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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Jonathan Aronoff

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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: Jonathan Aronoff

School (Program/Concentration): Class of 2017, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Summer Internship:  Synchrony Financial – Marketing Business Leadership Program Intern

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
A whole new toolset for addressing, analyzing, and communicating business challenges. Working on a wide variety of teams with my classmates prepared me to quickly adjust to a cross-functional role in a geographically and organizationally distributed corporate environment.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I’m taking full advantage of access to senior leadership and centers of excellence at Synchrony to better understand the roles and leadership opportunities possible in marketing. I’m hoping to map a career path that allows me to continue learning more and applying finance and analytics.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
This is a ten-week interview. The company is showing you their best and they expect the same from you. Take the time to network, make good impressions, and seek out new challenges. If a company sells itself on diversity, don’t be afraid to dig a little deeper to get a full picture of what that looks like on the inside.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Reconnecting with friends, organizing some great panels on Consulting and Negotiations, and taking all my classmates out for fun in my hometown.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
There’s nothing like it. You will barely know anybody going in, but look around and you’re completely at home with this crowd. Put yourself out there and have fun. Just don’t try to keep pace with everyone else at the bars; you still need to maintain some veneer of professionalism to get that internship. Arrive at all your meetings and interviews with time to spare.

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