Sam Estenson

Sam Estenson

  • Biography

    •    I grew up on a small farm in the college town of Northfield, Minnesota, where I quickly learned the importance of hardwork and community.  Attending public school, I took part in a Spanish Immersion Program starting in 1st grade all the way through graduation in 2009.  After that, I was selected as a Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador to Japan for one year, where I lived with host families & studied the culture and language.

         Following Japan, I moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver.  I graduated two quarters early with a dual-degree in Intercultural Globalization & Foreign Languages, and minors in Business Administration from the Daniels Colloege of Business, and Leadership Studies from the Pioneer Leadership Program.  My studies focused on culture, technology & language within the emerging generation of globalized youth.  For my research, I conducted a three year long project in six different countries & four languages.  I received three grants & produced a 75-page Honors Disertation.  This provided me with much data collection and analysis experience.

         My administration capstone course for the business focus was in International Management and during college I held an ongoing project coordinator internship at Kaemingk International.  Some of my main projects there were on market research, online marketing & foreign freight and importation.

         Additional project leadership roles included being student coordinator of the U.S. Presidential Debate in 2012, specifically overseeing the DebateFest, which entailed directing 60 organizations & 50 volunteers.  As Student Body President, I managed a budget of $1.65 million and supervised 30 senators and their various initiatives.

         And finally, one of my last areas of passion and experience is in service.  During university I took part in two leadership development projects, both of which have enabled me to conduct long-term volunteer projects.  I completed a Community Change Initiative for the Pioneer Leadership Program and two year-long initiatives with the El Pomar Foundation. 

      After graduting from DU, I was selected for the Congress Bundestag Young Professionals program offered through the U.S. Department of State as a digital business fellow. As part of the yearlong program sponsored by both the U.S. Congress & German Parliament, I took part in extensive academic courses for both German language & business strategy, followed by two full-time positions as a strategy consultant at Heidrick & Struggles International and The Otto Group.  

      Following my year in Germany, I was hired by Google at their global headquarters in Silicon Valley to be an Operations Coordinator.  

  • Snap Shots of DU

    • DU Sunset
      DU Sunset

      I actually snapped this picture on my iPhone walking out of Penrose library one fall day.

    • PAWS for Finals
      PAWS for Finals

      Our PLP Campus Leadership Application Project (CLAP) for Winter Quarter.

      PAWS for Finals - March 8th, 2011.

    • Nyhavn Harbor
      Nyhavn Harbor

      Visiting Copenhagen during our PinS Youth Culture Research Grant 2011

    • Volcán Poás
      Volcán Poás

      Hannah and I on our PINS Research Grant Pt. II to Central America and Spain.  This is in Costa Rica.

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