Breaking into Corporate development through MBA from an Engineering background

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I have a background in Electrical Engineering and technical experience in telecoms. I am in an M7 MBA school and was not able to get an internship in Corp. Dev. What can I do to improve my fulltime chances?

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Comments (6)

May 16, 2018

Do banking, consulting, or a GM/finance rotational program and look to pivot in after a couple of years. What are you doing this summer?

It'll be very difficult to get a FT corp dev role without the group getting to evaluate you as an intern. Not saying it's impossible, but you may have to look at smaller firms with less name recognition outside the F500, as they'd likely be more willing to take a chance on you.

May 16, 2018

Thanks.
am doing GM/product marketing this summer for a F100

May 16, 2018

If you like the company and would sign-on FT, use this summer to network with some CD/strategy people and set things in motion. Very possible to lateral after two years of good work in a GM role, but networking is key.

May 16, 2018

I'm not sure how prevalent this is but if worse comes to worse, you can go work for a company taking a FP&A/Strategic finance role and try to network your way into the Corp Dev group.

At my last company, we were always open to hiring from within even if they weren't finance heavy in their background (hired a commercial analyst for example).

It's definitely a gamble but if you run out of choices but as the others mentioned banking to corp dev is the most traditional route.

May 16, 2018

This, hiring from within is big with CD. The groups are so small, even in big multi-nationals, that there is a lot of skepticism around fit and skillset without being vetted in some fashion.

May 16, 2018