INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Fin
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Tepper | Mr. Leadership Developement
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Over-Experienced
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 2.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Worldwide
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Mr. LatAm Indian Trader
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. MBB to PE
GMAT 740, GPA 3.98
Harvard | Mr. MBB Aspirant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.7

Diverse Backgrounds, Shared Interest: Tuck MBA Students Trek To Tech

Incoming Tuck School of Business student Clair Briggs - Ethan Baron photo

Incoming Tuck School of Business student Clair Briggs at Facebook in Silicon Valley – Ethan Baron photo

Shiny buildings. Shining minds. Dizzying creativity. A Tesla in every garage, practically. For future MBAs from a top school, what’s not to like about Silicon Valley? This is a place where talent can be maximized, and fortunes made. It’s also a place where jobs can consume life and where bountiful company perks create a strange illusion of work/life balance, but no matter – for many a newly minted MBA, unafraid to leap from school into all-devouring but rewarding toil, the Valley exerts a powerful lure.

For the second year, the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business has brought three dozen students to Silicon Valley for Technology Boot Camp, to expose them to the tech industry before they start school, and before company recruitment starts. The three-day pilgrimage this year includes visits to Google, Facebook, smaller companies and startups, plus meetings and presentations with Tuck students and alumni working in the Valley.

Enrollment in the program is by lottery, as it’s been significantly oversubscribed both years. On this year’s trek, there are students focused on careers in technology, and others who are just exploring the sector as an option.

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE RECRUITMENT BARRAGE

The boot camp was developed to expose incoming MBA candidates to a particular industry, to arm them with information and extend another branch of their professional networks, before company recruiting starts and a potentially overwhelming deluge of company pitches starts coming at them.

MBAs interested in the tech industry, and in Silicon Valley in particular, can approach the job market  from a number of angles, with students and graduates of virtually any background and interest able to find entry points, whether via general management, finance, marketing, product management, business development, or entrepreneurship.

Shortly after the boot camp wrapped up and the Tuckies left Silicon Valley, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moscovitz, writing on Medium.com, bemoaned the “current culture of intensity” in the tech industry, saying it hurts workers and productivity.  “These companies are both destroying the personal lives of their employees and getting nothing in return,” Moscovitz wrote.

Such criticism is unlikely to deter new MBAs, most of whom are both demographically and personally positioned to hurl themselves fully into exceedingly demanding jobs. As boot camper Clair Briggs puts it, “I’m not afraid of ridiculous hours if I care about what I’m doing, and learning and growing.”

Poets&Quants caught up with five boot campers, and two Tuck second-years who are interning at Google and Facebook. Here are their stories:

Second-year Tuck MBA student and Facebook intern Bradley Webb - Ethan Baron photo

Second-year Tuck MBA student and Facebook intern Bradley Webb – Ethan Baron photo

Hedging your bets when applying for an MBA program often makes sense – fallback options can be essential if the top choices send rejection notices. But hedging bets when applying for an internship or job may not be such a good idea, suggests Tuck second-year MBA candidate Bradley Webb: if he’d hedged his bets when applying for internships, he figures, he probably wouldn’t have one of the most sought-after business school internships in the world – a position at Facebook.