Career Prep Applicant FAQs

Application FAQs

I am having difficulties with my application. What can I do?
For technical challenges, please contact tech support via the Fluid Review website. For questions about application content, including transcripts and essays, please email us at

Can I submit my application with one recommendation?

Do I need to ask my recommender for a physical letter of recommendation?
No, your recommender does not need to compose an actual letter of recommendation. They must complete the online recommendation form provided by MLT via email. Please tell your recommender to expect an email from MLT.

What does the November 15 priority deadline for industry boot camps mean?
Fellows interested in the spring industry-focused tracks and fellowships need to apply by November 15. We have a number of offerings, including financial services, consulting, technology, and brand/marketing. Selections for boot camps will be determined by an applicant’s stated career and industry preferences in the application.

How do I submit my transcript?
Upload your transcript to the application portal in a PDF or MS Word format. Please use the naming convention: Last Name_First Name_Transcript.pdf, or Last Name_First Name_Transcript.doc.

Can I submit an unofficial transcript?

When will I be notified if I am admitted into the program?
Candidates will be notified of final decisions between February and April of 2021.

What makes a strong application for Career Prep?
In addition to fulfilling the eligibility requirements and application checklist, strong applications demonstrate that a candidate has leadership experience and potential, career goals that fit well with the program, goal orientation, “scrappiness” and potential for active participation in Career Prep.

How can I watch informational sessions about Career Prep ?
Click here to access past information sessions about Career Prep. You’ll hear advice on submitting a strong application, and you’ll learn how Career Prep can help you break into specific industries including tech, finance, and consulting.


Eligibility FAQs

Can I participate in Career Prep if I am studying abroad during the program?

Candidates are encouraged to avoid studying abroad during their junior year of college. All seminars are mandatory and the Kickoff Seminar is critical to the program experience. Applicants who would miss more than one seminar are considered ineligible to participate in the program. Depending on their study abroad location, Fellows may receive financial assistance to fly back for seminars.

Will a below-average undergraduate record affect my application to Career Prep?
To be considered for the program, candidates must be in good academic standing. Most Career Prep Fellows hold a GPA between 3.5 and 4.0. Candidates with a GPA below 3.2 are encouraged to address their academic history in the optional essay.

Can I participate in Career Prep if I am not African American, Latinx, or Native American?
MLT’s mission is to equip and empower African American, Latinx, and Native American women and men to realize their full potential and achieve outsized impact as senior leaders who transform organizations, communities, and society. Eligible candidates for Career Prep must identify ethnically and racially as African American/Black, Latinx, or Native American.

Do I need to be a business major in order to apply to Career Prep?
No. The program is open to all undergraduate majors, including STEM and Computer Science. A candidate’s major does not determine eligibility, rather, MLT considers how well the applicant’s career goals align with Career Prep’s programming.

Can I apply to Career Prep if I am in a five-year program?
Yes, as long as you graduate within the dates provided in the eligibility requirements. Likely, if you are in a five-year program, you should apply for Career Prep during your junior year.

I’m not a sophomore, but I’m graduating during the timeline for this cycle. Can I apply?
Yes, as long as your graduation timeline fits our eligibility requirements.


Program FAQs

What are the costs associated with Career Prep?
There is a $199 non-refundable program fee upon acceptance. Lodging and meals at seminars are provided for all Fellows, thanks to sponsorship from our partners. We do not want financial constraints to deter you from applying to Career Prep. MLT provides need-based financial assistance for travel costs. There is an option to indicate interest in financial assistance on your application. Note, your financial status does not have any bearing on MLT’s admission decision.

Are the seminars mandatory?
Yes, full participation at all seminars, in-person or virtual, is mandatoryApplicants who would miss more than one seminar are considered ineligible for Career Prep.

Where and when are the seminars held?
Our seminars are typically hosted by MLT partners. The locations vary each year. Career Prep events typically start on Friday evening and end on Sunday afternoon. Fellows will receive the final seminar schedule after they are admitted into the program.

Will seminars take place in a virtual environment?
Yes. Events will be held virtually when it is not safe to meet in person. MLT’s experienced event’s team is constantly enhancing MLT’s ability to cultivate community and create an effective virtual environment for connecting Fellows, staff, and partners.