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Spartan MBAs make summer work for them

For Broad MBA students, summer is no time for rest and relaxation. Instead, you’ll find them hopping planes for foreign destinations as part of a study abroad program or taking part in an internship experience with a Fortune 500 company.

Drew Mendrygal, a second-year MBA with a concentration in finance, traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for a two-week summer study abroad program with the Broad College. The trip offered a prime opportunity to witness how businesses in South America operate—one that may prove useful for Mendrygal, who will be working in a corporate finance position with Intel after he receives his MBA. Students spent time leading up to the trip researching companies they would visit so they could use their time abroad to delve into the specifics of the Latin American economy and what it’s like doing business there. Mendrygal says there’s no substitute for first-hand experience.

Mendrygal’s classmate Jenifer Fleury also took part in the South America program. The second-year student with a concentration in marketing and international business plans to work in the sporting goods or natural consumer products industry as a brand manager.

Other MBA students spent the summer interning at some of the nation’s top companies. Plenty of resources are available to students seeking internship opportunities, including the MBA Career Services office and the MSU career website MySpartanCareer.

Farris Bukhari, a second-year MBA student with a concentration in human resource management, spent the summer doing an internship with Procter & Gamble in their prestige brands division in New York. “The MBA program provided me with a solid business background that I was able to leverage,” says Bukhari. “I was able to pick up business issues immediately, and in some cases, point out areas of opportunity.” The experience paid off for Bukhari. He plans on returning to Procter & Gamble upon graduation. He stresses the importance of getting internship experience to his fellow MBAs.

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