Walton MBA: Internships and Job Placement
Walton MBA students work closely with the Walton College Career Development Center. And an impressive array of internships, mentorship programs, and opportunities for employment are made available by our industry partners and supporters.
Industry Connections: Walton Career Center
Walton College is positioned in the center of the retail industry and connected to the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., as well as hundreds of vendors that supply products to the company and other retailers. Summer MBA internships at Walton College are competitive and include experience in finance, category management, strategy, price analysis, and other demand areas with companies right in our backyard.
While we help you find opportunities, you obtain a position through careful resume preparation and focused interviews. Our Walton College Career Development Center provides one-on-one guidance through this process, designed with your specific style in mind. The Career Development Center also serves as the clearinghouse for MBA internships, making sure that you are notified of job openings as they become available.
Developing Your Career - A Customized Approach
Early in the program, Career Center staff work with you to develop a professional resume that you use for graduate assistantship and summer internship interviews. You also participate in behavioral and conversational interview training sessions to help get you ready for interviewing.
Later in the program, we help you refine your executive presence, learn tips for more effective networking and coach you through the development of a job search plan. When you begin interviewing for the ideal job, we help you understand how to negotiate for the best salary and benefits available.
Upon admission to the full-time MBA program, a student may be awarded a Graduate Assistantship. Our Graduate Assistantships provide full or out-of-state tuition waivers, a stipend, and, in some cases, scholarship funding. Students work either for the Walton College or for one of our corporate partners. The work is arranged around your academic schedule and designed to complement your course work.
Working with a corporate partner is a terrific opportunity for the MBA student who wants to pursue a career in business. Because you are working in a business environment while taking courses, you have many opportunities to apply what you learn in the classroom to your corporate setting. Students who choose the corporate Graduate Assistantship often work for the same companies during their summer internships.
Working with the Walton College is an excellent choice for a student interested in eventually acquiring a Ph.D. since assignments usually include working directly with a professor, assisting with courses and research.
MBA Mentorship Program
A unique aspect of the Walton MBA program is the mentorship program that is designed to develop students and ease their transition into the working-world.MBA Mentorships
The Walton College works with many employer partners and organizations to facilitate recruiting and networking opportunities that may lead to internships in the following industries:
- Product Manufacturing
- Customer Service
- Service Industry
- Food and Beverage
- Hotel Management
- Supply Chain
- Information Technology
- Information Systems
- Computer Science
- Defense Contractors
- Consulting and Government Agencies
Companies Hiring Walton College Graduate Assistants & Summer Interns*
- Henkel-Dial Corporation
- Frito Lay
- Gildan Activeware
- Kraft Heinz Company
- Land O’Lakes, Inc.
- Mr Price (South African Retailer)
- The NPD Group
- Procter & Gamble
- Reckitt Benckiser
- Rich’s Consumer Brands
- Rockfish Interactive
- Rockline Industries
- Saatchi & Saatchi X
- Sam’s Club
- Tyson Foods, Inc.
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
* List is subject to change based on company hiring needs.
What Our Partners Say
Land O’Lakes is proud to continue its participation in the Walton MBA internship program through the University of Arkansas. The interns we have had the opportunity to work with have been important contributors to company projects and strategic goals. We continually look to this internship program as an important source of talent for Land O’Lakes, and look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.
Scott Haws, Land O’Lakes vice president of dairy foods retail and deli sales
In today’s global economy, saving people money is more critical than ever. In order to accomplish our mission, we need a new generation of innovators to find ways to help our customers and associates save money so they can live better. At The Sam Walton College of Business, we were pleased to find a strong group of diverse students who were passionate about the many facets of our business and our over-arching goal to be a leader in sustainable business practices. I’m sure we will continue to see that same passion from Walton graduates going forward.
Michelle S. Vash, Ph.D. Wal-Mart Senior Manager, Campus Relations
The Walton MBA program has served as the catalyst I needed to jumpstart my career in the consumer packaged goods industry. Through my graduate assistantship with Land O’ Lakes, I am able to gain 18 months of experience in sales before graduating. The ability to immediately apply the knowledge acquired in the classrooms has truly proved beneficial for my professional development.
Carmen Williamson, Full-Time MB, Class of 2014
Looking for More Information?
To learn more about hiring Walton MBA students, contact:
Marion Dunagan, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs