Jordan Aina ’13 – From Football to Marketing

Originally from Hawaii, Jordan came to Menlo College to be a member of our football team. When he entered Menlo, he was an undeclared major, but soon discovered that Marketing was the best fit for his interests and skills. Courses in internet marketing, consumer behavior and marketing strategy have led him to set his sights on a career in Marketing.

Leadership on Campus

Taking full advantage of the opportunities offered on campus, Jordan became a student leader early in his college career. In his sophomore year he was selected to be one of our Resident Assistants. Each year he has re-applied and been selected to continue taking on new challenges each year guiding our new students and creating a safe and welcoming environment. Jordan is also an active member of the Volleyball Club and Hawai’i Club. 

From the Classroom to the Job

To help pay for school while balancing a busy schedule, Jordan took a part-time position at a local hotel. During the course of doing his job one day, he had the opportunity to meet Douglas Conant, former CEO and President of Campbell Soup Company. They struck up a conversation and Mr. Conant agreed to an informational interview. Using interviewing skills he had learned in the classroom and by using resources in Career Services, Jordan was able to learn about Mr. Conant’s career and receive valuable advice. The interview led to a second informational interview at Del Monte Foods. These two informational interviews allowed Jordan to gain a better understanding of interviews and gave him the confidence to pursue and obtain a Marketing Internship at Oracle, where he will start working in February 2013.

Small School, Big Opportunities 

“The small classroom setting has allowed me to become close to my professors, and know the basics of marketing.  But it has been the real-life situations where I have learned to apply everything I have learned in the classroom,” Jordan share with us.  He believes Menlo’s small community has given him all the tools necessary to succeed.

For more information about internships go to Career Services