Joseph (Joe) Gerig
Marketing, Information Technology, and Political Science
Interested in Transportation and Infrastructure
Joseph (Joe) Gerig
Thank you for visiting my website! I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business administration with dual specializations in marketing and IT as well as a political science minor from American University. I plan to graduate in 2021 and will then pursue an analytics masters degree through the 5 year program offered by the Kogod School of Business. I am hoping to work in the transportation and infrastructure field upon graduation doing marketing/sales, rolling stock management/operations, or government affairs. If there is anyway I can be of assistance please contact me.
Location: Washington, D.C. Metro Area
My long-term goal is to find a fulfilling career that in transportation and infrastructure that will allow me to help others reach their full potential. To that end, I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a specialization in information technology at American University. I plan to graduate in May of 2020 and then hope to join a railroad management trainee program. I am a participant in the Kogod School of Business’s honors program and have been named to the Dean’s List. Outside of the classroom I have also been active with the Residence Hall Association, Young Americans for Liberty, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and the Kogod School of Business Ambassadors Program. I am currently interning at Amtrak in the government affairs department as well as working at the American University fitness center.
Previously, I interned on Capitol Hill with the office of Congressman Steve Stivers. While working there, I was responsible for recording and drafting responses to constituent calls, leading tours of the capitol complex, assisting with legislative research. The culmination of my experience, however, was creating a project and presentation on rural internet regulation that resulted in the cosponsorship of six bills. I also completed a development internship at The American Spectator Foundation, where my responsibilities included maintaining and fixing the Salesforce system, performing donor research, organizing mass mail merges and daily emails, and writing pieces on transportation. This internship was supported by the Charles Koch Institute and included professional development trainings, philosophy and economics readings and discussions, and the opportunity to learn about Market Based Management business operation philosophy.
Fall 2017 to present
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Information Systems and technology)
Kogod Honors Program
Kogod Case Competition - 1st Place and Best Team Q&A
April 2019 to Present
Amtrak - National railroad passenger corporation
government affairs intern
As a government affairs intern at Amtrak, I am responsible for support the government affairs staff in their day to day duties. This role has allowed me to gain a wide depth of experience in railroad knowledge as government affairs touches all aspects of the Amtrak organizaiton. In my role, I have gained experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to generate maps of congressional distiricts, trackage, host railroads, and stations to help the department better focus communications around the needs of different legislative members. In addition, I am also tasked with writing letters to respond to congressional inquiries on customer service and internal policies. One of the most interesting parts of the internship has been performing data analysis of station usage, on time performance, and ridership to work toward improved service and support. Through this internship, I have gained a love of the railroad and I hope to work in a front line operations position in my future career and possibly do a railroad management trainee program.
November 2018 to Present
Alpha Kappa psi (professional Business fraternity)
brother, warden, and education director
Initiation into Alpha Kappa Psi (professional business fraternity) requires participating in an intense pledging process that involves conducting interviews, a case competition, passing a fraternal exam, participating in professional development events, and demonstrating the core values of brotherhood, knowledge, integrity, service, and unity. The pledging process helped me to become a more confident individual while also elevating my professional skills and etiquette. As a current active brother, I have taken on the roles of warden and education director. As warden, I am responsible for planning and set up of events and maintaining order and decorum. As an education director, I am responsible for working with the pledge class to prepare them for the fraternal exam.
March 2018 to Present
Kogod Ambassadors Program
Student Ambassador and Membership Chair
As a member of the Kogod School of Business’s Ambassadors Program, I serve as a tour guide for perspective and admitted students as well as their families and make a pitch for their application to American University. I also represent Kogod at various recruitment events and answer student’s questions. Ambassadors also provide feedback to coordinators about campus issues, perspective students concerns, and ways to improve both the program and Kogod. I also serve on the executive board as the membership chair. In this role I am responsible for planning social activities for our members, tracking attendance and other administrative objectives, and ensuring that members are engaged with the broader Kogod community.
January 2018 to April 2018 & August 2018 to December 2018
Office of Congressman Steve Stivers
As a legislative intern for the office of Congressman Steve Stivers in the House of Representatives, I was responsible for answering, logging, and drafting correspondence to respond to constituent calls. I also assisted the legislative team with research to see how various policies, including those relating to vocational education, transportation, and communication, would impact Ohio’s 15th congressional district. I was also responsible for leading tours of the U.S. Capitol and ensuring that visitors were safe and well informed during their visit. As an ongoing project throughout the internship I was tasked with creating legislative portfolio projects about rural internet regulation and veteran business opportunities which included cosponsorship briefing memos, hearing summaries, meeting with other staff, and writing op eds and social media posts. As a final component I had the opportunity to make a presentation to the Congressman about my research and he agreed to cosponsor the 6 bills I presented to him.
May 2018 to August 2018
The American Spectator
As a development intern at The American Spectator Foundation, I assisted the development and fundraising team with donor research, mass communications, and Salesforce data. To ensure that our donors needs were being met, we would perform research to find out what issues, candidates, and policies interested them so we could better target our writing and campaigns toward them. Through this role I was able to improve the click rate on email campaigns resulting in ad revenue doubling during my internship. I also became comfortable with the Salesforce system which included generating reports, tracking donations, and solving issues using forums such as Power of US. In my spare time outside of the office, I would occasionally write pieces relating to innovations in transportation that would receive feedback and potential publication through the Young Writers Program. This internship was supported by the Charles Koch Institute which provided professional development trainings, philosophy and political readings, and the opportunity to learn the Market Based Management business operation philosophy.
September 2017 to May 2018
American University Residence Hall Association
Hall Council Vice President of Finance
As the Vice President of Finance for the Anderson and Centennial Hall Council, my most important duty was to ensure that the council’s large budget was spent in a responsible and effective manner. As a member of the council, I was tasked with assisting in the organization of events to help build hall spirit, perform advocacy work on behalf of residents who had issues with their experience, and to communicate the work and mission of the RHA as well as other campus events. During my term, the hall council finished both semesters with a strong budget surplus which was devoted to purchasing items for residents and was also returned to the RHA for future use.
August 2016 to August 2017
The iBelieve Foundation
As a member of staff for the iBelieve Foundation, I served the students of Southeast Ohio and Appalachia by building confidence and leadership skills in them to increase the likelihood of them attending a 4-year college through a week long summer camp. To that end, I lead a variety of hands on leadership development activities and lead processing and feedback sessions after they were completed. As a staff member I was also responsible for coordinating camp sites and equipment needed to ensure our delegates had the best experience possible. I also analyzed responses that delegates had to the programing and made recommendations to directors for future improvements based on personal experience and data collected. Finally, I interacted with donors and other community stakeholders to enhance their understanding and increase their support of the organization and mission.
Kogod Case Competition - 1st Place Freshman/Sophomore Division & Best Q&A Overall (American University)
Kogod Honors Program Participant (American University)
Dean's List (American University)
Notary Public in the State of Ohio
Outstanding Senior History Student (Athens High School)
Herdman Athletic Hall of Fame Scholar (Athens High School)
Buckeye Boys State Government Excellence Award (American Legion)
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