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Tyler Ray, Full-Time MBA student: I found out the news about my internship being canceled towards the end of April. And I was pretty stunned.
Ruben Figueroa, Full-Time MBA student: When I was looking at the news and how everything was going up with the pandemic and myself still looking for an internship, seeing my classmates already with their locked internships, I did get a little bit nervous.
Akihiro Kohiyama, Full-Time MBA student: As an international student, everything was already very challenging. But then the pandemic broke out. It became even harder.
Tyler: When you had spent basically your whole year working really hard to get an internship and finding out that it no longer was what you were expecting, I knew that I wanted to still find something. I couldn't give up.
When I came across a rare beauty opportunity, it really was up my alley as far as what I wanted to do post-MBA. Working with Tara [Tara Morill, General Manager and Brand Director, Rare Beauty Brands, Kelley alum] has been great because she's been more of a coach than almost like a boss. She had been through the CMA [Consumer Marketing Academy] just like I had. She knew John Lee.
Ruben: I am entering this summer in Firmatek. The CEO Lauren Elmore, she's a Kelley alum. She opened the doors for me to go work with them, understanding the whole situation that is going on.
Akihiro: I was very excited when I found out I would be interning with Discoverlist. Susana is a consumer marketing expert. She always follows up with me, making sure that I have any questions. I'm definitely learning from her.
Ruben: There are no barriers between us, the students, and the alums from Kelley. It's like an inherent connection that we make.
Tyler: Anybody who is a Kelley, I knew that they would be very friendly and absolutely willing to help. That's a consistent thread throughout and I just saw it through the whole recruiting process of my first year.
Akihiro: I feel like everything is coming to fruition now. We will eventually become alumni as well. But since we are getting a lot from the current alumni, we are getting the motivation to give back eventually as alumni.
Ruben: So I've been check-marking all of my goals so far. I achieved my goal of working with an American company, and that's thoroughly thanks to the university and especially the Kelley alums and Kelley network that we have, which is vast. Everywhere you look, you can find someone from Kelley.