At the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, two seemingly unrelated activities—recruiting and tailgating—come together in a mutually beneficial way. Well-known for “Big Blue” spirit, the Ross School takes advantage of the University of Michigan’s football powerhouse to show off its MBA talent. At each Michigan home game, 200-300 MBA students attend tailgates hosted by the Ross Student Association (RSA). The tailgates are sponsored by companies that recruit at Ross and provide a fun way for students to network with prospective employers. At the same time, recruiters and company representatives—who are often Ross alumni—can get to know many students in a casual social setting at these events. Regardless of who wins the football game, RSA tailgates are a win-win for students who mingle with highly sought-after employers and alumni, who in turn love any reason to return to campus!
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