Carnegie Mellon University
February 03, 2015

Tepper School Students Travel to Silicon Valley to Network with Alumni and Visit Top-Tier Companies

Four groups of Tepper School of Business students used the winter break as an opportunity to expand upon their education by visiting prominent companies, networking with alumni and seeking out summer internships. The Business and Technology Club, the Graduate Entrepreneurship Club, the Undergraduate Innovation Scholars and the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows traveled to Silicon Valley, Calif. from January 5-9, 2015.

The Business and Technology Club gave 32 students the opportunity to visit many prominent companies. These firms spanned from Silicon Valley’s technology giants such as Google, eBay, Cisco, HP and Salesforce to rapidly growing companies including GoPro and Shutterfly. The group visited 12 companies in five days, encompassing a diverse set of areas, such as virtualization, consumer electronics and cloud computing. The students, who were accompanied by Tepper School staff from the Career Opportunities Center and the Alumni Relations and Corporate Relations teams, were able to learn about the culture of each company, as well as the MBA job opportunities available.

Furthermore, the students had the opportunity to engage with Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon University alumni, including Jeffrey Housenbold, BS ’91; CEO of Shutterfly. The group also networked with alumni at the VMware evening reception and alumni event.

Also traveling to the San Francisco Bay area was the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows, in coordination with the Graduate Entrepreneurship Club. Their trip was packed from beginning to end with visits to startup companies that are working to revolutionize industries such as telecommunications, security, healthcare, finance, robotics, biotechnology, social networking, law, entertainment, transportation and farming. The group was able to get exclusive one-on-one access to company founders, CEOs and technology specialists.

In addition to visiting startups, the group also toured the facilities of Bitcoin and Hardware Accelerators, as well as prominent venture capital firms including Accel Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Google Ventures. 

The Swartz Fellows also took this trip as an opportunity to begin seeking out summer internships. The students remain enthusiastic and excited about the opportunities in front of them as they continue their search for summer internships within the rich Bay Area ecosystem.

Rounding out their experiences in Silicon Valley, the groups enjoyed a “Tepper Tech” roundtable discussion hosted by dean Robert Dammon. The panel included prominent Tepper alumni including Tesla CFO Deepak Ahuja, MSIA ’93, and David Mawhinney, MSIA ’90; executive director of the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship; co-director of the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; associate teaching professor of entrepreneurship.

 See more photos of the 2015 MBA treks.