A Day in the Life: Q+A with João Carvalho


My name is João Carvalho and I am the new summer intern for Portfolio Creative. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I moved to Columbus, OH about a year ago to pursue my MBA at The Ohio State University.

Besides family and friends, the one thing I miss the most from home is Ipanema Beach – I used to live just across the street from it. Although Brazilians are well known for their soccer skills, I played basketball in college and later on created my own non-profit to support underprivileged children through sports and education. My favorite hobby is traveling around the world – 16 countries, 13 U.S. states and counting!



My morning routine starts with a cup of coffee and some music, as I get ready to go to class/work – AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way To The Top” is a personal favorite.  The Fisher MBA program can be pretty intense, so on the weekends, I like to sleep in and relax a little bit.


Although the job search process has been an essential part of my routine for the past year, the recruiting/staffing industry is somewhat new to me. Since I joined Portfolio Creative, every afternoon has been a great opportunity to learn from an amazing team and apply the business concepts I have learned throughout the first year of my MBA. I really enjoy the people and the organizational culture here.



One of the benefits of living close to OSU is that I get to use the RPAC, a massive gym complex on campus. Besides trying to stay in shape, I usually spend my evenings trying to find the balance between having my own personal time and hanging out with friends. Some of my classmates live in the same apartment complex as I do, so we often meet up to share our internship experiences and ambitious goals for our final year in grad school.