Career Diversity

Real talk about diversity and careers: The things you want to talk about at work but can't...and probably shouldn't.

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is accepting applications for the two summer KPMG Summer Scholars Program in New York City. Similar to our Washington Program, the KPMG Summer Scholars Program provides high achieving African American male college sophomores with unparalleled networking opportunities, lifelong mentorship, and leadership development.
The KPMG Scholars Program was established in 2007 in conjunction with KPMG, one of
the foremost accounting firms in the country. This program aims to provide African American
male college sophomores majoring in Accounting with an introduction to tax, audit, and advisory services. Students also receive one on one mentoring from senior level executives and their staff.

Program Highlights:
• Earn $21 per hour working fulltime
• Receive mentorship from senior level KPMG Partners;
• Attend important client engagements and activities;
• Receive a laptop for the duration of the program;
• Gain real world practical experience in tax, audit, and advisory services;

Program Details:
• The 2009 program will run from Saturday, June 6 to Sunday, August 1.
• Housing is paid for by the Institute.
• Students must commit to two summers.
• Applicants must be Accounting or Management Information Systems majors.
• Build strong bonds with other high achieving African American males

For more information on the Institute, please visit our website at
Applicants must be college sophomores to apply to the KPMG Summer Scholars
Program. Even though the Institute requires applicants to have strong grade point
averages, the admissions committee also looks upon other achievements such as honors
and awards earned, athletics, past internships, campus involvement, and volunteer work

The application for the KPMG Summer Scholars Program can be found on the web at: .

The admissions deadline for the Class of 2009 - 2010 is:
Friday, January 30, 2009.

**All applications must be received, not postmarked, by Friday, January 30.

MLT Career Prep Coach's Corner
Are you getting the word out on “Brand Me?”
By: Rishal Stanciel, MLT Career Prep Coach

How many times have you heard that networking is the key to a successful job search? Well it is absolutely a true statement. According to most job search studies, 65% of new jobs are secured via networking. Personally, I have secured 90% of my jobs over a fifteen year professional career through networking. When I consider that talking to people at my target companies about “Brand Me” and my career goals has led to over $1MM in income, it has really convinced me to be a strong advocate for the art of networking. Literally sharing “Brand Me” with my friends and colleagues, has resulted in securing key positions in my target companies. This has certainly made me a believer in the statement that networking is the key to a successful job search. You might ask, “How do I network “Brand Me?”

In the job search process, it is simply the method of GETTING THE WORD OUT about “Brand Me”. You must communicate who you are, what you have to offer, and what you are looking for to the right target audience in order to facilitate a successful job search. Your primary target audience is comprised of the hiring managers within the companies on your “hit list”. Your secondary target group represents individuals that can connect you with the hiring managers within the companies on your hit list. Just like with any brand marketing plan, you must identify all of the right vehicles to communicate your message to your target market and execute the plan. Your message can be distributed to your target audience in many ways including your 90 second pitch, cover letter, resume, introductory email, phone call, Linked In, Facebook, and any other creative way to communicate “Brand Me”.

Now that you have identified your primary and secondary target audiences and how to reach them, the next step is to Just Do It! This means talking to everyone you know about “Brand Me”, and effectively delivering your message succinctly and effectively. Ideally, you should have 20 to 30 conversations a week on a continuous basis with your target audience. If you are able to talk to everyone you know about your brand and ask them about who they know at the companies on your hit list, then you have effectively extended your network. This type of Word-of-Mouth Advertising is critical to any job search. In essence you have extended the reach of “Brand Me” and greatly increased the number of touch points against your target audience. This represents the art of networking. The ability to effectively network has as much to do with your Brand Identity message as it does with the vehicles utilized, and the persistence of your messaging.

Lastly, tracking the results of your job search plan is very critical. The results of your job search plan should be systematically monitored so that you can continue to evolve your plan, as well as utilize key learnings for future job searches. A simple Excel spreadsheet with your target audience, hit list, and touch points should assist in accurately tracking your results.
In summary, these are the five steps to Networking “Brand Me”:

  • Develop the right Brand Identity message—Who are you?
  • Determine the right target audience—Hiring Managers & People that know them at Hit List companies
  • Decide on the right vehicles to communicate effectively
  • Just Do It-Get the word out!
  • Track Your results & Maintain your records for future searches

UBS Freshman Frenzy 2009

UBS Freshman Frenzy program is a one-day, expenses paid, immersion in the world of finance. The program provides students with an opportunity to jump-start a career in business through an exciting, hands-on introduction to:

Office of the COO Equities Finance Fixed Income

Investment Banking IT Operations Risk

This program is available to students who have completed their Freshman year and demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and are enthusiastic about the financial services industry.

Location: UBS office in Stamford, CT
Program Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009

Eligibility Criteria
Currently enrolled as a Freshman
Minimum 3.4 GPA
All majors welcome to apply

Application Requirement
Resume submission

Resumes are due Wednesday, February 11, 2009. E-mail your resume to, please place “Freshman Frenzy” in the subject line.

Application process
All candidates will be notified of their status via e-mail in March.

It starts with you:

UBS Discovery Days 2009

UBS Discovery Days program is a three-day, expenses paid, immersion in the world of finance. The program provides students with an opportunity to jump-start a career in business through an exciting, hands-on introduction to:

Office of the COO Equities Finance Fixed Income

Investment Banking IT Operations Risk

This program is available to Sophomores who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, possess strong analytical skills and are enthusiastic about the financial services industry.

Location: UBS offices in New York, NY and Stamford, CT
Program Dates: May 27-29, 2009

Eligibility Criteria
Currently enrolled as a Sophomore
Minimum 3.4 GPA
All majors welcome to apply

Application Requirements
Resume. Include affiliations with student or education-based organizations if applicable.
Respond to following question. Typed and double-spaced in no more than 300 words. Please write your name on the top right corner of the page.

Utilizing the UBS “Vision and Values” statement, please describe an experience that you’ve had as it relate to one of the three core competencies described (entrepreneurial leadership, partnership and meritocracy).

Applications are due Wednesday, February 4, 2009. E-mail all materials as attachments with “Discovery Days” as the subject line to

Application Process
All candidates will be notified of their status via e-mail in March.

It starts with you:

UBS - President's Summer Internship Program


The President’s Summer Internship Program is a 10-week intensive rotation through multiple business areas of UBS. At the
conclusion of the program you will understand how an Investment Bank operates enabling you to clearly identify where your
preferred areas of interest may lie. This experience will provide you with an unparalleled platform for your career in financial
services. Your exposure will include (but will not be limited to) the following divisions:

  • Office of the COO
  • Equities
  • Finance
  • Fixed Income
  • IT
  • Investment Banking
  • Operations Wealth Management
The President’s Summer Internship Program is available to sophomores who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, possess strong analytical skills and are enthusiastic about the financial services industry.
  • Location: Stamford, CT
  • Dates: June thru August
  • Structure: Rotational across business and logistics areas
Introduction to UBS: Financial Markets Education, Presentation Skills, Excel Training
Senior Speaker Series, Networking Events, Community Service
“Apprentice Week”: End of summer project & case study presented to Senior Management
Eligibility Criteria
  • Currently enrolled as a Sophomore
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA
  • All majors welcome to apply!
Interested candidates should apply at by Friday, January 9, 2009. Please enter job reference #
45028BR in the keyword field of the search page.

Selection Process
All candidates will be notified of their status by early April.
If you have any questions, please e-mail including in the subject line ‘The President’s Summer
Internship Program’.”
It starts with you:

MLT Career Prep Coach's Corner
Professional Ethics
By: Lakshmi Ramanathan, MLT Career Prep Coach

We hear the term “ethics” bandied about in Corporate America today- and often understand it to relate to the ethics of doing business; the code of conduct an organization follows as it deals with customers, shareholders and other constituents. And rightfully so.

However what I would like to put forth is a personal code of ethics that I think each of us should adhere to as we engage in the professional world- as we deal with recruiters, colleagues, clients, etc. You have a sense of self, a sense of personal integrity that you need to be true to. And the reality is you bring this personal self to work- and so it is an essential part of your professional self.

It is easy to ask why when we have witnessed several instances where questions have been asked about the ethics of how companies operate. For instance I have had students ask me why it was important for them not to renege on an offer when companies rescind offers. Or why it was necessary for them to tell a recruiter in plain terms that they didn’t receive a full time offer at the end of a summer internship- especially when there wasn’t a chance that the recruiter would be able to access that information. Questions definitely worth considering.

I go back again to the thought that it is important for you to be true to yourself- because that is the kind of professional you want to develop into as you progress through your career. That is the kind of mentor you want to be when it comes time for you to turn around and lend a helping hand to those following.

And then again from a purely pragmatic perspective, this is a small world we live in- and you never know who will turn up where. So it is smart to be sensible and ethical in your dealing with others- as the recruiter at the company you interviewed with today can turn up at another company you might be pursuing a little while down the road!

So you want to go to business school but you have very limited quantitative skills. You are not alone. A lot of business school applicants have academic backgrounds in humanities or liberal arts. However, if you do not want to be overwhelmed your first year of business school, you may want to build on your quantitative skills. Another reason to attain these essential skills is to help your business school application stand out. If you are showing business school admissions officers that you are already preparing for school, it shows that you take initiative and that you are serious about going to business school.

1) Enroll in a course. You may want to enroll in an online course, at a local community college or find a pre-MBA program.

Here are some of the courses you may want to take to adequately prepare for the first year of business school:






2) Read some books:

Career Prep Coach's Corner
Cover Letters Matter!
By: Angie Temming, MLT Career Prep Coach

Surprisingly, some candidates actually question the value of a cover letter. As a Career Coach, my question is “Why not?” As one of possibly hundreds of candidates, your cover letter is another grand opportunity to position yourself for the employer and role. It’s also a great way to showcase your solid writing skills and demonstrate your knowledge of the organization. In fact, a good cover letter should supplement, rather than regurgitate, information already offered on your resume.

In developing robust examples for both a cover letter and job interview, think in terms of SAR = situation + action + result. While resumes present actions and results, an effective cover letter also describes the pre-existing situation, challenge or goal; why you decided to take action; and how you did it. For example, your resume may highlight your university, major, graduation date, GPA and relevant coursework. Instead of reiterating much of the same in your cover letter, share a specific class project, your approach and what you’re now capable of doing as a result of this effort. If you worked on a team, even better – cite your role and specific contribution. Similarly, consider leadership and professional development activities listed on the resume. In your cover letter, provide more detail, like why you pursued and/or were selected for such an endeavor; your goals and how you went about reaching them; and the overall impact on the organization and/or your value as a candidate.

In respect to structure, use the same font size and type as on the resume, stick to one page and vary sentence construction to convey a mature writing style. In your introduction, state your purpose for writing the letter; mention the name of a referral, if applicable; and succinctly position yourself as the ideal candidate in one to three sentences: “With X, Y and Z, I believe I am strong candidate for this position.” The next two or three paragraphs are the heart of the letter where you’re expected to share specific examples mentioned above. In your close, again summarize your value as a candidate; express your excitement about the opportunity and eagerness to arrange an interview; and thank the employer for their time and consideration. Last, but not least, proofread your work, because a grammatical error will go undetected by spell-check and could cost you an interview.

Campus ambassadors are Sun Microsystems interns who build a Sun community on their college or university campus. They learn all about the latest Sun open-source technologies and share that knowledge with fellow students. This includes activities such as starting a Sun user group on campus, demonstrating Sun technology to fellow students, promoting Sun events and contests, and blogging.

Campus ambassadors work a few hours each week and bring cutting-edge technology to fellow students, professors, and researchers -- and they get top pay to do it!

Benefits for Campus Ambassadors
Students who work as campus ambassadors have a rare opportunity to learn about Java, Solaris, and other Sun open-source technologies directly from the source. Campus ambassadors also get valuable work experience and make connections at Sun that will give them an advantage as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Campus ambassadors receive the following benefits from Sun:

  • Free training
  • Discounts on Sun certification exams
  • Access to the latest technology
  • Great hours and top pay

Sun offers campus ambassadors an extensive training curriculum and supports them with a top-notch international technical team. Sun connects ambassadors globally with a state-of-the-art community website, training and marketing materials, demonstrations, and much more.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please


Sun Microsystems

Business Week:

* 1 University of Chicago (Booth)
* 2 Harvard University
* 3 Northwestern University (Kellogg)
* 4 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
* 5 University of Michigan (Ross)
* 6 Stanford University
* 7 Columbia University
* 8 Duke University (Fuqua)
* 9 MIT (Sloan)
* 10 UC Berkeley (Haas)
* 11 Cornell University (Johnson)
* 12 Dartmouth (Tuck)
* 13 NYU (Stern)
* 14 UCLA (Anderson)
* 15 Indiana University (Kelley)
* 16 University of Virginia (Darden)
* 17 UNC - Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
* 18 Southern Methodist (Cox)
* 19 Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)
* 20 University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
* 21 Texas - Austin
* 22 Brigham Young (Marriott)
* 23 Emory University (Goizueta)
* 24 Yale University
* 25 University of Southern California (Marshall)
* 26 University of Maryland (Smith)
* 27 University of Washington (Foster)
* 28 Washington University (Olin)
* 29 Georgia Tech
* 30 Vanderbilt University (Owen)

US News and World Reports Business School Rankings:

1 Harvard University, Boston MA
2 Stanford University, Stanford, CA
3 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), Philadelphia PA
4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan), Cambridge, MA
4 Northwestern University (Kellogg), Evanston, IL
4 University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
7 Dartmouth College (Tuck), Hanover, NH
7 UC Berkeley (Haas), Berkeley, CA
9 Columbia University, New York, NY
10 New York University (Stern), New York, NY
11 UCLA (Anderson), Los Angeles, CA
12 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ross), Ann Arbor, MI
13 Yale University, New Haven, CT
14 Cornell University (Johnson), Ithaca, NY
14 Duke Univeristy (Fuqua), Durham, NC
14 University of Virgina (Darden), Charlottesville, VA
17 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper), Pittsburgh, PA
18 University of Teas - Austin (McCombs), Austin, TX
19 University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler), Chapel
Hill, NC
20 Indiana University - Bloomington (Kelley), Bloomington, IN
21 University of Southern California (Marshall), Los Angeles, CA
22 Arizona State University (Carey), Tempe, AZ
22 Georgetown University (McDonough), Washington, DC
24 Emory University (Goizueta), Atlanta, GA
25 University of Rochestor (Simon), Rochester, NY