Katelyn Rosa Stephenson, Assistant Dean, Georgetown MBA Admissions shares details of Post-MBA Job Trends & Internship Opportunities. She also explains how useful the Full-time MBA program is for career switchers.
What are some of the post-MBA trends that you have seen recently?
The Georgetown McDonough School of Business has seen extraordinary improvement in employment outcomes for its international students. In just two years from 2011 to 2013, non-U.S. students have seen a 15% increase in average starting salary, and a 27% increase in the percentage of students receiving offers before graduation.
These improvements came at the same time as record numbers of international students in the most recent graduating class (31%) accepted jobs in the United States (64%). These numbers are a testament to the quality of the Georgetown MBA Program’s international students, its emphasis on a global business perspective, and the constantly improving reputation of a Georgetown MBA around the world.
Do full-time MBA students get internship opportunities?
Absolutely. During the summer of 2013, 100% of full-time MBA students seeking an internship were able to secure one.
Approximately 135 different organizations hired Georgetown MBA interns and 83% of those internships were paid.
The following organizations hired five or more interns:
• American Express
• Bank of America
• Merrill Lynch
• Education Pioneers
• Government of the District of Columbia
• Johnson & Johnson
• JP Morgan Chase, and
• SC Johnson
The current 2013 MBA employment report includes additional information and statistics about both summer internship and full-time job placement.
How useful is the Full-time MBA program for career switchers?
Approximately 65% of the Georgetown MBA Class of 2013 identified themselves as career switchers. Career switchers utilize the MBA as a pivot point in their careers. Specifically, the ability to complete an internship allows intended career switchers to test the fit and skill set in a new industry or function.
As students return for their second year of the program, they are able to not only enhance their positioning on paper via the resume, but they are also able to better articulate their fit in the new industry or function to prospective full time employers. In addition to the option of completing a summer internship, career switchers take advantage of a multitude of extracurricular and curricular options to help shape their new direction.
Student organizations, part-time consulting projects, elective courses and the Global Business Experience each afford students the chance to have relevant academic and professional experiences and build new, related skill sets as a result.
Prior to coming to Georgetown in March 2008, Katelyn worked in undergraduate admissions at The George Washington University. She received a bachelor’s degree in English with minors in Spanish and Women’s Studies from Boston College, a master’s degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame, and completed coursework toward a doctorate in Higher Education Administration with a focus on International Education.
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