Many thanks to MSA student Kate Johnson for her great reflections on Spring inter-term! This week offers several exciting opportunities for students and industry leaders to collaborate on cutting edge projects while networking with fellow MSAs and MBAs. Read below about Kate’s experience with Green Mountain Coffee:
The MSAs at Notre Dame have two weeks of Spring Break, beginning with an inter-term week. During inter-term, students can elect to spend a week on campus in a course of their choice, where they work hands-on with Professionals and current MBA students at Notre Dame for one credit of a general elective. Over the past week, I had the privilege of being one of 5 MSAs who were given the opportunity to spend their inter-term week with Christopher Stevens, who currently serves as vice president of Corporate Relations of Keurig. Chris was one of the four people to develop and launch the Keurig Premium Coffee Systems in 1998. It was such a remarkable experience, as each team was given two and a half days to come up with recommendations on where Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters should focus its product development efforts and/or what acquisitions Green Mountain should make. These recommendations were presented to the class on the final day of the course.
On the first day, Chris presented company details and information relative to our research and laid out his expectations for our presentations. The teams of five were then given the rest of the day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to work together to present a written recommendation and a PowerPoint presentation. On Thursday, each team presented their ideas. While I definitely think having three Keurig machines fully stocked with every K-cup imaginable was definitely a perk of being on this inter-term project, the best part about all of each teams’ hard work was that every presentation was sent to Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig corporate, who would carefully consider all of our ideas as a possible decision for Keurig. Throughout the week, Chris remained stationed in the Mendoza College of Business so that if anyone had questions about anything in the company, they could directly ask him. The opportunities given to us in the MSA program at Notre Dame are absolutely remarkable and are definitely a unique feature to the MSA program at Notre Dame. Having the ability at such a young age to be immersed in projects with MBAs and ultimately having my ideas considered by some of the most successful individuals in business was an honor and an experience I will never forget.