Fall 2014| Posse Atlanta Quarterly


Scholars Participate in Harvard University Summer Program

This summer, three Posse Atlanta Scholars participated in Harvard University’s Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP). Marina Mehrtens, Karina Ayala Casanova and Ajai Scott were selected for the week-long management training program designed for rising seniors who are considering pursuing an M.B.A. as part of their post-graduate plans. Admission into the program is highly competitive, with three thousand students applying for only 80 slots.

“SVMP was life-changing,” says Marina, a business major at Boston University who is considering a career as an entrepreneur. “Prior to this program, I had dismissed the option of a graduate business education. But working with my incredible SVMP peers and immersing myself in Harvard’s case study method made me realize that there is nothing that I would enjoy more.”

Scholars and other program participants engaged in rigorous academic programming modeled after the life of a Harvard business school student. Karina, a senior at Brandeis University, reported that the program influenced her post-undergraduate plans.

“SVMP was a really great networking opportunity to meet students from around the country with the same motivations to succeed,” says Karina. “I think being in that environment allowed me to see more possibilities of what to do in a career with an M.B.A., and solidified my plan to continue my education after college.” 

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