As Full-Time students, we know that you have taken time away from your careers to pursue your MBA. We also know how important it is to you to be able to use your degree as a springboard for the next phase of your career. For most students, a summer internship is critical for gaining relevant experience and developing their professional brand. For that reason, much of the first year of your program will be focused on preparing you to be a competitive candidate for the internship recruitment process.
The timeline for internship recruitment varies quite a bit by industry, with the majority of employers posting positions in the winter timeframe. However, top organizations in select industries (typically strategy/management consulting firms, investment banking and other large financial services providers, and large consumer/packaged goods brands) will begin their summer internship recruitment shortly after the start of the Fall semester. Additionally, regardless of your desired industry, the Fall semester is a critical time for building networking relationships, so our program is designed for getting you ready early.
Please complete the following deliverables by the deadlines indicated below. All materials should be emailed to Lauren Klentak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Goals & Interests Survey
||Follow this link to complete the Goals & Interests Onboarding Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MBAGoals
||Accomplishment Stories Worksheet
||Employers have told us that the most competitive candidates distinguish themselves by their ability to tell compelling stories that detail their accomplishments. The creation of a catalogue of accomplishment stories is an important first step in developing your personal brand, as well as a building block for subsequent career development activities such as resume development, interview preparation, and networking conversations. To begin this process, please complete the Accomplishment Stories Worksheet.
||The next step in the Professional Development Program plan is to develop a working resume that will later be adapted for specific targets and opportunities. Be sure to use your Accomplishments Worksheet to highlight your most significant achievements. There are two versions of the Chapman MBA Resume template that you may choose from: the Basic Resume or the Key Skills Resume. We have received feedback from employers about overall design and formatting preferences and this template is the result of their input. In addition, please review this excellent resume tip sheet from one of our employer partners, PwC. Please use this as a guideline to creating and editing your resume.In order to participate in Chapman-sponsored recruiting events and our exclusive online job/internship database, you must have an approved resume in this format. We will have the opportunity to refine and finalize your resume throughout the Fall semester, but as a first step, please create a first draft of your Chapman MBA Resume in this format.
||Career Leader Assessment
||Please be on the lookout for a separate email from the Career Center with the link/instructions for completing the Career Leader Assessment.
||On Tuesday, August 19 of Orientation, you will have the opportunity to present a 3-4 minute self-introduction to your classmates and the Career Center team. This is an excellent way to practice communicating your “brand,” refine your presentation skills, and get to know your peers. All presentations should include a visual component (e.g., powerpoint, prezi, etc.) and should tell the story of who you are and what you hope to do with your MBA.