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BBA Involvement Opportunities

Whether you are interested in reaching upperclassmen, wanting to connect to students for pipeline recruiting, or just getting started at the McCombs School of Business, BBA Career Services offers a variety of opportunities to meet your BBA recruiting and involvement needs. Opportunities are available through workshops, panels, diversity initiatives, event/program sponsorship, etiquette dinners, career fairs, job shadowing, and other career-focused events and programs. 

For questions about the overall calendar of BBA events, Career Week, and/or program sponsorships please contact Shannon Hickson in BBA Career Services.

Businessweek Ranking

Recruiters ranked the Texas BBA program as one of the top programs in the nation. The school ranked #2 on the recruiter survey in the Bloomberg Businessweek Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2014 rankings. The Texas BBA program has an overall ranking of #6.

BBA Career Week

Career Week, hosted by BBA Career Services every fall and spring, provides employers with opportunities to connect with Texas BBA students through a variety of career-related events and workshops. It is designed to maximize employer and student meeting time by condensing multiple events into a shorter time frame.

Employer Networking Event: Career Week Sneak Peek

This is the Career Week kick-off event. This structured networking event is a great opportunity for employers and students to connect in small groups regarding: company culture, work environment, available opportunities, advice sharing, etc. This event will be held September 8, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Registration coming soon! For questions or more information, contact Megan Fortson.

BBA Women’s Council (BBAWC) Roundtable Breakfast Forum

The BBAWC Roundtable Breakfast Forum (held each fall and spring) begins with breakout discussions on issues like developing leadership competencies, bridging the gender communication gap, and achieving work/life balance. The forums conclude with a networking session. We encourage employer sponsors to send up to two female participants (one or two years of work experience and beyond) who can represent the company, and share information on the experiences of females in the business world.

The fall 2014 BBA Women's Council Roundtable Breakfast Forum will be held on September 9, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Registration coming soon! For information about additional opportunities to connect with BBAWC, please see the BBAWC tab on this page and/or contact Merri Su Ruhmann

Corporate Mock Interviews

The Corporate Mock Interview Marathon is a great way to build your company’s reputation and presence on campus. Representatives from your company interview students for mock positions and give the BBA students valuable feedback.

At the mock interviews, you can help BBA students refine their interviewing skills, and give them valuable advice as they begin their job search. This also gives your company exposure to students of varying academic classifications and majors. The fall 2014 Corporate Mock Interviews will be held on September 9, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration coming soon! For questions or more information, contact Mandy Kious.

Employer Panels

Through participation in the Employer Panels, you will connect with BBA students in an informal setting while sharing personal experiences and valuable insight into specific industries, careers and career-focused topics. The fall 2014 panel will be held on September 9, 2014 (topic TBA). For questions or more information, contact Megan Fortson.

Undergraduate Career Expo

The Undergraduate Career Expo (held each fall and spring) provides opportunities for employers to recruit full-time and internship candidates at the McCombs School of Business. This is a great opportunity to recruit BBA, 3rd year MPA, or 4th year MPA students. The fall 2014 Career Expo will be held September 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration coming soon! For questions or more information, contact Rachel Rucker.

McCombs Diversity Council's Diversity Dialogue Dinner (D3)

The Diversity Dialogue Dinner (held each fall) includes dinner with BBA students followed by a networking session. The event provides companies the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of BBA students. They'll share opinions and engage in lively, thought-provoking discussion on current diversity issues in the corporate world. During dinner, one or two keynote speakers will discuss diversity in corporate America, and the ways students can prepare themselves for the changing workplace. All companies will receive the resumes of the students sitting at their table. Diversity Dialogue Dinner Platinum and Gold Sponsors will receive the resumes of all students who attended the dinner.

The fall 2014 Diversity Dialogue Dinner will be held on September 10, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Registration coming soon! For information about additional opportunities to connect with MDC, see the 'MDC' tab on this page and/or contact Lainey Hoffman.

BBA Women's Council

The BBA Women’s Council (BBAWC) provides a forum for undergraduate businesswomen to discuss and learn about current issues and opportunities in business through seminars, breakfast forums, WomenInsights, and the WomenTalk series. BBAWC participants learn about the challenges women may face in the workforce, how to prepare for success after graduation, and how to network with prominent women in business. We hold weekly seminars on Wednesdays from October 10th to November 28th and from February 27th to April 3rd. Dates for employer involvement are included below.

Fall 2014 BBAWC Dates

  • Roundtable Breakfast Forum: September 9, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Weekly Seminar Series (Topics TBA): October 15 and 22, November 5 and 12
  • WomenTalk: October 29, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Company Trek (Dallas): November 7

A company sponsor may participate as a panelist at a seminar or WomenTalk, host or sponsor company field trips, participate in WomenInsights, sponsor BBAWC member participation in an etiquette dinner, and network with undergraduate businesswomen at the BBAWC Roundtable Breakfast Forums. WomenInsights allows employers to connect one-on-one and share personal experiences and insight with BBA Women’s Council members through informational interviews.

Employers interested in the BBA Women's Council, please contact Merri Su Ruhmann.

The fall 2014 Career Expo will be held September 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration coming soon!

Career Fair

Undergraduate Career Expo

The Undergraduate Career Expo (held each fall and spring) gives you an opportunity to recruit full-time and internship candidates at the McCombs School of Business.

The Undergraduate Career Expos are open to all current McCombs School of Business students in the BBA, MBA, MPA, MSBA, MSF and MSTC programs. The career expo will also be open to all current UT Austin students from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

McCombs Career Shadowing Program

The Career Shadowing Program is an unpaid, one day experience during which Texas BBA students are exposed to a professional business environment. Through participation, students will observe firsthand an organization’s culture and experience operations in an area of interest. “Shadowing” allows a student to walk through a typical day with a working professional, giving students a sneak peek into various positions and different careers. The Career Shadowing experience is designed specifically for Texas BBA students who have not yet completed a professional internship.

Activities

  • Observation of actual work or tasks
  • Exploration of career path options and leadership opportunities
  • Interaction with young professionals and recent alumni (including informational interviews)
  • Education about the organization and industry trends (company presentations, staff meetings, guided tours)

Guidelines

  • Your company must be located in Houston, Dallas, Austin, or San Antonio
  • The visit must be scheduled on a Friday
  • Your company must host students for 4-6 hours
  • A portion of the day needs to be dedicated to one-one-one career shadowing of an entry level position

Participation

To express interest in the Career Shadowing Program, please contact Rachel Rucker.

Involvement Dates

  • Fall semester: October/November
  • Spring semester: Early January (pre-term), March (Spring Break), and April

McCombs Diversity Council

The McCombs Diversity Council (MDC) is designed to educate students about diversity and diversity-related issues in the workplace. MDC strives to create an atmosphere in which students are comfortable conducting open dialogue on various diversity topics. MDC also seeks to show students that diversity provides a competitive advantage in the increasingly global market. We build strong relationships with companies that recognize and value diversity. We empower students to become leaders in the business world.

In addition to the Diversity Dialogue Dinner (held each fall) and the Interactive Diversity Forum (held each spring), corporate sponsors are invited to serve as guest speakers at MDC general meetings (bimonthly on Wednesdays), partner with the organization in various community service projects, serve as company field trip sponsors/hosts, and to sponsor MDC member participation in an etiquette dinner. Employers interested in the McCombs Diversity Council, please contact Lainey Hoffman.

Fall 2014 General Meeting Dates

September 24, October 8 and 22, and November 5 and 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

MDC Dinners

Diversity Dialogue Dinner (D3)

The Diversity Dialogue Dinner (held each fall) includes dinner with BBA students followed by a networking session. The event provides companies the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of BBA students. They'll share opinions and engage in lively, thought-provoking discussion on current diversity issues in the corporate world. During dinner, one or two keynote speakers will discuss diversity in corporate America, and the ways students can prepare themselves for the changing workplace. All companies will receive the resumes of the students sitting at their table. Diversity Dialogue Dinner Platinum and Gold Sponsors will receive the resumes of all students who attended the dinner. The fall 2014 Diversity Dialogue Dinner will be held on September 10, 2014; registration coming soon!

D3 Sponsorship Levels
  • Platinum: Provides the opportunity for six company representatives to sit at three tables with students
  • Gold: Provides the opportunity for four company representatives to sit at two tables with students
  • Silver: Provides the opportunity for two company representatives to sit at one table with students

Interactive Diversity Forum (IDF)

The Interactive Diversity Forum (held each spring) begins with dinner followed by a networking session with BBA students. During dinner, MDC members present sketches highlighting diversity issues in the corporate world. The event provides companies the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of BBA students while sharing opinions and engaging in lively, thought-provoking discussion. The IDF is a great opportunity to develop relationships with students of varying classifications and majors. All companies will receive the resumes of the students sitting at their table. In addition, the Interactive Diversity Forum Platinum and Gold Sponsors will receive the resumes of all students who attended the dinner.

IDF Sponsorship Levels
  • Platinum: Provides the opportunity for six company representatives to sit at three tables with students
  • Gold: Provides the opportunity for four company representatives to sit at two tables with students
  • Silver: Provides the opportunity for two company representatives to sit at one table with students

Austin Trek

November 7, 2014

Target Your Future

Target Your Future (TYF) is a small group seminar series over eight weeks for first generation college students and minority business students that provides an in-depth education on career-related topics. Sponsors can get involved by serving as a panelist or guest speaker at a TYF seminar, mentoring students, hosting company field trips, and/or sponsoring TYF student participation in an etiquette dinner. 

Fall 2014 TYF Dates

  • TYF Networking Social: October 7
  • Session dates: October 14, 21, 28, November 4
  • TYF Trek (Houston): November 7
  • TYF Graduation Networking Reception: November 11

Employers interested in learning more about Target Your Future, please contact Greta Fenley.

Etiquette Dinners

The BBA Etiquette Dinners (held each fall and spring) provide networking practice for approximately 70 BBA students with a networking session in addition to learning the do's and don'ts of business dining etiquette.  Employers are seated with students to share stories and give advice on business networking.  Sponsors will have the opportunity to give a brief introduction to the entire group regarding their company and opportunities for BBA students. Sponsors are encouraged to send up to three representatives. 

The fall 2014 BBA Etiquette Dinner will be held on September 23, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Current McCombs students from the Texas BBA and Texas MSF programs will be in attendance at the etiquette dinner. If you are interested in sponsoring the BBA Etiquette Dinner, please contact Megan Ehrisman.

Investment Banking Prep

Investment Banking Prep (held annually in November) is designed to prepare BBA students to learn the skills they need to obtain an internship or full-time position within the financial services industry. Employers have the opportunity to present workshop and panel topics to students who will participate in Super Week (early January). The fall 2014 Investment Banking Prep Week events will be held November 3-6 (2:30 - 3:30 p.m. & 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.). Employers interested in participating in the 2014 Investment Banking Prep, please contact Morgan Medina.

Virtual Presence

Social Media

Please contact Megan Fortson regarding more information and guidelines on how to utilize Texas BBA Career Services' social media resources to build your virtual presence at McCombs.

Message Monitors

We can also promote your events and programs (not job/internship postings) on our several HD video screens in the McCombs School of Business. Please review the Slide Creation Instructions information and carefully follow the requirements for creating your PowerPoint slides.

Please send your finalized PowerPoint slide to Megan Fortson at least one week in advance.