Foundation for Future

College of Business and Economics student Jacob Carlson counts himself among the lucky.

Carlson has a job waiting for him when he graduates in May with bachelor’s degrees in finance and operations management. He credits the experiences he has received at the University of Idaho CBE for helping him attain that success.

Jacob Carlson leaning on treeCarlson has a job with Boeing under the Business Career Foundation Program. The aim of the program is to develop highly skilled future leaders by exposing them to assignments spanning the business and finance organizations. Carlson is among the limited number of new college graduates selected to participate in the program at Boeing locations throughout the U.S. Those who are selected are placed on educational leave for their final year in school, which means Carlson already is receiving the benefits of a full-time time employee. He will rotate through six positions in the company’s Seattle-area offices during a two-year period. 

Carlson applied for the program while he was a summer intern with Boeing. But when he got a call he jokingly wondered if it was mistake.

“The spots are competitive and I was going up against candidates who had been through several internships.”

However, he knows CBE fully prepared him.

“CBE teaches you to be competitive. IBC (Integrated Business Curriculum) teaches you to perform under pressure. CBE gives you the fundamental skills needed,” he said. “And Vandals perform.”

The CBE faculty have played a critical role in preparing Carlson.

“Jacob has a great sense of humor, is fun to work with and a great team contributor,” said Scott Metlen, associate professor of operations management and business department head. “Jacob is willing to put in the time to be good at what he does, and, as shown by being selected for the rotational training program at Boeing, he is good.”

Carlson spent his youth in Maple Valley, a suburb of Seattle. When he was 10, his family moved to Eagle, Idaho. He assumed he would attend University of Washington because much of his family lives in the Seattle area and his dad attended UW. 

However, after visiting the Moscow campus, he was sold on attending U-Idaho instead. 

The experience he has gained at U-Idaho has proved he picked the right university.

“Growing up in Seattle I never imagined I would be hunting or camping. Now the outdoors is what I love most.” he said. “Particularly in Moscow, the outdoors are five minutes from your doorstep.” 

Carlson also is a member of Delta Sigma Phi, is a CBE Ambassador and the finance director of Associated Students of the University of Idaho (ASUI).

“Incoming students at University of Idaho have one of the best educations available. They need to take advantage of the programs offered.”