MBA Student Perspective: The Internship

By: Nidhi, MBA Candidate, Class of 2009

Even before I joined the MBA program, all I could think about was what kind of internship I wanted. Somehow, that seemed to me even more crucial that I land the perfect internship – one that would allow me to apply all my new found MBA learning and set me on the path to glittering success!

After a lot of soul searching, endless discussion with just about everyone, I decided that I wanted an entrepreneurial environment and to work with a local firm in some industry I had not worked with before. Seeing that I had been a telecom consultant pretty much all of my working pre-MBA life, the choice of industry was endless – I could have spent days thinking about it.

An internship with High Tech Rochester just about filled each and every item on my wish list for a “dream internship.” My wish had come true. I worked as a consultant devising market assessment and business viability strategies for a start-up in the funeral industry! Strange as it may sound, I loved each and every moment of it. Devising strategies for something you have no clue about forces a kind of learning that is hard to find elsewhere. I was able to use facts from each and every class I had taken during my first year. I was constantly challenged by working with senior personnel who had being doing this work for a long time. Challenging their views and standing ground before them taught me the importance of research and preparation. No amount is ever enough. Knowledge is a trade-off for time spent. 

It was an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything else. I just want to stress one fact: when it comes to internships, remember, one man’s food is another man’s poison. Don’t follow the herd when looking for your perfect internship. You came to earn an MBA to stand out, so don’t try to blend in after one year.

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