BERKELEY – Cal wrapped up its third practice of training camp Wednesday afternoon at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. As the Golden Bears were coming off the field after a hard day’s work, sophomore linebacker Michael Barton took a break from thinking about football to sit down with CalBears.com and discuss the internship he enjoyed this past summer.
CalBears.com: How did you get involved with this internship?
Michael Barton: I worked with Acre Investment Company in Pleasanton. Gabe Arechaederra is the owner and a Cal alum. He used to work with my mom, so that’s how I had the connection. I got to know Gabe, and he asked me if I wanted to work with him over the summer. He showed me the ropes.
CB: What was your role with the company?
MB: They were working on a big project with charter schools. So I was researching the different charter schools in California and Nevada. I was researching to see if they were eligible or negotiable to be good schools to invest in.
CB: What peaked your interest in doing this internship?
MB: I just wanted to see if this would be the kind of field I’d be interested in working in, as far as accounting and investing. I just wanted to learn what was going on there, and it became really interesting and seemed like something I’d like to do in the future.
CB: What was the toughest part?
MB: Staying focused. I’m used to being up, out and about a lot. Having a desk job was very different for me. But I talked to Gabe and he said that if I continued to work there later in the future, I’d be out in the field more. That’d be great for me.
CB: What was the biggest thing you learned?
MB: You have to be able to know every single scenario when you’re talking to these multi-million dollar companies. They want to know every possible situation that could happen. So, you have to do your research. It’s kind of like when you study a football team. You have to know your opponent, what formations they use, things like that. So they’re kind of similar.
CB: What did you learn that you can use with the Cal football team?
MB: You have to pay attention to every minor detail because everything counts. It’s the same thing out here. You could be an inch away and miss your play on the field. Pay attention to detail and be very meticulous with everything you do. One number can’t be off.
CB: Were you going to school and training at Cal at the same time as the internship?
MB: I’d wake up early in the morning and come to Cal for workouts. I’d have class from 9 to 12, then, from 1 to 5 p.m., I’d be working at the internship and then I’d have to come back to Cal for conditioning. Those were long days but it was definitely worth it. It kept me busy and I liked that. It helped me organize my time.
CB: What advice would you give to other student-athletes considering doing an internship?
MB: Do it. It’s the best thing you can do. You can connect with Cal alumni. If they support Cal football, they’ll understand what we go through here with the team. Getting to know them and getting connected to the Cal football family is very important. Use your resources as much as possible while you have them because football doesn’t last for long. You have to have a fallback plan.