MBA Classes of 2008 & 2009,

On behalf of the Kenan Institute, I'd like to update you on recent and upcoming events at the Kenan Institute. As an MBA Liaison, I will be writing to you periodically to fill you in on some of the key MBA events you may have missed and to let you know about new opportunities within the Kenan Institute.

Upcoming TRAI Lunch & Learn
Students interested in interning with the Kenan Institute Asia (KIAsia) should watch for details of a November Lunch & Learn about the Tsunami Recovery Action Initiative. KIAsia developed TRAI in response to the tsunami disaster of 2004 to promote sustainable tourism on the Andaman coast of the Phang-nga province. Two-to-four MBA internship spaces will be available for Summer 2009. There were six UNC graduate student interns working on TRAI last summer (see photos). Contact Kenan Institute Outreach Director Lingmei Howell to learn more or visit the Kenan Institute Student Opportunities Web site,, or the Job Postings in Enterprise for details and deadlines.
Opportunity for MBA Analysts
The Carolina Center for Competitive Economies (C3E) has immediate openings for MBA analysts to aid in the design of a private-equity fund for high-potential companies in eastern North Carolina.

The center seeks a team of MBA analysts with a mix of skills in finance, entrepreneurship, accounting and management for a commitment of up to nine months. MBA analysts will identify investment-worthy companies in eastern North Carolina, describe expansion criteria and capital requirements, define investment instruments, construct a value portfolio and identify prospective investors. This is a great opportunity, especially for those interested in private equity and finance.

Interested students should contact C3E Director Brent Lane,, or Lingmei Howell. As always, for more information, visit, Kenan Institute Student Opportunities Web site,

Job Opportunities with USAID
Mark Ward, U.S. Agency for International Development Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Asia and Near East Bureau, visited the Kenan Institute on August 29 to discuss job opportunities with MBA students as well as agency's private-sector development efforts and increased focus on alliances with business and NGO partners.

He then delivered a luncheon address, "Challenge of U.S. Foreign Aid in a High Threat World," sharing with students and faculty his experience managing USAID's programs in Pakistan. Those interested in learning more about opportunities with USAID may visit the Web site at

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Air Commerce Brown Bag
The Center for Air Commerce (CAC) held its first brown-bag presentation at the Kenan Institute on Tuesday, September 16. Open to all students, the presentation focused on the summer research work of four UNC students: two MBAs, Patrick Bentle and Bryan Conner; Matthew Brawner from the Law School ; and UNC Kenan-Flagler Ph.D. student Liu Xin. Each panelist's work was done independently but all of the research centered on different aspects related to airport area land development. Each of the students had an opportunity to present his or her own research and had time to field questions from the audience, including the Kenan Institute's Director, Dr. Jack Kasarda, and Dr. Noel Greis, director of the Institute's Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy. For more information or CAC opportunities, interested students should contact Dr. Steve Appold at

Institute for Defense & Business Luncheon
The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) hosted a luncheon on Friday, October 10 for a group of our MBAs who represented various clubs and organizations.

IDB President Mark Cramer led the discussion of the programs IDB offers to military and civilian logisticians, followed by Col. Ted Brewer, Senior Vice President; Ambassador David Litt, executive director, Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction; and other senior professional staff. The various programs discussed include:

  • Logtech, Depot & Arsenal Executive Leadership Program
  • Center for Stabilization & Economic Reconstruction (CSER)
  • Log21

The programs focus on bringing private-industry knowledge to military and civilian specialists, ranging from a tailored MBA degree through University of Indiana's Kelly School of Business to week-long seminars on current issues and industry developments.

IDB is an 11-year-old nonprofit research organization and affiliate of the Kenan Institute. Originally located on the fourth floor of the Kenan Center, IDB has continued to grow and will soon be moving from its current suite in Meadowmont's downtown business area to a larger office location to accommodate its growing staff.

IDB offers both summer and mid-year internships to Kenan-Flagler MBA students. Interested students should contact IDB directly, visit the IDB Web site at, or contact Lingmei Howell.

Office Hours
The Kenan Institute's MBA Liaisons have begun holding office hours once a month to increase their visibility and connections to MBA students and Kenan-Flagler faculty. The liaisons held their first session of office hours on Sept. 11 with good turnout and will continue hosting the session throughout the year.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Kenan Institute or any of its centers can stop by the liaison's table in Cafe McColl on the second Thursday of every month from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

New Kenan Liaisons Named
The Kenan Institute introduces the two newest members of the MBA Liaison family: Stephanie Poole and Napoleon Wallace. Napoleon and Stephanie were selected through a competitive process to join the four second-year MBA Liaisons (Patrick Bentle, Enrique Bolanos, Michelle Lally and Suzanne Zweben) in representing the Kenan-Flagler MBA program and communicating student opportunities at the Kenan Institute's centers and affiliates to their fellow classmates.

We congratulate our newest members to the liaison team. Along with the four second-year and two first-year liaisons, we look forward to working closely with our MBA fellows and the Kenan Institute in continuing our efforts to enrich the Kenan-Flagler MBA experience.

Applications will be accepted in February for the two remaining positions. To apply or learn more about the Kenan MBA Liaisons Program, contact Lingmei Howell, or visit the Web site,

Patrick Bentle Enrique Bolanos Michelle Lally
Suzanne Zweben Stephanie Poole Napoleon Wallace


Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute or Private Enterprise

The Kenan Institute, through its centers and MBA Liaison Program, links students' skills, talents, and ambitions to opportunities through which they can demonstrate and further develop their leadership, entrepreneurial, and problem-solving competencies, as well as apply their coursework to real-life situations in some of the world's most dynamic markets.

See our current list of opportunities.