10 Tips to Create a Winning MLT Career Prep Application
By James Colten, Director of Career Prep Recruitment & Admissions
MLT’s Career Prep Program helps Black, Latinx, and Native American college students launch high-trajectory careers. 95% of Fellows secure summer internships and 90% receive a full-time offer before graduation.
Here are 10 tips for successfully applying to Career Prep.
1. Confirm you’re eligible for the program.
Career Prep is for Black, Latinx, and Native American college students who are graduating in alignment with this year’s recruitment cycle. Applicants are typically college sophomores and are interested in pursuing a career in business or technology. Keep in mind, these are two very broad industries, so don’t write yourself off if you’re still figuring things out. Learn more about eligibility, here.
2. Do your research.
Review the information on MLT’s website, including our partners. Connect with current Fellows or Career Prep alumni to learn how you can set yourself up for success in the program. Informational interviews and company research is a good practice at every stage of your career.
3. Make sure your resume is sharp.
Your resume should be concise and accurate. Ensure the formatting is consistent and you’re using as many “impact statements” as possible. University Career Services is your friend, so leverage all your school’s resume resources.
4. Own your GPA.
If your GPA is not where you’d like it to be, write a short response telling the admissions committee/your future coach: (1) what factors affected your academic performance (own the pieces you need to own), and (2) what you’re doing to improve your academic performance.
Bonus tip! Lean on your academic advisor, attend your professors’ office hours, and leverage available tutoring services. Career Prep Fellows are resourceful and know when to reach out for help.
5. Highlight your community involvement.
The community involvement section of the application asks about extracurricular activities. Share two or three examples that will help us understand your role on campus and/or in your community. For example, share if you’re involved with professional-interest groups (ex. marketing club), identity-based organizations (ex. Black Student Union, Women in Business), or campus leadership roles (ex. Student Government, RA). Ultimately, we are looking for demonstrated leadership and a go-getter spirit.
6. Accurately convey your career interests.
Your application will be evaluated differently, depending on your stated career interests. For example, if you’re interested in becoming an investment banker, we’ll pay closer attention to your grades in finance classes. This clarity is also important because each Fellow’s program experience is personalized by their career interests and goals. To learn more about our industry-specific programming, visit the Software Engineering, Consulting, and Financial Services webpages.
7. Be strategic about your recommendations.
Applicants must provide one or two recommendations. We recommend asking a supervisor, manager, advisor, or professor. Your recommender should not be a schoolmate or family member. Make sure the person you ask is ready to write an enthusiastic recommendation. It’s better to provide one strong endorsement than two lukewarm recommendations.
8. Be thoughtful during the partner rating category.
Think about each company and give your best answer, even if it’s “I don’t know this company.” There is no wrong response in this section, and your answers provide critical information that enables us to maximize your program experience.
9. Allocate your time wisely.
Last, but not least, allocate your time effectively to ensure your application is the best it can be. Don’t rush or cut corners—but don’t procrastinate either. The first part of the application should take less than an hour to complete. Stick to the process, pay attention to deadlines, and maintain a can-do mindset.
10. In your video essay, focus on the substance over style.
If your application is moved to the second round, you’ll need to submit a video essay. The video will evaluate communication skills, quality of content, willingness to stick with the process (i.e. get it done!). We’re not evaluating candidates based on video editing ability or special effects. Creativity is welcomed when it adds value to the presentation.
The Career Prep team looks forward to seeing you showcase your skills and abilities within your application. Please email via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the program or application.