Student & Alumni Blog

Process, Pandemic, and Pivots

By:Andrea Rodriquez, Innovation Academy Alum

Andrea Rodriguez graduated from the University of Florida in the spring of 2019 with a Master of International Business, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Marketing, and a Minor in Innovation. Read more


The Footsteps of a Finance Career

By:Jorge Valarezo, Third year student

Jorge Valarezo is a third-year student seeking a degree in Finance with minors in Innovation and Real Estate. Over the summer, he sought out and landed a corporate finance internship with The Home Depot, working under their US Stores & Operations Finance Division. Read more


One Hop at a Time

By:David Nassau, Innovation Academy Alum

As a wide-eyed freshman, I wrote about the goals I had and why I chose to attend UF as the first IA Student Spotlight in August 2012. With no real idea of what was to come, my answers to the questionnaire all came to fruition and led me to where I am today. 


There is an Opportunity to Learn from Every Story

By:Brian Ardavin, Innovation Academy student

Brian Ardavin is a rising senior majoring in Psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis and minors in Innovation & Leadership. As he approaches his senior year, he is looking forward to being intentional with the time he spends with various organizations and internships that are centered in aiding individuals and entrepreneurs to grow.


How I Prepared Myself to Land a Full-Time Job Offer!

By:Nicole Marti, Innovation Academy Student

Nicole Marti is a senior student majoring in Business Administration minoring in Innovation and Leadership. As graduating senior, she accepted a full-time job offer with Amazon for the Area Manager position in South Florida


In the Streets of New York City

By:Megan Wordell, Innovation Academy student

Megan Wordell is a third-year student majoring in Journalism and Political Science & Government and minoring in Innovation. In the fall semester of 2019, Megan worked at CNN as a New York City Booking Intern in the company headquarters


The Scenic Route on My Road to Vet School

By:Jailene Rivera, Innovation Academy Student

Jailene Rivera is a third-year student seeking a degree in Animal Biology with a minor in Innovation on the pre-veterinary path. Over the summer, she sought out and found a researching opportunity in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences under the tutelage of Dr. Emily K. Miller-Cushon and Kaitlin Gingrich in the Animal Welfare and Behavior Lab.   


In Between Success

By:Kelli Kaufmann, Innovation Academy Alum

Kelli Kaufmann graduated from the University of Florida in the spring of 2017 with a major in Public Relations, a minor in Innovation, and a concentration in Psychology. Her career has brought her all throughout Florida, from Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group in Orlando to Assistant Account Executive at 22squared in Tampa.