For first year students, the search for an internship is all-consuming. For second year students, the focus switches to the search for a full-time job. Both can be time consuming, stressful, and downright discouraging for our student spouses. This section of the website is here to offer some helpful tips and information on how you can support your spouse in their internship/job search. Use the drop down menu to navigate to different sections and get answers about many different aspects of both finding and preparing for the internship. Some of these sub-sections have been password protected because they share personal information. If you do not have the password, please contact us to receive it.
The number one question asked about internships is:
No, an internship does not always lead to a job offer. Full-time job offers from the internship are based on job position availability, internship performance and, perhaps most importantly, whether or not your internship manager likes you! Typically, only about 50% of the students receive an offer from their internships. This is in large part because many companies do not have full-time positions available for all their MBA interns so an offer may never be a possibility. If you want your internship to lead to a job offer, it is always wise to check if a full-time job offer may be a possibility before you accept an internship. If a job offer is a priority, the track organizations and Sherpa program will provide training on how to succeed in the internship.
Also, keep in mind that just as much as you are auditioning for the company where you do your internship, you are also investigating them to see if it is a good fit for you and your family. Make sure to look at it from a holistic perspective. Do you like the company? What is the compensation structure and benefits plan? Do you like the city and surrounding areas? There is more to looking for a job than just industry and salary. Whether or not your spouse receives an offer does not mean they will not have success in their future job search and it is not an indication that they were not valued at their internship. Not all students who receive an offer decide to take it and may look elsewhere. Based on the statistics for the Class of 2011, 76% of graduating MBAs had a job offer by graduation and 88% had a job offer within 3 months of graduation so never give up hope!