Adam Garland '15
Through ILR’s Winter Intersession Program, I secured my first internship at Bright Horizons. The program lasted just two weeks, but I had the opportunity to conduct independent research projects and have one-on-one conversations with the company’s chief human resources officer. I credit my experience at Bright Horizons with helping me land a summer internship with Goldman Sachs.
My main project at Goldman was to redesign the global timesheet information manual—a project that allowed me to speak with and develop materials for employee across the world. I learned a lot about working in professional environments. More importantly, I was able to weigh the positives and negatives of my experience and realize that I wanted to switch gears and look into a career in consulting. One of the most influential opportunities I had as a junior was attending the Out for Undergraduate Business Conference—a weekend of speakers, workshops and networking for LGBT students interesting in consulting and banking careers. That solidified my interest in management consulting.
During recruitment season, I worked hard to get a lot of interviews. The more case interviews I had, the more confident I became, and I ended up with seven final round interviews and three offers.
I signed with Kurt Salmon, a management consulting firm that specializes in the retail and consumer products industries. I came to Cornell to pursue my interests in business and psychology, and at Kurt Salmon, I'll be doing just that.
The ILR Degree
ILR Career Services gave me the skills and tools to help me pursue my career goals. The quality of Career Services is unique and unparalleled. The students who understand that and utilize it maximize the value of their degree. ILR allows you to complement your degree with whatever focus you wish, so don't let anything keep you from that. Take classes that intimidate you, and challenge yourself in new and interesting ways. That's what you're here to do.