From Intern to New Hire, by Jake Tenenbaum '12

In the spring of my junior year, I had the great fortune of spending the day with alumnus Chris Burch ’76 when he came to give a presentation at IC. Chris and I had the opportunity speak one-on-one and connected very easily. After his presentation, he asked me to intern with him, which I gladly and excitedly accepted.

That summer, I interned for J. Christopher Capital where I was the marketing intern for C. Wonder and Monika Chiang - two fashion startups. I had been groomed to expect that the typical internship would include coffee-pickups and small proofreads. However, this was not your run-of-the-mill internship. During my time there, I wrote proposals, developed campaigns, wrote briefs, and aided with photo shoots. I enjoyed my opportunity so much, I returned to intern again during the winter break, hoping to gain more knowledge.

During my final semester at IC, I found myself applying to hundreds of jobs, though I always hoped to return to the company where I had my internship. At the beginning of finals week, I felt defeated by the negative replies and lack of responses, but by the end, I was anxious because I had three offers before me, and it was time to choose. In the end, I went to where I could grow the most, knew the most, and felt the most comfortable: J. Christopher Capital. I had taken on a position that was just created, so they had not interviewed anyone, but felt I was ready. I was not going to be an assistant; I was going to be creating programs.

When I look back on all that IC has given me, one cannot simply cap it at a job offer after three years of school. The School of Business has given me confidence and an array of useful information; the ability to make and deliver presentations on the spot; the environment to let my mind run free thus forcing me to become a critical thinker; and the ability to think on a global and incredibly large scale.



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