August 28, 2018
BaseCamp Orientation Welcomes Cohort of Tepper MBA Students
This month, the Tepper Quad plays host to the MBA Class of 2020 for BaseCamp, a three-week orientation program that prepares MBA students for their next two years at the Tepper School of Business, with a particular focus on the search and recruiting process for summer internships.
First-year MBA students arrived on campus on Aug. 6 to participate in immersive information sessions and networking activities. While students do participate in the tours and social events typical of most business school orientations, BaseCamp sets students up to hit the ground running when classes begin on Aug. 27.
“BaseCamp is one of the many ways the Tepper School differentiates itself among peer institutions,” said Kate Barraclough, head of the MBA program. “BaseCamp sets our MBA students up for success by immediately exposing them to the academic and professional experiences they will face in the classroom and during the recruiting process.”
The unique experience of BaseCamp includes significant opportunities for students to begin building relationships with their classmates, beginning with welcome receptions in the first week. These events — including daylong community service team projects and Tepper Team Day at Camp Guyasuta in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania — take students out of the classroom and challenges them to work together on activities that build their skills in collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making.
During the Welcome Reception, Diversity Theater, Service to Community Day, Team Building Day, and Leadership Day, corporate contributions to BaseCamp from Amazon, Veritas, PwC, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Highmark Health, and AlixPartners are recognized in signage and presentations. “The partnerships we develop with sponsors is integral to the success of the BaseCamp program,” Barraclough said. “The strength of these relationships demonstrates their recognition that our MBA program produces the high-caliber business leaders who will drive change that these world-class companies value.”
She added, “This year’s BaseCamp program marks an important milestone as the first in the new Tepper building in the Tepper Quad.” The incoming students participate in modules taking place in new classrooms designed specifically to support the dynamic instruction styles inherent to the MBA curriculum.
These modules introduce new students to the variety of functional areas — operations, finance, entrepreneurship, strategy, marketing, consulting, etc. — that encompass the focus of their studies at the Tepper School as well as the career paths they are pursuing. The sessions also serve the important function of introducing students to their future professors.
Another BaseCamp event is a student-run networking night, which provides first-year students with an opportunity to interact with second-year students and begin creating professional networks.