While he is proud that he will graduate from USF magna cum laude in just three years, Joseph Marquis wishes he had another year at USF because of the extracurricular opportunities. Marquis has lived in the Bulls Business Community, studied abroad twice, conducted several undergraduate research projects, participated in two internships, co-founded a student organization, led efforts to raise money for cancer research, and served as treasurer of two different student organizations.
The USF Honors College student interned for Kelly Ford’s finance team for a semester in 2012, verifying customer and vehicle data in the firm’s system. A year later, he spent a semester as an intern with Barndollar Financial Services, where he researched investments in asset classes and promoted financial planning seminars.
Marquis spent a summer traveling throughout China that sparked his interest in international business, and later he was one of 40 students who built homes in impoverished areas of Mexico. The following summer, he learned about art, fashion, food, and wine as part of a study abroad trip to Italy.
Stateside, Marquis served as treasurer for the 4th Annual Chinese Cultural Festival and for Habitat for Humanity. An Eagle Scout, Marquis volunteers for the American Red Cross and was the top fundraiser at USF for Relay for Life.