School: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Degree/Major: MBA in Management
What was your role? I learned to read, prepare, draft, and negotiate Esri’s software licensing agreements. One of my big projects was to take our spectrum of contracts, pull out the common terms, and create a general platform on which all contracts will sit. Our goal is to simplify and standardize our contracts to streamline internal processes and negotiations between Esri and our licensees.
Coolest thing about working at Esri? I get a geeky thrill now when I use “Magic Words” (legal terms that have to be in contracts) in a conversation.
Most important thing you learned during your internship? My internship placed me in a new and challenging environment where I could satisfy my curiosity about people, business models, and real-world complexities. This experience taught me not to be dismayed by change, as it is the design of sustainable success. Above all, the work I completed did not lend itself to the status quo and showed me that sometimes the answers are not in the book.
Where is the last place you traveled to? Besides Los Angeles to visit with my MBA classmates interning there, I traveled to Taipei to visit people and deepen my experience in its culture.
Last movie you saw? The Ides of March. A good limitation of liability clause is important in their employment contracts.
Favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon? Hanging out with friends, usually somewhere eating something
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want with you? A satellite phone to call Esri’s in-house counsel to ask how I can get off the island, a laptop to write a proposal on enhancing the current process in order to prevent future incidents, and ArcGIS for Desktop so I can perform spatial analyses to locate food and shelter.
Can: Draft software license agreements for Esri technology
Can't: Look really cool with Esri technology (I ask the other interns for help)