The Dream Careers Mission

We’re focused on the needs of our participants.  We strive to inspire, equip, and challenge them to discover and pursue their dream career.

Our goal is to positively change the lives and community of our participants now and forever by supporting their dreams, providing a life-changing experience, and empowering them to achieve their goals.


Dream Careers
181 2nd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
Dream Careers
Via August 123, 5th
08006, Barcelona, Espana


Dream Careers (, formerly University of Dreams Inc., was founded in February of 2000 and hosted its inaugural internship program at Santa Clara University. The first program was comprised of 73 motivated college students from top universities around the country, all looking to enhance their academic experience by challenging themselves with a competitive internship. After the first summer, word began to spread about the life-changing impact the program had on its initial 73 participants, and the company has continued expanding its program locations to foster the career dreams of students who have ambitions to work in major cities around the world. To date, Dream Careers operates in 11 cities globally, has a network of 5,000 employers offering challenging work experience, and has enabled 17,000 students to pursue their dream careers.

In 2010, University of Dreams announced an acquisition of Career Explorations, the world’s leading high school internship program provider. University of Dreams and Career Explorations was a perfect match, as they were both built on the same core values; operating programs with passion, year round commitment to helping students achieve their goals, and a complete dedication to helping students take control of their futures.

Through this merger, the University of Dreams and Career Explorations have combined their vision, and now operate both high school and college internship programs under the name Dream Careers. Dream Careers will guide students through every step of their professional development, providing customized internship programs and career advancement opportunities in their dream fields. Dream Careers will continue to provide world class service, sparing no effort to deliver the most impactful experience possible, and you can be confident that you will receive the same high level of service that our thousands of satisfied clients have received in the past.


We are proud to say that 75% employees are graduates of the Dream Careers program. The company is built on the core characteristics learned throughout the program regarding living inspired lives while equipping and challenging people to achieve all that they can. The Dream Careers employees truly understand these characteristics, which has resulted in creating a fun, energetic, and passion-based work environment that strives to provide participants with the same great experience that has inspired each employee to dedicate his or her life to helping others achieve their dreams.

As our company continues to grow, we are always looking to identify unique candidates who hold the values of a dreamer and who are passionate about constantly striving to inspire others while focusing on opening young minds to all of their possibilities.


Eric Lochtefeld Eric Lochtefeld, Founder - Eric graduated from the University of San Diego in 1993. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, he started his first company, Grassroots Event Marketing Inc., at the age of 25. As the President of Grassroots Event Marketing Inc., Eric co-created and built one of the most successful youth-oriented event properties in existence today, the Vans Warped Tour. Prior to starting Grassroots, Eric was a Sales Manager and Director of Operations for a student travel start-up called L.A. Ski & Sun Tours, which was purchased by one of the largest college student travel companies in the western United States. Eric's passions are entrepreneurship, travel, and inspiring people to discover and pursue their dreams.
Beth Lochtefeld Beth Lochtefeld, Co-Founder - Beth co-founded Dream Careers with her cousin Eric in early 2000. She graduated from University of Notre Dame in 1982. As the founder and President of CODE, Inc., a New York City based architectural consulting firm, Beth grew the company from a home-based business to a multimillion dollar organization over a 15 year period. In April 2002, she sold the business to her associates. She was also the President of Grove House Inc. since 1995, a cooperative housing corporation in Greenwich Village, guiding it from the verge of bankruptcy to comfortable solvency. Beth was the angel investor behind Grassroots Event Marketing (Eric's first company) and was involved with Dream Careers since its inception. Beth's life was tragically taken from her at the young age of 44. At the time of her death, we are quite certain that Beth believed that her BIG DREAM was still ahead of her. However, those that knew her best believe that she had already accomplished her BIG DREAM. We believe that her BIG DREAM was to live a life exactly as she did. Her life was a masterpiece that only she was uniquely gifted to lead. She was born to live it and what an amazing life it was. We will continue to honor her name, her memory, and her commitment to our Dream. Her legacy is carried on through the Dream Careers Non-Profit. Learn more about Beth and her book, "Tell Me About Your Dreams."
Danielle Normington Danielle Normington, COO/Founder - Danielle graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Human Development. Danielle joined Dream Careers at its inception and has been instrumental in building the company into what it is today. As co-owner of the business, Danielle runs the division responsible for all summer program logistics. She began her professional career as an analyst with (purchased by Princeton Review) in San Francisco. After Embark, Danielle made a substantial career change in joining a Silicon Valley-based temporary placement agency. As a recruiter for StarTemps, Danielle worked closely with a number of reputable Silicon Valley companies and learned the art of recruiting and selecting talented candidates for her clients. Danielle is fluent in Spanish and her passions are travel, helping people, and her beloved family.

Executive Team

Eric Normington Eric Normington, Chief Executive Officer – Eric graduated from University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree and followed with an Executive MBA from Santa Clara University, California, at which he was awarded membership to the International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma for recognition of business excellence. Prior to joining Dream Careers, Eric was the Director of Sales at a leading network integration company in Silicon Valley at which Eric dramatically increased revenue and built new strategic partnerships. At Dream Careers, he is responsible for the overall operational leadership. In addition, he leads a variety of operational efforts and productivity initiatives. Eric enjoys keeping active with his wife, Danielle, and their sons, Ethan, Dylan and Aidan.
Danielle Normington Noah Galabow, Chief Financial Officer – Noah has over 10 years of experience in finance and accounting roles with both multinational organizations and small to mid-sized businesses. Prior to joining Dream Careers, Noah worked in the equity research group at RBC Capital Markets in San Francisco. Noah has also held positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, myCFO, Inc (now Harris MyCFO) and Neptune Holdings LLC. At Dream Careers, he is responsible for all finance and accounting functions. Noah graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Economics, and received an MBA, specializing in finance, from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is a CFA charterholder. Noah lives in Walnut Creek with his wife and two children.
Shane Spiegelman Shane Spiegelman, Director of Employer Relations - Shane earned his BA degree at San Francisco State University in Communications. After considering his sizable school loans, he chose to get into sales. Shane soon found himself managing eighty employees in various disciplines, which he was woefully unprepared for. Acknowledging the weakness, Shane went back to school and earned an MBA from Saint Mary's College, while continuing his work as a General Manager. His career soon focused on managing Sales and Recruitment in flagship offices of technology staffing firms. Shane helped fuel the growth of companies, Volt IT, Alternative Resources Corporation and DPRC. The latter two companies were sold, to Pomeroy (NASDAQ:PMRY) and Compuware (NASDAQ:CPWR) respectively. With fast growing companies hungry for experienced managers, Shane soon found himself in VP of Sales roles for technology start-ups. Within Shane's tenure at companies GoGrid and Media Temple, the companies gained traction and market share. Both companies enjoyed 100%+ annual growth rates and got the attention of Fortune 1000 firms. GoGrid was purchased by Datapipe and Media Temple was acquired by GoDaddy. Shane lives in Burlingame, California with his college sweetheart Lynn and teenage son Max. The older brother Connor is in his senior year at Chico State (and god willing will be graduating this year). Shane enjoys politics, media, cooking, the SF Giants, World War II and is surprisingly current on music. The family also enjoys traveling internationally and has done six home exchanges in Europe. Finally, Shane also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.