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Don’t have an internship yet? Good things come to those who wait.

By Joanne Chen '14  |  april, 2014, Issue 2
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Joanne Chen '14

First years, as most of your classmates are religiously attending TNDC and taking cross-continent weekend vacations in the spirit of celebrating their internship offers, you may be nervously watching the clock tick as you obsessively browse GTS. I was in your shoes last year, and I was certainly very anxious.

However, fear not, as good things come to those who wait. Here, 5 second years share their stories about how they got their offers last minute, and while the wait was long, the rewards were all the sweeter.

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Evan Johnson, Entrepreneurship
FirstFuel Software, Boston, MA

Offer date: May 2013
Position description: Marketing and strategy intern. FirstFuel Software is a venture backed energy efficiency data analytics firm that sells software products to utilities, government agencies, and other large scale property managers.

How did you source and ultimately close your internship?
A personal contact, who knew I was interested in working with a fast-growing clean tech company, put me in touch with them for an informational interview in February. I stayed in touch over the next couple of months, and even asked them for ideas on an energy efficiency case competition I was working with some Booth and Harris students on. In April, I was in Boston to visit my family, and had a formal interview with FirstFuel then. I had another phone interview with two other members of the management team a couple of weeks later, but did not get a formal offer for about another month.

Were you anxious? How did you deal with anxiety?
I wasn't particularly anxious. I had a number of tentative offers from different startups in Boston or Chicago that I would have gone to if FirstFuel didn't work out, but they would not have been as good since they weren't in the same market as FirstFuel was. I knew coming into school that I wasn't going to get my internship offer until the last minute, and so was fine when that wound up being the case.

How did your internship experience fit in with regards to your long-term plan?
FirstFuel was a great experience, and was exactly what I wanted to do for my long-term plans since I want to go back to another fast-growing clean tech firm in a marketing or business development role. I would consider going back there after I graduate, but will be moving to New York for my girlfriend, so sadly that isn't really an option. But if anyone is interested in going to work for FirstFuel, they're hiring!

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Eric Yin, Investment Management
Sanborn-Kilcollin Partners (Hedge Fund), Chicago, IL

Offer date: May 2013
Position description: Fundamental stock research for a long/short equity fund

How did you source and ultimately close your internship?
GTS...in total, from the start of recruiting, probably 75% were from GTS and the remaining were on my own. I was recruiting for investment management with a backup in corp finance/general management. I rejected an internship early in March because it wasn't exactly what I wanted. I figured that if I wasn't going to get my first choice, then I would settle at the last minute.

Were you anxious? How did you deal with anxiety?
Mostly no, I was not very anxious, but there were definitely some moments when I was frustrated. I didn't get very anxious because I had a lot of good second years telling me about how the recruiting process went before and I also understood that internships don't simply stop being offered once campus recruiting stops. Also, as recruiting continues, the process becomes much less competitive and so internships would be much easier to obtain. For example, the same week that I got the internship that I accepted, I actually got 2 other offers, so I basically got 3 offers in a week.

How did your internship experience fit in with regards to your long-term plan?
It was a perfect fit. I'm a career switcher and needed an internship that would both be in the field and would also provide mentorship which I really needed as a switcher.

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Taimur Awan, Technology
eBay, San Francisco, CA

Offer Date: May 2013
Position description: MBA Intern, Strategy

How did you source and ultimately close your internship?
A classmate (shout out to Victor Azevedo) mentioned that he saw a PayPal posting on GTS. I applied and reached out to a former colleague who worked at PayPal. I asked if he could see whether my resume got into the right hands (I felt at that point that GTS had been something of a black hole with little to no response from employers). He got it into the hands of the team looking to hire. They were in the process of giving out offers when they interviewed me so I didn't actually finish the process. However, they liked me and passed my resume to another team looking to hire. I ultimately joined the eBay Advertising team.

Were you anxious? How did you deal with anxiety?
I wasn't anxious because I knew that there would be good opportunities right until the end of the academic year and even during the summer. I also was pursuing multiple other leads through my own networking.

How did your internship experience fit in with regards to your long-term plan?
My internship provided an opportunity to get experience in a formal strategy role, which met one of my objectives for the summer (I was also considering startup opportunities). I wanted to see what corporate strategy at a larger organization was like to determine whether I preferred that type of role vs. something more operational. I also liked that the role was in tech/internet, an area in which I had no previous exposure. The fact that I was able to focus on mobile advertising was also appealing given its increasing relevance.

Last Updated 4/21/14
Last Updated 4/21/14