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MBA Interns Find Unique Opportunities at Start-Ups

MBA students are finding unique internship opportunities with start-up businesses, according to a Feb. 28 article for U.S. News and World Report. As the dust settles from the 2008 economic recession, start-ups appear to be growing, with the article reporting that companies like Groupon and LivingSocial added more than 6,000 jobs in 2011.

This can mean good news for MBA interns, who can gain a different experience working for a start-up company than they would in a more traditional business setting. In addition to a greater level of autonomy, many start-ups offer interns a chance to interact regularly with company founders and executives, and to see their hard work have a tangible impact on a fledgling business.

Start-up companies also tend to offer a fast-paced, high-energy atmosphere that appeals to students, and many tout attractive perks like Ping-Pong tournaments or company-sponsored happy hours, the article reports. The combination of fun and a fast pace can be a draw for those who want to have creative freedom and make a real impact in the workplace. Jay McClary, vice president of marketing for RideCharge, a start-up responsible for transportation apps like Taxi Magic, says in the article that internships are critical to the growth of their company.

"This isn't something we created as a test to see if someone would be a good employee after they graduate," he says.

When it comes to getting hired after graduation, start-up founder Tony Cappaert of Contactually, recommends showing initiative rather than just talking about it. In a start-up environment, passion can be a great way to stand out, he says.