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The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2010, 18:54
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In the last few weeks, I've been getting tons of PMs from various members regarding pre-MBA internship opportunities. How does one find such an opportunity? What kind of opportunities are out there? Is it something one must do before starting his or her first year in the MBA program?


Pre-MBA internship is not too common but others have done it. (In my opinion, the opportunities are out there for people who are seeking for such opportunity) Some spent time with a PE/VC, etc to build his/her resume to get into the industry that he/she is attracted to. If you are really interested in pre-MBA internship, you will have to network a lot. Some MC firms also host pre-MBA social events and opportunities targeted towards ppl admitted to prestigious MBA programs.

For example, previous members of this forum:
* Did his/her pre MBA internship with a healthcare company before attending Kellogg
* Did his/her pre MBA internship with a PE firm before attending Wharton

I did a pre MBA internship with a VC firm in order to build my resume targeted towards technology firms in the West Coast. But the experience also gave me tons to discuss during my IB internship interviews. The pre MBA internship gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about how VC firms work with its portfolio companies, etc.

If you are interested in doing a pre MBA internship, remember that the opportunity may be paid or unpaid. In addition, this probably means that either, you will have to quit your job sooner than planned, or sacrifice your summer (right before bschool) working.

Here are various links that you can go through to get some perspective: (But Mostly to Demonstrate that Pre-MBA Internships are more common than one would imagine)

* Pre MBA Internship at Tech Start Up Company - London Business School student
* JP Morgan Pre MBA - MBA Early Advantage Program
* Citi Pre MBA Fellowship Program
* Lehman Brothers used to have a Pre MBA Internships? - INSEAD
* MLT Fellowship includes opportunities for Pre-MBA Internship
* Eli Lilly Bonini Scholars - Pre MBA Internship - Stanford GSB
* Emailing for Pre-MBA Internships
* Examples of Pre MBA Internship Found on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/cory-a-croft/3/963/746
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/francesco-r ... /4/b78/1a8
* Kellogg Student's Pre MBA VC Internship (more)
* Booth Student's Pre MBA Internship @ UBS

Indiana MBA (Kelley) Program's Response to Helping Its Students w Pre MBA Internships:

Yes, some companies sometimes offer pre-MBA internships. While we do not coordinate a Pre-MBA internship program per se, we are happy to provide our incoming MBAs with contacts and resources to facilitate their pre-MBA internship search. Understand though that your ability to secure an internship will primarily depend on your ability to convey your value as an MBA candidate for any given company. I would suggest that you connect with me offline (mboutla@indiana.edu) so that we can see how our office can help you with career self-assessment, exploration and your internship search through Kelley.

http://www.accepted.com/chat/transcript ... rtium.aspx

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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2010, 19:13
This was very much needed. Thanks nink!
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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2010, 19:16
So much for taking some time off before starting my MBA. Very good post though! +1 :)
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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2010, 04:48
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I think the pre-MBA internship generally falls into the category of "it's all who you know". With that said, two of the more structured programs that folks did were:

P&G Brand Camp (this is only a week, but they do make internship offers at the end)
Deloitte Consulting Immersion Program (DCIP)

I think there are some other opportunities for minorities as well.
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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2010, 07:59
Does anyone know if the P&G Brand Camp is only for minorities? It's not entirely clear on their website.

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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2011, 18:37
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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2011, 23:12
Thanks guys. Does anyone know of programs that aren't specifically for minorities? This sounds interesting, but I don't know if I qualify.
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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2011, 22:25
what about international students? How do you pursue such internships ?
Just need some insights from someone who is an international student and did an internship in home country/country of study. Any pointers from others are welcome as well.
This thread is really informative.
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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2011, 08:16
Pdgmat2010 wrote:
what about international students? How do you pursue such internships ?
Just need some insights from someone who is an international student and did an internship in home country/country of study. Any pointers from others are welcome as well.
This thread is really informative.


I'm an international and I'm doing a preMBA internship in the US. I made it happen the most common way (IMO) - networking. Of course, it's easier to do from Canada than overseas. For visa reasons, however, the position is unpaid.
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Interesting article on P&Q where they mention Deloitte is now doing a pre-MBA internship program.

http://poetsandquants.com/2011/03/20/de ... this-year/
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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2012, 06:03
Bump. If anyone has any ideas for pre-MBA internships please post or PM me. Specifically in Consulting, but interested to hear people's thoughts on other industries as well.
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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2012, 22:20
Have any MBA students matriculating in Fall 2012 had any luck with securing pre-MBA internships this year? How have responses been so far for any inquiries?

I know many of you have just heard back with your acceptances, but I wanted to see if I could gauge the market. I am planning on matriculating in 2013 and wanted to check on best practices before I start networking. I am interested in management consulting, so any specific examples or observations in that industry would be most appreciated.
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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2012, 20:13
Anyone know of pre-MBA internships in technology (i.e. Google, Amazon, Apple, etc)?
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Re: The Myth of Pre-MBA Internship [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2012, 00:18
I did my internship program though Internlatinamerica Hospitality and Tourism.
Internlatinamerica provides internships in various fileds like engineering, HR, Fashion. I think you should contact them. Visit the website of internlatinamerica
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