Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. 2+2 Tech Girl
GRE 333, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthcare Operations To General Management
GRE 700, GPA 7.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Engineer In The Military
GRE 310, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Oil & Gas Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 6.85/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98

The Best Schools For Turning Internships Into Jobs

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Imagine you had a job waiting after you graduate. How would you spend your final year in school? Would you network feverishly to deepen relationships with classmates? Would you travel to expose yourself to an array of industries, business models, and cultures? Or, would you throw yourself into extracurriculars and electives to sharpen your leadership skills?

There’s nothing better than feeling safe entering year two of business school. With an offer in hand, you have options. The big picture is covered – and you can turn your attention to what really matters to you.

EMPLOYMENT AT GRADUATION A BELLWETHER

It’s no secret: Internships are the gateway to full-time employment. According to Leslie Coyne, director of global university recruiting at General Electric, 70%-80% of its hires come from the internship ranks. Among MBAs, over 75% of interns at Citi and A.T. Kearney landed offers after the summer. However, the hardest part is usually landing the internship itself. At Barclays, for example, just 12% of MBA applicants are offered internships. If you aspire to join a Goldman Sachs, Bain & Company, or Amazon, you’re likely to be competing with the best students from the best schools.

Alas, few second years plan to shuffle between coffees and cocktails with recruiters. And that begs the question: Which schools will you find the highest percentage of students with jobs after summer? While schools don’t report these numbers, there is a way – albeit imperfect – to gauge a school’s success in converting interns-to-employees. And it stems an often-overlooked number: Percentage of students with jobs at graduation.

Take Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, for example. Seven years ago, Emory re-tooled its curriculum, making it more rigorous and experiential so students could “hit the ground running” with their summer internships. And the results speak for themselves. In 2009, just 65% of Goizueta grads had received job offers at graduation. Fast forward to 2012 and that number was 91% (though it has since slipped to 81.7% for the Class of 2014 – a number still higher than Sloan, Kellogg, Stern, Stanford, Harvard, and Columbia). And Emory’s turnaround also produced another benefit – higher salaries, with Goizueta grads averaging $128,347 to start, 16th best among full-time MBA programs.

Recently, Poets&Quants looked back on graduation employment for full-time MBAs. Covering data from 2005-2014, our research cobbled together employment percentages for 48 top-ranked business schools. And the statistics offered several surprises on which schools have performed best in this metric.

BOOTH TOPS 2014 PLACEMENT AT GRADUATION

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Among the top tier programs, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business topped the list for students finding a job by graduation. 87.4% of 2014 Booth grads had a job offer by graduation. They were followed by the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business (86.8%), Olin School of Business at Washington University (84.5%), The Wharton School (84.3%), and Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business (83.8%). Technically, however, the best program in this category was the University of Tulsa’s Collins of Business, with a 92.6% placement at graduation (and 100% within three months of graduation).

Booth, whose top employers include McKinsey, Bain & Company, and The Boston Consulting Group, has long been known for its fervent focus on placement. How serious is Booth? Just look at the school’s 2014 Employment Report. Here, 76.4% of 2014 full-time hires (378) were facilitated by the school through summer employment, employer partnerships, campus interviews, resume services, and alumni contacts.  What’s more, 83.7% (472) of Booth’s internships were also facilitated by the school.

That’s not surprising, considering how heavily the school markets itself around jobs. On its website, Booth brags that nearly 100% of the Class of 2012 completed an internship, with the school touting that it offers a day-long career conference, student mentoring, and a flexible curriculum to help students prepare for internships. However, Booth’s secret ingredient may the students themselves. Booth’s employment report also showed that just 11% of its full-time MBAs weren’t seeking employment. Among those, 5.6% were being sponsored by their current employer; 1.6% were starting their own business; 0.5% were pursuing further education after their MBA; and 1.4% didn’t respond to the school’s employment report. That leaves 1.9% of Booth students – 11 total – who weren’t working or actively seeking employment. Such commitment – coupled with a world-class curriculum and career center – may explain the school’s 97.2% placement rate within three months of graduation.

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