Student Spotlights

Anh Phan

Anh Phan (Class of 2019 )

Hanoi, Vietnam

Major: MBA: Strategic Management & Human Resource Management
Fall 2019 will begin Ph.D. Program in Organization & Strategy at University of Hawai´i at Mānoa, Shidler College of Business. 

Anh hails from Hanoi, Vietnam where she attended Foreign Trade University and then had the opportunity to attend Niagara as a transfer student. She completed her B.S. in Tourism and Recreation Management at Niagara in 2017.

ActivitiesAmong her multiple activities on campus, she worked in the International Relations Office coordinating events, including the International Education Week program. She also interned as the Event Coordinator with Dr. Gallo and the Sustainability Committee for 2 semesters and helped to coordinate Earth Day events and support NU Goes Green.

Advice to students: “Don’t be afraid to ask! Be curious; ask yourself; ask other students, faculty, staff, alumni, and people in the know. Better ask now then regret not asking in the future. Seek advice and get recommendations on areas to pursue from others and get involved on campus as much as possible. Seek out and explore opportunities as they help you to find your career path.” 

Interesting InternshipsShe currently works as the Graduate Assistant for the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, where she assists with administrative duties, and helps with events including the annual Hospitality and Tourism Career Fair. In addition, for the last 2 semesters, she has interned with Blue Cardinal Capital, a private equity firm in Buffalo, as an Operations Intern. They focus on real estate funds in the second and third tier markets. “I didn’t know it was possible to work at a company like this until I asked.”

Future Goals: “The Ph.D. program will allow me to combine everything I’ve learned so far, my experiences in hospitality alongside my MBA course work.”  She is excited to begin her Ph.D. program, which includes a full Graduate Assistantship at the Mānoa campus on the island of Oahu.  She will receive up to four years of tuition waivers valued at $20k/year along with a stipend of $22,140/year. “It will be a totally different experience and will help me come closer to what I really want, to be a Professor at a university.”