M2 in Fall 2015

As the first semester of the MS Management program draws to a close, we want to share with you the progress of the program and students with whom you so generously interacted during orientation this past summer.

We are pleased to report that 30% of the first cohort received job offers by the beginning of November from the following companies:

IBM, Amazon, PwC, Deloitte, Apprise Software, and Decision Resources Group. Several students have already accepted the offers and have attended orientations at their chosen companies.

Fall professional development centered on building networks and job acquisition. Over the course of the semester, students participated in visits to Thomson Reuters and the UN in New York City, and PwC and the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  On campus, an emphasis on refining interview skills included Case Interview Preparation, Competency Based Interviews and followed by Ethics of the Job Offer and Negotiating Your First Job Offer.

Opportunities for experiential learning were also available. Several students pursued a four week session workshop through the Small Business Development Center focusing on Business Research, Competitive Analysis, Market Research, and a Final Presentation for SBDC clients.

An SBDC follow up project is also planned, which centers on Commercial Potential Analysis and patent research for the winter intercession.

Also during the winter intercession, several students will work on a market feasibility study and design a scalable model for a special project intersecting sustainable building practices, K-12 education and community involvement for The Stonehouse Group, a facilities consulting company.

Still others will be working with VWR Catalyst on several projects such as a market analysis related to the creation of biobanks that support biopharmaceutical R&D and University research, and creating a business case for bringing in house Six Sigma Certification.

Several Lehigh alumni have generously volunteered their time and will be mentoring these projects, acting as a sounding board and providing insight based on their own experiences in these areas. 

Finally, several students have been working with local startups through Ben Franklin Tech Ventures and the Allentown Economic Development Bridgeworks Enterprise Center.

Spring Professional Development will pivot to job acclimation. Corporate Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Creating a Career Path and The First 90 Days are just a few of the workshops in which M2 students will participate. Executives from Saint Gobain, ThomsonReuters, Air Products and other companies have already volunteered their time and expertise.

Prospects for the next cohort are bright. As deadlines approach, another diverse group of applicants have begun to submit applications. The program is expecting to enroll 30 students for fall 2016.