AMBAs in the real world
A Wall Street Journal article about the downside of fast-track MBA programs (no summer internship) cites a Johnson School success story that illustrates the school’s approach to filling this gap. In “No Foot in the Door” (9/16/09), Randy Allen, associate dean for marketing and corporate relations, and Accelerated MBA graduate Jon Parrish, MBA ’07, describe a course offered to AMBAs that provides similar advantages to a semester-long internship. The program matches students with companies in September, entails weekly remote meetings with company managers, and culminates in a two-week, on-site, apprentice-like experience that provides students with the real-world consulting practice they need to make themselves more marketable. Allen notes that the course is critical, “because it gives students ‘stories’ to tell in job interviews and strengthens their networks.” Parrish, formerly a chemist, credits his two-week experience working for a pharmaceutical company with helping him land his current job as a health-care consultant. The experience “helped me organize my thoughts when I talked about bringing a drug to market or how science meshes with business,” Parrish says in the article.