The sixth floor of Michigan Ross buzzes with activity. In the Colloquium and the hallway outside, BBA students introduce themselves to recruiters from some of the country’s top companies. They learn a little about the company, maybe pick up a little branded swag, and -- most important -- hear about potential internship opportunities. At the same time, the company representatives get their first look at the sharp minds and engaging personalities they may be hiring the coming months.
This could be the beginning of a long-term employment relationship. Yet despite the potentially high stakes, the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. It’s more about getting acquainted than getting ahead.
This is the scene at Michigan Ross’ annual BBA Recruitment Kickoff, which took place last week. BBA juniors had the chance to meet with more than 30 companies, including Goldman Sachs, P&G, Ford, Walgreens, Accenture, Delphi, and other big names in finance, consulting, consumer goods, and more. It’s set up like a career fair, but intentionally casual; students do not wear business attire, and there’s no set program. More formal recruiting events will follow later in the year.
Junior Austin Park, who’s interested in consulting, attended the kickoff and talked to several firms. “This is a good way to start developing some of these relationships,” he says of the informal approach. “It takes away the intimidation factor. It takes some of the pressure off.”
One recruiter on hand said the event is a great opportunity for companies and students to make an initial connection. Ideally, it’s the start of a relationship where students get a great internship experience and the company finds strong new talent. “Our hope is to have a win-win,” he says. “We know the high caliber of students that attend Ross. (This event) helps us align good potential students with our opportunities.”
Check out the gallery below for more images from the event.