Coad recommends taking advantage of all DU offers
Matt Coad (BSBA 2019) began his DU experience as a transfer student from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2016. He went on to graduation with distinction, completing a bachelor’s in finance as well as minors in accounting and Spanish.
To graduate with distinction, Daniels student must students must earn a 3.50 cumulative GPA and 3.75 Daniels GPA at graduation and pursue either a thesis or a portfolio of experiential learning opportunities. Coad selected the portfolio route, working closely with a Daniels faculty advisor to develop a plan of in-depth business experiences.
During his undergraduate career, Coad participated in the Madden Challenge, a student entrepreneurial competition; Ethics Boot Camp, a signature weekend where students are immersed in ethics training; and he acquired Microsoft Office certification.
Like many DU students, Coad also took advantage of the study abroad program, spending a quarter at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he joined the university’s FinTech and Consulting Societies. Coad appreciates how his time overseas broadened his global perspective and understanding of how the world is connected.
Coad seized the opportunity to complete three summer internships during his time at Daniels. His first role as a consulting summer associate with the Credere Group during the summers of 2017 and 2018 included assisting the firm in developing and executing growth strategies, improving operational efficiency and building regulatory compliance frameworks for clients.
During the summer of 2019, Coad interned with the risk advisory program at EY. Coad had the opportunity to be an active, on-site team member in client-facing engagements and assisted with improvements to financial control environments and risk mitigation business processes.
Coad’s advice to current students looking for internships or full-time jobs is to start early and keep putting yourself out there in front of employers. He encourages them to attend as many networking events on campus as possible, including meet and greets and coffee chats. Finding a mentor is key, both for career advice and for suggestions on how to best take advantage of the opportunities at DU, including which classes to take. Finally, Coad is grateful for the guidance he received from his professors at Daniels, who brought real-world business problems into the classroom so students could help find solutions.
Coad accepted a full-time offer to join EY’s Risk Advisory Program in July 2020. He is eager to continue helping clients solve the various challenges they face.