So here I am. I am a first year MBA student amidst the Executive Panel, the last hurdle to jump before the end of the first year, and I still do not have an internship. I have been working hard to find internships in my field, but my field is very specialized and narrow. I’m still waiting to hear from three possible companies. I know that others are in my exact same position but all I seem to focus on is those around me that have been able to acquire those dream internships. It’s a strange feeling because you’re happy to see your friends and colleagues succeeding but there is an eagerness to get your own plans in order by starting that ever important internship.
After a couple weeks go by I finally find that my last and most coveted internship possibility has fallen through. The worst part about it was that the last two possibilities appeared to dissipate mainly because of bad timing as opposed to lack of merit on my part. Needless to say, it was disappointing. However, even though the importance of the internship is well known and well deserved, it is not the only key to future success.
I knew that I had to keep working toward a quality experience. Therefore, I used my free time to recharge my batteries and find other opportunities. At this point I remembered I had spoken with a very nice person from the Penn State Performing Arts Center. I had previously hoped for an internship with them, but I did not know if any opportunities were possible. However, after using my spare time to contact the Performing Arts Center I was able to obtain a great opportunity as an intern. At the same time, a fellow Smeal 1st year knew I was still in State College and passed on an opportunity as a research assistant because he would be out of the area.
In the end, two great opportunities presented themselves because I stayed vigilant in my pursuit of my goals. Bottom line – Do not give up, great opportunities are always available.
~Brant Markley, MBA Class of 2011