Happy Friday, everyone! To conclude this week, we sat down with now second year MBA (applause for the Class of 2012, please), Natalie Keable to speak about her internship experience thus far. Natalie, who helps comprise the 10% (roughly) of MBA students that transitioned to the program straight from the undergraduate ranks, has exceled beyond the classroom. She boasts heavy involvement in Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) as a Project Manager and Chair of Alumni Relations & Client Outreach.
So without further adieu, lets hear from Natalie Keable!
Now that your first year is complete, what was your favorite part [of your first year]? What was the most valuable thing you learned?
NK: My favorite part of the first year of the MBA program was being exposed to the business world. Coming from an architectural undergraduate program with no work experience in between, I felt that IMBA did a good job of covering relevant topics without making classes to rudimentary for those who were more familiar with the subjects. The thing I benefitted most from was being a member of Illinois Business Consulting - the real world business experience it provides was invaluable to someone looking to break into business.
The most valuable thing I learned was the importance of networking. It sounds cliché, but it really is all about who you know.
-Where and with whom is your summer internship?
NK: Jones Lang LaSalle, Chicago - Projects and Development Services
-How did you land your internship? Can you speak to your search experience?
NK: I utilized my personal network to get an interview. Then I proposed a trial run "mini-internship" during winter break. After second semester ended I was asked back for the summer.
-What responsibilities (about which you can comment) have you assumed in your internship?
NK: I am working on several commercial interior build out projects as an assistant project manager as well as handling some LEED certification projects. Both are for JLL real estate clients.
-What piece(s) of advice would you give to incoming Illinois MBA students regarding their internship search?
NK: Start EARLY and don't stop after you get one offer. There's always room for negotiation and getting the optimal offer is worth the extra effort!
And there you have it! Special thanks to Ms. Keable for taking some time out of her busy schedule to contribute to the Illinois MBA Student Life Blog! Have a good weekend, all!