Name: Jacob Urban
Graduation: December 2018
Hometown: West Chicago, Illinois
Majors: Finance, Energy and Its Impacts
Urban serves as the president of the Whitman Community Council, a group tasked with fostering a sense of community within the Whitman School. Last semester, the Whitman Community Council organized Whitman Gives Back, a day where students were able to volunteer with local organizations to help better the community. In addition, he is a member the Young Research Fellows Program where he is conducting solar energy policy research and is an analyst in the Investment Club.
Along with being involved in activities and clubs, Urban is pursuing a finance degree at the Whitman School and has gained experience through participating in a variety of internships. Last summer, he worked as an intern at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he conducted analysis on potential post-election energy policy changes, created event-tracking Excel models and developed marketing materials for the firm’s impact investing products.
“I learned the most when I was part of the team that built the marketing strategy for the firm’s new Venmo feature for its mobile app,” explained Urban. “I was a witness to how the many moving parts of an organization as large as Bank of America can combine to create new things. I also had the opportunity to work at Macy’s which was a valuable learning experience. I was able to experience how leaders can work to motivate employees through challenging times in the macro environment.”
Urban chose to come to the Whitman School because of the large pool of professional resources that it provides. He credits his success to the excellent professors on campus, the extensive network of students and accessible alumni.
“Being surrounded by intelligent, hardworking and driven people, who consistently challenge and motivate me, is one of the most beneficial aspects of my time at Whitman.”
Urban’s long-term goal is to become a leader in the energy industry. He believes that many of the solutions to the energy crisis are rooted in utilizing the power of the financial markets. His career ambitions are to be an energy trader and play a part in providing the resources that meet the world’s growing demand of energy products.