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August 17, 2007

It's that time again...a new school year, a new class of SOM students wandering around campus, and for me, a new beginning. In May I transitioned from being a Yale MBA student to being a Yale MBA alumnus, and I'm now in the process of transitioning from a Yale MBA alumnus to a Yale student again (this time in the Financial Economics Ph.D. program). Despite the title of my post, my transition from MBA student to Ph.D. student has been much more difficult than I had initially anticipated.

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August 13, 2007

I'm leaving on a jetplane... My summer with United Way International is done. Almost. Perhaps the best part is just about to begin. They are sending me to Seoul, South Korea to attend the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, and I fly out tomorrow! I am excited for both personal and professional reasons! But what did I do for the rest of the summer? I need to figure out how to say what I did in just a few sentences! I know that when we all return to New Haven, everyone will be asking "How was your summer? What did you do?" So. Here's what I did in a nutshell.

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By: Paul Ip
August 10, 2007

Hard to believe, but the summer is winding down. People are finishing up their internships, complete with the harsh reminders such as the permanent OOO auto-response that I got from Patrick's United Way e-mail at 4pm (7pm his time). So how has the rest of the summer been? Well, today I delivered a 30 minute presentation to a number of the Group Program Managers as well as our VP. It was part of a larger two-day thing where we all go over what our competitors are doing in preparation for planning the next big release. Short version was that it was a debacle.

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August 7, 2007

Holy smokes. In the blink of an eye, its been a month since my last update and my internship at the United Way is coming to an end. Since my last entry a ton has happened. First - the job stuff. My internship with the United Way has been a fantastic experience. I've learned a great deal and the summer has confirmed to me that I definitely have a place in the nonprofit world. Though my internship is over this Friday, today was really the culmination of my summer's work. I had the opportunity to present to the Senior Leadership team of the United Way...

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July 5, 2007

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.

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By: Paul Ip
June 25, 2007


Sailing on Elliot Bay on Thursday

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By: Paul Ip
June 21, 2007

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.

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June 21, 2007

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.

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By: Paul Ip
June 17, 2007

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.

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May 31, 2007

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.

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