Journey Through the Experiential Program: From West Coast Tech Immersion to NYC Insights

Author: Sushmita is a current MBA student at Stern, specializing in Product Management, Strategy, Leadership, and Change Management. Prior to Stern, she worked as a Machine Learning Engineer at JP Morgan Chase and in the technology sector. Post-MBA, she plans to pursue Product Management in the tech industry with a focus on AI/ML. At Stern, Sushmita is actively involved in the Stern Technology Association, Student Government, FinTech Association, South Asian Business Association Society, and Entertainment Media and Sports Association.

Susmitha Pandula Headshot

The NYU Tech MBA program offers three experiential learning programs each semester: NYC Immersion in the summer, Tech Solutions in the fall, and West Coast Immersion in the winter.

These programs are an essential part of the curriculum, each designed with its own suite of experiential learning opportunities to immerse students in the tech industry and solve real-world problems.

Throughout my journey in the Experiential courses, I’ve had the privilege of engaging with innovative companies, tackling real-world challenges, and expanding my network across the vibrant tech scenes of both the West Coast and NYC. It has been an incredible learning experience that has enabled me to enhance my skills, gain invaluable insights, face challenges head-on, and discover new aspects of myself both personally and professionally. 

Join me as I share my personal account of this transformative journey, from the excitement of the West Coast Tech Immersion to the unique opportunities and learnings gained in the heart of NYC’s tech scene.

Uber office visit during Summer
Uber office visit during Summer

During the NYC Immersion, our close-knit cohort of 51 was divided into two groups: one group worked with Salesforce, while the other collaborated with Sprinklr. Both groups focused on creating solutions to solve common issues in the customer relationship management industry. I had the opportunity to work with Sprinklr. This experience highlighted the importance of a consultative approach in the CXM industry.  It provided me with a deeper understanding of the CXM landscape and the strategies employed by leading companies like Sprinklr to drive success for their clients.

Tech Solutions – Fall

Group presentation photo
My group presented the final presentation at BNY Mellon New York office

In the fall semester, I gained firsthand experience working within New York City’s diverse community, including my classmates, who brought diverse professional backgrounds to the table. Working with BNY Mellon in the Tech Solutions course was one of my favorite experiences. Every discussion and checkpoint was a learning curve, not only on the business-technology case we were working with but also on collaborating with diverse technology stakeholders. During the project, I had the opportunity to transform user insights into actionable specs, lead weekly cross-functional meetings to integrate go-to-market technologies across engineering, design, and sales teams, present to senior leadership, and benchmark product market demand. Collaborating with a Product team in the New York office and a tech team in India was an eye-opening experience. It was incredibly rewarding to see the tech team implement our solution. I gained invaluable insights into real-world applications of business and technology. It emphasized the significance of understanding and addressing the unique needs of different stakeholders within an organization to develop and implement effective technology solutions. Whether you plan to work internationally or stay in the United States, these courses ensure your readiness for any professional environment.

West Coast Immersion – Winter

The West Coast Immersion was one of my best memories of the entire MBA experience.

Group photo at Microsoft Headquarters
With Jeff Teper at Microsoft Headquarters – Seattle
Group photo at The Spheres
The Spheres – part of the Amazon headquarters campus in Seattle


One of the most memorable sessions of the entire trip was the one at Microsoft, which provided us with an immersive experience of the Future of Work. Jeff Teper, President of Microsoft 365 Collaborative Apps and Platforms, showcased new features and enhancements for Copilot in Microsoft 365. He guided us through the future workplace at the Microsoft 365 Community, where innovation meets practical application. This pivotal session left us eager to advance our skills in today’s AI-driven work environment. Teper covered the latest developments in Microsoft 365, Copilot, Teams, Viva, and more, offering unparalleled learning, professional development, and networking opportunities. He shared how Microsoft is preparing to transform our approach to work and harness the capabilities of AI at the most anticipated Microsoft community event of the year. The session inspired us to level up and embrace the exciting future ahead!

San Francisco

Tech MBA Cohort at Linkedin Office
Our entire Tech MBA Cohort at Linkedin Office in San Francisco

After an intensive week in Seattle visiting major tech companies like Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile, and DirectTV, our cohort reunited in San Francisco for another week of company visits. We enjoyed a relaxing weekend exploring the Bay Area and a wine-tasting tour in Napa before diving into a busy schedule featuring visits to Salesforce, Saildrone, Upside Foods, AirBnB, 500 Global, NVIDIA, LinkedIn, and Palantir.

Two of the most memorable visits for me were to NVIDIA and Airbnb. At NVIDIA, I was impressed by the company’s thoughtfully designed campus and the passion and high standards of its employees. Rama Akkiraju, VP for AI for IT, provided in-depth insights into the practical use cases of AI and its role in driving growth at NVIDIA. This experience gave me a deeper understanding of how AI can be leveraged to transform businesses and drive innovation.

At Airbnb, I was rejuvenated by the company’s well-designed building and inspired by the thoughtful and precise approach to work demonstrated by Judson Coplan, VP Product Marketing, and Iain Robert, VP People and Culture. Their insights into creating a strong company culture and delivering exceptional user experiences left a lasting impact on me.

Throughout the trip, professors Melissa Schilling and Vasant Dhar led insightful lectures and discussions on the role of technology in transforming industries and how companies can optimize their positioning. These sessions provided me with a strategic framework to analyze the tech industry and make informed predictions about its future. The trip ended with an intimate talk by Stern alumni and CEO of Calm, David Ko, who provided valuable perspective on career journeys and the importance of being thoughtful about the next step, especially during a time of layoffs in the tech industry. His words of wisdom resonated with me and reinforced the importance of making deliberate career choices aligned with my goals and values.

Through the West Coast Immersion, I learned about the practical use cases of AI, the importance of thoughtful design and high standards, and the role of technology in transforming industries.

NYC vs. West Coast: A Tale of Two Tech Hubs

Having experienced both the New York City and West Coast tech scenes through the NYU Stern Tech MBA program, I can confidently say that each location has its own unique charm and offerings.
New York City, the bustling metropolis, is known for its fast-pace. The city’s tech scene is heavily influenced by industries such as finance, media, and fashion, which results in a focus on leveraging technology to drive innovation and efficiency in these sectors. NYC is home to a diverse range of tech companies, from established giants like Google and Amazon to up-and-coming startups in fintech, adtech, and e-commerce.

In contrast, the West Coast, particularly Silicon Valley, has a more laid-back vibe that fosters a culture of innovation and risk-taking. The region is synonymous with tech giants like Apple, Facebook, and Google, as well as countless startups hoping to become the next big thing. The West Coast tech scene is known for its focus on cutting-edge technologies such as AI, machine learning, and virtual reality, as well as its strong emphasis on entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Group photo of Tech MBA Class of 2024
My People – Tech MBA Class of 2024
Group photo at West Coast Immersion
Memorable visit during our West Coast Immersion

Recruiting for Non-Technical Roles in Tech

Author: Scott is a full-time student pursuing a Tech MBA at NYU Stern. Prior to pursuing his MBA at NYU Stern, he worked in Technology Risk Consulting for 5+ years as a Manager in KPMG’s Technology Assurance practice. He managed a global portfolio of IT Assurance engagements and led a team of 10 associates in delivering IT SOX/SOC services, and automated compliance solutions to clients in the financial services industry.

Scott Dunleavy

Recruiting during a 1-year MBA is an interesting experience. Within one year you will leave your job, and transition back to student life, all while figuring out what you want to do for the next step in your career. On one hand you want to enjoy being a student and immerse yourself in the Tech-MBA experience; on the other hand, there is constant pressure in the background to recruit. Many students come to campus with an idea of their ‘dream job’ while others come in with a clean slate. There is no right or wrong way to do it, and everyone has their own unique recruiting journey. I will tell you a little bit about my recruiting experience, and I hope it helps you in your time as a Sternie! 

What do I want to do?

When I arrived on campus last May, I had an idea of what I wanted to do post-MBA but I told myself that I should come in with an open mind. I would have told you on day 1 of the program that my short-term career goal was to land a job in Product Management for a Financial Services Institution or a FinTech company. Like many Tech MBA’s, I saw Product Management (PM) as a very interesting career path and it was definitely top of mind. I told myself to be open and to talk to as many alumni as I could to see if there were any other career paths that would interest me. One thing I would recommend all students do in the summer semester is set up as many coffee chats and speak with as many alumni as possible to get a feel for what a Tech MBA career looks like after graduating. Compared to the fall and spring semesters which can be very busy with recruiting, the summer semester is a time for you to explore opportunities and potential career paths. From talking to alumni in Product Management / Financial Services I remained very interested in a potential career as a PM but I also spoke to a couple of alums who were working in Sales/Business Development for Tech companies and this piqued my interest more than I had expected. 

During the Summer semester you have the amazing opportunity to work with a real-world Technology client during Tech Solutions – lean into this. In my case I was paired with Salesforce and was able to work with them on building a product mockup and go-to-market strategy for a new Gen AI product. Throughout the experience with Salesforce, I realized that it was the client facing demos, storytelling, and sales / go-to-market pitches that got me the most excited about our product. While other students seemed to enjoy working with the product itself, it was really the storytelling that got me juiced up. One day after class a classmate came up to me and said ‘hey, have you ever considered software sales, I think you would be really good at it’, and this really got me thinking about a potential career in Tech Sales. I decided to go outside of the MBA and speak with some close friends and family who really knew me well, to seek their advice about Sales vs Product Management. The Stern network is amazing but never underestimate the power of your personal network, and the people in your life who have been your biggest supporters and cheerleaders. Lean on them as much as you can because in some ways – they may know you better than you know yourself. 

After having some conversations with friends and family about potential career paths I started to realize that Business Development or Technical Sales might be a better fit for me than Product Management. I am a relationship-oriented person who loves working with customers, and from a personality standpoint I think sales is just a natural fit for me. This was not the easiest decision because Tech Sales is not the most traditional MBA path, and most of my classmates remained interested in PM jobs, but I decided to follow my gut and focus on the career path that I felt best aligned with my strengths. I urge you all to think about the things you are naturally good at and find the career path that best aligns with those innate skills. I knew that I would have to carve out my own recruiting journey, as many of the traditional Tech-MBA roles that recruit on campus are PM jobs, but I bet on myself and followed my gut. Find the career path where you think you can excel, and where you think you will be the most happy. It is YOUR MBA experience, so don’t worry too much about where your other classmates are recruiting, because everyone has their own path and ends up where they are meant to be. 

Now that I know what I want to do… How do I recruit?

Okay get ready for some clichés in this section, but honestly these simple strategies really go a long way when it comes to recruiting. Remember that Stern will equip you with the resources and skills you need to approach your recruiting journey with confidence, but at the end of the day this is your responsibility. Throughout this entire MBA experience, you are betting on yourself. It is up to you to put yourself in the best position to be successful when it comes to recruiting. Here are some tips and tricks that helped me. 

  1. Make a list of companies you would like to work for. For each company, list the job descriptions or titles that would potentially interest you. Whether it is from the Stern network or your personal network, list all the contacts you have at these companies and network, network, network. Oftentimes you can set up alerts on specific companies’ job sites for roles you are interested in. 
  2. LinkedIn can be your best friend. For someone like me who was recruiting for jobs that were not posted on NYU Stern’s career portal (most of these were PM/Strategy jobs and not sales related), LinkedIn is an awesome resource. You can configure your LinkedIn to send you job updates for specific companies or job titles. I did this for my top companies and job titles such as Sales Engineer, Solutions Architect, Sales Enablement, and Sales Strategy. For those of you recruiting for nontraditional MBA roles like me, LinkedIn is going to be your best friend. 
  3. Coffee Chats – don’t be afraid to reach out to alumni or former co-workers/friends to network. It feels awkward at first, but the Tech MBA Alumni network is amazing and, in my experience, they are always happy to help. Don’t be afraid to ask for a referral on the call, especially if you are recruiting for a sales role. End the call with a simple “thanks so much for your time I really appreciate it, just curious after getting to know me do you think I would be a good fit for your company or -insert role name here-?”. This will show confidence and will give the person you are speaking to an action item. Best case they say you would be a great fit and they’ll offer you a referral. Worst case they say no which is totally okay cause then you know that opportunity wasn’t meant for you anyways!
  4. Take advantage of your network – Full–Time MBA students and Part Time students are helpful resources. They have their own networks which they can connect you with, especially the part-time students who are out in the world working at some of the companies you may be interested in. A conversation with a Part Time MBA student in the Fall at a Stern Technology Association event was the conversation that eventually led to my Full-Time offer and the next step in my career. You never know which conversation is going to be THE conversation. Also never forget the power of your personal network, whether it is your high school friends, college friends, family, etc. It is easy to forget about the other networks you have when you are in the Stern bubble, but these can be just as helpful for your recruiting journey.
  5. Follow Up – It is so simple but send a personal follow up email every time you speak with someone while networking. Make this a habit. It is simple but it goes a long way. 

Think outside the Box

If you are interested in working for a Tech company but don’t see yourself as a Product Manager or Technical Program Manager, remember that there are so many other positions at Tech companies. I accepted a job offer for a Sales Enablement position at a Tech company which was not necessarily on my radar when I began the program. It was only through committing myself to recruiting for roles in Tech Sales that I discovered Enablement which combines my passion for sales with my love of coaching and teaching others. 

Embrace and take advantage of the fact that you are in New York City. I cannot think of a better place to be an MBA student, you are surrounded by hustle and opportunity. Think outside of the box when it comes to Tech recruiting and look for networking opportunities outside of Stern. I joined SENY (Sales Engineers of New York) which is a professional networking group, and I attended a couple of their events this year. Throughout the process I met some incredibly helpful people who were working in Technical Sales that went out of their way to help me during my recruiting journey. 

Some parting advice – try to have fun with recruiting. It can and will be stressful – it was for me. But keep a positive attitude, because you wouldn’t be at Stern if you weren’t qualified for the amazing career that is waiting for you. Apply to jobs you don’t think you are qualified for, take risks, and carve out your own path. You will end up where you are supposed to be.

Navigating the MBA Mind: A Journey to Mental Wellness at NYU Stern

Author: Nicolas is currently pursuing a Tech MBA at NYU Stern School of Business, specializing in Strategy and Product Management. He brings a robust background in strategy and operations from his experiences at consulting firms and tech companies such as Uber and Nubank in Latin America and the United States. At Stern, he has taken on leadership roles, serving as Co-President of the Fintech Association (FTA) and VP of Corporate Relations for the Latin America Business Association (LABA), where he has made significant contributions to both groups. After completing his MBA, Nicolas is keen to advance his career in product management, targeting roles that bridges his expertise in strategy in the tech industry. Outside of his professional life, he enjoys running, playing tennis, hiking, and socializing with friends.

Navigating the MBA Mind: A Journey to Mental Wellness at NYU Stern

Doing an MBA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but folks, it’s intense—so fasten your seat belts. Just picture this: You’re living in one of the most active and fast-paced cities in the world, studying with some of the smartest and most dynamic individuals you’ve ever met, and juggling 52 credits in a year, all while participating in multiple extracurricular activities. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? It certainly is, but it can also be overwhelming at times. This is why maintaining mental wellness is crucial during your MBA journey.

Is mental wellness really important? Yes, it is.

If you are reading this, you are probably contemplating starting your MBA journey, or perhaps you have already started and are encountering the considerable anxiety and stress that comes with tests, school applications, selection processes, financing, housing, and more. The MBA not only challenges your business acumen but also pushes you beyond your comfort zone, particularly if you’re relocating for the program, as I experienced as an international student.

I recall spending hours in front of my computer, answering numerous questions, starting with the perennial ‘Should I pursue an MBA?’ Conducting research, preparing for tests, and crafting compelling applications while balancing a full-time job and maintaining a semblance of a personal life can be mentally draining. Recognizing this exhaustion is crucial to avoid burnout. Mental wellness is essential not only because it impacts the quality of your endeavors but also because it inevitably affects your physical well-being. Together, these aspects have the power to either enhance or diminish your overall quality of life.

Once you’re in New York City and fully immersed in your MBA journey, you’ll quickly realize that the list of things to do is practically endless. The Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) will likely have you exploring more than you ever imagined. And you know what? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, I highly recommend soaking it all in because it’s a vital part of the MBA experience in the heart of Manhattan. Some of my fondest memories were made during those whirlwind days, where friendships solidified and the city became our playground.

That being said, don’t forget to carve out some ‘me time’ when you need it. It’s okay to say no once in a while and recharge your battery. Trust me, nothing beats a good night’s sleep when you’re feeling worn out.

Weekend trip to Catskills to see the fall foliage and empty a few bottles of wine

Find things you enjoy in the city, and do them more often

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or prefer indoor pursuits, rest assured, New York City has something for everyone. Personally, I love staying active, and engaging in sports and exercise is not only enjoyable but also a healthy way to do so. Tennis, for instance, is fantastic from summer through November. I highly recommend snagging an early NYC Parks Tennis Permit, granting you unlimited access to courts across the city. It’s not just about the game; it’s also a fantastic way to explore different neighborhoods.

Another activity I thoroughly enjoy is running. With its relatively flat topography and energizing parks and vistas, New York City is a runner’s paradise. It’s not just exercise; it’s an immersive way to experience the city and it is also an easy way to connect with people. I ran my first half-marathon with my classmates and it was epic! For those inclined towards art and design, the city boasts numerous galleries where you can lose yourself for hours, free of charge. It’s a perfect opportunity to wander, wonder, and relax amidst creative inspiration.

On the other hand, if you are an outdoor enthusiast, you can take advantage of hikes just an hour by train from Grand Central and visit the Cold Spring area. We did it with some classmates at Breakneck Ridge, and it’s so refreshing to escape the city and see some trees once in a while. These are just some of the things I have done to keep myself happy and motivated, so I can make the most of my MBA experience.

Music, coffee and friends

Here is my personal recipe for tackling the intensity of the city and the demands of the program. As a Colombian and self-professed coffee snob, there’s nothing quite like starting my day with a cup of coffee. It’s almost a ritual for me, providing a moment of relaxation and introspection amidst the hustle and bustle.

Music plays a huge role in my life, acting as a powerful influencer whenever I need a little boost. I rely on my playlists to lift my spirits, or I dive into the joy of discovering new music. There’s something truly special about stumbling upon a new favorite song that can’t be beat.

Being surrounded by friends is essential. Spending quality time together in environments where I can truly be myself and unwind is like recharging my batteries while having a blast. It’s these moments of camaraderie and connection that make the journey all the more enjoyable. My advice here is to look at Stern as a whole and not only get siloed in the Tech MBA program. Between all programs there are over a thousand interesting and friendly people who will give you the chance to deepen your tastes, an opportunity that could be limited in a smaller cohort.

Ultimately, keep in mind that prioritizing mental health isn’t just a luxury—it’s a necessity. It’s the cornerstone upon which a fulfilling and sustainable MBA journey is built. So, as you embark on this exhilarating adventure at NYU Stern, remember to fasten not only your seat belts but also your commitment to mental wellness, for it is the compass that will guide you through the highs and lows of this transformative experience making it unforgettable.

RecoBEERy after the Brooklyn Half Marathon with the West 4th Street Running Club (Yes, the Tech MBA Class 2024)

Stern Life Balance as a Tech MBA Student in New York

Author: Sofia is originally from Chile. Before Stern, she worked for companies in the Tech industry such as Microsoft and Samsung. During Stern, she is a Graduate Ambassador and part of the EFL program. Her highlight of the Tech MBA program was the West Coast Immersion, where she visited Tech companies from Seattle and the Bay Area.

 Sofia Aliste Paez

Stern Life Balance as a Tech MBA Student

Embarking on a Tech MBA at Stern, students typically fall into one of three categories:

  1. Those already living in NYC with local friends and family.
  2. U.S. residents from cities other than New York.
  3. International students moving to New York for the first time.

Having experienced both the third and the first scenarios over the past two years, I have a unique perspective on the transition. Before enrolling at Stern, I had already settled into New York life, as my husband was studying for his MBA at another university uptown. My initial year was a deep dive into the city’s fast-paced lifestyle, its diverse cultures, and indirectly, the MBA life through various social activities like club parties and ski trips. Even though my own MBA didn’t start until 2023, I felt like I was already part of it.

Embracing the City

For those already familiar with NYC, the Tech MBA at Stern can be an opportunity to delve deeper into specific neighborhoods or hidden gems you may have missed before. Explore restaurant pop-ups in trendy areas like Soho or Williamsburg, or take advantage of free museum nights offered by institutions like the MoMA or the Whitney.

NYC boasts a vibrant fitness scene, from boutique yoga studios to outdoor running groups that traverse iconic landmarks like Central Park or the Brooklyn Bridge. Joining a group not only keeps you active but also allows you to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for health and wellness.

Making the Most of Your International Experience

As an international student from Chile, New York initially felt very distant. However, Stern quickly became a familiar place, and the friendships I’ve formed are integral to my MBA success. The program’s demanding schedule, filled with group projects, quizzes, presentations, and recruiting events, is balanced by the support and camaraderie of classmates who are in the same boat. Even alumni emphasize this shared journey—though it might be hard to believe at first, their reassurances often prove true. Connecting with peers from similar backgrounds can offer additional comfort and practical advice, enhancing your own experience.

Beyond Stern: Building a Well-Rounded Life

Balancing personal relationships outside of Stern is also crucial. Prioritizing and organizing your week is essential, and tools like Google Calendar are indispensable for keeping track of commitments. I treat my MBA schedule as a regular workday, which frees up evenings and sometimes entire days for personal time or relaxation. Everyone’s approach will differ depending on their lifestyle preferences—some may choose to also study on weekends.

Exploring NYC advice from a non-New Yorker (for the Time-Crunched Student)

New York City offers a vast array of options for unwinding and exploring your personal interests, even on a busy student schedule. Here are a few ideas to make the most of your free time:

Catch a Stand-Up Show:  Forget the big-ticket Broadway productions for a night. Head to the iconic Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village for an intimate and hilarious experience. Witness up-and-coming comedians and seasoned stars test out their new material – you might just discover your next favorite comic.

Cherry Blossom Bliss in Central Park:  Springtime in New York is magical, and there’s no better place to experience it than amidst the iconic cherry blossoms in Central Park. Pack a picnic basket, grab a friend, and head north to bask in the beautiful pink blooms (typically around mid-April) – a perfect Instagram-worthy moment and a breath of fresh air amidst the city buzz.

Weekend Brunch in Greenwich Village:  Fuel up for a day of exploration with a delicious brunch at a charming Greenwich Village cafe. From cozy Parisian-inspired bistros to trendy brunch spots, the Village offers endless options to satisfy every taste bud.

Brooklyn Bridge Bike Adventure:  If you spend most of your time in Manhattan, try to experience the city from a different perspective with a bike ride across the Brooklyn Bridge. Once you reach Williamsburg, explore the neighborhood’s trendy shops, art galleries, and vibrant street art scene. 

Become a MET Weekend Regular: You can get free entry to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) with your student ID. Take advantage of this incredible opportunity and explore the vast collections – from ancient Egyptian artifacts to masterpieces by European giants. 

Prioritizing Well-Being: A Student’s Essential

Ultimately, what matters most is recognizing your priorities, including your well-being. Never hesitate to seek support from fellow students, professors, or academic advisors when challenges arise. Assistance is often just a question away, and sometimes, it comes with the opportunity for a pleasant coffee break at one of the many cozy cafés near Stern. Remember, a successful MBA experience goes beyond just academics – it’s about embracing the city, building a strong network, and prioritizing your overall well-being.

Navigating My Tech MBA with Generative AI: A Game Changer in Modern Business Education

Author: Alvaro is a current Tech MBA specializing in Product Management and Strategy. Before Stern, Alvaro was a Technology Consultant and Product Manager at PwC,  supporting clients through various cloud transformations and product strategy initiatives. Post-MBA, he plans to pursue product and strategy roles in the tech industry. Outside of work, Alvaro enjoys going on long (some very long) runs, hiking, and hanging out at the nearest NYC park with friends from all walks of life.

Starting my MBA just a few months after Chat GPT was released, I knew it was going to be transformative in every possible way. As a savvy tech person, I was already leveraging GenAI in my daily life before joining the MBA and was curious to what extent I would be able to use it and even dive deeper into it during my one-year tech-focused MBA at Stern. Below are three ways in which most of my colleagues and I have been able to take advantage of this general-purpose technology.

Enhancing classwork through real-world application

From our first “Dealing with Data” class, we were taught how to connect to OpenAI API to analyze the sentiment and topics from product reviews and news articles of companies of our choice. One of my teams later leveraged this in a product that we designed, built, and launched for our “Foundations of Networks and Mobile Systems” class, where we established an API connection to ChatGPT to provide recommendations on the top 3 most mentioned dishes for restaurants in the city. Lastly, classes like “Data Science – Technical” have been instrumental in providing the theory and the practice on how to train Machine Learning models such as LLMs that power these chatbots.

From a less technical and more strategic standpoint, GenAI has been a topic of discussion in most of my classes. Through the different curricula, we have covered how GenAI can be used to enhance customer engagement initiatives, drive product innovation, and craft compelling brand narratives and messaging. We have also explored how to proactively shape a company’s or product’s positioning to adapt to potential future trajectories of this rapidly evolving technology.

Market Analysis and Research:

GenAI has been incredibly helpful for many MBA classes, where we are often tasked with mastering the ins and outs of industries and sub-industries overnight. It also comes in handy during lectures when providing additional explanations, context, or clarifications on topics being discussed, making it easier to understand complex concepts and encouraging curiosity and personalized learning.

While serving as a Venture Associate at Endless Frontier Labs, I supported a startup’s goal of breaking into the US market from abroad. Creating a market analysis and go-to-market strategy with the level of detail that was delivered and in the timeframe requested would have been nearly impossible without GenAI’s aid for research purposes. Two examples of data points GenAI was able to provide (with sources to reputable agencies) within seconds are the average km of aqueducts owned by the top 10 aqueduct operators and the number of hydropower generators in the US whose water source comes from snowpack.

Your personal recruiter:

For recruiting purposes, GenAI can be used in many helpful ways throughout the whole cycle. Here are some ways I have used it:

  1. Gather information on company culture, mission, and values, as well as recent news that might be relevant to the position.
  2. Analyze job descriptions and match them with your resume to identify areas that align with the specified qualifications and areas that do not.
  3. Hold mock interview sessions, inputting job descriptions and asking for a mock interview session with detailed feedback after every answer in return  (using ChatGPT mobile app voice chat feature).

LinkedIn Premium has also added AI-powered insights, job fit assessments, and tips, all in the form of an AI chatbot. With this chatbot, you can ask questions like “How can I best position myself for this job?” or “Can you review my profile and suggest specific experiences I should highlight?”

As this technology continues to advance, there’s no doubt that GenAI will become increasingly integrated into business education and business as a whole. My experience at Stern has shown how transformative it can be when embraced and leveraged effectively.

Disclaimer: No, this blog post was not written using Generative AI.

West Coast Tech Immersion: A Game-Changer for NYU Stern’s Tech MBA Students

Author: Diana Rossi is a current Tech MBA student at NYU Stern, set to graduate in May 2024. Before her MBA, Diana made significant strides in the marketing field in Europe, particularly as Marketing Manager for Alibaba, Digital Marketing Manager at VF (The North Face Company), Digital Manager at Johnson & Johnson, Marketing Specialist at Amazon.  Post-MBA, Diana aims to delve deeper into the intersection of marketing and technology, exploring opportunities that align with her passion for digital transformation and AI-driven solutions. At Stern, Diana is deeply involved in various organizations, holding positions such as the VP of Marketing for Stern Women in Business and VP of Events for the European Business Society. 

While spending 8 years immersed in the digital sector across Europe, my motto was always to lead with innovation, not just follow it. This mindset propelled me to apply to NYU Stern in August 2022, fueling my ambition to drive change through innovative leadership and leverage advanced technology for societal impact. What better place to pursue this than at New York University? New York City, a city synonymous with innovation. I knew that an MBA here was the key to unlocking my future. Joining the NYU Stern Andre Koo Technology and Entrepreneurship MBA program, I envisioned transcending traditional educational boundaries. This vision materialized during our transformative 10-day West Coast Tech Immersion trip, exceeding my expectations by plunging us into the innovation epicenters of Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco. This trip emphasized the crucial role of continuous innovation for staying relevant in the fast-evolving market and spotlighted AI’s pivotal role in revolutionizing industry standards and enhancing customer experiences.

Fostering Connections and Gaining Insightful Learnings

This journey provided us an opportunity to connect and network with NYU Stern alumni who have made significant impacts in the tech industry. These interactions allowed us to dive deep into the essence of leadership, innovation, and the art of integrating business savvy with technological prowess for success. As we navigated the cutting edge of technological innovation, I identified several key industry trends that became the focus of my observations.

In Los Angeles, we immersed ourselves in the media industry with visits to Hulu, Disney, Amazon, Riot Games, and NFL Media. In San Francisco, our class collectively experienced the formidable power of tech and data at Saildrone, Salesforce, NVIDIA, LinkedIn, and Palantir. We were among the first to experience the innovation of Upside Foods, tasting meat grown directly from animal cells, and explored intriguing venture capital endeavors at 500 Global. Our journey at Airbnb felt like an ‘around-the-world trip’ within their offices. The trip culminated in an inspiring talk by David Ko, a Tech MBA board member, who emphasized that this moment is our “Momentum.”

AI has clearly established itself as the leading driver of technological evolution, reshaping business operations and customer engagement across various sectors. The role of company culture in the tech realm is paramount; organizations that champion continuous learning, openness, and adaptability are spearheading revolutionary achievements. Furthermore, the tech landscape is characterized by shifting technology patterns, battles over standards, and the emergence of dominant designs. These elements are vital for comprehending the progression of technology and the widespread adoption of innovations.

These experiences have not only broadened my understanding of the state of technology today but have also highlighted the essential factors that will influence the direction of future innovations. As I continue my journey at Stern, I am keen to explore these trends further, equipping myself to make meaningful contributions to the next wave of technological advancements.

Reflections and Future Prospects

This immersion trip has been an invaluable segment of my MBA journey, enriching my understanding of the tech industry and honing my vision for the future. It underscored innovation, AI, and a conducive organizational culture’s indispensable roles in molding future technology leaders. I’m immensely grateful for the insights and connections garnered, especially to the Stern faculty and staff, and my peers, for their companionship and shared passion for technology.

Looking ahead, I’m excited to apply these insights and experiences as I transition into the tech industry, ready to face its challenges and contribute to its evolution. Here’s to embracing the boundless opportunities for innovation and success in the dynamic world of technology!

My West Coast Immersion Journey

Author: Syd is a current MBA student at Stern where she specializes in Strategy, Product Management, and Accounting. Before her MBA, Syd launched and grew a business in the food industry, bringing nutritional products with sustainable cricket protein powder to grocery stores nationwide. She later went on to offer consulting services to other growing businesses. Post-MBA she plans to pursue a strategy role in the tech industry. Outside of work, Sydney enjoys going to see live music and outdoor activities – hiking, skiing, scuba diving.

NYU’s Tech MBA offers a West Coast Immersion Course during January before the regular semester begins. It’s an important part of the curriculum providing exposure to a wide range of tech companies. Join me for a personal account of the experience!

Early January, we’d enjoyed three whole weeks off school – one of the perks of being back in school! So far, the Tech MBA program surpassed my expectations in many areas. Never did I think at this point I would have already done projects with companies like IBM, Salesforce, and Warner Brothers Discovery. What did the West Coast trip have in store for us? 

The trip involved visiting tech companies in different fields, learning about their ecosystem and current state, as well as diving into tech innovation and trends. The schedule looked packed, and we had assignments due throughout, culminating in a final presentation. Our group was split into two for the first part, half of us going to Seattle and half of us going to Los Angeles. As someone keenly interested in entertainment technology, I was excited to be in the LA group, where streaming, gaming and sports tech thrive.


Touching down in LA, I knew I’d made the right call – warm weather, palm trees, sunshine – a drastic change from my trip back home to Canada over the holidays. Any nerves I had about the trip were quickly set at ease when I met up with my classmates and Stern alumni at a welcome event.

Over the next few days, we visited Riot Games, Hulu/Disney, NFL Media, and Amazon. I was blown away by how Stern alumni at each of the companies took us in and provided us with an inside look at their operations and the current tech landscape. Let me share couple of highlights: 

Riot Games 

Riot Games are the makers of one of the most-played online games – League of Legends. To set the tone of our visit, when we arrived there was a photoshoot going on out front of some of their top gamers – really showing how they lift up their community, and giving us a taste of how dedicated their following is. We got a tour of their impressive facilities, filled with art and nods to their gaming community. A panel of Stern alumni gave us a detailed look at their marketing tactics and strategic direction. Many from our group left in a slightly stunned, wide-eyed state, impressed with the world of gaming and the growth opportunity. 


It’s hard not to be impressed seeing posters of your favorite TV shows and movies in the lobby. We heard from a panel of people in departments across Disney Streaming and got a detailed look into some of the technical aspects of the platform. I found the panel quite engaging, as their competitive landscape seems to be shifting, more ad-supported platforms, and possible increased cross-over with sports and gaming (my speculations! not company secrets shared during our visit).

NFL Media

NFL Media is the team behind the league’s presence online and on mobile devices. Part of our trip was more like a studio tour, getting to see behind the scenes of some of their shows and meet hosts. The other part of the visit was hearing from leaders in NFL Media’s content, product, strategy and operations. It will be interesting to see how the delivery of NFL games continues to evolve with more people looking to digital platforms. Outside of the sports fanatics in my life, I don’t know of anyone who still has a cable subscription!

San Francisco

After three intensive days in LA, we flew to San Francisco to meet up with the other half of our cohort. It was great to be reunited as a group and swap stories. The Seattle group visited some big tech companies – Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile and DirectTV. We got the weekend to relax and explore the Bay Area. On Sunday, we all got on a bus for a wine-tasting tour in Napa – a well-deserved break!

The following week was set to be busy again – loads more companies on the schedule: Salesforce, Saildrone, Upside Foods, AirBnB, 500 Global, NVIDIA, LinkedIn and Palantir. Here are a couple of the most memorable visits for me: 


NVIDIA was one of the companies that I was most excited to visit. As their chips have become a preferred hardware for AI, their stock has skyrocketed over the past year. I was eager to see inside the business of such a driving force of modern technology.

Their campus in the Bay Area is huge, giving you the feeling that you’re walking into an airplane hangar that has been thoughtfully designed to optimize creativity and output. Rama Akkiraju, the VP for AI for IT, went over in depth the practical use cases of AI and how it has driven growth at NVIDIA.

We also heard from a panel of employees about their work and experiences at the company. Their passion for quality and their high standard of work came through in their thoughtful answers, making it clear that a company like NVIDIA doesn’t rise to the top by accident. 


We visited Airbnb on the last day of our trip. We’d had a long week by this point, visiting companies all around the Bar Area.Walking into their building in downtown SF, I was immediately rejuvenated – it’s thoughtfully designed from top to bottom and they have a three-story high plant wall. Now they had my attention.

Judson Coplan, VP Product Marketing, and Iain Robert, VP People and Culture, spoke to us about the values of the company and the approaches that they take to their work. What stood out to me is how they both seem to approach their work in a thoughtful and precise manner – truly reflective of the user-friendly, well-designed Airbnb app.

Industry Analyses and Predictions

Throughout the trip, our professors Melissa Schilling and Vasant Dhar led us through lectures and discussions about the role that technology plays in transforming industries, how technology can be developed and managed, and how companies might optimize their positioning. 

To culminate the trip, we split up in groups and analyzed different partsof the tech industry: chips, gen AI, mobile payments, semiconductors, streaming and wearables. This served as the perfect final note to leave the course on – predictions from classmates on how these industries will evolve, and what companies will come out on top (some of which we visited!). 

Final Words

Stern alumni and CEO of Calm, David Ko, visited us on our final afternoon for an intimate talk. Throughout the trip, many of us had been starting to think about our next steps after graduation. Most of us are planning to build a career in tech, but are graduating during a time of layoffs. David brought some perspective by providing us with insights from his career journey. He reminded us to look at the big picture and to be thoughtful about our next step. With 30+ years of career in front of us, it’s ok to take a step sideways or back to get to where we want to go, especially for a new industry or a learning opportunity.

Navigating the Tech MBA Experience as an International Student

Amanda Hanggoro Amanda is a current Tech MBA student, specializing in Product Management & Strategy. Before coming to Stern, she worked as a Product Manager in an education technology company with a focus on personalization and gamification. Post-MBA, she plans to continue working in product management as she explores her entrepreneurial interest. At Stern, she is involved in the Stern Technology Association, Gaming & eSports Management Society, Asian Business Society, Stern Women in Business, and Stern Football Club.

Moving across continents as an international student in the Tech MBA program is both exciting and intimidating. With a small cohort of only 51 individuals, I am one of two from Southeast Asia, and the only one from Indonesia. But no matter how daunting it is, the close-knit community and friendly environment here have made adapting to this new chapter much smoother, helping me soak up the learning opportunities at Stern.

Just as we got to share a bit of our story through the “Pick Six” essay during the application (which was definitely my favorite!), I would like to share my experience so far as an international student in the Tech MBA program and how I navigate the journey through six images:

Focused (Tech and Fashion & Luxury) MBA Gathering after orientation

Focused (Tech and Fashion & Luxury) MBA Gathering after orientation


Building a support system within the cohort

The warm and welcoming nature of the Tech MBA cohort shone even from day zero. Before summer classes kicked off, my classmates arranged a get-together for those who just arrived in the city. It was a great opportunity for both out-of-state and international students to connect, especially since most of us couldn’t attend the admitted students events. Despite the differing backgrounds and experiences, it was comforting to meet the people that I am sharing this journey with.

The sense of warmth grew over the summer as the Focused MBA students were the only students on campus. From happy hours to picnics, game nights, and spontaneous trips, every gathering helped us bond more. The Tech MBA cohort turned into a little family I could lean on, even as the courses got tougher and our paths diverged in the Fall semester.

Lunch with Indonesian Stern MBA Class of 2024 and 2025

Lunch with Indonesian Stern MBA Class of 2024 and 2025


Building connections beyond the Tech MBA cohort

Fall brought along opportunities to mingle with the broader MBA community at Stern. The program’s structure allows me to participate in student clubs and electives that pave the way for making connections with the Two-Year Full-Time MBAs, Langone Part-Time MBAs, and Executive MBAs.

I chose to actively engage in student clubs as an AVP in the Stern Technology Association and Gaming & eSports Management Society and as a member of the Asian Business Society, Stern Women in Business, and Stern Football Club. The unique range of student clubs allows me to balance my personal and professional interests, getting the best of both worlds.

Beyond the student clubs, I also get to connect with other Indonesian students in the Full-Time MBA program. Although the group is fairly small, they have been a great resource for all things from finding good Indonesian restaurants to curing homesickness and answering specific questions about recruiting as an international student

Eid Al-Adha prayer in Washington Square Park with NYU Islamic Center

Eid Al-Adha prayer in Washington Square Park with NYU Islamic Center


Accessing NYU’s diverse communities and support

Being at Stern is like having a key to a vast, diverse community. NYU’s larger ecosystem has many international student events, student clubs, collaboration labs, and other supporting facilities. NYU Entrepreneurial Institute (Leslie eLab), for example, allows you to put up posters to seek potential collaborators for your project or join an existing project. Who knows you may stumble upon future co-founders coming from different schools within NYU!

Among the various facilities that NYU has, Global Spiritual Life has accommodated me to practice my faith. The center provides multifaith support through four major religious centers including The Islamic Center, the Catholic Center, the Hindu Center, and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life. As a Muslim, I usually celebrate two major holidays, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha, through communal prayer, family gatherings, and feasts. Despite being thousands of miles away from home, I still got to celebrate Eid Al-Adha during the summer with the NYU Islamic Community and feel the warmth of the holiday.

Impromptu public speaking exercise in Communication class

Impromptu public speaking exercise in Communication class


Getting support from the faculty

Navigating the professional landscape in a second language is a unique challenge that extends beyond language; it also requires cultural understanding and strategic individual approaches. Even though I could connect well with my peers and have worked in a cross-cultural team, mastering communication in a professional context in an entirely new country can take a while to crack.

Other than the career office providing resources for international students, the courses and faculty at Stern have shown a commitment to supporting students through this journey. In my Communication course, Professor Brian Hanssen incorporated many practical exercises in the class ranging from planned group presentations to impromptu personal ones. The constructive feedback from both him and my peers throughout this exercise made a huge difference in boosting my communication confidence.

Beyond that, he also sets aside time for office hours where we could discuss specific challenges we face in our academic or professional journey. This offer is extended even after the course ends and allows me to regularly check in to formulate an actionable plan for my strategic communication.

IBM Watson office in Astor PlaceIBM Watson office in Astor Place


Adapting to a global work setting

What stands out in the Tech MBA program is the hands-on learning experience through the experiential learning courses. New York City Immersion, Tech Solutions, and Endless Frontier Labs not only let us apply what we learned in class but also gave us a unique chance to collaborate with big tech companies and emerging start-ups.

While I had prior experience working with regional teams and international partners, working in a US-based company presented a new set of challenges. Through experiential learning, I gained firsthand experience working within New York City’s diverse community, including my classmates, who brought diverse professional and cultural backgrounds to the table.

Working with IBM in the Tech Solutions course was one of my favorite experiences. Every discussion and checkpoint was a learning curve, not only on the business-technology case we were working with but also on collaborating with diverse stakeholders in technology. 

Whether you plan to work internationally or stay in the United States, these courses provide invaluable insights into real-world applications of business and tech, ensuring your readiness for any professional environment.

Google Trek with Stern Technology Association

Google Trek with Stern Technology Association


Navigating professional career prospects

The post-MBA recruitment process can be intimidating for an international student, but Stern provides essential support through the career office and professional clubs. I get to regularly check in with a career coach specializing in the tech industry for international students and participate in knowledge management events organized by student clubs. The collaboration between the two gives me access to resources for recruitment, workshops, study groups, alumni talks, company presentations, and company treks.

One of the most recent company treks I joined was the Google Trek to its New York City office which was organized by the Stern Technology Association. During the event, we got to talk with current part-time students and alumni working at Google and had an office tour to better understand the company. The diverse speakers with various roles and backgrounds, including international ones, and the intimate setting made the conversations more engaging and tailored to our interests.

Being an international student in the Tech MBA program sure has its challenges but the community really gives me endless opportunities to learn, connect, and thrive. Pursuing this degree has helped me grow so fast in the last six months and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me!

Navigating the Andre Koo Tech MBA with a Non-Tech Background

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth is a current Tech MBA student, specializing in Business Analytics, Tech Product Management, and Strategy. Prior to Stern, she worked at Methods+Mastery as a Business Intelligence Analyst supporting full-scale social intelligence and analytics work streams for Google and YouTube. Post-MBA, she plans to pursue a business analytics or strategy role in the tech industry. At Stern, she is a part of several clubs, including the Graduate Marketing Association (GMA), Stern Management & Strategy Club (SMS), Stern Women in Business (SWIB), and Stern Technology Association (STA). Additionally, Elizabeth is a part of the 2023-2024 Makhoul Family Leadership Fellows Program. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys playing volleyball, collecting rare plants, and spending time with her dog Shelby.


Venturing into the tech world can seem like an arduous journey, especially if you come from a non-tech background like me. When I first enrolled in the NYU Stern Andre Koo Tech MBA program, I was thrilled and apprehensive. My resume spelled out my strengths in customer experience, analytics, and market research. I have worked with tech clients, but diving deep into tech? That was a different ballgame.

Initial Hesitation

My initial concerns revolved around whether I’d be able to grasp the intricacies of the engineering side of the tech industry and its ever-evolving landscape. The jargon, the coding, and the business models all seemed very distant from my past experiences. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my career, it’s that challenges are opportunities in disguise.

Embracing the Learning Curve

The start was, unsurprisingly, a steep learning curve. Terms like distributed cloud, blockchain, and quantum computing were often thrown around. Long hours were dedicated to online tutorials, intensive reading, and numerous consultations with professors and classmates. Every project became an opportunity, a stepping stone to assimilate and learn more.

One key realization for me was that my non-tech background was not a disadvantage but a unique lens through which I could approach problems. My analytical skills, honed from diving deep into consumer insights or strategizing market research for leading brands, allowed me to approach tech challenges with a distinct perspective.

Leveraging My Unique Perspective

In group discussions and projects, I found that my questions – often rooted in the “why” rather than the “how” – brought new dimensions to the table. It was a reminder that tech, at its core, is about solving human-centric problems. And as the classes unfolded, the parallels between my analytical background and the technical intricacies became evident. Coding, much like marketing analytics, became a methodical dance of logic and creativity. Each algorithm, every line of code, mirrored the systematic approach I’d honed over the years, albeit in a different language. 

The real victory, however, wasn’t just about grasping these technical skills but realizing that my background wasn’t a limitation; it was a strength. The skills I had developed over the years were adaptable, relevant, and crucial to my success in this new environment.

Building a Supportive Network

The NYU community was invaluable in my journey. From professors who went the extra mile to explain complex topics to peers who shared their tech expertise, I was surrounded by a supportive network. Study groups became collaborative learning experiences, and late-night discussions often led to eureka moments.

Key Takeaways

Joining the NYU Stern Andre Koo Tech MBA with a non-tech background is not just about acquiring technical knowledge but also about integrating diverse skills to bring fresh perspectives to the tech industry.

For anyone considering a tech MBA with a non-tech background, here’s my advice:

  • Embrace the Learning Curve: Every challenge is an opportunity to grow.
  • Leverage Your Unique Perspective: Your non-tech background can offer invaluable insights.
  • Build a Supportive Network: Surround yourself with those who can complement your skills.

In hindsight, my non-tech background was not a hindrance but a strength. It has equipped me with a holistic understanding of tech, blending the technical with the human, and uniquely positioned me in the tech world.

A Week In The Life Of A Tech MBA Student (Summer Semester)

Scott Dunleavy




Scott is a current Tech MBA student from South Brunswick, NJ.  Prior to Stern, Scott worked in technology risk consulting at KPMG. Outside of school, Scott enjoys basketball, golf, cooking, and technology.


The Summer Semester of the Tech MBA program is both a rewarding, and a challenging experience. The semester kicks off with orientation in mid-May, where you have the opportunity to meet your Tech Cohort and familiarize yourself with Stern’s facilities and staff. After a couple days of orientation, you dive right into classes taking 19.5 credits from mid-May to late August. Throughout the Summer you are basically in class Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm – it is truly a full-time job. Here is a week in the life of a Tech MBA student…

Monday –

Like most days in the summer semester, class starts at 9am. My day kicks off with our Leadership class taught by Professor Nate Pettit. This was one of my favorite courses this summer, and from 9am-12pm you explore topics in leadership, communication, authenticity, and experiential learning. Professor Pettit is an incredible lecturer, and a wonderful storyteller. His lectures are top-notch. During lecture class discussion was extremely lively and students often chimed in with stories of leadership (both good and bad) from their career experience. I always find it interesting to hear about my classmate’s pre-Stern careers. After lecture we usually end each class with an ‘experiential’ learning experience. In this class we often learn by doing, simulating various leadership experiences with our classmates. Through improvisation and fun games, we were able to explore leadership topics in real-time and put our lecture material to practice.

After class you have an hour and a half break to take lunch, go to the gym, do homework, hang out with friends at the park  – the time is truly yours. On this day I brought lunch from home and ate it with friends from the Tech-MBA program at Stern. We used the time to catch up on our weekends, eat lunch, and do some studying before afternoon classes. 

After lunch we packed up our things and headed to Economics, taught by Professor Joe Foudy. Professor Foudy is another great professor, who makes class fun with lots of one liners and clever economics related jokes. Economics, like many courses, began as a general intro to economics and overtime became more technical and complex. Real world examples such as the dollar pizza market in NYC illustrate topics such as price elasticity, and supply & demand to life. 

After Econ I stayed at Stern for a couple of hours to wrap up some homework and catch up on readings assigned for the week. Then I headed home, walking through Washington Square Park to the 9th Street PATH Station where I caught the PATH train back home to Hoboken, New Jersey. 

Tuesday – 

I hopped on the train and made my way to the West Village for 9am class. One of the best parts of my day is walking through Washington Square Park on my way to school. 

washington square park arch












The famous Washington Square Park Arch

On this Tuesday, the Tech MBA Students had a full day session (9am-12pm – Lunch – 1:30-4:30pm) of Databases for Business Analytics with Professor Panos Iperiotis. This class is focused on developing the SQL and database skills necessary for a career in technology, specifically geared towards potential use cases in Tech Product Management. As someone with some SQL experience from undergrad and my time at KPMG, this course was a great refresher for me. Starting with basic SELECT queries, by the end of the semester you are writing complex SQL queries to build meaningful data sets. 

After the morning session I went to the NYU Student Gym which is a couple of blocks from Stern and got a workout in before grabbing a quick bite to eat and heading back to class for the afternoon session. After 3 hours of SQL coding and database discussion it was good to head to the gym to clear my head. In the summer it feels like you have the gym all to yourself because the rest of the students are on summer vacation. 

Wednesday – 

On Wednesdays we have our NYC Tech Immersion class which is our Summer Experiential Learning Experience. The course is designed to give Tech MBA students exposure to the unique and vibrant technology ecosystem in NYC.  This course is built around a semester-long project in which you are paired with a group of Tech MBA students to help real world clients identify a business problem, and propose a solution and go-to-market strategy to solve the problem you’ve identified. My group was assigned to Salesforce, and we worked with them to explore potential Generative AI solutions to improve their current product offerings. This was an awesome experience, and one of the highlights of the summer.

When we weren’t working on our class projects Tech Immersion was filled with Guest Speakers, many of whom are alums who now work in Tech in NYC. We also had the chance to visit companies and get facetime with employees at companies such as Google, Uber, and Goldman Sachs. This Wednesday we visited Google’s NYC HQ in Chelsea and had the unique opportunity to meet with members of the Google Product Design Team. The Google Design team had a presentation prepared for us where we learned about the world of Design, and Product Storytelling at Google. Getting exposure to NYC’s vibrant Tech scene is one of the best parts of the Tech MBA experience!

After class on Wednesday night, I saw a concert (Noah Kahan – one of my favorite artists) at Radio City Music Hall! There is so much to do in NYC. 

Visiting Google HQ

Students at the Google offices









Radio city music hall












Attending Noah Kahan’s concert at radio city music hall

Thursday – 

On Thursday we had another full day of class: Leadership in the morning and Economics in the afternoon. I got to Stern early on Thursday to work on my Econ homework that was due later that afternoon. The summer semester is a rigorous academic experience and I found it best to carve out specific time in my calendar before / after class to work on homework assignments and group projects. After class we had an IGNITE activity led by the Careers Team. In this session we worked in groups and practiced our elevator pitches and behavioral mock interview questions. There are many sessions like this throughout the summer semester, and they are extremely valuable. Tech MBAs and Fashion & Luxury MBAs have the full attention of the Careers Team in the summer, which is such a perk! The Careers Team holds office hours where you can focus on your career path after the MBA, resume review, mock interviews etc. After the session, a couple of my classmates and I headed over to a bar near school to grab a couple of drinks for Happy Hour and hang out before heading home. My favorite spots near Stern to do Happy Hour are Half Pint and Swift Hibernian Lounge, both a couple of blocks from school. 

Friday – 

On Friday my day started out with taking the PATH to 9th Street from Hoboken. From here it is about a 10 minute walk from school and I stopped at a local bagel store for an iced coffee and a bagel for breakfast. We had a half day of class with our Databases for Business Analytics class from 9am-12pm. We spent the morning discussing database design and architecture, and writing SQL queries on a database of all restaurants in NYC to find out which restaurants in NYC had the best ratings per critic reviews. This class is hands-on and technical  – it’s a great experience for students who don’t come from a very technical background. It is challenging, but also very fun when you can build the perfect query. 

After class I went to play basketball at the NYU gym with some of my classmates. The NYU Recreation and Athletic facilities (Paulson Center, and Palladium) are accessible to all MBA students. The basketball courts in the athletic facility are really nice, and generally not crowded in the summer. Playing some hoops was a great way to end my week before heading home for the weekend.

Basketball court at the NYU Recreation and Athletic facilities












Basketball court at the NYU Recreation and Athletic facilities