Internships is somewhat of a craze nowadays. It seems like you need to have an internship to get even an entry-level job after graduation. While it’s not necessary to get one to apply to Haas, I believe it’s still important to think about even as an underclassmen.
Interning is one of the only ways you can receive direct exposure in a particular field. Putting it another way, it’s the only way you can determine whether a particular career is right for you. Classes give you the background behind it; internships give you the application of that knowledge. If you already have a career path in mind, internships can either solidify or question your intentions, which in my mind, are both important inquiries to have. Think about applying for them when you have that direction. Only when you have obtained job experience will you be able to determine whether you should pursue the field or change pursuits.
I’ve held many internships throughout my lifetime. I was a Fashion Marketing Intern at Shop.Share.Love! in Summer 2012. In Spring 2013, I was a Music Management Intern at Ineffable Music Group. I went to Shanghai, China and was an Intern at the Shanghai Academic Services Center in Summer 2013. That fall, I stayed local and interned in Internet Marketing for Go Overseas within Berkeley’s own start-up incubator at Skydeck. Finally, in Summer 2014, I worked (intern is what they like to call it colloquially since I’m the only college student, but I am indeed an employee) at Intera Growth Partners as a technical recruiter and office manager, where I will continue to be in Fall 2014.
As such, I have a lot of experience with how to find them. And what you should get out of them.
Following up with my gigantic list of business clubs, I thought it would only be fitting if I talked about my own experience with extracurriculars. Experiences definitely vary person to person, and if you’re interested in learning more about a particular time of mine, feel free to shoot me an email! In addition, you should definitely ask members about their own experience in their organization, because these are not standardized.
Phase 2 is coming up for everyone! I myself had my Phase 2 on Monday. Soon I will be posting a guide called “Haas and Telebears”, consult it for advice as to when to sign up for classes (for future reference.)
If you’re curious, my schedule for my first four semesters (I didn’t take summer sessions during this time) is shown below. I listed it by semester; via class code, description, and professor. The official Haas pre-reqs are bolded. As a note: these schedules are not typical for pre-Haas students. Each person is different, and you should base your classes based on you and not one person’s plan.
I’ve talked a lot about passion on this blog, and how it’s like a key to get into Haas. But sometimes, it’s not easy to understand what it means to have a passion and if it’s something you want to pursue: I’m often in that position.
Interested in my grades when I applied to Haas? Here they are below!
- Math 16B – A
- Stats 20 – A-
- UGBA 10 – B-
- Econ 1 – B+
- English R1A B+
- Ling R1B A-
Applying GPA: 3.64
Note: you see plenty of B’s on here. There’s a also a B- I’m not particularly proud of. However, I took around 5 classes a semester, and it balanced those out to a little below average applying GPA, so don’t expect to have something similar if you have mostly B’s.
Do your best! If it doesn’t go well, supplement your grades with your passion.