To help our students learn more about the industries they are interested in and to explore new ones, we provide an extensive support system for them. In addition to dedicated Center staff, students at the A.C. Nielsen Center benefit from a number of mentors, including External Advisory Board Members, Alumni and second year MBA students. These mentors help students in everything from navigating their way through day-to-day coursework to choosing a full-time employer.
Each student is assigned two mentors from the A.C. Nielsen External Advisory Board. The EAB members range from Director to CEO level. We personally match students and mentors to give students an inside perspective on marketing research careers. All students meet with their EAB mentors in-person at least twice a year and keep in touch on an ongoing basis. See who is on the board.
Our alumni stay very connected to the Center’s current students. The Center facilitates introductions between students and alumni. Alumni provide insights into life after graduation as well as tips on how to succeed in the program and advice on interviewing and the full time job search. Alumni also share their personal career paths and their passion for marketing research with students. Every other year, the A.C. Nielsen Center hosts an Alumni and Friends Summit and welcomes alumni back to campus for an educational conference and networking event.
Incoming students are paired with second-year students to help acclimate them to life as an MBA student. Mentors share experiences and tips on managing the first year coursework, give advice on life in Madison and provide valuable insights into the internship process.