In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from schools across the world. These core group of the students working on the ROMBA Conference are known as the “Student Leadership Committee.” The Leadership Committee comes up with the conference’s theme, ideates all breakout sessions, and is seen prominently on the ground at the conference!
Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight each of this year’s 11 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s ROMBA Conference in Dallas (Oct 6-8)! Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBT MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!
Name: Sam Young
School (Program/Concentration): NYU Stern School of Business
Summer Internship: Visa- Corporate Finance, San Francisco, California
How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Coming from a quantitative background, I believe the first year in business school prepared me for some of the more qualitative aspects of the internship (e.g. how to join a new organization and effectively navigate its culture). As shocking as this may sound, even in more quantitative functions, soft skills can still be a very important aspect of the role.
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
Payments is a fascinating industry, which is expected to grow exponentially. Therefore, I hope to A) learn as much as possible about the industry and B) have an impact on the organization.
What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
An internship is a great way to test a new company, function, or city, so have an open mind!
What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Hopefully planning the best conference to date!
Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Have your school’s career office review your resume as soon as possible and with so many events going on at the conference, map your schedule in advance.