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.
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
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.