La Salle University business student Marcelina Hollender has been accepted into The Disney Company’s Accounting Rotation Program (ARP), a full-time, cross-functional experience. Only eight students are accepted into the program each year.
Hollender is an accounting major in La Salle’s Four-Year BS/MBA program and Business Scholars Co-op Program at La Salle. She will earn her MBA this August and start at Disney in January 2014.
“We seek out top talent from top schools around the country with high academic standing in terms of GPA and Big 4 (accounting firms) and Fortune 500 company accounting-focused internship experience,” said C.J. Masopust, a recruiter with Disney Consumer Products. Masopust said the program also looked for students with “promising leadership capabilities.”
Hollender submitted an application through Disney’s Web site for the ARP in early September. Three days later, she received a phone call from a recruiter, who conducted a one-hour interview with her. The recruiter then asked Hollender if she could come to Disney’s corporate office in Burbank, Calif., for a formal interview in October.
“In Burbank, interviews were being conducted daily with students from across the country,” said Hollender, who has made the dean’s list every semester at La Salle. “I met with recruiters, current ARP analysts, and other ARP candidates. It was interesting to listen to current ARP analysts who described their personal experience in the program.”
Hollender said the interviews were conducted in four sessions, and she was interviewed by two-person teams from the various business areas.
“I made sure to be prepared for the interview by conducting thorough research about the Disney Company, such as its history, financials, and current news,” she said. “The interviewers were impressed that I was knowledgeable about the company and that I came prepared with a portfolio of articles and reports.”
While at La Salle, Hollender has completed internships with Charming Shoppes and PwC. For the past three years, she has worked part time at Trumark Financial Credit Union as a loan member service representative, and she has been selected as “Employee of the Month” numerous times.
Hollender is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and she received the 2012 Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award. She also won the American Society of Women Accountants National Award in 2011 and 2012.
Hollender was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), the international business honor society, from which she was also awarded the annual La Salle University/Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship for top BGS inductees. She has also participated in the Masque student theater group and student government and has taken leadership roles in professional accounting organizations on campus.
Susan Borkowski, a professor of accounting and BGS adviser at La Salle, said of Hollender, “Even as a freshman, she was always among the first students to answer my calls for participants in various essay and case competitions, including those sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She manages admirably to balance these extracurricular events—which make great demands on her time—with her stellar academic performance.”
“Marcelina has many strengths,” Borkowski said. “She is a role model for her peers, an exceptional student, insightful, mature, responsible, and determined to maximize her experiences while in our BS/MBA program at La Salle University.”