Between earning his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Economics and Accounting, a Master’s in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration, and a graduate certificate in Information Technology Project Management, Nyambe Muyunda (MA '17) has about as many adjectives on his resume as you’d expect from someone with years of career experience in the world of international business. But though this DU graduate is relatively new to the professional world, he’s already accrued a wealth of experience across the fields that originally inspired him to pursue international business at the Korbel School.
“I chose Korbel because of its track record of excellence, which was evident in the list of prominent alumni that have come through the school and have gone on to become world leaders, visionaries and drivers of change in many different fields,” Muyunda says. “From doing my research on the program, it seemed like GFTEI gave a good insight into the process of developing and implementing financial and economic policy, and that was the space that I saw myself working in once I was done with my education.”
Indeed, Muyunda found that one of the greatest benefits of a Korbel education was the availability of experiential education, from skills-based classes at the School of International Studies to internships, research opportunities, and student organizations. He gained practical experience in business management and economic responsibility from an internship at the Invictus Initiative, which supports sustainable economic solutions for impoverished communities in countries around the world, fighting hunger and providing education to people in need. He credits his internships and the research assistantships he obtained at DU with developing the intense work ethic he’s needed to pursue his career.
Now, Nyambe works with Apple in California, liaising with the tech giant’s global network of suppliers, specifically those involved with sourcing rare minerals, to ensure ethical conduct and sustainable practices of conflict-zone materials. He remembers his time at DU fondly, from undergrad to his Master’s program, especially the opportunities to explore some of Denver’s natural wonders, especially Red Rocks, whose concerts he says are what he misses most about living and studying in Colorado. To current students, Muyunda advises involvement early and at every opportunity, from the research lab to the student organizations that shape DU’s vibrant student culture.
“My advice would be to involved outside the classroom,” he says. “Whether it’s through student organizations, with the different centers at Korbel or through research assistantships and internships, all of those things help you build relationships and grow your network, which helps a great deal once the job search begins at the end of your program.”