B-Schools are busy in getting students placed for Summer Internship cycle. It is your chance to grab a seat with a company that you would want to see yourself in future. But there are a few questions that remain unanswered regarding the benefits of MBA summer internships. Some of them are: Is summer internship really a necessity for my career? Should I really work hard for it? Should I even go for it?
The answer to these and many more question can be found in the success stories of these 5 famous personalities who kick-started their career with ‘Internship’ as an initial step. Tough internship might sound as a mandatory requirement to be fulfilled by an MBA aspirant, but it can act wonders for you career growth.
So let’s read the career graph of 5 famous personalities beginning from ‘summer internship’ as a first step.
1. Bill Gates
William Henry "Bill" Gates is a business magnate, investor, author, and philanthropist. Since 1987, Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people. But the baby steps that took him to this height lie in the first internship that he took up at Congressional page Intern (Politics) at the age of 17 years.
Being an MBA intern, when you apply for summer placements consider it a chance to get exposure to the functioning of that particular industry. A two-month sneak peak will widen your thinking and it is the golden opportunity to interact with the prospective recruiter who might be open to offer you a pre-placement offer (PPO).
2. Steve Jobs
Another IT wizard, Steve Jobs, who was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc. also initiated his career with a summer internship. Hewlett Packard gave Jobs the necessary skill-set as well as a chance to work as a summer intern with them. Jobs met Steve Wozniak during his internship days in HP. The exemplary ‘Jobs’ is an inspiration for millions of people to learn the art of innovation and management. From iPad to iPhone, Jobs left no stone unturned to emerge out as the No.1.
As an MBA aspirant, you must learn to art of selling yourself to the company where you are hired for the internship. This effort will save you from the end time hassles of getting placed during final placement drive conducted by the institute. An added advantage of summer internship is that you become aware of the company culture in advance and can start working towards it to accommodate in that environment. Considering the prospects of successful MBA summer internship, you might also land with meeting with you future business partner as well.
3. Steven Spielberg
Steven Allan Spielberg is another famous American director, producer, and screenwriter who worked as a full time, unpaid intern with Universal Studios. During his his internship period, he produced a short film called Amblin. When the company executives watched his efforts put in the movie, they promptly offered him a 7-year contract. From then on, there was no looking back!
An important learning which you must take home from Spielberg’s story is ‘you have a crucial role in picking the company where you want to do internship’. At the initial stages of your career, don’t get lured by the stipend which recruiter offers. Choose the brand which can offer you an opportunity to expand you skill-set and aligns with your management career goals.
4. Oprah Winfrey
Orpah Gail Winfrey once said “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” Mark her words true to your heart. Summer internship is that chance wherein the efforts you put today will put in the best place at the end of your MBA course.
As an intern she worked at WLAC-TV, a small local TV station, about which you might have never heard of. But this internship brought to her a dream job that she wanted to do i.e. chance to do ‘news anchoring’! She certainly come up in the world due to the internship tuned into a dream job.
Oprah is another encouraging personality from whom you should take home learning for life. It is not just the brand name that will help you earn miracles in crafting a successful career but a company that offers you a job profile related to you KSA (Knowledge, skills and abilities).
5. Jodie Foster
An actress and filmmaker by profession, Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster is also in the same league of successful people who have followed the path of seeking internship first before venturing into the real world. She took on the summer internship at Esquire (men's magazine) in 1982.
But never did she know that her efforts in this venture would lead her to become an Academy Award winner one day. In one of her interviews, when asked about her impression about the internship at Esquire, she mentions that “It was my first brush with 9-5 job and I had never done that before. I have always been on the movie sets where I have always devoted fourteen hours a day. I realised that I did not like 9-5 gig.”
Yet again, another important intake from the Jodie’s life is, internship will help you analyse your personality type. You can explore those aspects of your behaviour that you might be aware of. With a first stint with the corporate world you will get an opportunity to explore whether you want to become an entrepreneur or you will take up final placements and do a job rewarding monthly fixed pay.
We hope that as an MBA aspirant, you will take summer placements exercise seriously and will not let go the chance to pursue internship from a brand that aligns with your career goals.
Wish you a successful MBA summer placements journey!
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