Internship Advice!—Sasikanth

UC Davis--MBA

If there is one thing that is abundantly available at the GSM, it’s advice! People at the GSM differentiate themselves from other B-School campuses by being most helpful to their fellow classmates. I don’t know if it’s the small class size or the really sweet nature of people at GSM, you get advice all the time. At times this can be so overwhelming that it becomes infinitely difficult to extract Signal from all that noise!

So this blog post about Internship Advice might be entirely irrelevant to some of you, a little boring to most of you. But if I am able to connect to at least one person, I would consider my effort fruitful. So without much ado let me take you through another round of Advice!

  • Start Early: – This is as simple as it gets. I know all of you are a little overwhelmed by the 3 hour long classes and tiresome socializing processes. But if Internship is not the first priority on your mind from day 1, you are already on the back foot and that’s never good when you have got few bases to cover! Ok so how early is early?? The answer is ASAP!

    UC Davis--MBA

    UC Davis–MBA

  • Lamp List: – By now the career development people would have taken away at least 2 days from your valuable schedule with the two-hour job search sessions. I know that feeling but believe me, the LAMP process really works! Irrespective of your personal opinions. But the first thing you should do when you are in such a close knit family as GSM is to explore the Alumni contacts from LinkedIn and build a LAMP list from that. The hit ratio with such a list is definitely going to be high. I got replies from as many Alumni as I contacted. They really want us to succeed! Use them effectively.
UC Davis MBA

UC Davis MBA

  • Sort out your Resume: – This is the single most important aspect of the job search process. Then why the hell did I list it as my 3rd bullet point? Well often times the most important things need some preparatory ground work, if you know what I mean!!! Translating your experience and expertise to match the roles that you are aspiring for is the most arduous task you will face during your B-school. Mainly people with deep rooted experience in any specific field find it most difficult to bring out a one page resume and even if they do, they fail to connect those skills to specific roles you are targeting.

If you think you cannot do all this alone, approach Career Development and if that does not work out still, seek professional help. Ignore the costs associated with this process as we are in B-school and we know the concept of ROI. If you start early, then you can save many resource that go into building your resume.

My Old resume failed to get me a decent internship because there was too much technical information that could not bring out the qualitative skills needed for an MBA internship. Only by investing lot of time and resources on my resume, I was able to attract lot of attention from recruiters which eventually lead to couple of offers within 3 weeks of re-working my resume.

UC Davis MBA

UC Davis MBA

  • Networking: – This is the biggest B-school “dirty word” that you would love to hate! This is probably the most loosely used B-school concept. It is not defined by the number of treks you attend nor is it quantified by number of connections in your LinkedIn. There is more to it than meets the eye! To really understand the power of Networking, read the HBS case on Heidi Roizen and define your own approach to network. I do mine while I play Cricket every week in the Bay Area and while I travel in BART. But I have to tell you, those early morning commuters on BART do not appreciate you waking them up for Networking! Do not go unarmed.
UC Davis ---MBA

UC Davis —MBA

  • LinkedIn works! : – I know lot of you have your own experience and doubts about the power of LinkedIn, but for me both the Internships were posted on LinkedIn. Many of you might have done cost benefit analysis on the efficiency of having a premium account. For me unsubscribing Netflix and HBO Go worked out well. I mean I had to devour Madmen and House Of Cards in 3 weeks, but that’s not the point! You can effectively utilize it by enabling premium account only for those 4 months during which you vigorously search for jobs! It’s a pay as you go service model!
UC Davis--MBA

UC Davis–MBA

I hope at least some of this makes sense to some of you. If it does not, well there is one more bullet point left for you 6) Call 530 902 9572!!!

Happy Internship searching.

My internship at Salesforce—By Erin

UC Davis MBA--Internship at Salesforce

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to land an internship at Salesforce. I spent four months working with the Solutions Marketing team as a Mobile Product Marketing Intern, an amazing experience.

My internship encompassed two main components: tracking the adoption and use of the flagship mobile product, Salesforce1, and the support of team efforts for Dreamforce.

The first part of my experience was similar to what product marketers do across the board: develop the messaging for a product, identify blockers to adoption or use, and come up with ways to drive demand. There was a steep learning curve in every possible way: the incredible city of San Francisco that I found myself in; Salesforce’s Aloha culture; the technical aspects of the Salesforce1 mobile app and Salesforce’s entire portfolio of products; our customers and their needs; and even the tools and programs that made me able to do my job.

UC Davis MBA--Internship at Salesforce

UC Davis MBA–Internship at Salesforce

The other aspect of my internship was centered around Dreamforce. Dreamforce is an annual event designed to “excite you, entertain you, educate you, inspire you, and motivate you,” according to Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. It is the largest software conference on the planet, filled with huge names in thought leadership like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, and investor Marc Andreessen; over 1400 breakout sessions where attendees can learn about the latest in Salesforce products, technology trends, sales tools, and industry-specific use cases; but also brings the fun with over 20 performers like Bruno Mars, Cake, and The Beach Boys.

UC Davis MBA--Internship at Salesforce #Bruno Mars

UC Davis MBA–Internship at Salesforce #Bruno Mars

I had the opportunity to work on the Salesforce1 Campground, learning from visionary product marketers how to present our product and message in engaging ways. From the concept to the reality, I got to play a part in bringing our super-size device theater illustrating Salesforce1 across every device – featuring a 12 foot phone, desktop, and tablet, and the biggest watch you can imagine.

UC Davis MBA--Internship at Salesforce

UC Davis MBA–Internship at Salesforce

Another key project that I was able to shepherd was the Salesforce1 Mobile App Guided Tour. In this immersive experience, we showcased the newest and most popular features of the new release. I took the lead on the development of the script, and forced customers to listen to my voice as I guided them through the app.

Finally, I led two breakout sessions illustrating Salesforce’s innovation at work. Featuring Salesforce Chief Information Officer Ross Meyercord, and his right-hand man, Senior Director Wing Yu, we presented how Salesforce, Forbes’ 4 Time Most Innovative Company, uses its flagship mobile app, Salesforce1 to make employee processes easier and faster. I was given a front row seat to what innovation at scale really means, as well as the opportunity to both form the message around Salesforce’s employee mobile strategy, and to bring that strategy to our customers at breakout sessions. Understatement of the year: I was thrilled to be able to present with two incredible gentlemen  – as an intern!

I could not have been more thrilled to have landed my dream internship. What an phenomenal experience!

UC Davis MBA--Internship at Salesforce

UC Davis MBA–Internship at Salesforce

UC Davis--MBA

Dear friends, the summer is here. All of the ambassadors are out for interns; we would be back in October, hopefully we can bring you some fresh stories in our intern; anyway, you still can leave you comments or suggestions here. Hope to see you again in the fall. Enjoy a nice summer! UC Davis–MBA

MBA in the DNA—By Chris


The coolest thing I’ve noticed about being an MBA student is how much it shifts your thinking into a business mindset.  I read the news, watch movies, and overhear conversations these days and I can’t help but think of the concepts we’ve been learning in our classes.  When we take the time to stop and think about it, it’s incredible how much knowledge we’ve been able to absorb in such a short period of time.

For example, a recent superhero movie had a plot device of big data being collected from social media that can “predict the future of every American.”  I immediately thought of our Time Series Analysis class and joked that I’d like to have seen their p-values!  Of course my date thought I was a giant nerd, but that should have been obvious already since I took her to a movie about men in tights saving the world.

Bill Gates at CES 2007

UC Davis MBA:“Here’s a guy who probably got called a nerd once too.”


But the way of looking at things at the GSM is also really useful in a lot of ways outside of the classroom.  I used some of the negotiation tactics from our Individual and Group Dynamics class to help me get a sweet deal on a new phone.  I talked with a friend of mine who was stressed out at work on how he could better organize his employees using our Managing for Operational Excellence theories.  And a family member looking at starting her own business got some free knowledge courtesy of what I learned in Corporate Finance.  All of these conversations went into business mode with little effort – it was just the right way to look at things.


UC Davis MBA:“A typical family dinner in my house since the start of the MBA program.”

Every now and then I’ll have a nonsensical dream where I’m trying to solve for the dividend growth rate on a basket of French fries, but besides that it’s awesome to be able to whip out b-school ideas in everyday life.  Our brains are being trained to take apart problems and look at them from a business perspective, even when we don’t realize it.  Even when we struggle with a class concept, or miss a point on a test, or feel like we’re in over our heads, we’re still getting stronger.  The best part is, we didn’t have to get bitten by anything radioactive to become so amazing!

The Road Goes Ever On—By Erik #Guest Blog Series

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UC Davis MBA

Erik is a first year MBA student, focusing on Marketing and Business Analytics.  He spent the past five years working at Walgreens as an assistant manager where he developed an interest in non-profit leadership while leading teams to raise funds for Children’s Hospital of Central California.  As the president of Challenge for Charity at UC Davis, he enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, giving back to the community while also being active and outdoors. 

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a respite to Yosemite National Park with a few of my classmates for a day hike.  We started our outing at 4 in the morning; a journey in the dark.  Our goal was the top of Nevada Fall, a seven mile hike with some intense sections of elevation gain.  Getting there and back again turned into an all-day affair.  We returned to Sacramento ragged, worn, and exhausted.  We wore the dirt and sweat from the trail, but also smiles. It was not until sometime later, reflecting upon our journey, when it occurred to me that the hike that day was analogous to the first year of my MBA experience at UC Davis.

It takes preparation and work just to get to the start of your journey. Then the real work begins.  My first year as an MBA student has been an uphill struggle where the path has not always been clear. But I never had to struggle alone.  The new friends I have made at the GSM have stuck together, supported each other, and taken turns leading the way to ensure we accomplish our goals. The intense focus needed to keep moving upward while maintaining one’s breath is punctuated by the type of engaging conversation that shape the foundation of life-long relationships.
So if you are considering taking on a challenging journey, be it B-school or a hike, remind yourself of the following. You will be challenged and you will be tired. There will be times when your physical, mental and emotional limits are tested.  But there will also be amazing food, and drinks, and friends.  And at every landmark not only can you look back and see just how far you have come, but you can also look ahead to the next challenge, knowing that every bit of the struggle will be worth it. Finally, remind yourself to take a few pictures along the way, because it really is a beautiful time in your life.

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EyeCandy Inc.On Board—By Sarah #Guest Blogger



April 27th marked the end of the 50th International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition (ICBSC), and five solid months of hard work running EyeCandy, for first-years Saumya, David, Roman, Sasi, and me, plus one of UC Davis’s finest professors and our advisor, Hemant Bhargava.

We formed our team back in December. While everyone else was skiing, we were reading the 200+ page simulation manual, and designing our product. At the end of January, the competition started.

Every quarter in the simulation, we had to make a series of decisions in response to the market, including pricing, advertising, sales force compensation, R&D, training, plant expansions, stock, CDs, corporate bonds, and stock sales. The decisions started at one a week, but accelerated to two a week the second and third year. In between years, we wrote a full-length strategic business plan and annual report.




Road trip! Five people, one car. After three years running EyeCandy, (3+ months of decisions and reports) we headed down to Anaheim, California for the intensive phase of the competition. After seven hours of driving, we were next to Disneyland, but we did not see much of the scenery.



We spent almost the entire competition holed up in our hotel rooms analyzing data, making decisions, preparing presentations, and writing reports. We had to submit a decision set every two hours while preparing a presentation to EyeCandy’s Board of Directors (our judges). It forced us to stop heavily relying on data, and start relying on our instincts.



On the final night of the competition, everyone sat down together for a wonderful dinner and awards ceremony.

We may not have won the competition, but we were definitely the biggest winners overall because the ICBSC allowed us to apply and integrate our classroom lessons while thinking critically about multiple, on-going aspects of business over an extended length of time. We are absolutely ecstatic that we had the opportunity to represent UC Davis and the GSM at this competition, and we look forward to advising next year’s ICBSC team.



Left to right: EyeCandy’s COO Roman Terentiev, CSO Sarah Guthrie, CEO Saumya Garg, CFO David Werner-Sexton, and CMO Sasikanth Vadlamudi



As the End of the MBA Approaches, Don’t Forget to Take Your Community with You—By Vanessa

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UC Davis MBA–Beta, Gamma,Sigma

The end of the MBA program can be bittersweet.  There are times where moments with classmates are so meaningful and fun that is it hard and sad to imagine we will all be moving on to the next chapter of our lives in a couple of short months.  However, there are also moments of pride and accomplishment that are extremely happy, and today was one of those moments.

Each year, the GSM hosts a student awards ceremony for its top academic achievers and student leaders.  The top 20% of students in each of the MBA programs and the Master of Professional Accountancy program get inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the worldwide honors society for business students.  Additionally, there are nine student fellowships given to 11 students across all of the MBA programs, and four Alumni Association awards given across all programs.

As you know from this blog, many of us wear several hats at the GSM.  From family commitments, to school commitments, to extracurricular activities outside of school activities, life can get downright hectic.  Sometimes, simply staying on top of things is challenging, so achieving one of these awards involves sacrifice and commitment.

As I was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma today, along with nine of my colleagues from the full-time program, I certainly reflected on my accomplishments, but I also reflected on the people who made them possible.  I thought about all of the times family members worked around my busy schedule for dinners and visits.  I thought about my husband who always became busier right along with me as finals approached, taking on more than his fair share of errands and chores so that I could finish projects, study, and squeeze in some sleep.  Then I thought about my colleagues at school.  By nature, business school is a competitive environment, but I can’t think of anyone in my class who walked across that stage today who hasn’t lent a helping hand to classmates.  I believe this collaborative and inclusive community is special and rare and something that makes the GSM stand out from any other business school program.  In fact, one my previous blog entries centered around this theme. (

Our next big celebration is graduation, and while we will undoubtedly be reflecting on our accomplishments at that milestone as well, we will again be thinking of all the people that made it all possible.  After all, during the sad moments, where is it hard to imagine going our separate ways, it is not our accomplishments that are tugging on our heart strings—we get to take those with us.  What really is tugging on our heart strings is the tight knit community that made all of these accomplishments possible.  So, as we all go out into the world and forge our paths, remember to take that community with you too—keep in touch, come back to alumni events, and continue to foster what makes the GSM so special.  And to all of the prospective students out there, remember to foster this community from the very beginning—two years pass by quicker than you can imagine!

Bay Area Image—By Jason Yang


UC Davis MBA–Bay Area Image

When I moved to San Francisco four years ago, I knew little about Bay Area except San Francisco and Silicon Valley. For most people from other states or countries, you may not be very familiar with this region which surrounds San Francisco in Northern California. It’s an absolutely gorgeous area, and there are numerouse reasons why you should never miss the opportunity to experience the life here.

Nice Weather

California is well known for its pleasant sunny days. Even it’s a little chilly in Northern California, you won’t worry too much about the weather. The temperature is usually around 50s and it barely rains from March to November. It’s common to see people wearing T-shirts and those wearing coats at the same time-it all depends on how you would like to enjoy the famous California sunshine.

Beautiful Scenery

You must hear about Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz before, but Bay Area has more iconic views other than those. In the city, there are many places you can go: Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower and Alamo Square. You can also drive on Highway 280 or Highway 1 to see the beautiful landmarks and scenery spots.


This is for the all the sports fans out there. The Bay Area has several amazing teams: San Francisco Giants (2013 World Series Championship), San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks. Catch those games in the well-located stadiums with your friends. Doesn’t it sound good?

Tech Hub

Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo-most dot companies you can name are headquartered in Bay Area. With a culture of Venture Capital investments, more and more tech companies are being founded. In Bay Area, you are exposed to the new technology coming up every day. I am sure it will serve as a major inspiration for you.


People from all over the world move to Bay Area. This creates so much diversity. I’m sure you are all aware that San Francisco is booming with people from all over the world. In other words, everyone is welcome! It’s so great to be in a place that welcomes everyone with open arms, and so eye-opening as well.

In a word, this amazing place is full of opportunities for you to explore and I believe you will like it as much as anyone else does.

Hangout with GSMers on Picnic Day!—By Wataru


On April 12th, we at UC Davis celebrated our 100th picnic day celebration. For those uninformed, Picnic Day is an open house for all clubs, organizations, and departments to showcase the talents of their respective groups. Whether you attended a Chemistry Magic Show, received strawberry plants, or watched the Dachshund Races it was most certainly a day of joy and celebration!

Here are a few pictures which try to, but don’t quite, capture the excitement of Picnic Day.


UC Davis MBA–Picnic Day

Starting the day with a few members of the GSM


UC Davis MBA–Picnic Day

Sometimes you just need to let the excitement out!


UC Davis MBA–Picnic Day

The responsibility of taking care of young plants weighed heavily on Christine’s fiancé.


UC Davis MBA–Picnic Day

I was offered an opportunity to pose with one of the star athletes and I was going to say no!

SHHHHH—It’s Secret—GSM Men’s Night—-By Erin


One of the cool things about being a first year at the GSM is all of the new experiences that we get to have.  Not only are we learning a lot in the classroom, and increasingly through extracurriculars, but there are cool traditions that we get to become a part of.  From the monthly ASM barbecues, to Fall’s Casino Royale and last week’s Capital Connections with the Sacramento program, it all contributes to the fun sense of community that we have in Business School.


UC Davis MBA—Men’s Night

One of the cooler events (that I hadn’t even heard about until we started secretly planning) is the GSMen’s Night.  Every year, the women of the GSM get together and plan a secret party for our male counterparts.  Better yet – then they reciprocate!


UC Davis MBA—Men’s Night


The womenfolk secretly gathered to plan the theme, scout locations in the area, and let the guys know to set aside the evening.  For our Honky Tonk-themed night, we took over the outdoor area at Plainfield Station on County Road 98, made sure it was decked out for their arrival, and a fleet of drivers chauffeured the men – blindfolded! – to the party.  It was a fantastic evening with great times and big laughs by all. Next up is the Ladies’ Night.  Stay tuned!


UC Davis MBA—Men’s Night