On Dec. 2, faculty and staff members gathered for the first Signing Day for Mays Business School MBA and master’s students who accepted job and internship offers. The 70 signees celebrated in the Cocanougher Center with refreshments and photo sessions, just as athletes do when they commit to teams.
“This was a really fun celebration,” said Tripti Rai ’17, who has secured an internship with Dell next summer. “I would love for this to turn into a full-time job after I graduate. It was a stressful time, looking for an internship, and Dell was always my top choice. Now I can focus on finishing school.”

Michael Snowden ’16 is eager to start his job after graduating later this month. “It’s a relief to have it finalized,” he said.

Almost 96 percent of last year’s master’s students received job offers before graduating. The top companies hiring Mays graduates are HP, Dell, AT&T, Infosys and Amazon. The top industries are technology, consulting and energy. The top fields are consulting, finance/accounting, general management, sales/marketing, logistics/operations and human resources.

Snowden- EYThe event stemmed from a suggestion by Ed Segura, the Mays facilities and resources officer.

“He said—and I agreed—that it could be a great way to showcase the employment success of our students.  It would give a ‘name and face’ to the employment stats that we report each year,” said Kim Austin, director of the Career Management Center at Mays.

“Using social media, we posted photos of individual students with the hiring company logos. Most of the employers favorited and then retweeted the posts within minutes. So, not only was Signing Day a fun way to celebrate with the students, it garnered positive press for the Mays MBA brand with employers.”