Said Karimzad ’10 – From Acorns to Apple

It’s not easy getting a job at Apple, Inc. but Said had two offers shortly after graduation. His ability to speak English, French and German plus his internship at Merrill Lynch made him a great fit for the position of Worldwide Developer Relations. At Apple he works to build business relations with developers in France and Germany often using skills and experiences he had while at Menlo College from his classes, a Resident Assistant position, and internship.

Said Karimzad Interning with Merrill Lynch

Leadership and Menlo Involvement
As a junior and senior, Said took a leadership role on campus as a Resident Assistant. An international student, he helped other international students make the transition from their home country to student life in the U.S. He also created programs to help all students find common ground and build community. A team leader on the soccer field, Said was a successful student-athlete.

From the Classroom to the Job
Completing an internship is an important step in launching a career and Said took advantage of the networking opportunities on campus to secure his first internship. “I went to the speed networking event to see what would happen,” Said says. “The first seat I picked was with Menlo Alum Eric Sponburg ’99, Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch.” In Speed Networking students just have a few minutes to give their elevator pitch, so Said followed up with Eric at the end of the event. Being impressed that Said showed persistence, an interview was booked.

But Said didn’t leave anything to chance – preparation was key. Said spent many hours with Mary Robins, Director of Career Services to perfect his resume and interview skills. The time paid off and Said was offered the internship where he worked with a professional team of three Senior Financial Advisors, that managed client's portfolios worth +$130 Million in assets.

Small School, Big Opportunities

Because Menlo College is a small community our students stay connected long after graduation. Alumni frequently return to campus for networking events to help our students make the connections needed to move from the classroom into the workplace.


Some career path you choose to take might include Global/International StudiesBusiness StudiesManagement.
As an international management student you still need to consider which department you will apply for jobs. You may also want to explore career paths in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, MIS and Human Resources.