The Lauder Institute’s MA degree program in International Studies offered jointly with the Wharton MBA or the Penn Carey Law School JD provides highly customized career advising and connections to a truly engaged global alumni network. As a complement to our internationally focused curriculum, immersive intercultural experiences, and Lauder-exclusive events and activities, our students benefit from a number of career-oriented programs.
The Lauder Institute facilitates numerous career-focused alumni chats, recruiting sessions, and interview preparation events throughout the duration of the 24-month program. Lauder’s dedicated Global Career Advisor works with students one-on-one to understand their individual career aspirations and actively seeks to connect them to domestic and international job opportunities and alumni. In addition, the Program houses Lauder-exclusive internship funding and a highly successful venture award competition to support the entrepreneurial aspirations of its students.
Lauder Alumni Career Chats
Lauder Alumni Career Chats offer Lauder students unparalleled access to alumni who have graduated to become executives, business owners, community leaders, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs. These sessions allow students to engage in open and off-the-record conversations with alumni about their career journeys, industries, and lessons learned. In just the past year, we have welcomed leaders for Lauder-only sessions from top companies such as Amazon, Apple, Bank of America, Cotopaxi, Goldman Sachs, Meta, Microsoft, Pepsico, Google, AFIG Funds, Rent the Runway, General Motors, Citadel, StubHub, LinkedIn, and more.
Most recently, the incoming CEO of Starbucks, Laxman Narasimhan, an alumnus of the Lauder class of 1993, held a private session with Lauder students and talked about the ways in which the Lauder Program impacted his professional and personal experience. These events are intimate and meaningful for students and alumni alike.
Lauder-exclusive recruiting and interview prep
Our students have access to the full spectrum of career services and events at Wharton and Penn Carey Law. In addition, our alumni host Lauder-only employer information sessions. These smaller-group sessions allow more pointed dialog and engagement with speakers about their organizations, as well as critical job market insights.
Lauder students are also invested in their classmates’ success. Second-year students are active in helping first-year students and fellow classmates with mock interviews, resume reviews, casing marathons, and IB prep. Lauder alumni with key industry insights have also participated in these sessions. Our small and tight-knit community means that students can fully participate in Lauder-unique career programming and at the same time leverage career resources available through the MBA or JD Programs.
Lauder Leadership Immersion Internships
Thanks to the generous support of Lauder alumni and Board members, the Lauder Institute sponsors internships that promote leadership and intercultural development opportunities in organizations in the U.S. and around the world during the second summer of the Program. These internships empower students to discover new ways to apply their Lauder education to generate impact, strengthen their language skills, and contribute to organizations or start-ups that might not otherwise be able to provide these internship opportunities. To date, Lauder students have applied their educational and professional expertise to tackle poverty alleviation, economic development, healthcare, and sustainability in over 20 countries around the world. Lauder Leadership Immersion Internships encourage students to pursue opportunities to broaden their international work experiences.
Lauder’s Jacobson Global Venture Awards & Entrepreneurship Focus
Some of our students begin the program with entrepreneurial aspirations, while others take advantage of Lauder’s career programming to see if the entrepreneurial path fits. Lauder students who are pursuing their own venture are able to compete in the Institute’s annual Jacobson Global Venture Awards pitch competition. Through this competition, students benefit from faculty advice and coaching, while successful alumni entrepreneurs evaluate pitches and offer mentorship guidance to students. Thanks to the generous support of Lauder alumna Marina Kunis Jacobson (G’93, WG’93) and Andrew Jacobson (WG’93), venture funding is provided to at least three winners each year.
In addition, Lauder hosts an Entrepreneurship Speaker Series which highlights international perspectives on entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Students are able to engage with scholars and practitioners with expertise in entrepreneurship in diverse social, cultural, and regional contexts. Recent sessions have focused on entrepreneurial ventures with a view toward positive environmental, social and cultural impact.
The Bottom Line
Lauder’s close-knit cohort of approximately 70 students per year allows for personalized and impactful career coaching as well as Lauder-exclusive networking, educational, and recruitment events with leaders who value the global mindset and experience. Our internationally-oriented career programming opens up opportunities to expand perspectives and networks. Stay tuned to learn more about our immersive travel-based education in our next blog!
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