All posts by Nicole Newman

Boothies Interning in the Bay Area

Last spring, my internship search led to three offers: a finance associate role in the Northeast; a corporate strategy role in the Midwest; and a product management role in the West. I weighed my options in regards to location, potential career trajectory, and company culture. After a difficult decision, I landed in Silicon Valley. It wasn’t so much the role itself, but the vast opportunities for spontaneous networking and immersing into cutting-edge technologies. Let me explain.

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Get to Know Nicole Newman

Prior to attending Booth, I worked in education on the administration side as a data science and operations manager. My day-to-day varied tremendously. I enjoyed knowing that I made a difference and seeing the impact of my work. After four years in non-profit roles, I decided to take the plunge and apply to business school.

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Innovation & Design in NYC

Booth’s Innovation and Design Club (IDC) hosted its inaugural trek in New York City from February 28th to March 1st. Led by co-chairs Gregory Kim and Shining Li, the purpose of the trek was twofold: to offer students a glimpse into the day-to-day of careers that encompass both business and design; and to enable MBA students to build rapport and connections for future opportunities.

Personally, I had no idea what ‘innovation’ meant in the context of a post-MBA career. Despite reading dozens of job descriptions, I was unable to glean a company’s culture simply from its website. I yearned for more.  And I imagined, the trek would give me a chance to assess whether my long-term passions genuinely align with my interests. Without hesitation, I confirmed my participation, purchased a plane ticket, and packed my bags for the jam-packed, two-day adventure:

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