, you will get something out of it that can help you find what you really want to do. For example, I had no intention of joining AMA’s e-board, but they told me I had to apply. Fast forward to now, these experiences have helped me pursue other opportunities and learn technical skills that I use every day.
What does #LubinLife mean to you?
When I hear #LubinLife, I think of welcoming, driven and passionate students making the most of their time here. Opportunities abound and you can always find something to help you reach the next level. Whether it’s in the classroom, in the club, or on internship, Lubin will help you land those opportunities and grow into an established professional.