MBA Career Search

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Deciding on your post-MBA career is a critical and integral aspect of your Eller MBA experience. Through the coaching and advising from the MBA Career Management Team on a personalized, one-on-one basis, you will be able to make these critical decisions.

Starting at orientation, you will identify target organizations, industries, and functional areas through the execution of your individualized career search strategy. The strategy prepares you to position yourself for opportunities that are a good fit for you and leverage your interests, skills, and past experiences.


Recruiting Cycles

Understanding the recruiting cycle of employers is a vital part of the career search. Most employers will begin posting opportunities and visiting campuses as soon as classes begin in the Fall. On-campus career fairs, as well as the national career fairs, take place in September and October each year. These events are the primary sources for employers to find their internship and full-time candidates.

Therefore, you will want to make sure your resume and cover letter are always up-to-date, as well as scheduling time with the MBA Career Management Team to prepare for the career fairs.

1st Year MBA Cycle

When you begin your first year of the MBA program in the Fall, your main career focus is to obtain an internship for the following summer.

2nd Year MBA Cycle

During your second year of the MBA program, your main career focus is to obtain a full-time position.

Recruiting Cycle



As a Full-Time MBA student, you will have access to some great job searching resources.

Wildcat JobLink is a career management tool offering UA students and alumni access to jobs, internships, and a range of other services including campus interviewing and resume referrals. Through JobLink, you can schedule advising appointments, apply to postings, and RSVP to events.

GradLeaders is the market leader in b-school and diversity conference recruitment technology, connecting leading employers year-round with students and alumni from the world's top-ranked graduate business schools and professional associations. GradLeaders works with partner universities and corporations, who exclusively post their full-time job and internship positions on GradLeaders.

MBA-Exchange is the world leading marketplace for MBAs, where through the partnership with Eller MBA, students have premium access that includes over 100,000 MBA jobs, over 1,400 employers, and over 500 MBA development programs. MBA-Exchange increases candidate visibility to employers through online events that allow students to engage in real-time with hiring managers and promoting candidate profiles to local and international employers.

TransparentMBA is a free new resource that provides the most granular compensation, satisfaction, and work-life balance data for MBA careers. It allows you to use over 250,000 data points from over 3,000 employers and over 200 MBA programs to plan your careers, evaluate specific roles, and even negotiate your offers. 

In addition to these, the Career Management Team also encourages students to utilize LinkedIn to enhance their professional network and find opportunities.


International Students

Securing employment in the United States can be a challenge for an international student due to recent immigration laws and quotas. Therefore, we encourage international students – students who possess a student visa and no authorization to work in the United States – to understand the current laws and regulations with regards to how you would be able to work in the United States, and to do extensive searches with regards to companies (both inside and outside of the U.S.) that have the ability to sponsor the necessary work visa.

A few common terms that you should understand as an international student are:

US Work Authorization refers to an individual’s legal right to work in the United States. U.S. citizens, born or naturalized, are always authorized to work in the United States. Whereas, foreign citizens may be authorized IF they have an immigration status that allows them to work. (source:

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of authorization that allows F-1 students to accept a paid or unpaid work experience or internship in a student’s major field of study. CPT is limited to practical training opportunities that fulfill a curricular academic objective. To be considered for CPT, the opportunity must not only be related to the student’s major field of study but is also a required or an integral part of an established curriculum. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prohibits the authorization of CPT issued for the primary purpose of facilitating employment. CPT cannot be utilized for a work experience or internship that is solely beneficial for career development.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a form of temporary employment authorization for eligible F-1 students. This authorization is recommended by International Student Services (ISS) and awarded by USCIS. It allows you to work anywhere in the United States, as long as the employment is directly related to your program of study. OPT in not employer-specific. OPT can be utilized before you complete your program (pre-completion OPT) and/or after you complete your program (post-completion OPT). In total, you may be eligible for 12 months of standard OPT for each higher degree level you complete. If you do pre-completion OPT, then the time you utilize will be subtracted from the time available to you for post-completion OPT (subtracted at half the rate for part-time pre-completion OPT). For example, a student who utilizes 2 months of full-time pre-completion OPT and 2 months of part-time pre-completion OPT will have 9 months remaining for post-completion OPT [12 – 2 – (2*1/2) = 9]

For additional information, refer to International Student Services (ISS)


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