IB recruiting and mentorship
For me, internship recruiting started the second week of class. I kept three suits in my locker and rotated through them for on-campus events. Investment banking is very much about relationships, so having a structure for networking right on campus was very helpful.
The mentorship that comes with being an Investment Banking Fellow is even more important than the scholarship. I felt comfortable asking my mentor all the "stupid questions," from office etiquette to what it’s like being a woman in a very male field. She was always willing to listen and enlighten me.
I remember sitting on a sunny bench in the courtyard with an admissions officer, still wearing my Chicago-winter boots. Student after student greeted her, and she knew everyone’s name. That’s when I knew Berkeley Haas was for me: warm weather and warm friendships. I wanted to go to a business school where everyone is eager to learn, not just to compete.
To me, being people-centric is a way of being innovative, and Haas is definitely people-centric. Certainly, we covered the fundamental, hard skills needed in business, but classes like Negotiations and Leading People teach you how to influence and move people.
Having students from other countries adds a lot of value. I’m convinced some of my classmates are the future government ministers of their home countries.
I love being able to go just a little way off campus and find myself on a trail in Tilden Park, where you might just be chased by a wild turkey.