Beyond the Classroom: Eller MBAs Refocus on Second Year After Internships
By Liz Warren-Pederson
Summer is prime internship season, so it’s no surprise that Eller MBA students have spent their summers hard at work, testing the coursework from their first year of classes in the corporate setting. Eller Buzz checked in with three MBAs to see how their internship experiences went, and how those experiences will help shape their final year in the program.
Gavin Howell, Eller MBA ‘12
Sony Computer Entertainment America
I worked as a project manager in the strategic business development unit at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA). This opportunity essentially reaffirmed my decision to pursue my MBA. The SBD group is small and agile; it identifies and pursues new opportunities for SCEA. I worked on project for the Playstation 3 that targets a new market and sets up incremental revenue streams and extends the life-cycle of the console. It has been around a while, but never had a dedicated resource to figure out the specifics. After I caught up with the research that had been done, I spent the next 12 weeks taking ownership of the project while wearing multiple hats. I actually got to use all of the MBA skills I have gained from my education here — business strategy, economics, marketing, and finance — while at the same time using my background as a producer to generate the creative specifics.
SCEA has a dedicated university relations HR team that went out of its way to make sure all of the interns are getting the most out of their internships. I had a few career counseling sessions with a recruiter who gave me insights into how I can make my resume stand out even more in this competitive industry. The team also organized a few gaming and networking events over the summer, and gave us the opportunity to have a Q&A with SCEA’s president and CEO, Jack Tretton.
I found that I really enjoyed the business development side of the games industry, which requires an understanding of all areas of business. I’m glad I’ve taken a variety of different classes, and plan to keep that variety for this coming year. I’m continuing to aim for a career in the games industry, and my internship with Sony has shown me that I can do it.
Read experiences from Jenny Yang, Eller MBA '12 (Emerson Network Power), and Mollie Schane, Eller MBA '12 (AT&T), after the jump: