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September 28, 2018

Network Manhattan Brings Together Students and Alumni

Each summer, dozens of current Tepper School of Business undergraduate students gather with New York-area alumni for Tepper Network Manhattan. The networking event, organized by the undergraduate business administration and undergraduate economics programs, offer current students living or interning in New York City the opportunity to build relationships with alumni and learn about their career options 

Rahul Ahuja, an undergraduate business administration and statistics double major entering his junior year this fall, served as a corporate finance intern at New York Life Insurance this summer. He appreciated the opportunity to speak with alumni who work in the financial areas he considers pursuing.

“Networking is always a good experience,” Ahuja said. “It increases the odds of finding good contacts, not only for employment, but also to understand the industry, especially for a rising junior not knowing exactly what I want to do.”

This year’s event was held on June 12 at the Ace Hotel near Midtown Manhattan, an area chosen for the event each year due to its proximity to major companies. Alumni associated with the Tepper School’s and Carnegie Mellon University’s alumni chapters were invited to join the casual reception.

Prerna Singh (BS 2012), Director of Product at Quartz, has been attending Network Manhattan for four years. Now president of the Carnegie Mellon New York Metro Alumni Chapter, she assisted the undergraduate programs staff in recruiting CMU alumni to attend the event.

“I get really excited to see students, bringing a little piece of campus to New York,” Singh said. “I find it an awesome opportunity to give back to the university that gave me a lot and to share my perspectives and how they have evolved since I graduated and entered the industry.”

Also in attendance were administrators from the Tepper School, including Carol Goldburg, Executive Director of Undergraduate Economics; Rubab Jafry O’Connor, Senior Academic Advisor and Program Manager of Undergraduate Business Administration; John Sengenberger, Executive Director of Alumni Relations; and Jennifer Wegner, Executive Director of Undergraduate Business Administration.

“It was wonderful to be able to check in with our current students and see how well they are doing at their internships,” Wegner said. “I particularly enjoyed being able to connect with generations of CMU students who I’ve not yet had the opportunity to meet. It was a great event.”

For students on the west coast this summer, the second annual Network San Francisco event took place on June 24. The undergraduate business administration and undergraduate economics programs invited undergraduate and graduate alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area to join hosts Ramzi Ramsey (BS 2007), Director at SoftBank Investment Advisers, and his wife, CMU-Q alumna Jinanne Tabra (BS 2009), founder of education software company Quran Star, at their home. 

Kevin Monahan, Associate Dean for Career and Professional Development at Carnegie Mellon, praised these networking events for supporting communities between alumni and students, facilitating mentoring relationships. “Network Manhattan and San Francisco instill a culture of ‘paying it forward,’” he said.