As you know by now, the one-year M.B.A. program continues throughout the summer until August. The summer semester is divided into two, six-week sessions, totaling nineteen credits. The first session runs from May 20, 2013 to June 27, 2013. The second session runs from July 1, 2013- August 8, 2013. All one-year M.B.A. students are required to take MBA 876-National and International Economics (Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.), MBA 805- Professional Leadership Series (Tuesday and Thursday 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.), MBA 809-Legal Environment and Ethics (Tuesday and Thursday 1:45 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.), and complete the second half of  MBA 897-Strategy Management Seminar (Wednesday 10:00 a.m.- 1:15 p.m.), all of which take place during the first session.

Depending on one’s concentration of choice (or lack of concentration) and internship participation, students choose how to fulfill the remaining nine credits. Personally, I have chosen to concentrate in marketing and participate in an internship that will take place over the entire summer from May 20, 2013-August 8, 2013. The internship will consist of 120 hours and will fulfill three credit hours. Since the internship is marketing based, it will take the place of a marketing elective and count toward my concentration. To fulfill the remaining six credit hours, I will be taking MBA 630-Marketing Strategy (Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 9:15p.m.) during the first summer session and MBA 636-International Marketing (Online) during the second summer session.

I really like how the summer schedule is designed because the flexibility in the second summer session gives students the opportunity to focus their effort on finding a job. It also makes sense to complete an internship during the summer semester because internships can become a dress rehearsal for a permanent position upon graduation. Yet, there are definitely difficult hurdles to overcome when attempting to obtain an internship in such an intense and demanding program. More to come regarding my internship search!