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Claudia Dias

Claudia Dias
MBA 12

Treasury Analyst
Juniper Networks
Sunnyvale, California

Internship:
Juniper Networks
Sunnyvale, California

Previous degrees:
B.S., Economics
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

B.A., Business Administration
Fundação Getúlio Vargas – EAESP, Brazil

Job prior to Haas:
Supervisor, Credit Directorate
Banco Itau Unibanco
São Paulo, Brazil

Dean Rich Lyons impressed Claudia Dias when he visited Brazil to talk about the school and answer questions from prospective students. She was even more impressed when she received a personal call from the Admissions Office to welcome her to Berkeley Haas. These "small things are very important" indications of the warm, close-knit environment she found at the school.

"Coming to study here at Berkeley Haas was my way of breaking barriers. I left my family and a job I enjoyed. I arrived with the idea of staying in the banking sector, but as I have been exposed to different industries, I have a more open mind about trying new things. My internship in a corporate finance environment is my personal way of Questioning the Status Quo."

"My professors are amazing. They are really good at matching the academic point of view with examples from the real world…Professor Dmitri Livdan's Corporate Finance class was terrific. He challenged us to see the subject as it is in the real world, not just as it is presented in the textbook. I know that I will be using what he taught us in my internship at Juniper Networks, where I'll be working in the Treasury Department—something new for me after years of experience in finance at a bank."

"The Career Management Office was very helpful when I was looking for my internship. I especially appreciated the second-year career coaches. They had already been through what I was experiencing. In mock interviews they taught me about traps to avoid. They gave me tips and lots of good advice."

"The Hong Kong Trek was my first time visiting Asia. It was fabulous to see the financial center of Asia. We visited all of the big banks. I was impressed with how open they were to our visits and how eager to answer our questions."

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