by Rebecca Teichmann
When it came to finding an internship, second-year MBA student Marianne Lewis proved her dedication and initiative by searching high and low for internship opportunities. From utilizing Tiger Jobs, to searching her alumni job site with the University of Southern California, to InternMatch.com, Marianne looked for internship opportunities anywhere and everywhere, and she started early. While many students procrastinate as long as they can, on everything from school work to the job search, Marianne began searching early in the process and ended up finding not just a summer internship, but a nine month position with the Olive Grove Consulting group.
Olive Grove Consulting is full service consulting firm that helps creative leaders increase their effectiveness, the organization’s mission is to be a “Champion of the Courageous.” Clients include nonprofits, foundations, individual leaders, civic entities, corporations, and social enterprises. The services of the firm are designed to meet the unique needs of each client.
During her nine month relationship with Olive Grove Consulting, Marianne had the opportunity to contribute to a wide variety of projects within the company. From writing 12 case studies to building a social media marketing program, she was given the freedom to complete projects with minimal direction, which can be an enormously daunting task. That said, Marianne seems to revel in the freedom and the challenges that come with working autonomously. The process was very satisfying, even if it was not well defined with a clear path to completion.
When asked about her recommendations for students seeking internships, Marianne mentioned that working with a boutique consulting firm had its unique advantages. With a small firm, there is the ability to experiment and learn through the process. With a bigger firm, you are limited to completing the task in front of you, and you have less range of freedom. She was able to build trust with her supervisors and co-workers, and in turn earned the trust and flexibility to tackle projects independently as a student, working remotely.
Marianne’s advice for students seeking internships is to do your research. If the company is in the news, why are they in the news? Don’t just look at the company website, actually look at what is being said about the company and why people are saying the things they are saying. For a student seeking an internship, stick with the smaller firms as the broad experience can prove to be invaluable.