The goal and focus of our program is to help our students discover what they love to do and to apply their passions to their career. Our dedicated Career Development staff teaches job search skills, networking, business etiquette, communications, and personally guides each student’s career discernment.
Our hands-on approach has achieved success. 100% of our students have a job within 3-5 months of graduation, and alumni average a starting salary of $60,000. Examples of companies that alumni are working at include:
The Career Development team provides students unique opportunities to put into practice business skills acquired during the program:
InternshipsWhen a student decides to join our program, we have an "on-boarding" meeting to discuss a student's interest and to provide all of the resources we have to help the student secure an internship. Our students intern during the morning, and take classes in the afternoon. Internships are meant as practical experiences to add business knowledge and skills while earning some extra money.
Field Team Study Capstone ProjectDuring the second semester, our students participate in the Field Team Study Capstone project. The capstone project is a semester long consulting project to solve the real-world business problem of a company in the D.C. area. We teach our students how to collect data, present it professionally, and to apply business skills they've learned in the first semester to their business problem. We've worked with companies such as Amtrak, Microsoft, the D.C. government, GloveStix, and Securiport.
Local Company VisitsWe visit local companies throughout the course of the first semester to expose our students to different businesses and demonstrate that good jobs can be found at local firms and large companies. Students hear from a selection of departments in the individual companies to discover which jobs might appeal to their interests. We've visited companies such as Verizon, RiskLens, Infinitive, and Wunderman.
New York City TripOur New York City trip is a week-long trip to the "Big Apple" where we visit 10-12 companies for students to experience a day in the life of various businesses. Students put professionalism into practice, build their networking skills, and meet several MSBA alumni in the city. Notable companies have included Google, Morgan Stanley, WeWork, Interbrand, L'Oréal, and many more.
"Thirsty Thursday" SpeakersEvery other Thursday, we invite local business, government, and entrepreneurship leaders to come and talk with the class in an informal setting, all while enjoying a pizza and a beer.