MBAs Report That an Internship is Essential for Career Success

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Recent poll by finds 88 percent of interns receive job offers; men seek networking while women create formal mentoring relationships.

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The highly qualified MBA with an internship will receive a job offer, according to a recent poll by 88 percent of interns were offered a position following their internship and reported that the internship led to finding mentors and critical networking contacts that helped them in their career path.

“Increasingly, an MBA internship has become the ticket to a job making an internship at the best firms and top corporations extremely competitive,” said JillXan Donnelly, president of “The survey is clear – get the internship, apply yourself and nine out of ten interns will get a job offer for a permanent position.”

The poll equally attracted women and men MBAs who offered different perspectives about the networking and mentoring relationships developed during their internship experience. Of the 89 percent that stated they created networking contacts that helped them in their career path, over two-thirds were male. More than 75 percent of the women MBAs responded that they created a formal mentor relationship from their internship, whereas only 24 percent of males secured mentors.

According to the poll, many MBAs had previous solid business experience, however an internship provided an opportunity to change industries, obtain relevant work experience and make connections in their post MBA industry of choice.

When asked about the top ten essential career skills learned during the internship, viewers responded with the following:

1. Professionalism

2. Getting the inside “scoop” about the firm

3. Making networking contacts within the firm

4. Making networking contacts within the industry

5. Navigating politics within the company

6. Learning how to make the best impact for the greatest career success

7. Learning which types of jobs are appealing

8. Understanding which departments are respected within the company

9. Making contact with other interns and recent hires

10. Creating mentoring relationships that will extend beyond the internship

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