MUDEC Internship Profile: Meet Jake McCorkle

This article is part of a series of interviews with MUDEC students who interned abroad in Spring 2020 and was originally published during the semester in the MUDEC Méinden Newsletter. Although COVID-19 cut short their study abroad experience, some internships were completed online.

MUDEC junior Jake McCorkle majors in Finance and minors in Business Analytics and Entrepreneurship. McCorkle was born in Columbus, Ohio.

Tell us a little bit about your internship in Luxembourg: where you interned, the location of your internship, what you did when you were there. Did your internship change in any way when you returned to the United States?

During Spring 2020, I interned for Marcin Jasinski, an independent management consultant based in Luxembourg. Marcin asked me to create a website for him to enhance his digital presence. After several weeks of work, we finally launched the site on March 15. If you're curious to check it out, feel free to visit and let me know what you think!

Ironically enough, this has been an entirely remote internship. I have been communicating with him via WhatsApp calls and have been working on the projects on my own time, which has given me flexibility to balance other priorities in my life like school and family time.

Why did you want to intern with this company?

I wanted to work for Marcin because I saw the opportunity as a challenge to expand on my current skill set while gaining exposure in a global business setting. It has been interesting to learn from Marcin, who has had a successful career in dynamic business leadership roles across Europe. He has been exceptionally kind to me and I am grateful for his mentorship.

Why did you want to intern while abroad?

One of the reasons I originally chose to come to MUDEC was because of the internship program. In August 2019, I met Andy Adams at a MUDEC event, and he shared the program details with me. Overall, I saw the internship program as a big differentiator compared to the rest of the study abroad programs.

What were you most excited for in your internship?

As I continued my relationship with Marcin, I was most excited to see what the creation of the website lead to. Literally anyone in the world with an internet connection can visit the site, so who knows what kind of feedback we may receive.

Why did you choose to study abroad with MUDEC, and what were you looking forward to when you returned to the U.S.?

Both of my brothers attended Miami, but they did not choose to study abroad for a full semester. After sending my admission deposit to Miami, I soon found myself pressured to study abroad by both of them. I have had several friends attend MUDEC and come back with exceptional reviews, so it was a no-brainer. Now that I'm back in the U.S., I'm excited to spend time with my family.

What is a fun fact that most people don't know about you?

The summer after my senior year of high school, I worked for a brief stint as the Chick-Fil-A cow. On July 3rd of that year, I found myself in a 95 degree (Fahrenheit) cow mascot suit handing out countless CFA sandwiches during downtown Columbus' "Red, White, and Boom" celebrations. It's both the best and worst job I have ever had.

Read how Marcin Jasinski's consulting firm benefited from the contributions of MUDEC interns