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The Internship (at PW, not the movie)

Neelam

Neelam Phalke, Senior at the University of Southern California

The internship season is underway at companies throughout the nation. The eponymous movie has just been released.
 
And we are happy to introduce our very own 2013 summer intern–Neelam Phalke, a senior at the University of Southern California, majoring in biochemistry with a minor in business administration.
 
Neelam (pictured right) has been a lab technician, research assistant, tutor, student ambassador, president and public relations chair of the Trojan Chemistry Club. She currently is editor of the Undergraduate Science Journal.
 
For Neelam, a classic achiever who plans to earn an MBA as well as enter medical school, the internship represents yet another new learning experience, allowing her to explore the business world, concentrate on the firm’s healthcare sector clients, and extend her affinity for communications. For us, it was Neelam’s diverse background, combined with her communications skills, which placed her as our top choice.
 
Welcome, Neelam, and have a great summer.

 

Roger Pondel, rpondel@pondel.com
 
 

Apple’s Juice

Setting my own political ideologies aside, it is curious that a publicly-traded company is donating money to oppose California’s Proposition 8 amid one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression.
 
A measly $100,000 may not seem like a lot of money to Apple, which has annual revenues in the tens of billions of dollars. But is the company sending the right message to the Street when volatility is at an unprecedented high?
 
Such actions beg the question whether public companies are obligated to take a neutral stance on political issues for the sake of a fiduciary responsibility to shareholders.  In some ways, it seems unfair to contribute to any campaign at the risk of alienating shareholders who invest in a company for their products, not their politics.

 

Evan Pondel, Vice President, epondel@pondel.com