As soon as you have submitted your application, the next step begins. You will go through an internal interview process with the FIMBA admissions committee. Once you successfully complete the interview, you will be offered preliminary admission, which means you have met all the academic requirements and are deemed right for the program. However, you will not be fully admitted into the program until you have secured a fellowship. To begin the fellowship process you will complete a career development seminar. This seminar will help you update your resume`, improve on your interview skills, build your LinkedIn profile and educate you on company partners, and roles. This seminar will help prepare you for the fellowship placement interview process.
Next you will engage in the open placement process. First, the FIMBA office releases students' information to employers. The company reviews all student profiles and then contacts those they want to interview. Each employer utilizes a unique interview process. The initial screening process takes two weeks and offers come at the end of this time period. The FIMBA students have the weekend to consider and must be ready on Monday to respond. Once a student has accepted a fellowship they are fully admitted to the program.
The FIMBA program will re-release the remaining students information to companies that are still looking. Students have until May to secure a fellowship and are more than welcome to bring additional organizations to the table. Fellowships typically begins in August; however, some students may have a company that will allow them to start earlier.
What we found is that it's a great way for the student to get to know us and us get to know them, and people who then join the company excel. As the school continues to build its reputation, we continue to see good talent come out of the program. It would be kind of crazy not to continue to build our relationship."
- John Malnor, Vice President of Growth Initiatives, Steelcase, Inc.
The Business Fellowship provides students with real-world experience with local companies. FIMBA differs from other MBA programs because it incorporates an applied learning experience rather than theoretical learning. The students are able to take what they learn in class and apply it to a real-world work experience; such as, their fellowship. Therefore, students may also take skills they have learned at the their fellowship back into the classroom in order to educate others. This interactive learning style will help students both now and in the future.