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Communications and Marketing

Testing the waters

Participating in the In The Loop Program this semester and interning in the accounting department at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago is giving Nathan Haberman ’17 the perfect opportunity to try out a career and a new city.

“I’m a finance major and a physics minor, but I’m also very active in theater on campus,” he said. Not quite sure what area of finance he’d like to pursue after graduation, Haberman sought a meaningful for-credit internship where he could use his finance major and combine it with his love for the arts.

As an accounting intern in the MCA’s accounts payable department, the part-time thespian works 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. three days a week processing invoices, determining which department is responsible for the expenses, obtaining approval from the appropriate supervisor, issuing checks, and mailing them.  

“I thought this would be a good way to get exposure to the finance world in the least stressful way possible,” he said. “Basically, this is me testing the waters to see if finance is something I’d like to do, generally, and to see if I want to pursue something later down the road in a large, high-pressure bank.”

On this entrée into finance, Haberman is having a great time.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he admits. And living in Chicago is everything the Holland, Michigan native hoped it would be.

“I had very high expectations for the In The Loop program,” Haberman said. “The actual experience has met all those expectations. I’m finding out I really do want to live and work in the city after I graduate from Lake Forest. I’m getting a real feeling for living in the city and I love it.”

His advice to other students? “Take a Loop program, if you can. It’s just so much fun.”