As the spring semester gets underway, it is a critical time for first year MBA students to be searching and applying for internships for the upcoming summer. Obtaining an internship provides students with not only real world experiences, but also great networking opportunities. In the MBA program, we have learned how important networking is for our professional development. Interning in the field of your choice provides with you contacts who could help you land a full time offer, or direct you to someone who may be able to help. Interning may also help give insight by showing you something you don’t want to do as a career.
The Career Resource Center in the School of Management is very helpful to first year MBAs when it comes to finding the right internship fit for you. The website Bizlink is available to management students that has several internship and job postings. The CRC staff is always willing to set up appointments with students for guidance regarding what internships would be good for them based on concentrations, along with where else to look for internships besides Bizlink. The CRC also offers practice interview sessions with UB alumni or CRC staff members. Students are encouraged to bring in a job description of their choice to sharpen their interview skills with one of the staff members. The interviewer coaches students on how to best sell themselves for the job.
Along with the Career Resource Center, the vast UB alumni network provides students with many opportunities to network and learn about internships in the area.
MBA Candidate, Class of 2015