21 Aug 2018

MBA Students Reflect on Summer Internships


Are you pursuing a dream of becoming an entrepreneur, looking to gain experience in the hospitality industry, or exploring a new industry to shift your career into? Second-year MBA students share their summer internship experiences and why they chose their industries.

Pascal Kriesche

Following My Dream: Launching a Venture
By Pascal Kriesche (MBA 2019)
August 13, 2018
“This summer, while most of my classmates pursued internships, I decided to work full-time on my start-up ‘smoodi’, which I recently incorporated. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m grateful for the support I received as a Harvard Rock Summer Fellow.”

Johannes Theissen

Hands-On Experience in Hospitality
By Johannes Theissen (MBA 2019)
August 8, 2018
“Before I came to HBS, I worked in consulting. I knew that I wanted a different experience for my summer and looked at multiple leadership development programs. One stood out: Marriott’s Management Acceleration Program.”

Olivia Staffon

Parks Management is People Management
By Olivia Staffon (MBA 2019)
August 6, 2018
“I began my MBA with the goal of utilizing business practices for land management issues. Scouring for applicable insights, I attempted filtering my coursework through the lens of a natural resource specialist. However, even with that perspective, the connection between business and conservation was not yet becoming clear. This guided my decision to intern with the National Park Service (NPS). My objective was to test the portability of MBA principles to practical and timely resources challenges.”

Madeline Keulen

Venturing Into VC
By Madeline Keulen
August 2, 2018
I’ve spent my summer as an MBA Associate at Victress Capital, an early-stage venture capital (VC) firm focused on achieving outsized returns through investing in diverse teams.

Begum Okutgen

Summer Snapshot: Interning at a Robotics Start-Up
By Begum Agca Okutgen (MBA 2019)
July 23, 2018
This summer I am working for an early stage and stealth mode robotics start-up in the agriculture space as a Business Analysis & Operations Intern. I am the fourth and the only non-technical employee of the company. After working as a management consultant at Bain & Company for three years, I wanted to explore the start-up world and experience the fast-growing robotics industry first hand. I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and do something “different” than what I had done before.

Paula Vich Serra

Reimagining Fashion For The Good Of All
By Paula Vich Serra (MBA 2019)
July 11, 2018
Zalando is a fairly unknown brand in the U.S., but the leading online fashion platform in Europe. Growing at a yearly rate of +20%, it was founded 10 years ago and it currently has more than 15,000 employees and is present in 15 different markets.

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