Zakaria El Jbari took a job as an intern at the USF Credit Union in 2016 knowing nothing about banking. Two years later, he was managing the Marshall Student Center branch office during the busiest time of the year. The rewarding experience was just one of several that has fallen on the Morocco native.
Now, he’s getting ready to graduate in May 2019 with a degree in finance and a grade-point average of 4.0. He has been named to the Dean’s List since coming to USF in 2015. He currently works as a teaching assistant in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, grading examinations and assignments and holding office hours to take care of student needs.
In his time working for USF Credit Union, El Jbari not only managed the Marshall Student Center branch, but he opened more than 500 new accounts and reached $1 million in money market and certificates of deposit. With his outgoing nature he was named ambassador team leader within the credit union, a role in which he collaborated with management to interview and identify top candidates for the credit union’s internship program.
He is the co-founder and chief of recruitment for the International People of Tomorrow, an organization dedicated to making international students feel at home while offering various involvement opportunities.
He placed second in the 2018 Selling with the Bulls competition for a marketing plan he presented to the Tampa Bay Lightning marketing team.