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Student Success Stories - Matthew Deschesne

Matthew DeschesneInterning at Jackson Lab    

For MBS student Matthew Deschesne, an internship last year at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor is one of the highlights of his time at the Maine Business School.

“It was a great experience,” said Deschesne, who worked from March to August 2011 in the Lab’s Fiscal Services Department, assisting with accounts payable, purchasing and the fixed asset inventory.

Deschesne, a finance major, said the internship complemented his classroom work, provided valuable real-world experience, created an opportunity for networking and beefed up his resume.

“I was given a good amount of responsibility,” he said. “I learned quite a bit and I liked the work and everyone I worked with. I felt extremely fortunate to obtain the internship at such a prestigious institution.”

Nate Briggs, senior treasury analyst at Jackson Lab and Deschesne’s supervisor, said the Fiscal Services Department has offered internships to MBS students since 2004, recruiting them through the MBS Internship Fair and by contacting professors.

“All of our MBS interns have done great work for us,” he said. “The knowledge they have gained in the classroom, coupled with their quick study of our accounting processes and software systems, allowed them to excel in their tasks here. They have always been hard working, eager to learn and willing to help where needed.”

Briggs is a UMaine alumnus who graduated in 2002 with a double major in financial economics and finance and earned an M.B.A. from the Maine Business School in 2005 while working at Jackson Lab. He currently serves as treasurer of the University of Maine Alumni Association.

Deschesne works at Jackson Lab during vacations and is active in SPIFFY (Student Portfolio Investment Fund). After graduating from MBS, he plans to earn his M.B.A. and C.F.A., and pursue a career in investment banking.

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