ALL POSTS BY: Joe Kunnathusseril
If you had asked me a year ago what I would be doing for my summer internship, I wouldn’t have been able to predict it even in the slightest. Even today, I still couldn’t imagine what this summer had in store for me. But it all started with the search…
To trace back to where this story began, I’d have to start somewhere in August where I sat at my desk inserting the final touches on my resume. I had some idea of what I came to Owen to achieve – a change of pace from my prior years of experience in economic and financial consulting. My eyes were set on a career path within corporate finance; as such, I would expect my summer internship could be codified in such a manner.
Days turned into weeks which soon turned into months of research on companies, mock interviews, cover letter tweaking, discussions with classmates, career advisors, and alumni to hone in on opportunities for summer internships. As more information fell in my lap, the laundry list of potential places I’d like to work whittled itself down to a handful of companies. The internship pursuit continued full steam with a trip to NSHMBA in Minneapolis and an Owen Career Management Center sponsored event known as Wall Street Week during the fall. Looking back, these events did much to prepare me for the focused job search and interviewing I would encounter in the winter.
It was only a few weeks ago that good ol’ Jack Frost released his wintery grip from this city. Spring is in full swing. A casual jog around the neighborhoods near Vandy is all it takes to notice the trees sporting brand new spring wardrobes, the smell of grass after it gets itself a long-overdue haircut, and the sound of kids cracking bats and kicking soccer balls. But I’m only supposed to enjoy this for a moment, and then it’s back to the grind – classes, cases and club meetings. That’s what an MBA’s expected to do, right?
Sometimes, it’s just so hard to imagine that there are folks out there who still believe MBA students are as cold as a meat locker. That right now they’d be griping about the yellow coats of pollen on their Saabs or yelling the bikers and runners off the road. But this MBA student had a chance to take a break from the books and take a stroll up and down the tree-lined campus of Vanderbilt and he took it. No regrets – just an awesome way to soak in the day!