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: Jordy Freeman
School (Program/Concentration): Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Strategy, Marketing, and Health Care)
Summer Internship: Senior Associate Intern at PwC Strategy& in Chicago
What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?
I think our team has come up with a really unique theme for ROMBA this year, and I’m really excited to watch it all play out! I made some great friendships and professional relationships at ROMBA 2014, so I’m also excited to continue that this year with all of you!
What advice do you have for students, particularly those recruiting, going to ROMBA 2015 in Chicago?
Take the time to have a well thought-out plan for what you want to get out of the experience before you arrive. There is going to be a lot to see and do, and it can be easy to get lost in the mix if you don’t know what you want to get out of it. That being said, don’t be afraid to explore some areas that might be unfamiliar to you. You might just find that we surprise you with something unexpected!
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship?
Consulting is an entierly new industry for me, so my primary goal is to get an idea of whether or not it will be a good career fit for me after school either as a long term career option or even for a few years. I think that it’s possible to get an idea if the general lifestyle and work tempo are compatible with my personality over the course of an internship
How did your first year as a graduate student prepare you for your summer?
My first year of business school was a rollercoaster of recruiting events, some entirely new academic experiences, and new friendships with some really great, interesting people. Because there has been so much to take in, so much of my first year experience became about thinking critically about what I value and where my real strengths lie. I felt like I had gone through much of that process before ever arriving on campus, but what I found was that it wasn’t until I was truly in the middle of everything that I really had the opportunity to test some of my assumptions. Thankfully, I began my internship with a very level head and some distinct goals for the summer. There is no way I would have gone into it with the same clarity had I not been able to experience everything I did in my first year.
What valuable piece of advice can you offer readers going into their summer internship?
Do your best to learn what the goals of your firm and your superiors are, and make sure you are aligned to them. Don’t be afraid to mess up, but own your mistakes when you make them.