March 25, 2008
You may inherit your eye color or height from your parents, but do you inherit your career from them? That's what Rice tennis player Jonathan Greenberg wanted to know.
During the summer of 2006, Greenberg worked at the L.A. City Attorney's Office.
"My father was a lawyer, my mother is currently a lawyer, and my brother is graduating law school this year, so I was seeing if I inherited the lawyering gene." he noted.
Working at the L.A. City Attorney's Office, Greenberg's responsibilities included researching crime-ridden properties, discussing legal action with city attorneys, and drafting correspondence to property owners advising them of narcotics activity on their properties.
"I enjoyed the internship because the staff was very nice, and I learned a lot about the infrastructure of the legal system and the specifics of laws in California. I decided, however, that law might not be for me, so I decided to pursue my interest in business." said Greenberg.
The following summer, Greenberg gained valuable business experience working for Deutshe Bank in Houston as an analyst. As a part of the Global Banking Division, Greenberg worked on a $3.1 billion merger between two seismic companies, conducted financial analysis for several other mergers and acquisitions, and prepared firm overviews for various exploration and production companies.
"At the end of the internship, I received an offer to take a full time position. I accepted the offer and will be working for Deutsche Bank full time for two years after graduation." said Greenberg.
"Studying economics in my time at Rice has given me a good theoretical framework to move into the business world and start a career. My favorite class has been Energy Economics. It had very good theoretical background and a lot of interesting examples that had useful real world applications. Also, the class is most applicable to my job in finance in the natural resources sector." said Greenberg.
Greenberg believes his eventual career plans center on finance, and investment banking is a great stepping stone into any job in business.
"It is likely that I will go back to school for an M.B.A. and then get a position at a hedge fund, private equity shop, or continue working at an investment bank. I do want my career, however, to give me enough time to be actively involved in tennis. Tennis has been an invaluable activity for me, and I want to make sure that I continue playing for the rest of my life." said Greenberg.
During the school year, Greenberg works for Rice's Career Service Center throughout the school year as a Career Advisor for fellow undergraduates. He also participates in several community service projects with his tennis teammates.
"Last year, I participated in a fundraiser called Relay For Life. It was a wonderful experience because I felt like I was really making a difference for those in need," said Greenberg.
When asked about his experience at Rice, Greenberg has only good things to say.
"Rice has far exceeded my expectations. I have had an excellent education and have had a wonderful time on the tennis team. I feel that the quality of my schooling and Rice's excellent reputation have allowed me to land a great job which I will really enjoy after graduation. Also, most importantly, I have made lasting friendships with some of the most amazing people I have ever met."
He is destined to become one of Tomorrow's Leaders.