Kristin Cooper ’16
What extra-curricular activities were you involved with at A&M? Student worker at The Bush School Office of the Dean; China & Russia study abroad; Delta Sigma Pi professional co-ed business fraternity (Secretary and VP Pledge Education); Freshman Business Initiative Peer Leader; Fish Camp Counselor for Camp Kinison; and Spencer Leadership Conference delegate
Did you participate in an internship? I was a management consulting analyst intern with Accenture. I supported the central team of a project delivering a technology solution to one of the super-major oil and gas firms. Some of my responsibilities included creating the design and content for a training delivered at 14 refineries worldwide; delivering on-boarding materials for new team members; assisting with the development of a communications strategy; and tracking stakeholder engagement for the pilot phase of the project.
What was your favorite Supply Chain Management course at Texas A&M? Dr. Koufteros’ Sourcing and Procurement class (SCMT 335) prepared me to organize work efforts and collaborate with others. Mrs. Whitcomb’s Business Communications courses (SCMT 300 & 400) kept me from making “intern mistakes” in my PowerPoint presentations and written deliverables.
Describe your career and what led you to finding your first professional position. I am beginning a career in management consulting in the Life Sciences industry, which serves pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. Many factors complicate the global health care supply chain, creating barriers between people and quality medical care. In my career, I will work to mitigate these barriers and bring health care to all people, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location.
Any specific advice you would give to current Supply Chain Management students? Spend time getting to know yourself, and set goals according to your strengths and interests. Having specific goals that excite you will give you purpose to all the hours you spend studying and in class and will make networking and the job search easier and more enjoyable.