Question: I would like to find out if there is a difference employers sense from a candidate having a technical undergrad degree vs. one who has a business undergrad, but a technical masters degree.

I'm not sure how to phrase this appropriately to be on-topic for this site.


The reason why is because I'm currently in the latter bucket (getting a double MBA/MS in Software Engineering) and I have undergrad degrees in Administration and Economics.

I'm currently applying for summer internships and have found some firms require computer science/engineering undergrad degrees. My thought is that my application would be fine, as I've gotten into a Master's program for a technical degree, and that should speak to my technical skills/knowledge --> leading to an interview etc.

I've found that these companies are not interested, and I think it's based on them not making this connection.

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    Thank you for coming here and asking first :-) I very much appreciate seeing people put effort into this sort of thing...
    – enderland
    Jan 11, 2013 at 21:30
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    Been meaning to ask this one myself... Jan 11, 2013 at 21:48

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The best question for here that I can see is:

Here is my situation...insert details here

How can I effectively market myself for Technical Internships?


What can I do to overcome the bias against a business degree(BA) when applying for a internship in a technical field?

Either of those questions should do well.

  • I'd prefer the question to be more generic, considering my problem involves entry-level jobs with a Master's degree... asking a similar Q seems like it might fall into dupe territory otherwise. Jan 11, 2013 at 22:19
  • Internships are similar to entry level but different enough that I would argue against calling them dups Jan 11, 2013 at 22:25
  • "How can I best" - best smells value judgement (=> may invite debate), I'd rather phrase this a bit more neutrally, maybe "what do I need to learn to" - or maybe with your "alternative" wording
    – gnat
    Jan 11, 2013 at 22:28
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    @gnat - I reworded it to just qualify as effectively Jan 11, 2013 at 22:30
  • yeah wording in rev 2 feels about right
    – gnat
    Jan 11, 2013 at 22:30

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