Kyle O’MalleyMBA+ MA in Economics Minneapolis, Minnesota
“The education and experience that I will receive at Boston University will be pivotal as I strive to work for such organizations and assist in promoting economic opportunity for all.”
Kyle O’Malley learned a lot during his time in China. “I did not realize that it was possible to stare at a multi-billion dollar high-speed rail track and raw sewage at the same time,” he says. “I did not realize that it was possible to have students with iPhones and tuberculosis in the same college class. I did not realize one could be in a city of more than eight million people and live in an area that was covered in complete darkness at night.”
Understanding and hopefully solving such economic juxtapositions are what prompted O’Malley to pursue his MBA in general management with a joint degree in economics at BU. “Being surrounded by all of this activity while living and working in a developing country sparked my interest in emerging markets and related nonprofit and intergovernmental work.” His ultimate goal? “Gain the necessary training to achieve a high-level management position at an organization that does this kind of work.”
At Questrom, O’Malley’s been able to add to his international experience in several ways. He went on an international field seminar to Brazil last year. He’s also been working with the Boston University Global Venture Consulting group (BUVGC) to provide free consulting help in developing countries. His assignment has been to help a textile company in Guatemala. Through his internship at the International Economics Development Council in Washington, D.C., as a knowledge management and development intern, O’Malley created fiscal impact analysis and return on investment calculators for economic developers to consult before issuing financial incentives to businesses.
With all this experience, O’Malley definitely feels that BU is the right place to be. “Questrom’s global reach and focus on social responsibility align with the kind of work I hope to do throughout my career. The university’s network of nonprofits and intergovernmental organizations, both domestic and abroad, will provide me with the opportunity to achieve the type of post-graduation placement I am striving for.”