For most full-time MBA students, a summer internship can be a major turning point in the program – and in their career. For students, it’s an opportunity to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills, test a new career path, audition for an employer, and (with luck) line up a great job after graduation. Employers get an opportunity to try out a promising recruit, see what the intern can contribute, and determine where he or she will fit best in the organization, if hired. Whether or not an internship results in an offer of employment after graduation, a student can learn a lot about possible career paths, organizational cultures, and types of roles in which he or she is likely to succeed.
It’s not easy to gain access to prime internship opportunities. Foster MBAs are fortunate to have support from the staff at MBA Career Services to aid in the search. The ability to reach out to a large network of alums in major corporations, including Starbucks, Boeing, Amazon.com, Nike, Microsoft and T-Mobile — and in the consulting arms of companies such as Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers – is also a major advantage.
View the videos to learn how nine Foster Full-time MBA students from the class of 2013 lined up internships with major employers and made the most these opportunities.