Senior Spotlight: David Cornella

David Cornella

David Cornella, a business entrepreneurship student from Laguna Niguel, California, hit the ground running from the moment he began his Cal Poly journey. From Greek Life to student government to Peer Mentoring, David Cornella has made the most of his time at Cal Poly that has helped catapult him to success post-graduation, where he will be working full-time for Google.

During his freshman year at Cal Poly, Cornella joined ZBT, where he met many influential people that would help him to build a strong network. When one of Cornella’s fraternity brothers introduced him to student government, Cornella jumped on the opportunity to represent the Cal Poly student body and was appointed to the Executive Cabinet. While in student government, Cornella met many talented individuals and learned more than he ever could have imagined.

When the summer of his freshman year came, Cornella did not slow down. Cornella took the skills he learned during his freshman year and applied them to the Alumni Discovery Program, where he worked for the Alumni Association. Here, he networked with Cal Poly alumni and learned important work-related skills while also further growing his network.

Cornella has also been influential in the Cal Poly sailing team. Alongside his sister, Katie — who was the Captain of the sailing team — David became a Varsity Skipper, coach, and Director of Recruitment and Public Relations. Cornella was instrumental in expanding team membership and coordinating events, and he even received honorable mention for outstanding contribution.

During his second year, Cornella sought to get more involved in the Orfalea College of Business by becoming a Peer Advisor. In this position, Cornella represented the Orfalea student body and supported business students with their personal and academic goals. Here, he gained effective time management skills and other invaluable experiences that helped him grow both academically and personally. Cornella then expanded his involvement by also becoming a Peer Mentor, where he helps younger business students reach their maximum potential through academic, professional and personal development.

“I have had such a positive experience with the Orfalea College of Business,” said Cornella. “Each and every piece of experience helped me become career ready.”

While in college, Cornella worked two different internships. In his first internship, Cornella worked for Schneider Electric, where he learned analytical skills on organizational strategy. The next summer, Cornella worked for Adobe in implementing strategies cross-functionally to improve employee experience. As his search for a position post-graduation began, Cornella knew he wanted to work in a client-facing role at a company that would cultivate his values. When he discovered an available position with Google as an Associate Account Strategist, Cornella jumped on the opportunity and leveraged his internship experiences and the skills he gained at Cal Poly. Now, Cornella is signed with Google for the full-time position and will continue to achieve post-graduation.