MBAA: Marketing Club Panel Reveals Valuable Insights for the Internship Search

On Tuesday, October 23rd, the Marketing Club hosted a marketing internship discussion panel in which several second-year students shared their internship experiences. The panel provided everyone with fresh insight on the various opportunities in marketing, how to apply to and get internships, and what a summer internship actually looks like.

The distinguished panel consisted of five second-years, who each had a unique story to tell. The panelists included:

  • Mark Hoskins: Production Services Intern at Saatchi & Saatchi X
  • Margo Wheeler: Marketing Intern at Volkswagen
  • Rahul Battula: Assistant Brand Manager Intern at Reckitt Benckiser
  • Sandy Halasz: Senior Marketing Analyst at Tamerlane Global Service
  • Lunce Bass: Marketing Intern at Office Depot

The speakers answered a wide range of questions, thus providing the first-year students with valuable perspectives and tips they learned along the way. Several great topics were discussed, but some of the most important takeaways included:

  • Start the internship search early – This is because many companies, especially large ones, start filling their summer positions early. It will get harder to find an attractive internship the longer you wait. Not only that, but with everything going on in school it becomes really easy to keep putting it off. Several of the panelists admitted to starting slowly and only picking up the pace of their search after they were already behind.
  • There is more than one success strategy – Your optimal search strategy may consist of sending out more than 100 applications or less than 10. Your strategy should account for your personal preferences and the industry/job function you’re looking for. Sometimes it’s a numbers game and you need to apply to many, many internships. But, some of the panelists admitted to targeting select individuals early and slowly building relationships over the course of several months. The point is… you need to thoughtfully assess your situation and craft a strategy that you believe will work for you.
  • Be yourself – Try to relax and be authentic during job interviews. Be honest and don’t try to hide aspects of your professional or academic career from recruiters. Anticipate questions and prepare thoughtful answers. Really think about your strengths, weaknesses, and what sets you apart. Always back up your achievements with compelling examples and be confident!

In the end, the marketing panel generated great insights and found a lot of favor with the first-year MBA’s. Next year, look for a similar event as the rising class passes on their perspectives to a new group of first-years.

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Tanja Wilhelmi

Tanja Wilhelmi is part of the Mason School's Marketing Club, and serves as a 1st-Year Representative. Wilhelmi is a MBA candidate with the class of 2014.

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