The journey starts at BaseCamp. The incoming MBA students, as customary, arrived on campus in early August to participate in the unique preparatory experience that is the Tepper School of Business’s BaseCamp. This three-week program helps set up the students for classroom, community, leadership and networking success in the Tepper MBA program, while also preparing them for their impending internship search for summer 2017.
“Once again, we’re excited to welcome our incoming class. This year, they are something of an historic group: the last to graduate from the hallowed halls of GSIA and Posner Hall as we transition to the Tepper Quadrangle in 2018,” said Kate Barraclough, head of the MBA program.
BaseCamp was launched in 2011 in response to the changing business landscape. This four-week orientation was singularly designed for the Tepper MBA program, and is intended to provide students the ability to connect with fellow classmates, faculty, alumni and local community partners.
In addition to providing first introductions to faculty members through immersive sessions on business practices, analytics, careers and more, BaseCamp also serves as a launch pad for the students’ involvement with the Accelerate Leadership Center – the Tepper School’s premier leadership development program that focuses on assessment, reflection, action and growth. BaseCamp also addresses building a solid foundation of understanding recruiting ethics and interview skills … all the while giving students the opportunity to put their networking skills to the test by mingling with classmates, professors and Tepper School alumni.
Alumni panel discussions, hosted by the Tepper Career Opportunities Center, explore career paths widely pursued by Tepper School graduates, including marketing, consulting, finance, entrepreneurship and operations. These sessions assist in career planning with a broad understanding of the numerous options for internships, employment, companies, functions and roles.
But the highlight of the BaseCamp program each year is Tepper Team Day, held at Camp Guyasuta in Sharpsburg, Pa. Through a series of group exercises including rope courses, zip lines and obstacle courses, Team Day creates a strong bond among the incoming class and encourages them to work together and communicate.
“BaseCamp is a great foundation of leadership, alumni networking, team-building and honing of skills in a short time frame,” Barraclough added.