Knickerbocker will begin his internship with LexisNexis Risk Solutions in Atlanta.

    An interest that began in high school developed into a major and a future in finance for University of Minnesota Crookston student and basketball player Chase Knickerbocker (Annandale, Minn.). The finance major and accounting minor is spending his summer in Atlanta, Georgia, where he will be interning at one of the largest data and analytics companies in the country.

    He has been interested in finance and securities since high school, but it was through his business analytics class with Rutherford Johnson, a lecturer in the Business Department, he discovered something more. “While assisting with a research project helping on the analytics side, I decided working as a business analyst might be the career for me,” he explains. “I enjoy the math and rationale that are a part of business analytics, and along with the research project, I uncovered a particular interest area within finance I hadn’t previously considered.”

    “I am excited to head to Atlanta for my internship with LexisNexis Risk Solutions,” Knickerbocker says. “Having the chance to gain skills in areas like database, programming, and mathematics and applying those skills to market trends within the healthcare division at LexisNexis will be an incredible learning experience for me as part of a work team.”

    “Working as an intern with them is an extraordinary opportunity,” Knickerbocker says. “I am excited about learning from professionals in the field.”

    He was a member of the Harvard Global Case Studies team, representing the U of M Crookston and attending the event hosted by Harvard College European Business Group (EBG), and the International Finance Student Association (IFSA) in April.  A member of the Accounting and Finance Society and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) on campus, Knickerbocker is also a student athlete.

    The 6 foot 7 senior on the Golden Eagle Men’s Basketball Team has learned a great deal from athletics that he applies to academics and to life. “Basketball developed my work ethic and my drive,” he says. “When you start seeing success on the court, it fires your drive as a person. Basketball is the engine that drives who I am.”

    His parents have served as Knickerbocker’s greatest influence. “They are friends as well as my parents,” he says. “My mom taught me how to treat people, and my dad taught me to drive for success.”

    From fifth to eighth grade, his dad was his basketball coach, and he recalls countless hours shooting baskets with him in the driveway. “Athletics is a special experience for a student athlete,” Knickerbocker says. “You build skills through the hard work and great relationships along the way.”

    Attending the U of M Crookston has been a positive experience for Knickerbocker and he believes the small campus gives students big-campus opportunities. “I have loved my time here and enjoy the consistently smaller class sizes that help a student develop close relationships with professors.

    “Around here, if you don’t go out, be proactive, and take advantage of what is available, that is just you missing out on opportunity,” Knickerbocker says.

    And, missing an opportunity is something Knickerbocker won’t likely ever let happen to him.