“Students will typically complain when a professor assigns a group project in class,” said David Koepfer, a senior majoring in business administration with concentrations in accounting and finance. “But managing a small group to accomplish a goal has given me the insight into problems that I will face in the workplace. I think large group and individual projects were the examples I used the most during my job interviews to highlight my interests and skills.”

Those examples struck a cord with David Ong, R’87, director of corporate and college recruiting with MAXIMUS, a provider of government services worldwide. After Koepfer applied to a job posting with the company on SpiderConnect, the University’s exclusive online job and internship database, Ong called him to set up a phone interview.

“After the phone interview, Mr. Ong wanted me to come to Reston, VA for a round of interviews the first Friday after winter break,” Koepfer said. “I drove back to Richmond that night following the interview, and when I got back, I received a call offering me the position.”

Koepfer, who interned in the accounting department of a foreclosure and bankruptcy law firm this past summer, will start as an associate analyst in the finance and accounting department at MAXIMUS.

“After I learned I got the job, I went through three stages,” Koepfer said. “The first feeling was just elation - I let out a bit of a yell. After about a week, I felt more relieved than anything.  Now, I have to say that despite not wanting my senior year to end, I am very excited to relocate to the Washington, D.C. area and begin working for MAXIMUS.”

Part of what drew Koepfer to MAXIMUS was the company’s commitment to making a difference in people’s lives. By working for a firm that provides a variety of services to government, he will have the ability to dive into different projects throughout the company.

“Mr. Ong told me that I’ll have the best job security in the company because of all the different projects I’ll be working on and how busy they’re going to keep me,” said Koepfer, who will take on rotational assignments in various corporate finance functions. “My overall goal was always to believe in what my company does.”