FiRe/Rodel Foundations Intern, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Nicola Taljaard is currently a graduate student at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. She completed her Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management at Thunderbird in December 2010, and is currently pursuing her MBA in global management, which she will complete in December 2011.
During her time at Thunderbird, Nicola has had some fantastic experiences, including completing a market analysis and a U.S. entry strategy for Thalesnano Nanotechnology Inc. in Budapest, Hungary; acting as an advancement and grant writing intern for Accion New Mexico Arizona Colorado; and developing a partnership model and strategy for the Make-A-Wish Foundation International's Corporate Alliance arm. Her primary areas of interest are global strategy development, corporate social responsibility, and business intelligence.
Prior to studying at Thunderbird, the majority of Nicola's experience was in the biological sciences and education. She completed my undergraduate degree at Ohio University, where she was a pre-med major with a focus on biology. While at OU, she was a teaching assistant for upper-level human anatomy courses. She also worked as a lab assistant in a neurobehavioral laboratory which used C. Elegans to study the genetics of regulation in the nervous system, and how the resultant neuronal architecture leads to normal neuronal function and behavior. Following the completion of her bachelor's degree, she worked with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development as a residential coordinator for its summer programs, and at Walden University as a recruiter for its Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology.
Nicola is a community member of the Arizona State club field hockey team, and enjoys hiking and camping all over Arizona - it is her goal to complete a Rim-to Rim hike of the Grand Canyon before she leaves the state. She loves to travel and is trying to decide where her next trip will be; the top contenders are trekking in Nepal, hiking Machu Picchu, or visiting New Zealand or Namibia's Etosha National Park.