When Opportunity Knocks: Make the Most of Your Internship

Internships are the stepping stone toward a fulfilling career. Students get real world experience, networking opportunities and industry exposure. That’s why the Crosby MBA Program encourages a summer internship between the first and second year of the program. Some students choose to stay local, while others travel across the globe. Wherever their ambitions take them, they all experience a form of personal and professional growth that can’t be found in a textbook.

Here is a look how they applied their classroom knowledge into boardroom decision-making.

“Advice to future MBAs: Take advantage of every opportunity you are given without hesitation.”

Tara Hanusa
Shire Pharmaceuticals
Neuroscience Marketing Intern
Boston, Massachusetts

Tara worked on the consumer marketing team for Vyvanse, a medication for binge eating disorder. She was exposed to different departments and functions throughout the company, as well as legal, medical and regulatory compliance, brand planning and SWOT analysis, and never-ending networking opportunities. She was assigned a primary project that involved developing a program for patients to find the support they need to build confidence to seek help for their condition. She contacted different outside vendors and developed an analysis to determine a partner to move forward with. She contributed to developing a roll-out plan for the program, timeline, and market research plan.

Tara applied parts of what she learned in the classroom and witnessed business strategies and tactics in action. Working effectively as a team, she helped get projects done on time with a polished, and approved, finished piece. The professional development that Mizzou invests strengthened Tara’s ability to best present herself and network effectively.   (more…)

By: Maria Magner, Crosby MBA Candidate – May 2018      

The Crosby MBA program has more than 50 new members as part of the Fall 2016 Class. They’ve only been working together for two weeks, but thanks to an intensive orientation, they are prepared to support one another for the next two years. Orientation was a mix of networking (meeting new classmates, staff, faculty and alums), professional development (a day of Business Career Services workshops and a site visit to The Resource Group), a case competition, Venture Out team building, and a service project at The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

Now that the orientation dust has settled, the program has begun preparing for the next one. For future newcomers, here are some tips from someone who just survived the Crosby MBA Orientation.


  • MBAA Service Project at Central Missouri Food Bank


1. Don’t Be Nervous

Whether you’re new to Columbia, to Missouri, or the U.S. – you’re not alone. The MBA program is made up of people from all over the world and at different stages of life. It’s easy to feel like you’re on the outside looking in, but despite their calm, collected exterior, most of the other students are just as unsure (and uncomfortable in suits) as you. Plus, Mizzou accepted you because they saw potential. Instead of picking up your phone, introduce yourself to someone new. As future business leaders, we’ll often be put in unfamiliar situations, so we might as well master that skill in a supportive setting.


How to succeed in the Crosby MBA Program- A Student Perspective on Time Management

By: C. Elise Watson, Crosby MBA/MA Journalism Candidate- May 2018      

Since I can remember I have considered myself to be a “busy” person with a hectic schedule. In fact, I am notorious for overloading myself with different activities and responsibilities; yet I thrive in times when I am juggling multiple projects while still maintaining a balance with my personal life. As an MBA student, it becomes very easy to find yourself overwhelmed with assignment deadlines, expectations for group projects and student organizations, and upcoming examinations, often while holding down a job or an assistantship that takes up anywhere from 10 to 20 hours of your week (or more). While I had considered myself an organized student during my undergraduate career, I quickly discovered that my skills in this area needed to be taken to the next level as I commenced my time in the Crosby MBA program and the Missouri School of Journalism. Here are some of the key takeaways I have developed over the last year with regard to how to best handle the stresses of time and project management that can accompany taking on graduate school:  (more…)

“When should you get your MBA?”

An alumnae’s perspective

“That is a dumb idea. You should build your career now, and work your way up while you can. You’re probably gonna have kids in a few years, and then what will you do? Without a career on your resume you will never be able to go back. Get an MBA later when you have more experience or as a way to get back into the market.” Assumptions about my personal life aside, the gentleman who gave me this unsolicited advice was wrong.

There a myriad of reasons why I wanted to earn my MBA in my twenties. None of them had to do with a larger paycheck. I wanted to gain a better skillset, and be more marketable over the course of my career. Also, and more importantly, the timing felt right. (more…)