In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business 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 Organizing Committee.” The Organizing 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 8 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference! Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give readers tips on the summer internship search & experience!
Name: Michael Collins
School (Program/Concentration): Johnson at Cornell University (Strategic Management)
Summer Internship: Summer Consultant at Accenture in New York City
What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?
Chicago! I’m also looking forward to the keynotes and meeting everyone that I can.
What advice do you have for students, particularly those recruiting, going to ROMBA 2015 in Chicago?
Identify firms that you are interested in before going to make the opportunities at the conference less overwhelming. Also, don’t forget to have fun. Last year, I was so focused on recruiting and school, that fun took a backseat. Make the experience worth it by finding a healthy balance.
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship?
I hope to gain a specific insight into the breadth and depth of the firm’s offering. I also think that company culture is an important aspect of determining my fit into an organization, so I am also hoping to gain closer insight into that.
How did your first year as a graduate student prepare you for your summer?
1Y taught me the importance of level setting, prioritizing and pacing myself. It taught me that it is ok not to know everything–and in fact, to not know A LOT of things. The humility that it fostered has and will likely continue to serve me well in the internship.
What valuable piece of advice can you offer readers going into their summer internship?
Don’t overthink things. Do your best, be yourself and remember that they hired you for a reason.