First-Person

Matthew Acalin

Matthew Acalin
MBA 12

Product Manager
O-Desk
Redwood City, California

Internship:
Marketing Associate
Hearsay Social
San Francisco, California

Previous degrees:
B.S., Finance & Information Systems
Boston College
Boston, Massachusetts

Job prior to Haas:
Associate
Summit Partners
Boston, Massachusetts

Matthew Acalin admits he needed some help kick-starting his internship search, when an unsolicited e-mail from Career Services jolted him into action. The “high-touch, insightful” assistance he received was tailored to his needs and helped him land an internship at a late-stage start-up, just what he needed to complement his growth equity background.

“The entire ecosystem at Berkeley-Haas is devoted to discovery, starting with learning more about ourselves. For me, the idea of going Beyond Yourself means being curious and taking risks, of finding new ways to do what has been done before and what has never been done at all.”

“In my Real Estate class, we’re working on an actual redevelopment property on Bancroft Avenue here in Berkeley. It’s given us incredible access to a real-life project, complete with an introduction to the practical and political aspects of a project of this scope.”

“There are amazing reservoirs of energy among my classmates. You get the strong sense that you are part of something bigger than yourself.”

“At a recent Challenge for Charity basketball game, it became clear in the closing minutes that we were going to come up short, but those of us on the sidelines organized ourselves to rush the court at the end of the game, just as though Berkeley-Haas had won. That’s the spirit here: we’re all here to support each other, no matter what. At Berkeley-Haas people understand that life is a team sport.”

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