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Making the Most of an Internship
Kelly Beahan, Eller MBA ’16

By Ricky Triana, Eller MBA ’16


The fall quarter is only halfway over, but for MBA students it is never too early to start planning for their summer internship. Students within our full-time MBA program have been attending MBA career fairs nationwide to secure internship positions and potential job opportunities with great companies. We recently caught up with Kelly Beahan, MBA Candidate 2016 (Finance Concentration), to ask about her internship.

Kelly interviewed with Microsoft in spring of 2015 and was flown to Reno as part of the interview process. “I was very impressed with Microsoft throughout the recruiting process,” said Kelly. “I thought the scope of the project would be challenging and educational, which was part of my criteria during my internship search. In the end, I believed that Microsoft would be the best fit for me.” Kelly spent her summer exploring corporate finance and the practical application of business strategy. “I worked with a great team on a challenging project.  I learned a lot about the operations finance function, as well as the culture of an amazing company.” As part of her internship experience, she also participated in “Intern Signature Week” which took place in Seattle. There, she networked with other interns, met CEO Satya Nadella at the MBA Intern Q&A session, and explored the area.

During her internship, Microsoft held an info session here on campus and employees discussed the culture and work of the company.  The info session made an impact on Kelly and she encourages everyone to attend. “If you are interested in a company and it comes to campus, take advantage of that information session.  It is one of the best ways to network with current employees and to make a great first impression with a recruiter.” 

Kelly continues to be a model community member in the Eller MBA program and is available for one-on-one questions about her experience. “If you are interviewing with a company, reach out to the second-year MBA students who interned with that company—we are happy to help you prepare and may be able to put you in touch with alumni from prior years who also interned with that company.”

If you are interested in learning more about intern experiences, please reach out to Kelly or other second-year students.

Top image of UA mall at dusk courtesy University Relations.