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Opportunity to travel part of GM job

Chase Collins

Chase Collins
BSM ’08, MBA’13
General Motors Company

A graduate assistant in the Krannert Professional Development Center (KPDC), Chase Collins not only landed a great job with General Motors Company, but was able to help friends in their career pursuits as well.

“I’m really glad I got to be a graduate assistant in the KPDC because it’s like a little family. I got a chance to meet a lot of employers and the office is extremely helpful when it comes to career resources and placement. I was able to be the eyes and ears for my friends.”

Chase earned his bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue in 2008, then came back to Krannert to pursue an MBA with a concentration in finance. Between degrees he was in the branch manager training program at Chase Bank, and was promoted to manager before returning to Purdue. “I went to Krannert for my undergraduate degree and I knew they had a good graduate program,” he explains.

A native of Owings Mills, Maryland, Chase will be working in Detroit after graduating in financial auditing. “It’s a necessary part of any business. Part of what I’ll be doing is making sure people report things properly and teach them how to do it.”

After interning at GM in Detroit last summer, Chase was offered a position as a senior corporate auditor II in August, the first week of the second year of his MBA program. “At the GM internship you present what you accomplished over the summer to directors and executive directors. That was a huge deal. I think I did well with that and I received positive feedback from my manager.

Chase also did a study abroad at GISMA Business School in Hannover, Germany. “It was an interesting experience. It was interesting to see how other people live and conduct themselves.”

He is looking forward to the opportunity to travel with GM, since the Detroit office is responsible for auditing company-wide, including the U.S., Europe, South America and Canada.

Krannert’s mix of domestic and international students prepared him well for future global interactions. “It’s pretty diverse here. The opportunity to work with so many different cultures, that was really good.”