It's been an exciting few weeks here in New Haven -- Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford were in town to shoot part of the next "Indiana Jones" movie. The heart of downtown was turned into 1957 Bedford, Connecticut for the shoot, and movie equipment, production crews, and extras in period costumes dominated the town. Some SOM people even got into the act!
Oh hello blog readers. Happy July, Happy Independence Day, and Happy 5 weeks to my internship at the United Way. Time really flies when you're doing stuff, working in an office, and having fun. First the serious business - my internship. I'm definitely still enjoying work, I love the culture of the place, and I feel very comfortable with the organization. Its always a good feeling when I know my joker antics are tolerated or even reciprocated at my place of work, and I am very happy that the United Way has hired a bunch of interns who share my sense of humor.
Even though summer is setting in and the admissions season is winding down, we still find ourselves very busy here in the admissions office. Part of this is getting ready for the upcoming year -- updating our application, setting our recruiting schedule, etc. I will have more to share on these fronts in the coming weeks. Part of it, though, is that summer in admissions is a time of conferences and meetings -- when colleagues get together to share knowledge and exchange ideas.
To talk about some of the things that Patrick brought up, Microsoft is bureaucratic as well. Not a surprise considering they have about 70,000 employees. Lots of acronyms, terminology, history, and dealing with people - much like my previous life at Progressive. What is nice is that unlike what I was doing before, I'm playing a much more strategic role. Yes, that's what they all say. So how about I say it this way - I'm way less involved in the tactical execution and more involved in researching and developing broader product strategies.
Hello SOM Blog readers! I'm on week 3 of my internship at the United Way, loving the DC area, and enjoying my transition from ibanking (pre MBA work experience) to the nonprofit sector. Indeed, I couldn't ask for a better summer experience so far. The United Way is a little more corporate than I expected, though I suppose it isn't terribly surprising given how large the United Way is relative to other nonprofit organizations. The degree of "corporate-ness" has also made my transition pretty easy, and I'm very comfortable with my group and the way things are done around here.
I'm just about to start my fourth week of my internship here at Microsoft as a Product Planner Intern. It hardly seems like I've been here that long, but it's been great so far. They have me and most of the other 59 MBA interns in these swank apartments downtown. It's a fun group of people and I love living downtown. So my agenda for tomorrow... I begin my day at 9:00am for a full day "offsite" meeting. (It's actually in a neighboring Microsoft building) I work on the Windows Live team of product planners and one of the pieces is my responsibility.
It’s been a whirlwind here at the Yale School of Management. On April 20 and 21, the School hosted our admitted student Welcome Weekend, when roughly 100 future SOM students descended on campus for two days of fun and learning. One of the highlights of the weekend was Dean Podolny’s address to the admitted students, where he talked about what makes them such a special group and SOM such a special place. You can see his talk at:
What a crazy week. Not only did I move to New York and start my summer internship a great deal earlier than most of my classmates I also watched several of my good friends graduate over the weekend. Moving my belongings into a friend’s 5th floor walkup proved to be a more challenging task than I anticipated. Phew! I was tired for my first day. [Mental note to self: move more than 1 day prior to starting my full time position!] A 10 or 11 week internship leaves little time to get up to speed on an organization.
So yesterday I returned from a five-day, four-night Carnival cruise to Mexico with 75 of my classmates. It was a blast, and our end-of-the-year activities seem to be getting better and better. Something else that has been great is that I've landed a job! I'm going to be working for a local management consulting firm that mostly has contracts with cities and developers for economic development and neighborhood revitalization projects. It's a fantastic opportunity, and I'm excited to be staying around New Haven for at least a couple more years.