Left to right: Ben âWebbâ Campbell â18, Paul Nakamura â18, Jennifer Scudder â18, Aleksandrs Ablazevics â19, and Andy Cring â92. (Photo Provided by eBay).

Making Summer Count at eBay

Ryan Deuel

Every summer, eBay takes in more than one hundred interns from across the country. This was the first year the company offered its new Finance & Analytics internship program, and four of the positions went to St. Lawrence University students.

The four Laurentians first learned about this unique internship opportunity through the Career Services and later were personally interviewed by eBay Vice President for Global Financial Planning and Analysis Andy Cring, a member of St. Lawrence University’s Class of 1992.

“When we started to define the type of students we wanted for these roles, I knew we had to include St. Lawrence in our list of campus visits,” Cring says. “We wanted well-rounded students with a strong background in finance and analytics, coupled with great communication skills and a strong desire to succeed. The students from St. Lawrence showed up well in the interview process.”

Paul Nakamura ’18 of Fairport, New York, ended his semester-long study abroad in Shanghai on a Friday and began working at eBay’s San Jose, California, offices the following Monday. This summer, he conducted accounting for global revenue streams and focused on legacy pricing.

Ben “Webb” Campbell ’18 had applied to several internships at banks and financial services firms. However, it was the opportunity at eBay that he found most intriguing.

For Jennifer Scudder ’18 also of Fairport, New York, working in eBay’s finance division meant more than simply sifting through paperwork. “The projects we’re working on this summer could actually affect business and help save the company millions of dollars in the long run,” said Jenny, who worked on special pricing.

Aleksandrs Ablazevics ’19, originally from Latvia, is majoring in statistics and is enrolled in the 3+2 engineering combined program with Columbia University. This summer, he was tasked with working on eBay’s branded shipping supplies doing cost analysis and evaluating which products should be discontinued due to poor performance.

One thing all of the interns agreed upon is that their liberal arts education and the location and culture of St. Lawrence significantly prepared them for their contributions and experiences at eBay.

“The rural location and resulting intimacy of SLU foster a unique social skill development that has worked wonders for us,” Paul says. “It allows SLU to feed well-rounded students with strong communication skills to programs like this one.”

Cring concurs.

“We are trying to build a pipeline of finance leaders for the company,” he says, “and these students demonstrated that they are prepared to compete, on a global level, for a spot on the team.”