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Dec. 18: Tepper B-School Students Hit Job Circuit on East, West Coasts


Geof Becker                          

Tepper B-School Students Hit
Job Circuit on East, West Coasts

Carnegie Mellon Students Visit New York and Silicon Valley For Interviewing and Networking

PITTSBURGH — With future employment top of mind for MBA candidates this time of year, B-school students from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University will be networking for internship and full-time opportunities when they tour major job markets on the west and east coasts early in 2008.  A special feature of the West Coast trek to Silicon Valley is a Technology Leadership panel at Yahoo! featuring Tepper School alumni on Jan. 3. Other West Coast meetings will be at the Holiday Inn Express on Fisherman's Wharf.

More than 45 first- and second-year students on the annual trip (Jan. 3-9) will meet with such leading employers as Apple, Google, Cisco, HP, Intel, SAP, KLA-Tencor, Agilent and Yahoo! The students also will be participating in the West Coast Forum, a collaborative recruiting event with the MBA programs at Duke University, Yale University, Vanderbilt University and the University of North Carolina.

"Since some companies interested in the quality of student we have at Tepper aren't able to come to Pittsburgh to see our program firsthand, we make it convenient for recruiters and take our students out to seek them," said Ken Keeley, executive director of the Tepper School's Career Opportunities Center. 

Students visiting New York City (Jan. 7-11) will use Carnegie Mellon's classrooms on Broad Street, normally used for its Master of Science Program in Computational Finance, for interviews with some of Wall Street's biggest names, including Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns, UBS and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Last year, more than 85 percent of Tepper MBA students had accepted a full-time job offer by graduation, and 96 percent had done so by three months after graduation.  Furthermore, nearly 100 percent of first-year students had accepted a summer internship position by the end of the academic year.  Keeley expects similar demand for Tepper talent this time around, too.

"Despite some level of uncertainty in the economy, we're continuing to see strong interest from companies across the board," Keeley said. "Our unique, analytically focused brand of management education is a hot commodity among recruiters as they seek the next generation of business leaders for their organizations."