Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2012

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School News Romney Institute Hosts Fairs for Job-Seeking Students In a typical search for jobs and internships, students seek out the companies. The Romney Institute of Public Management, however, is finding ways to bring company recruiters to students. The Romney Institute hosted two career fairs during winter semesterlocal government and nonprofit—giving students a chance to gain industry-specific knowledge from top professionals, establish connections, and even interview with recruiters about available internships and jobs. “These fairs are an excellent way to introduce our MPA students to different professionals,” says Tanya Harmon, director of MPA career services. “They help us gather multiple recruiters on campus at one time.” The third-annual local government fair, held 8 February, featured representatives from twenty governmental entities, more than the two previous years. Of those participating, about a dozen internships, part-time jobs, or full-time jobs were available or announced at the fair. The local government fair also featured a keynote lecture by Bob O’Neill, executive director of the International City/County Management Association. During the lecture O’Neill shared advice he received during graduate school that changed the way he thought about his future. “Do the most interesting thing you know the least about next,” O’Neill invited the audience. “Think of this as a challenge for your career.” Considering the success of past local government fairs, the Romney Institute decided to host another fair this year catering to nonprofit emphasis students. Nine nonprofit organizations participated in the new fair, held 26 January. Among those participating, six of the organizations held interviews for internships. During the keynote lecture, Kyle Caldwell, CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, gave nonprofit industry–specific tips such as what nonprofits are looking for, what kind of jobs are available, and how to find a job in the industry. First-year MPA students Lauren Jackson and Kate Baxter discuss internship possibilities with Steve Thacker, city manager of Centerville, Utah. MBA Alumni Network Reaches Out Matt Bunker is leading a charge trying to connect the past with the present while planning for the future. As manager of the BYU MBA Alumni Network, Bunker is establishing connections that people can turn to and rely on. The BYU MBA Network introduces alumni, current students, and potential students to one another by hosting events and distributing an email newsletter. Bunker’s aim is to create a strong, easily accessible network in which its members can connect with each other. “Students can find mentors, and potential students can connect with us to learn what the program is like rather than through reading statistics,” Bunker says. “I also want alumni to know that we’re here to help them improve their professional lives.” The network is also tapping into social media to better connect with alumni. “We’re starting with our newest graduating class and working backward with subsequent graduating classes, letting them know of our presence online,” Bunker says. One of the most exciting tools the BYU MBA Network has created can be found on its official LinkedIn group page. There, under the Career Connections subgroup, members can connect with recruiters from select businesses. This feature is for alumni who are experienced but looking for a career change. You can find the BYU MBA Network online at LinkedIn,, and at These feeds include program updates, upcoming events, and other news. Questions about the network can be directed to Accounting Programs Ranked Top Three for Seventeenth Year For the seventeenth straight year the School of Accountancy received a top-three ranking from Public Accounting Report (PAR), reinforcing its position as one of the nation’s best accounting schools. This year’s ranking places BYU third among undergraduate and graduate programs, against universities such as

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