Gustavo Almanza ’19

Gustavo Almanza

Education:
BBA in Management Information Systems

Internship:
Ernst & Young (EY); Houston, TX
Launch Intern
June 2017 – August 2018

Ernst & Young (EY); Houston, TX
Risk Advisory Intern
June 2018 – August 2018

Professional Positions:
Ernst & Young (EY); Houston, TX
Technology Risk Staff
August 2019 – June 2021

BDO USA; Houston, TX
IS Assurance Senior
July 2021 – Present

What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M?

During my time at Texas A&M, I was involved in a variety of organizations:

  • As a freshman I was involved with the Regents Ambassadors Program (RAP) as part of my scholarship community.
  • In my sophomore year I became an Ambassador for RAP for incoming first-generation college students, while becoming a “Buddy” for international students studying abroad at Mays through the International Business Association.
  • Professionally, I was involved with the Association of Latino Professional For America (ALPFA), where I was fortunate enough to begin building meaningful relationships with my, now, current employer.
  • Most notably, I held the leadership positions of VP of Finance, President, and Leadership Advisor for Global Business Brigades (GBB), one of the largest student-led organizations that takes Texas A&M students abroad under resourced communities in the Darien Province of Panama. Additionally, I served as an Ambassador for the Center of International Business Studies (CIBS) during my senior year, as well as a Campus Ambassador for EY.

Describe your experiences as an intern.

I was able to intern twice with EY, once as a Launch Intern in the summer of 2017 and again as a Risk Advisory Intern in the summer of 2018. As a Launch Intern I was given the opportunity to do a rotation between the audit and advisory service lines. In both, I was given simple tasks such as tying evidence from invoices to Excel files, running searches on enterprise systems (both EY and client databases), and conducted compliance testing. As a Risk Advisory Intern I was able to do a lot more client-facing work, including business travel for one of my clients. I was given tasks such as evidence tying and running randomized testing for internal auditing, and I worked with a wide range of teams.

What was your favorite MIS-related course at A&M?

Hands down my favorite MIS course that I took at A&M was Web-Enabled Applications with Dr. Araujo. This course taught me more in-depth understanding of HTML and how CSS can make web pages look through Visual Studios. The MIS curriculum is very analytically intensive, so a step back to work on the more creative side of MIS was a pleasant breath of fresh air.

What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took at A&M?

I feel that the most beneficial course I took at A&M was the Capstone project with Dr. Araujo. Dr. Araujo genuinely cared about what the students were learning and helped whenever questions would arise. In this class, I learned the full circle of what I had been exposed to throughout my time as an MIS major. I am forever grateful for how this class made me think and how I was able to solve key business issues through the skills I had acquired over the course of a few years.

What advice would you give to current MIS students at A&M?

To the future MIS majors reading this, don’t give up. The classes will be challenging, the teachers will test you on both patience and understanding, and you will hit a low, but life is about how hard you can get hit and your determination to stand back up. MIS is tough for a reason, if it was easy everyone would do it. You will walk in not knowing what to expect, but you will leave knowing you can take on just about everything the world has to throw at you.