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Alex Gaines

Alex Gaines


"I chose D’Amore-McKim for the corporate residency program, which provides real-world experience for sufficient time for me to better understand roles and responsibilities in the business world."

Q:Where is your hometown?

A:Cranston, Rhode Island

Q:What are you studying at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and what is your graduation year?

A:Undecided, 2018

Q:What do/did you do in your corporate residency? What are/were your responsibilities? How did you impact the business?

A:I will be dealing with strategy and business analysis for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. I will be focusing on a particular area in Novartis’ portfolio, and having real impact on decisions affecting its performance.

Q:What skills are you building at D’Amore-McKim that you are using in your corporate residency or will use in your future career?

A:I look forward to using a combination of hard skills such as critical problem solving and financial and statistical analysis, as well as soft skills such as communication skills and how to effectively work with others.

Q:What has been the biggest take-away from working toward your MBA at Northeastern? What can you do today that you couldn't do before you started your MBA?

A:My biggest take-away has been learning that the answer is always out there. Whether you have to question your professor, your classmates, or books and journals in the library, you can solve the problem at hand. While I have learned much since starting my MBA, more than learning direct knowledge in class, I am learning how to find that knowledge for myself.

Q:What has been your most valuable experience so far?

A:My most valuable experience has been the career management program during my first year. It has helped me develop experience networking, while building a better understanding of the Corporate Residency program and the interviewing and hiring process.

Q:Why did you choose D'Amore-McKim?

A:I chose D’Amore-McKim because of its corporate residency program that will give me real-world experience for sufficient time for me to understand roles and responsibilities, because of its proximity to the heart of one of America’s major cities, and the closest major city to my hometown, and because of its reputation for academic excellence.

Q:What would you say to a prospective student considering D’Amore-McKim for their business degree?

A:This is an excellent opportunity to learn about yourself and the world of business. You will be given the chance to build useful skills and a base of knowledge that will help you develop experiences in the real world through the corporate residency program.

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"I choose D’Amore-McKim because it was a good fit for a career changer like myself. It gave me the MBA experience while also offering a longer term corporate residency than other programs." — Whitney Galusha, MBA'17

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