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Student Spotlight - Tim Balzer

CU Denver CIBERVets member Tim Balzer
Tim Balzer: then and now
​Tim Balzer

Masters of Science in International Business Candidate

1st Lieutenant, US Army

1. What is your educational and military background?

After earning my BS in Wildlife Biology from CSU, I started my career in DC as a conservation policy intern and lobbyist. Continuing in political advocacy, I worked on various legislative campaigns along Colorado's west slope and throughout the Midwest. Ultimately dissatisfied with my non-profit career, I joined the Army and commissioned through Officer Candidate School as a 13A (Field Artillery). I was stationed at Fort Carson and assigned 3-16FA where I served as a Fire Support Officer to 1-10CAV. After my deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shield, I ETS'd as a First Lieutenant and traveled around the world for several months before returning to Colorado to pursue an accelerated MBA and now my MSIB.

2. Why did you choose CU Denver?

I chose CU-Denver initially for its accelerated MBA program. Not only would I be able to get the most out of the GI Bill with the least amount of months-of-benefit, but I'd also get international business experience when the cohort traveled abroad for an intensive two weeks full of meetings with high-level executives and behind-the-scenes tours of numerous global enterprises in five different countries. After completing my MBA, I chose to continue at CU-Denver for my MSIB when I managed to secure an internship in Berlin with the semester abroad program.

3. Why did you choose to study International Business?

I've always had a mind for relationship-building; the nuances and mechanics of coalitions, partnerships, and the complexities of independent organizations coming together to accomplish a shared goal. International business dials the challenges of those complexities to eleven and creates a dynamic environment where I thrive.

4. How has CIBERVets helped you supplement your Master’s degree?

CIBERVets has been invaluable in catalyzing the growth of my professional network. Not only am I networking with professionals in fields that are of personal interest to me, but their relationship with CIBERVets ensures that I am also working with professionals interested in leveraging the leadership and discipline that only veterans can offer.

5. Do you have any advice for current or future students?

My advice to current and future student veterans is to start showing up at networking events now. It's never too soon. If you don't know exactly what you want to do in business, that's fine, you should be doing more listening than talking anyway.

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