MBA Intern
Daniel Herrmann
Employer: Dell / The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Position description:
Develop and implement a program that changes how Dell approaches services.

Photo: Daniel Herrmann
How They Got There

Undergrad degree:  Economics

Favorite class in college:  Industrial Organization (Economics)

Graduate degree:  Master's of Business Administration (MBA)

College to career:  After graduating, I found a job with Nathan Associates, an economic consulting firm doing antitrust analysis. The classes I took in antitrust economics and industrial organization were very useful to help me do this job. I also learned a substantial amount of data analysis skills. After 3 years, I switched to a financial role at Capital One Financial, even though I had no background in finance. The skills I learned at Nathan Associates weren't directly applicable but the soft skills I developed (dealing with projects and clients, time management, analytical thinking) were critical. After 3 years at Capital One, I returned to school to develop my management and strategic thinking skills.

Career influences:  Really enjoyed my coursework in Economics, which directed me into the field. Switching to work at Capital One was prompted by an unexplored interest in finance. My choice of summer internship was influenced by a desire for a strategic position with a large firm.

The Ups and Downs
Pros: Having a paycheck; free time on the weekends and in the evenings (usually); being around people with different backgrounds and experiences.

Cons: Not as much of a learning/academic environment; can't wear flip flops every day; dealing with corporate lingo and red tape.

Do as much as possible and get involved in activities that you ENJOY rather than ones for your resume building. In an interview setting, it will become quite clear what you are passionate about, and employers will want to see that you are following your interests rather than going through the motions to build up your resume.

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