When Matthew Linderman leaves the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, he’ll already have a great portfolio, thanks to internships within Citigroup’s investment bank and Deloitte’s technology consulting practice.
But it’s one extracurricular in particular that will make his resume stand out: the Cornell Business Review.
He founded the magazine under the advisement of Professor Deborah Streeter. Devoted to discussing business issues relevant to Cornell students, the magazine features timely editorials alongside interviews with professional leaders looking to pass down advice to students. The magazine has a diverse staff that includes students from different majors and colleges.
“We are able to provide many diverse perspectives from student writers who value different areas of business,” he said.
In fall 2010, they produced a 30-page mock issue. Just a semester later, the Review had grown into a full-blown publication. The inaugural spring 2011 issue reached more than 3,000 students, and the audience continues to expand.
Matthew has gained further experience through his internships and other extracurricular activities. A member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and managing director of the Cornell Consulting Group, he also enjoys playing club soccer and spending time at his non-professional fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha.
Matthew said he considers these activities to be crucial parts of his Cornell experience, allowing him to better understand and apply the intricacies of concepts first learned in his applied economics and management classes.
Matthew first became interested in management in high school, when he worked for the Air Force Research Lab in his hometown of Rome, N.Y. At the lab, he performed engineering research, and though he enjoyed the experience, he began thinking he could accomplish more in a management position. Still divided between engineering and business, he sought out colleges with strong programs in both, and he eventually settled on pursuing the latter at Cornell.
He chose The Dyson School over other undergraduate business programs because of its pragmatic approach to teaching and learning.
“A lot of programs are just theoretical economics. AEM, as the name would suggest, is very much applied,” Matthew said. “I’ve learned many things that will be relevant to my work in consulting in the first few years out of school.”
Upon graduation, Matthew will be working at McKinsey and Company, one of the largest global management consulting firms.