Three Companies That Are Hiring MBA Interns

It’s that time again… it’s the time that companies start opening their doors to MBA students and recent grads.

Internships are popular with MBAs, particularly those who are considering changing career paths.  There are two types, (1) internships for students who have graduated, and (2) internships for students who are in the middle of a two year program.  Whatever your situation, now is the time that those doors open and now is the time to get those applications in.

The majority of internships with multinationals are located inside the US.  There are exceptions, and for those of you who would like to have an experience in another country while performing your internship.  As there are many US multinationals that have internships on offer, I have chosen the following because they offer internships outside of the States.  Here are some details on them:

Company: BASF

Location: HQ is in Ludwigshafen, Germany although BASF is active in many countries

Number of positions available: Various placements

Note: BASF calls the program the Accelerated Development Program for recent grads. Also do a search for “Praktikant”

Company: Credit Suisse

Location:Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore close 28 June 2012. Sydney internships close 26 Jul 2012.

Number of positions available: Not specified, but numerous

Note: The application process is quite long, and they will ask you for exam scores(remember SAT and GMAT?)  Set aside some time before taking a stab at this one.

Company: Amazon

Location: Mostly UK and Germany, with some positions EU and worldwide.

Number of positions available: Four titles, several positions in each

Note: For internships in Europe use  For US opportunities, use (I think you have to register twice).  On the site specific req numbers are: 168865, 154996, 132494, 170988

Remember, this is only a picking of companies that offer internships worldwide. If you choose to go to the States then the choices are virtually limitless.

So, there you go.  Dust off your CV, add your most recent experience, and get it out there.  Getting an internship at one of these companies is far from easy.  You are competing against MBAs from around the world, so companies essentially have their picking of graduates. Whatever the outcome, make sure to send out, make contact, and follow-up.  Best of luck!

– Michael Munevar, EMBA 2011/13

MBA Hiring

In the last month, I’ve had the attention of a couple of several hiring managers, and used the opportunity to talk to them about how they hire MBAs and recent grads.  Although I won’t mention specific company names, I can tell you that these four companies are publicly listed multinationals with revenues in the range of $4b to $70b

Company A – US Multinational with European operations in Dublin. 

Industry: IT/Internet

The first company is an online payment provider.  They told me that at they used to have a hiring system in place for taking on university students.  They even had an intake system for graduates, but have since last year have downscaled their undergrad internship program and ceased their graduate program.  The reason for ending their graduate program was that they weren’t able to offer contracts to those graduates who completed the program.

Company B – US Multinational with EU HQ in Dublin

Industry: IT/Internet

20% of their staff comes from the student world as they want to keep in new and fresh ideas.  They occasionally hire MBAs and focus mostly on their internship program specifically targeted at recent graduates.

Company C – US Multinational with EMEA HQ in Dublin

Industry: IT/Software

They cited not particularly hiring MBA grads because of their salary requirements, but could understand justify some business development roles in new markets where MBA grads would be. ”We put MBA grads in two categories.  There’s the recent grad that thinks we owe him a big salary because he just spent 26+ grand on his MBA, and then there’s the older candidate that says and oh yeah, I also have an MBA. To us, that’s a plus.“

Company D – German Multinational with offices in many developed countries

Industry: Chemicals

The hiring manager told me that they regularly look for MBAs and undergraduate students to work in various cities that they operate in.  He went as far as to walk me through the MBA hiring process.  He told me that they regularly look for MBAs for career opportunities and internships developing their markets.  Most MBA internships were in the summer months and were based on specific projects.

Overall, I felt that the hiring managers gave me a good insight into their hiring processes, and that some companies are more interested in hiring MBAs than others.  My advice to an MBA student who is looking for a job: focus on companies that are interested in your skills. Some companies will value your skills in accounting, management, finance and operations.  Focus on getting their attention.

– Michael Munevar, PT MBA 2012/2013

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My MBA has given me a different take on life

Like many of you this week, I heard the budget announcement. It was further proof that tough times are still ahead. The lightest note was that corporation tax was standing firm (a sigh of relief). That was a clear sign that Ireland is committed to keeping business here, and that it is interested in gaining more business from abroad.

It seems like every other person on the morning commute has a tin can in their briefcase(a metaphor that I use to emphasize the fragility of business in our times). I thought about what business could do to help other businesses. What could my background in eCommerce do to help the Irish economy?

With that, I’ve decided to try something new.  I want to offer an eCommerce solution to the Irish people that focuses more on benefits for the people and the economy. I’ll be willing to give you professional advice and consulting that could help you bring your idea to life. I’ll do it, just to help to bring business into Ireland and because Ireland needs the jobs and movement in the economy. So if you or someone you know is has a good idea for an online or eCommerce-based business idea, and needs some help thinking it through, get in touch with me. I’ll give you consulting at no cost, and if it’s a good enough job-generating growth idea, I’ll walk you through the steps that you need to take to bring your project to fruition. Just mention that you read the Smurfit MBA blog.

Michael Munevar, PT MBA 2011/2012

Twitter: michaelmunevar

What an amazing month !!!

What an amazing month, group work, projects and about a book-worth of reading each week.  Much like Karen’s group, ours also gets together on Saturday mornings, albeit at 9am… us MBAs are competitive! So Saturdays feel more like a regular workday, this Saturday will be no different.

Our submission of the Barilla Project for our Operations and Supply Chain Management course went quite smoothly, much thanks to our strong Project Lead Niall. To give you the short version watch the following video. Continue reading What an amazing month !!!

Another wonderful Saturday!

Ah yes, another wonderful Saturday. It would be like almost any Saturday except for the fact that I have a very busy day.  Holding a full-time job and being a part-time MBA means that Saturday morning is no longer a day to sleep in, but a day to get some much-needed work done.  Today, there is a full schedule.  In the morning I will be collaborating with my group on some group projects. In the afternoon, a networking workshop awaits me on the other side of town.  But for now, let’s figure out how we can efficiently restructure the supply chain for the world’s leading pasta maker… Barilla.  In bocca al lupo!

Michael Munevar – EMBA 2011/2013