Name: Bobby Akinboro
Major: Management Information Systems
Hometown: Born in Lagos, Nigeria, then moved to America where he was raised in Arlington, Texas
GraduationDate: August 2015
Throughout his time in college, Bobby Akinboro, a recent graduate from the Rawls College with a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems, became an accomplished student and assumed leadership roles across campus. Bobby was involved with Kappa Alpha Psi, Association of IT Professionals, National Society of Black Engineers, Black Students Organization, Mentor Tech, and African Students Organization. In fact, last semester, he received two individual awards during the Black Students Association's inaugural Tech Choice Awards. Bobby won the Tech Choice Award for his exemplary efforts throughout campus and in the community on promoting the mission of the association, and he was also honored with the Best Photographer Award. This summer, Bobby interned for Microsoft in Seattle, Washington, garnering the skills need for sustained success after graduation. Learn more about Bobby's internship experience this summer in the Q&A below.
What are your responsibilities at Microsoft?
At Microsoft, I am working as a program manager for Market Expansion. Market Expansion is under the grand umbrella of Next Generation Volume Licensing of Microsoft. I am working on relocating resources in different parts of Europe. A typical day for me as a program manager consists of multiple phone calls to people across Europe, as well as a lot of meetings here across the Puget Sound area. When not in meetings, I'm coming up with possible paths of error for our expansion processes.
How have the skills and knowledge gained at the Rawls College transferred to your internship?
The Rawls College prepared me in a plethora of ways. First and foremost, I learned the importance of prioritizing. Between having multiple classes, working in the college, and being involved in multiple organizations, I learned the importance of being able to prioritize things in order of importance. Here, I have my work, but I also have team responsibilities, business organizations, and social organizations that I have committed myself to, all while trying to explore my new surroundings.
From an academic perspective, my program management and development classes have been of the utmost use to me. I didn't have a very strong background in development, but the knowledge that I gained in classes with Professors Song and Bond Wetherbe really prepared me for roles like this.
How did the Career Management Center help you obtain your internship?
The CMC helped me by giving me experience. Since my freshman year, I have been going to job fairs and interviewing with different companies. So I became very comfortable in the interview setting due to their assistance. I found Microsoft online, but the training I received from the CMC helped me during the interview process.
What advice would you offer students looking to obtain a great internship?
NETWORK! I think knowing the right people is half of the battle. Outside of that, even if you don't think you qualify for a position, you can't be afraid to apply. You never know what could happen. I was always told growing up that I should never be the one to tell myself no, so I applied everywhere and hoped for the best.This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.