Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2012

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Business Travel Required How the Marriott School Is Helping Students Land Jobs and Internships By Todd Hollingshead Illustrations by Jack Molloy Jack Peterson came to the Marriott School’s MBA program with a clear goal: to graduate with a better job so he could provide for his young family. After his son Jack Austin was diagnosed with autism, Peterson felt strongly that he needed to get additional education. He wanted to qualify for a career that would enable him to provide his son with necessary health caresomething beyond what his engineering job provided. A BYU MBA made sense for many reasons: the Marriott School is a top-ranked business school with an impeccable track record and an aggressive placement program. Less than a year into his MBA program, Peterson is on his way to achieving his targeted career goals, having lined up a summer internship with Boeing. But securing that position wasn’t easy. “Boeing was at the top of my list. However, during my first phone interview, I was anxious and didn’t present myself that well,” Peterson says. “But the MBA program organized a trip to Seattle, which gave me a second chance to showcase my abilities and land another interview with Boeing.” Like hundreds before him, Peterson is a beneficiary of the

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