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Curriculum Changes Help Students Land Internships

What is front-loading? According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it's the newest trend in MBA education. Prompted by feedback from both students and recruiters, a number of high-profile business schools are moving key courses such as accounting, finance and leadership to the first semester of the program. In theory, the change allows students to perform better on internship interviews, and the right internship may ultimately lead to better job offers.

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'Front-loaded' curriculum arms students for internship interviews

Traditionally, MBA schools use the first year of a two-year MBA program teach business fundamentals such as finance and accounting, before diverging into more focused electives. But when schools began getting feedback from recruiters that students interviewing for internships in the fall of their first year lacked technical skills, some b-school officials decided to revamp their curricula.

Rather than space out core business fundamentals courses across a whole year, some MBA programs are now moving them into the first term, yielding students with higher technical proficiency earlier in their course of study. Schools like University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, MIT's Sloan School of Management and the UCLA Anderson School of Management have already switched to a "front-loaded" curriculum. The results?

"Students are reaping the benefits with better internship offers and more permanent job offers when the internships are over," Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

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