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Whohoo, got me an internship at Chrysler :D

I get to go up to Auburn Hills this summer and work in their financial / operations division. Hopefully, I'll be able to take an SRT8 home..... sike. What sucks is that I know nothing about DaimlerChrysler except that had some cool displays at the Chicago Auto Show and their Magnum is selling much better than expected.

FYI, I tried really hard to get in at Ford. I even got to eat lunch with Jim Gouin, Vice President and Controller of Ford. But they don't seem to be offering many internship opportunities. I guess that's what happens when your car division is slowly turning away from dire straits. At least they're not as bad as GM.

Anyway - Yay for me


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Whohoo, got me an internship at Chrysler :D

Congrats. Why are you doing an internship with a car company?

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Congrats. Why are you doing an internship with a car company?

I'm getting my MBA right now - and I'd like to go into corporate finance. I'm also a car industry nut I'm not sure where I'll be when I get out of school next year, but I'm looking forward to a fun experience this summer

The program at Chrysler is pretty structured, and the company seems more well run than the other two US automakers.


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hey holeydonut,

congrats! I would love to work for car industry as well. I am interested in corporate finance, but also in sales/marketing.

Which year are you into the mba program? I wonder from which year one can start summer internship. Also which school?

I am thinking about getting mba degree as well. I gotta find out which area I want to go into. Do you know if previous work experience has to be related to the major in mba program, or can you go into a different major to make a career move?
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Whohoo, got me an internship at Chrysler :D

I'm at the University of Notre Dame - it's a 2 year program.

They really make a lot of good efforts to get students internships for the summer between the two school years. The school isn't very large (compared to others), so if you want an internship outside of the Chicago/Detroit/Indy area, you've got to do your own work.

Lucky for me, Detroit is a place that I'm interested in


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I just edited my previous reply. Can you answer the last question about major? Thanks a lot!!
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I am thinking about getting mba degree as well. I gotta find out which area I want to go into. Do you know if previous work experience has to be related to the major in mba program, or can you go into a different major to make a career move?


EEehhhh, that's a tough one.

If you talk to admissions and the MBA staff - they'll usually give you an emphatic "well, hell yeah!! an MBA is valuable ANYWHERE."

But, real life usually throws a wrench into whether or not this can happen. For me, you have to ask yourself a few questions to gauge how feasable a career jump is based on you obtaining an MBA.

1) Do you have a large amount of work experience? The greatest single hurdle I've seen in myself and my peers is that a lack of real work experience hurts. I only worked for 4 years doing computer programming - and switching to finance SUCKED. Guys older than me who want to get into marketing or human resources are having a tough time if they lack experience. Once you get some years under your belt, I think it's easier to jump to a new path since you can actually qualify your new path as a "jump" rather than a "this seems interesting to me right now."

2) Do you plan on going into a large firm or a small company? In my view, all the big schools are going to push you into corporate america within a big company - or get you to do the entrepreneur-route. If you talk about going to not-for-profits or government agencies, or small-town hokey-ness they're little support for that. Of course, this is just my opinion.

3) Are you up for some serious frustration? I guess this is true with all grad schools - but doing an MBA can be extremely frustrating. I got rejected by dozens of companies on account for my lack of experience in both finanace - and just work experience in general. I'm amazingly lucky to have landed this internship. I've been beating my head on a wall for months trying to work into firms only to have them tell me that my lack of a finance background does not compete against the other guys' who have experience in that arena. Some friends I know are extremely brilliant and creative; go out and find activities and case-competitions; represent the school very well in these prestious competitions; and can't even get interviews in a new field because they don't have experience.

4) Unless you pick a top 10 school (or have boatloads of experience), you should find an MBA program located near the cities/region that you want to work. Companies out West won't recruit much in the Midwest - and Companies in the East don't extend too far out of their area (they don't have to since all the top schools attract the most attention).

5) I want to stress again, experience counts a lot in your decision. Stay away from those distance learning MBAs unless you've got a boatload of work experience and industry insight; or your situation demands that you work while studying. If you're just looking to get "MBA" tagged onto your resumť, there's a huge line of people who have already gone ahead of you to do this. Just like a 4 year undergraduate degree is fast become useless, a general MBA from a lackluster school is about as useful as a Liberal Arts degree was 5 years ago.

6) Try to get a certification, or at least get in the mode to want a CPA, CFA, etc. Even though they are common, having these helps put you over the top.


I hope that helps, you can always PM me if you want more info. For me, Notre Dame was a great fit - they're a really great school (ranked top 20, small class size of about 200 per graduating year, and they promote the ethics/decision making side of business along side the business knowhow). I'm glad I got into a school that will help me open new doors rather than a school that just lets have an easier time down a path that I'm already following.


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Awww congratulations!
I'm so jealous! =)

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Awww congratulations!
I'm so jealous! =)

Heh - you shouldn't be

My wife is going to take the opportunity of me being away this summer to spend a few months in Brisbane on a travel visa. She's planning on being in Indooroopilly... wherever the hell that is.


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