From Whitman to Silicon Valley

Dorothy Deng ’20 is a current student at Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management majoring in finance, accounting and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises. During her time at the Whitman School, she has learned many valuable skills inside and outside of the classroom. Skills that, according to Deng, contributed to many of her current successes.

At the Whitman School, Deng served as an executive board member and is the current president of the Entrepreneurship Club. Outside of the classroom, Deng is busy running her own online retailing business, being an ambassador and marketing associate for multiple companies in the retail field. To Deng, this experience, combined with her Whitman education, helped give her a competitive edge when it came time to apply for internships.

During the summer, she started an internship in Silicon Valley working for Mayatar, a cloud-based omnichannel commerce management software company. Whitman alumnus Jim Keene ’79 organized the internship.

According to Deng, she was made aware of this internship through the new program constructed by Alexander McKelvie, associate dean for undergraduate and master’s programs. The goal of the program is to place more EEE students into internships with entrepreneurial companies in Silicon Valley to gain experience and insight into what entrepreneurship looks like after college.

“Whitman has taught me a lot of the skills needed in this internship,” Deng said, “It also gave me the opportunity to explore the possibilities of entrepreneurship and inspired me to start my own business.”

Deng is planning to get an MBA degree at the Whitman School after earning her bachelor’s degree.

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