By Dartmouth - Tuck October 4, 2011 Leave a Comment

So the summer has come and gone and the air is getting crisper. Feels good to be back at Tuck and in Hanover. I would be remiss if I didn’t say how much I enjoyed my summer experience, and also how much Tuck helped me out throughout the entire internship.

I had the opportunity to intern at Cargill during my summer, which is a large agribusiness company headquartered in Minneapolis. In my role (strategy and business development) I was tasked with completing both a strategy and M&A (mergers and acquisitions) project. Now, to those of you who see the curriculum during the first year and think “why are there so many classes will I ever use them??” I am a living testament to say “yes, you will use them.” In fact, during my summer I can honestly say that I think I used concepts from basically all of my first year core classes:

Analysis for General Mangers
Stats
Microecon
Macroecon
Leading Individuals
Leading Orgs
Operations
Strategy
Corporate Finance

I even called a couple of professors I had an they helped me with some training the company was putting together! Now if that isn’t the core of what Tuck is about, then I don’t know what is. It was really great to see that everything I had come to Tuck to learn could actually be applied to a job that was fulfilling and interesting. Perhaps my particular situation was an aberration from other internships that my classmates had, but I can assure you that a big chunk of them took away some of the same themes as me: Tuck prepares you above and beyond for your internship, the “soft”skills you learn at Tuck will give you an edge, and Tuck is just plain awesome.

Seeing Tuckies for the first time in three months was a blast. It’s like the first day of school all over again. Sadly enough, this will be the last first day of school for me. However, it won’t be the last time I sing praises about the opportunities Tuck affords to all of its students, both fresh graduates and members of classes from decades past.

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