Panthers in the Valley is designed for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate 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, computer science, entrepreneurship, fintech, and/or marketing.
Students who are selected for the cohort complete a 6-month series of training sessions and briefings designed to help them make the strongest impression on the professionals they will encounter during their immersive business meetings, networking events and engagement opportunities, reflecting what the students will experience after graduation.
Who is eligible?
All undergraduate and graduate students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA graduating in December 2022 or later are eligible to apply.
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.
Visiting innovative organizations, meeting professionals at a variety of levels who work there and engaging with them in meaningful ways is the hallmark of Panthers Immersion 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 and offer refreshments.
Unique Experiential Opportunities
In order to maximize the learning opportunity, we collaborate with firms who host our students to make their visit experiential.
One firm asked students to join them in a new product development meeting.
Students have listened in on the morning conference call of an investment bank’s equity research team and engaged in follow-up discussion.
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 program.
Alumni 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 program alumni go on to support these experiences financially as well.