Bruin Development Academy

The Bruin Development Academy engages students in a purposeful peer-to-peer learning environment designed to replicate the collaborative team-oriented dynamic that is a common experience in the professional world. Students learn and practice soft-skills required to be considered for highly coveted internships or entry-level positions. Students partake in hands-on professional development training designed to provide them with a skill set that will further distinguish them from other job candidates. All of this occurs within our innovative and interactive workshop setting.

The Academy experience is designed to provide participants with a competitive edge whether for internships or post-undergrad employment. UCLA alumni and friends are willing to help you learn what it takes to succeed in the field by providing important hands-on training and industry exposure.

Application Process

Students from all majors and class years are encouraged to apply. Recent UCLA graduates are also eligible to participate.

Applications must be submitted for each individual Bruin Development Academy and can be found on each individual Bruin Development Academy webpage when available. Students are required to complete an application, submit a cover letter and submit a resume as part of the application process. Further details regarding each academy will be sent to students after their acceptance into the program.

Course Credit

Participants have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEU) through UCLA Extension. Earning CEUs as an undergraduate is a great way to position yourself for employment consideration. It signals to employers your commitment to investing in both your personal and professional development. So take advantage of this free and exciting opportunity to get ahead.

Past Programs

Biopharam & Biotech

 

For students interested in biopharma and biotech, this Bruin Development Academy offers students the opportunity to gain exposure to the pharmaceutical industry as well as the variety of professional careers that are involved in moving drug discovery from ‘bench to bedside’. Professionals from the pharmaceutical industry are hosted each week targeting a specific aspect of the process and professional skills required to succeed in this industry.

Past speakers have included:

  • Jed Chatterton ’84, PhD ’91 (Scientist, Navigant)
  • Eric Gschweng, PhD ’15 (Scientist, Kite Pharma)
  • Kim Le ’01, MS ’04 (Scientist, Amgen)
  • Christopher Tan, PhD (Scientist, Amgen)
  • David Truong ’02, PharmD, MS (Global Regulatory Affairs, Tiva Pharmaceuticals)
  • Jason Kerr ’14, MS (Regulatory Science, Shire Pharmaceutical)
  • Minell Karimi (Regulatory Affairs Associate, Amgen)
  • Susan Nakayama ’90, PA (Clinical Operations/Clinical Trials)
  • Lisa Tang ’07 (Sales Representative, Eli Lily Pharmaceuticals)
  • Carlyn Crisostomo ’06, MBA ’14 (Strategy and Innovation, Amgen)
  • Janice Ahn ’05, PhD (Medical Science Writer, Amgen)

Consulting

 

This academy course is a unique, hands-on program designed for UCLA students interested in consulting. Course topics focus on strengthening students’ critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, writing techniques and other consulting-specific skills to provide them with a more comprehensive academic and applied skill set. Consulting professionals share their experiences and professional advice in an effort to help students gain the exposure to the professional skills required to succeed in entry-level positions in one of the most sought after industries.

Past speakers have included:

  • Ayyub Bokhari (Associate, Mercer)
  • Jack Leonard (Senior Talent Analyst, Mercer)
  • Anne Nguyen, MPH (Project Manager, Cedars-Sinai)
  • Tom Seguine (Director of Special Projects, DaVita)
  • Paul Lee (Director of Finance, DaVita)
  • Paige Hosler (Senior Director, Revenue Operations, DaVita)
  • Max Cambras (Life Sciences Engagement Manger, L.E.K. Consulting)
  • Tiffany Le (Senior Associate Consultant, L.E.K. Consulting)
  • Jordan Myint (Associate Consultant, L.E.K. Consulting)

Corporate Finance

 

The Corporate Finance Bruin Development Academy is an intensive program taught by successful finance executives for UCLA students interested in pursuing a career in corporate finance. Topics have included financial statement analysis, valuation methods, business forecasting, and pricing among others. This program is designed to help students gain the skills they need to excel in this very competitive industry.

Past speakers have included:

  • Mitch Reback ’77 (Chief Financial Officer, Drybar)
  • John Lam (Competition and Strategy Controller, Intel)
  • Andrew Tinseth (VP of Internal Audit, Chief Audit Executive, Western Digital)
  • Michael C. Iracondo ’91 (CTP, Assistant Treasurer, The Clorox Company)
  • Vera Fair ’01 (Business Manager, The Boeing Company)
  • Vince Aguilar ’88 (Director of Business Management, Northrop Grumman Corporation)

Entertainment

 

The entertainment series introduces students to creative development, film financing, pre-production, casting, physical production, post-production, editing and many other paths along the way. Participants have the opportunity to network with successful executives to learn about their career paths and newly minted assistants who can provide direct advice on how to break into this industry.

Past speakers have included:

  • Caye Bohn ’12 (Sales Coordinator, Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • Caty Zick ’10 (Assistant to Micahel Rauch & Andrew Lenchewski)
  • Yvonne Ly ’10 (Assistant, Columbia Pictures)
  • Nishika Kumble ’13 (Executive Assistant, 26 Keys Productions)
  • Leslie Siebert (Senior Managing Partner, Gersh Agency)
  • Joannie Burstein (President, The Burstein Company)
  • Nicole Starr (Director, Participant Media)
  • Trisha Cardoso ’87 (Executive Vice President, Showtime Network Inc.)
  • Andrew Lenchewski ’88 (Executive Producer)
  • Harry Shearer ’64 (Actor, Writer, Comedian)
  • Norm Aladjem ’81 (President, Levity Entertainment)
  • David Neuman ’83 (President, Blackrock Productions)
  • Harold Lewis ’05 (CEO & Founder, Pitch2me & Filmbankers Internationl LLC)

Law

 

For students considering a future career in the legal field, the Bruin Development Academy on Law offers workshops introducing students to industry professionals who share their advice on what it takes to succeed in the competitive legal field. From applying to law school to securing internships to becoming a leader in the legal industry, this series aims at getting students started on the right path towards a successful legal career.

Past speakers have included:

  • Kendra Carney ’04, JD (Office of City Attorney)
  • Allison Hardgrove, JD (Staff Attorney, Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers)
  • Julie Holden, JD ’10 (Legal Counsel, Wedgewood)
  • Brian Li-A-Ping (JD Candidate, UCLA School of Law)
  • Dietrick Miller, MA, JD ’12 (Attorney, TroyGould Attorneys)
  • William J. Bernfeld ’75, JD (K&L Gates)
  • Mona Ehrenreich ’83, JD (Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Holland America Group)
  • James L. Hsu ’91, JD ’94 (Partner, Squire Patton Boggs, LLP)
  • Chauncey Swalwell ’86, JD (Partner, Real Estate Capital Markets Group)
  • Steve Zipperstein ’79, JD (Chief Legal Counsel, BlackBerry Limited)
  • Marchelle Bailey, JD (United States Small Business Administration)
  • Matthew Barragan ’08, JD (Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
  • Priscila Castillo Kasha ’92, JD ’95 (DWP Power Legal Practice Group)
  • Robert Klepta, JD (Attorney, US District Court)
  • Danae McElroy, JD ’09 (Assistant Director of Admissions, UCLA School of Law)
  • Chloe Reid, JD (Chief Admission Officer, USC School of Law)
  • Jannell Lundy Roberts, JD (Assistant Dean for Admissions, Loyola Law School)
  • Bruce M. Smiley ’71, JD (Founding Partner, Freeman, Freeman, & Smiley)
  • Jack Paul ’50, JD (Attorney, Jack Paul Law Office)
  • Catherine Coleman, JD (Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of Academic Support, USC School of Law)
  • Julian Bailey ’71, JD ’74 (Judge, Orange County Superior Court)
  • Alexandra Joseph (JD Candidate, UCLA School of Law)
  • Allen Secretov ’10, JD ’14 (Commercial Litigation, Arnold and Porter LLP)
  • Sandra Barrientos, JD ’92 (Attorney, Attorney General’s Office)
  • Mark Baer ’87, JD (Mark B. Baer, Inc.)
  • Russell Morse ’01, JD (Truman & Elliott, LLP)
  • David Kirschner, JD (Associate Dean and Dean of Admissions, USC School of Law)
  • Jannell Roberts, JD (Admissions Officer, Layola Law School)
  • Danae McElroy, JD ’09 (Director of Admissions, UCLA School of Law)
  • Brian Li-A-Ping, JD ’16 (UCLA School of Law Alumnus)
  • Alex Ruiz, JD ’16 (UCLA School of Law Alumna)
  • Randi Brown, JD ’16 (UCLA School of Law Alumna)
  • Avis Ridley-Thomas ’96, JD ’99 (Judge, Orange County Superior Court)

Non-Profit

 

The non-profit academy course provides skills training and exposure to the non-profit industries in a variety of cause areas. Students learn about the business of non-profit management, how to apply for non-profit internships/jobs, how to work with volunteers, the financial underpinnings of the non-profit industry, and how to develop a network of alumni supporters.

Past speakers have included:

  • Abigail Levine, PhD ’12  (Prostate Cancer Foundation)
  • Dewayne Walton ’99, MBA, JD (Blue Shield of California)
  • Nile El Wardani, PhD, MPhil, MPH (World Health Organization)
  • Sharon Sandow ’94, JD (American Red Cross)
  • Sylvia Munos, MA (Easter Seals Southern California)

Public Health

 

For students interested in public health and the health sciences, the Bruin Development Academy on Public Health introduces students to professionals from a variety of public health backgrounds, working in a wide variety of fields. Students are given the opportunity to learn from the panelists about careers in the public health industry. Topics have included applying to public health programs, choosing the an area of public health that matches interest and experience, and thriving as a public health professional.

Past speakers have included:

  • Elizabeth Yzquierdo, EdD ’11, MPH (Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, FSPH, UCLA)
  • Karen Kim, JD, MPH (Legal Specialist/Attorney, LA Care Health Plan)
  • Anne Nguyen, MPH (Project Manager, Cedars Sinai)
  • Calvin Wong, MS (Hazardous Materials Specialist, UCLA)
  • Kristin Cook, MPH ’00 (Director of Public Safety, City of West Hollywood)
  • Sylvia Estafan, MPH ’07 (Project Coordinator II | CHLA, Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center)
  • Patrick Errett ’89 (Directory of Training Services, LAFD)
  • Grace Tan ’01, MPH (Health Program Analyst, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health)
  • Jenna Arzinger, MPH ’14 (Project Manager, UCLA Department of Medicine)
  • Caitlin Beck, MPH ’05 (Executive Director, Women’s & Children’s Services, UCLA Health)
  • Karen Roque, MPH ’14 (Title X Program Manager, UCLA Ob/Gyn Clinic)
  • Marika Booth, MS ’98 (Statistical Analyst, Rand Corporation)

Self-Innovation Lab

 

For students interested in public health and the health sciences, the Bruin Development Academy on Public Health introduces students to professionals from a variety of public health backgrounds, working in a wide variety of fields. Students are given the opportunity to learn from the panelists about careers in the public health industry. Topics have included applying to public health programs, choosing the an area of public health that matches interest and experience, and thriving as a public health professional.

Past speakers have included:

  • Elizabeth Yzquierdo, EdD ’11, MPH (Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, FSPH, UCLA)
  • Karen Kim, JD, MPH (Legal Specialist/Attorney, LA Care Health Plan)
  • Anne Nguyen, MPH (Project Manager, Cedars Sinai)
  • Calvin Wong, MS (Hazardous Materials Specialist, UCLA)
  • Kristin Cook, MPH ’00 (Director of Public Safety, City of West Hollywood)
  • Sylvia Estafan, MPH ’07 (Project Coordinator II | CHLA, Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center)
  • Patrick Errett ’89 (Directory of Training Services, LAFD)
  • Grace Tan ’01, MPH (Health Program Analyst, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health)
  • Jenna Arzinger, MPH ’14 (Project Manager, UCLA Department of Medicine)
  • Caitlin Beck, MPH ’05 (Executive Director, Women’s & Children’s Services, UCLA Health)
  • Karen Roque, MPH ’14 (Title X Program Manager, UCLA Ob/Gyn Clinic)
  • Marika Booth, MS ’98 (Statistical Analyst, Rand Corporation)

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