How to Schedule an Informational Interview
Nov30

How to Schedule an Informational Interview

Crafting an effective email is a work of art. The Goal: Ask for an informational interview with a succinct, professional email. 1. The Subject Line Begin with a clear subject line indicating your intent. Most business people are inundated with email, and will appreciate knowing what to expect when they open your letter. If your subject line is ambiguous (e.g. Hi), your email may not be opened at all. 2. The Greeting If this is your...

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Words of the Week – Deciphering American Buzzwords
Aug11

Words of the Week – Deciphering American Buzzwords

My friend, Yen-Ju from Taiwan, used to stop me after almost every MBA class to ask for a definition of American buzzword phrases. What does “roll the dice” mean? How about “throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks?” Yen-Ju had so many questions, we turned it in to a Words of the Week segment in our International Business Association newsletter. We figured if she was wondering, other international...

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Welcome Back from Summer Break
Jul28

Welcome Back from Summer Break

I stopped blogging this summer for the first time in six years. What did I do instead? I led webinars for UN World Culture Day that helped over 500 people learn more about working effectively on diverse teams. I read, mostly fiction like “The Invention of Wings,” but also nonfiction like, “Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking.” I practiced yoga in Croatia and visited...

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End Your MBA Internship with a Fulltime Offer
Apr23

End Your MBA Internship with a Fulltime Offer

The ultimate goal of an MBA internship is a fulltime offer at summer’s end. Here are three milestones to help you along the way. Learn Learn as much as you can about the company, the people, the strategy, and the values. Seek out information to understand what your life will be like if you get the fulltime opportunity. Watch. Listen. Ask questions. When you identify areas that align with your values and goals, get involved. Show...

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Create Your Own MBA Internship
Mar25

Create Your Own MBA Internship

Still looking for an MBA internship? If you can’t find the right fit, create your own! Here’s how I did it… First, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to get out of my summer internship. Since my long-term goal was to become an intercultural consultant, I wanted to have an international experience. I wanted to work with passionate people and complete meaningful projects. I wanted to learn and position...

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