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Bryant Stibel Internship Program


In 2018, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School launched two, seven-week classes preparing a select group of students for an internship opportunity with Bryant Stibel, a private equity and alternative investment firm. The program was created to provide an experiential learning environment that is real, preparing the students to work on actual deals. The classes are open to MS in Applied Finance, MS in Business Analytics, and Full-Time MBA students and enrollment to the classes is competitive.

Each year we have students participate in this initiative and present investment ideas to Bryant Stibel’s team.

Class Participants 

Shawn Bhatia

Shawn Bhatia

Shawn is a first-year full-time MBA candidate at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and graduated from The University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He previously served as the Senior Associate for Member Services at The Heritage Foundation. He was part of the foundation's membership team, responsible for keeping in touch with its 500,000+ members. Bhatia previously worked in various roles at Stand Together, a philanthropic community led by Charles Koch, and is an alumnus of the Koch Associate Program, Koch Fellow Program, and Koch Internship Program. Additionally, he completed internships at The Leadership Institute, Congressman Ted Poe's office, and the Sikh American Legal Defense Education Fund. Shawn enjoys biking, traveling, listening to podcasts, and exploring restaurants in the Los Angeles area in his free time.

Bilal Aziz

Bilal Aziz

Bilal is a first-year fully-employed MBA candidate with a concentration in finance. He graduated from Chapman University in 2017, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. Currently, Bilal is a member of the Advisory Services Group at AdvicePeriod, a tech-forward wealth management firm whose mission is to reinvent wealth management. Upon graduation from the program, Bilal plans to continue his career in investment management, looking to pursue a leadership role in the space or delve into the FinTech industry.

Ian (Yiheng) Zhang

Ian (Yiheng) Zhang

Ian is currently pursuing his master’s degree of Applied Finance at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. He also holds a bachelor’s degree of Economics from George Mason University. Ian also worked as a Quantitative Research Intern at Rebellion Research in New York. Ian has a keen interest in market research, data visualization and financial analysis. In addition to his academic experience in finance, he has worked as a Data Analyst and Business Analyst Intern at top rated investment companies in China and participated in several IPO projects and PPP projects. After graduation, he plans to embark his career in the financial area, especially in investment banking division.

Francisco Arias

Francisco Arias

Francisco Arias is a full-time MBA student at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. Francisco grew up in Panama City, Panama, and he received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Business and Entrepreneurship. After graduating from Penn State, Francisco worked for two years in Private Banking as a portfolio and market analyst. After graduation, he plans to continue his finance career, specifically in Private Equity or Investment Banking.

Yankee (Yangyi) Guo

Yankee (Yangyi) Guo

Yankee is a second-year MBA candidate graduating in April 2021. He was born and raised in Beijing, China, and has extensive brand marketing experience before coming to Pepperdine. He’s been working with BMW China’s central marketing department for three years and another two and half years with Bayer China event management department. He sparked a strong interest in Finance at Pepperdine and is pursuing a concentration in this field. While managing a stock portfolio, he’s also developing his understanding and trading capabilities in the area of commodity futures. After graduation, Yankee plans to work for a private equity firm. He believes he could bring more value to the workplace with his diversified background, global perspective, and determination to succeed. He played collegiate basketball in China, and he also enjoys workout, surfing, hiking, and mostly any sport.

Aliyah Galindo

Aliyah Galindo

Aliyah Galindo is a first-year MBA student at Pepperdine Graziadio. Her passion for learning and data-driven mindset has led her to strive for a career in the Financial field. With an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Oregon, she is now working as a business analyst for a Fortune 500 insurance company. Her data analytics skills and problem-solving approach have been instrumental in delivering high impact results on vital projects. This includes acquiring some of the most profitable accounts while heading the diversity and inclusion initiative for the West Coast division. The financial background she brings, coupled with her eagerness to face any challenge head-on, will be a great asset both in the course and in a professional setting. A double major in Finance and Digital Innovation and Informational Systems will also provide a fresh perspective leading to inventive strategies.

Joseph Theobald

Joseph Theobald

Joseph is a first year MBA Candidate furthering his development as a future business leader. Following five years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy, Joseph graduated Summa Cum Laude from his undergraduate studies at Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School. He chose Finance as his MBA concentration after discovering a passion for the subject during his undergraduate studies. Joseph is also a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honors Society and has filled a variety of leadership roles, including managing projects around the globe. Joseph aims to strike a balance between the importance of teamwork, while maintaining an independent entrepreneurial spirit. During downtime from studying, you can find him volunteering, tutoring fellow classmates, picking up his guitar, or exploring Southern California's beaches and mountains. Following graduation, he intends to work as an investment manager, with particular interests in sustainable investing and space exploration.

Gabriella Dominic

Gabriella Dominic

Gabriella Dominic is an MBA student who is passionate about growing businesses, products, and ideas. She has seven years of pre-MBA experience building and growing private elementary schools and destination development for a cathedral. Her experiences in MarCom allowed her to understand branding, search engines, and the democratization of various content creation tools. She believes that the creator economy and emerging technologies are causing multiple industries to rethink their strategy. She has a budding interest in finance and private equity as she discovered their roles in the creative tools she's been using all along. Gabriella holds a bachelor's degree in Communication from Boston College and is a Golden Key International Honour Society member. After graduating from Pepperdine, she hopes to pursue a career in management consulting.

Luke Poling

Luke Poling

Luke is part of the 5-year BS/MBA program at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. He will graduate in April with an MBA in finance and bachelor’s in business administration. He is fascinated by financial derivatives and has competed in portfolio management competitions for the CME group and tastytrade. His internship experience includes data analytics and equity research. Upon graduation Luke will take the CFA level I exam and pursue a career in investment management. Growing up in Seattle, he is an avid Seattle Seahawks fan and coffee aficionado.

Caleb Arndt

Caleb Arndt

Caleb Arndt is a first-year MBA candidate at Pepperdine Graziadio concentrating in finance. He began his career working for the City of Malibu Planning Department but decided to switch to the private sector after a couple of years. In working for his family wealth management firm, he learned the fundamentals of portfolio construction, as well as how to suss out potential market opportunities. This interest in the financial industry pushed him towards getting his MBA at Pepperdine, where he hopes to leverage his knowledge, experience, and connections into a career in money management within the entertainment industry.

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore

Matthew is currently pursuing his MBA degree with a concentration in Finance at Graziadio Business School. He obtained his MSRE degree from Graziadio in August 2020 and also holds a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Energy and Climate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to business school, Matthew worked at a nationwide consulting firm that specializes in energy efficiency engineering, building sustainability, and renewable energy projects. As a Sustainability Consultant, he managed several energy audits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's green financing programs, as well as green building certifications for California's low-income housing tax credit programs. Matthew also has professional experience working in acquisitions and asset management for various real estate development and investment companies in Los Angeles. An LA native, Mathew enjoys cheering on his beloved Lakers and is an avid beach volleyball player and skier.

Christopher Laganas

Christopher Laganas

Formerly served as GM for a Prime Defense contractor from 2013-2019. The business specialized in procurement within the surveillance and reconnaissance focus area, and the company notably manufactured numerous patented night vision devices. In 2015, Chris and his family business successfully and proudly handed off the IP and product lines to one of the industry leaders (Fortune 50) through a M&A. Prior to attending Pepperdine for the MBA program, he obtained a BS in International Business and Management from the University of Tampa- which included a semester overseas at Oxford University. Following the MBA program, Chris seeks to continue his entrepreneurial path by joining a Private Equity / Venture Capital group, and eventually launching his own organization.

Gokul Raj

Gokul Raj

Gokul has a background in computer science and has years of experience in the technology industry in software engineering and project management roles in big silicon valley companies and fin-tech startups. Gokul has been working recently at Google in critical projects delivering data-driven solutions using AI, machine learning and big data. He also worked for over 5 years at First Quadrant, an alternative investments and asset management firm in LA in the investment technology team working on cross-functional team projects to create value for clients’ portfolios. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Pepperdine University to transition into a career in financial services.

Will Hyman portrait

Will Hyman

Will is a first year MBA candidate who is concentrating in finance. Upon graduating from Chapman University in 2015, Will spent three years working in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas, including two years as a Concierge at the Luxor Resort and Casino. Will decided to come to Pepperdine to pursue an interest in finance and data analytics, and hopes to work in corporate finance or equity research upon graduation. Aside from school, Will is an avid sports fan, and also volunteers as a youth mentor with the Jewish Big Brothers of Los Angeles.

Khanh Nguyen portrait

Khanh Nguyen

Khanh is a graduate student at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School, Master’s in Applied Finance program. Prior to Pepperdine, she graduated from University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting.

She started her career as a Financial Advisory Associate at Ernst and Young, Ho Chi Minh City office, where she advised Vietnam’s top public companies and state-owned enterprises on financial performance and implementation. Khanh is passionate in learning about markets, companies and M&A. After graduation, she plans to continue her career in finance, specifically investment banking and private equity.

An Jiang portrait

An Jiang

An is currently enrolled in the applied finance program at Pepperdine Graziadio. Before coming to Pepperdine, he received a B.A. degree in Economics from UCLA and worked one-year full time as an account manager in a merchant processing services company. An also received his MBA degree from Cal Lutheran. An is currently a CFA level 2 candidate and had traded in the U.S. equity and options market for several years. He had also previously interned at various companies and organizations including the Risk Management Department at Bank of China, Singapore.

Meichen Ye portrait

Meichen Ye

Mei is a graduate student of MS in Applied Finance program. Prior to attending Pepperdine Graziadio, she has worked as a data analyst in retail industries in both the US and China. She also has worked as an assistant at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and Founder Securities. Mei has passed FRM Level II and registered as a candidate for CFA Level I in June 2020. With a huge interest in Leverage Buyout, Mei plans to pursue a career in Private Equity industry upon graduation.

Ben Peters portrait

Ben Peters

Ben Peters is a full-time MBA student at Pepperdine Graziadio business school. Ben grew up in San Diego, California, and attended Duke University, where he graduated in 2016. After college, Ben worked in contract manufacturing, where he helped to make efficiency improvements in plants across the United States, and prepare these plants for their sale to strategic and financial buyers. After completing his MBA, he hopes to work at an investment firm where he can use his knowledge of manufacturing to make informed financial decisions. His interests include surfing, fishing, and volunteering for environmentally focused non-profits.

Mia (Yamiao) Chen portrait

Mia (Yamiao) Chen

Mia is a follower of Christ and majors in Applied Finance at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School with a concentration in investment management. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, majoring in Business and Management & Economics. She has an interest in portfolio management and investments, especially in commodities investing. She has solid understanding and knowledge in the skincare market and mother & baby market, which helps her to view portfolios with a unique perspective when she is making investment decisions.

Drew Oslance portrait

Drew Oslance

Drew is in his last semester pursuing an MBA in finance at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. He is part of the 5-year BS/MBA program where he studied business administration during undergrad and is set to receive both degrees in April. Additionally, he competed on the Pepperdine Men’s Golf Team for 2 years, where he was recognized as a Scholar Athlete and was selected to the WCC Commissioner’s

Honor Roll. Along with his coursework, Drew has held numerous internships in both the sports and finance industries, including one of the largest golf club manufacturers, a securities broker-dealer, and a startup investment firm. Upon graduating, Drew hopes to pursue a career helping companies realize their potential through private equity.

Ivy (Yuan) Zhuang portrait

Ivy (Yuan) Zhuang

Ivy is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Applied Finance Program in Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Before that, Ivy received her bachelor's degree in business management economics from University of California, Santa Cruz. She is also a member of the Career Advisory Board and a CFA Level 1 candidate. Ivy is interested in investment management, and she is looking forward to working in investment or consulting.

Faisal Alfrsani portrait

Faisal Alfrsani

Prior working towards an M.B.A at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. Faisal was a team leader at the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia. He with his team established a new Market Analysis function within the Surveillance department. Faisal did his undergraduate degree at California State University – Chico were he completed a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance. Faisal also previously worked as a Senior Analyst at KPMG Saudi Arabia on the Deal Advisory Team. After graduation, Faisal plans to pursue a career in Private Equity or Venture Capital.”

Che Lun Wang (Leo) portrait

Che Lun Wang (Leo)

Leo is a Master of Applied Finance student at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School with a concentration in investment management. He has a previous internship in insurance company and also partnership experience with a gaming company in Taiwan. Leo has several finance licenses acquired in Taiwan including areas from securities to consulting. His interest currently lies in portfolio management, financial analysis, and investment banking.

amanda Callahan portrait

Amanda Callahan

Amanda is a native Texan and studied drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating with honors, she quickly transitioned into arts administration post-graduation. She worked her way up from intern to Administrative Director of Young Actor’s at Strasberg (youth division) at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City over five years. In 2013 she transitioned to The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: Home of the Meinser Technique where she served as Director of Admissions, Financial Aid, & International Student Affairs. Amanda is presently pursuing her MBA full-time at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business with a dual concentration in Finance and Entertainment, Media, & Sports.

Jason Ferber portrait

Jason Ferber

Prior to attending Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School, Jason had been working in the music industry for the past ten years. After assisting with opening a music PR company in Los Angeles, Jason began working in artist management managing various major label artists. Creating budgets for worldwide tours and dealing daily with a variety of musicians’ business managers sparked an interest in finance, which led Jason to Pepperdine. After graduation, Jason plans to continue working in the entertainment industry with a financial role in mind.

Arrio D. Granum portrait

Arrio D. Granum

Arrio D. Granum is a first-year MBA candidate at Pepperdine and has an undergraduate degree in Physics from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is currently a Captain on active duty service in the U.S. Army and will return to service upon completion of his MBA. After a career in the Army, Arrio plans to enter into venture capital and private equity investments. He is married to his wife, Kelsey and has two children, Arrena (6), and Kyson (3).