UW- Waukesha student has his eye on the business industry

By Ashley Haynes - Freeman Staff

Sept. 8, 2017

UW-Waukesha student Jerome Brown (left) received a summer internship opportunity from Matt Roling (UW-Waukesha distinguished alum) through a relationship developed from a LinkedIn connection.
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WAUKESHA — Jerome Brown of Wauwatosa is a University of Wisconsin-Waukesha accounting student who just started his sophomore year this month. Brown has taken his future in the business industry into his own hands. He took it upon himself to reach out to UW-Waukesha alum Matt Roling on LinkedIn to talk about his pathway into business. Matt and Jerome connected so much so that Matt helped Jerome gain a three-month internship with Quicken Loans in Detroit for the summer. In the long term, Jerome would like to start or lead a company with a passion for growth and innovation, as well as a mission to help others throughout the world. He himself spends plenty of time helping others.

“Outside of taking a full course load, I most importantly give time to the community volunteering as a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Brown. “I serve the homeless through the St. Benedict the Moor meal program. I am also a USO community volunteer with programs throughout the state.”

During his internship at Quicken Loans, Brown learned a bevy of lessons like how to work with clients, use social media to solve issues and the importance of strong leadership.

“The empowerment I was given from the first day was surprising,” said Brown. “Whether it was in meetings, or if it was time to make a crucial decision, I was asked what I thought or how I felt about things. This gave me the ability to be informed of the team’s mission and allowed me to raise my level of awareness of the whole operation.”

Jerome said his internship experience didn’t change his mind about his career path, but rather gave him an idea of the impact he can make in a company that has the right intentions. Matt Roling says Jerome is living proof that we don’t get what we don’t ask for.

“He asked me for career and college planning advice,” said Roling. “Over the next two years, we periodically checked in with one another and developed a relationship — and the next thing I know, he is here working in Detroit as an intern at America’s largest online mortgage lender.”

In his spare time, Jerome also works part-time at J. Crew as a stylist. He plans to transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s business school to continue his education.