The University of South Florida was the final stop on Michael Friedman’s schedule of college tours as a senior in high school. Coming in undecided, he instantly felt at home in the Bulls Business Community and never looked back. Friedman became a mentor and active member in the living learning community, an experience that helped him leave his comfort zone and grow into a more confident and professional version of himself. During his freshman and sophomore years he networked with local business leaders in the Corporate Mentor Program.
He is a member of both the Honors College and Business Honors Program, through which he completed a thesis on Uber regulation and the sharing economy. He also volunteered as treasurer for the Serve for Children volleyball tournament, a student-led event raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
As a Business Economics major with a Political Science minor, Friedman is involved in Omicron Delta Epsilon and the Economics Scholars Society. He has maintained a 3.88 GPA and was selected for the dean’s list in five semesters.
Friedman held internships with Fidelity National Information Services as a risk governance intern and the Hillsborough County Commission as a legislative intern. His time at FIS was spent working on ad hoc reporting using enterprise data tools, mapping control standards to enterprise polices, international gap assessment, and migrating policy changes to a new compliance management system. At the County Commission he researched key legislative issues and resolved constituent problems.
After graduation, Friedman will use the skills he developed at USF as he attends law school at the University of Florida. He later plans to establish a career in corporate law.