Career Advancement Center
The J. Mack Robinson College of Business has introduced Panthers in the Valley, a signature program that immerses students in one of the world’s most innovative business environments – Silicon Valley.
Applicants must be a currently enrolled Georgia State University student graduating December 2019 or later with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
Panthers in the Valley is designed for currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate students who are interested in exploring career options in Silicon Valley. Panthers in pursuit of the following degree programs are ideal candidates: analytics, computer information systems, entrepreneurship, fintech, and/or marketing from the Robinson College of Business, and computer science majors from Georgia State’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Through an intense professional development process, we expect 12-14 finalists will make the four-day trip, which is targeted to occur October 2019.
Panthers in the Valley will expose students to Silicon Valley’s unique entrepreneurial and innovative culture. This will allow participants to compete for internships and full-time jobs in Silicon Valley while at the same time providing area employers access to top talent from one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States.
The trip will include meetings with early stage start-ups, venture capitalists and technology stalwarts.
Panthers in the Valley will build on Robinson’s proven record of providing students with immersive and experiential opportunities that accelerate their professional development and have the potential to transform their careers.
We are looking for professionals and companies to partner with us to share this experience with our students. We hope the best practices identified below spark your imagination about how you might become involved. Our collaborative approach to the development of signature programs includes incorporating others’ feedback and ideas, so feel free to share yours with us.
Alumni champion the idea of their organization or leverage their network to identify other organizations to become a host. Alumni Champions and Friends of Robinson also provide support in the following ways:
Alums and friends are invited to a networking reception with students, faculty and leadership as part of the program, which provides an opportunity to form valuable connections.
Career Opportunities and Mentoring
Identifying internships and jobs along with mentoring students involved in this experience is an invaluable way to support the program.
Alums and friends often support our signature programs by helping to underwrite the cost of the program. Over time, many signature program alumni go on to support these experiences financially as well.
Visiting innovative organizations, meeting professionals at a variety of levels who work there and engaging with them in meaningful ways is the hallmark of our signature programs.
Our best visits typically run 1.5 to 2 hours and include the following elements:
Learning about internships, entry-level roles and career paths
Panel discussions and networking roundtables
Many organizations have interesting physical spaces and will provide a tour of the facility.
Firms often host us over breakfast or lunch, or offer refreshments.
In order to maximize the learning opportunity, we collaborate with firms who host our students to make their visit experiential.
Students have listened in on the morning conference call of an equity research team of an investment bank and engaged in follow-up discussion.
One firm asked students to join them in a new product development meeting.
Several organizations have provided information on an issue to review and analyze prior to meeting and asked students to engage with a subject matter expert.
Student Team Projects
We actively are seeking firms who are interested in having our students engage in a team project as part of this new program.