Daily Archives: April 1, 2011

Internship search strategy and lessons

Preparing for, searching for, strategizing for and finally landing a summer internship is a daunting task. I’m learning just how daunting it can be as the calendar switches to April.

Since I started my MBA journey, I haven’t had a firm time table on when I should hit the panic button for my internship search. I know there is a great opportunity out there for me. My idea of the ideal internship has shifted almost weekly, but I have held true to my goal to get into marketing. I lost track of how many online applications I have filled out. Needless to say, I should have followed up on more of the opportunities.

The Neeley School of Business Graduate Career Center and LinkedIn have been my best resources during my internship search. Reaching out to and connecting with TCU MBA alums has been invaluable and it’s remarkable what alums will do to help current students. I’m hoping to hear back soon about marketing internship opportunities at Brinker International in Dallas (where alum Sergey Shubin works) and SailPoint in Austin (where alum Paul Trulove is hiring for his marketing team). I’m also pursuing unpublished positions at local companies RAPP and CB Richard Ellis and Demand Media in Austin. My latest online application was for a Social Media Strategist opening at Waste Management in Houston. I’m willing to work just about anywhere in Texas.

This week I reached out to my classmates to share their internship stories. Here are two success stories from first-year MBAs Erika Jackson and A.J. Radcliffe:

Erika has accepted a Product Marketing Internship at Sabre Holdings, a global company based in Southlake, Texas.

Her story: Finding an internship was a long process. I was so worried about not being able to find a job, so I started looking immediately following the start of the first semester. I suffered through lots of interviews and faced lots of rejection. But in the end, all of that rejection led to a great opportunity with a company that had everything I was looking for. And through it all, I had the unwavering support of my classmates, and the faculty and staff of the Neeley School. I’m looking forward to a great summer!

A.J. has accepted a Marketing Research internship at California-based Intel.

His story: The first 1-2 months I got absolutely nothing. While the Graduate Career Center helped some with job postings on MBAjobs (Neeley School internship/job website), most of the companies that they brought to campus weren’t on my radar or in the industry I was hoping for. I mostly just applied online. After the 1-2 months of hearing nothing, I got a lot more interviews in the span of 1-2 weeks. The last week before I got my offer from Intel was extremely fast-paced. On Thursday, I had an interview with Galderma (pharmaceutical company). I got an offer from Galderma the next morning, and had my phone interview with Intel. Intel gave me an offer on Wednesday the next week.

— Michele Machado