University of Southern California

Laura Freeman
A well-rounded Trojan finds a home in defense
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Effervescent USC Marshall graduate Laura Freeman BS '06 took on a grueling accounting internship two summers ago, helping defense contractor Raytheon prepare for its first Sarbanes Oxley filing. It was the kind of opportunity that the Marshall School tries to promote to all of its students  a chance for real-world training and a springboard to post-graduate employment.

Freeman, whose Marshall concentration was finance, is now working in Raytheon Missile System's Contracts division. She will spend her first year in Tucson, Ariz., — a few hours from her Scottsdale hometown — as a member of the company's Contract Leadership Development Program. Managing Strike Class missile contracts, Freeman will author proposals, negotiate contract modifications and ensure Raytheon and the company's government clients live up to their ends of deals.

Even while actively pursuing career opportunities, Freeman continued to forge alliances with USC. Her extracurricular achievements at USC are as legion as the swell of her school pride — note the 125th anniversary pin she sports in her profile photo. In addition to Marshall work, Freeman played baritone sax in the USC Thornton School of Music classical quartet; was a justice on the Student Senate Judicial Council; was vice president for alumni relations in the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity; and took elective courses in subjects ranging from deep-water cruising to figure drawing to law and neuroscience. "I was determined," she says, "to get the most out of my college experience."