• KTech Student Resources

    Everything you need to know about recruiting for Tech,
    your MBA journey, and how our club can help you.

Kellogg Tech Club Live Q&A

Are you interested in learning more about Technology at Kellogg? The Kellogg Tech Club is hosting a live Q&A panel on March 5 at 9:15 AM CST for prospective students. Please fill out the form to RSVP for the upcoming session!

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Answers to your questions

What kinds of events does the club host?

We have several types of events:

Education: In our Tech Talks series, experts from the world’s top technology companies visit Evanston to speak to students about industry trends, strategies of their companies, or challenges within their roles. Speakers cover various segments of the tech industry, including hardware, software, digital media, and telecom. Past topics have included “A Look Into the Challenges of Branding a Technology Company” by Google Brand Studio, “Mapping the World’s Digital Economy” by LinkedIn and an “Internet of Things” (IoT) presentation by Cisco.

Careers: Our Company Intern Panels and Career fairs give students an opportunity to speak with 2nd year students who interned at their target companies to gain valuable insights into the recruiting process and provide an inside perspective on company culture and particular functions.

Social events:The club hosts social events to provide students the opportunity to mingle with others also passionate about tech. KTech hosts fall and spring socials for members of the Kellogg community to meet and interact.

The KTech hosts a number of events throughout the year dedicated to helping Kellogg students secure a job in the tech industry. See below for more details.

What recruiting resources are available to club members?

In addition to the aforementioned industry events, KTech hosts events to help students recruiting for roles in the tech industry:

Resume reviews and mock interviews: second year students help incoming students tailor their resumes and prepare for interviews in the tech industry.

Interview Prep Groups (IPGs): second year students prepare first-years for interviews with tech companies. The groups meet each week during recruiting season and help students with all facets of the recruiting process.

Interview prep focused workshops such as a “Tech Recruiting Primer” to help 1st year students with tactical interview preparation advice and tips

In addition, in participation with the CMC, Kellogg students organize a number of treks to visit companies at their offices. There are currently three tech treks that students plan. These treks are a great opportunity to learn about key companies within the tech industry and network with experts within each of those firms.

West Coast Tech Trek to San Francisco and Seattle: this trek occurs in December and targets companies including Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Evernote, Facebook, Intel, Intuit, LinkedIn, Medallia, Microsoft, Quantcast, Salesforce, Zillow, VMware

NYC Tech Trek: this trek occurs over Thanksgiving break and targets companies including Facebook, Google, IndieGoGo, LinkedIn, Samsung

Finally, KTech also manages recruiting and interview guides that are shared with all tech club members ahead of recruiting. These resources offer company-tailored insights into their respective recruiting processes as well as suggestions for how students could spend their time preparing for interviews.

Do tech firms really require an MBA?

Historically, MBA’s weren’t a priority at tech firms. In recent years, however, the many companies have established large MBA recruiting programs and have begun to recognize the value of the MBA skillset. Take a look at the job sites for major tech companies and you are likely to find that an MBA is either preferred or required for many of their non-technical positions. The functional knowledge, leadership and teamwork skills stressed at Kellogg are very directly applicable to the tech industry dynamic and culture.

What tech companies recruit on campus at Kellogg?

Companies that conduct their interviews on campus between January-March are: Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, Samsung, VMWare, Intuit, Dell, Intel, Sony, IBM, eBay, Adobe, Zillow, and Expedia - to name just a few. In addition, many tech companies who host company presentations, then interview Kellogg students off-campus (students can usually apply to these roles through Kellogg’s job board). These companies include Google, Tesla, and LinkedIn. Other companies, like Facebook, Netflix, Airbnb, and Salesforce, recruit Kellogg students via a completely “off campus” process during the same January-March timeframe.

Smaller companies typically recruit during April-June and have a less formal application process. Leveraging the networks of current club members and alumni help open those doors.

For more information on recruiting for high-tech positions at Kellogg, please see the Tech Recruiting Summary.

What kinds of roles do technology companies recruit for at Kellogg?

Tech companies recruit for a wide range of roles at Kellogg. Primarily, companies recruit for internships and full-time positions in product management, product marketing, corporate strategy, business development, finance and operations. Check out the Kellogg Employment Report to see all the positions Kellogg students have taken in tech, and visit the KTech Testimonials page to learn about several students’ summer internship experiences.

I am interested in getting a Product Management role. Does Kellogg have anything for me?

KTech’s Interview Prep Groups and career bootcamps prepare students to interview for Product Management roles. Kellogg also features a course in Product Management as well as many experiential opportunities to gain experience building products. Finally, we recommend you commit to preparing yourself by using interview guide books such as Cracking the PM Interview and Decode and Conquer..

Do I need to have a technical background to get offers from tech firms?

Most technology firms look at career switchers favorably. If you can illustrate solid industry knowledge, analytical skills, strategic thinking, and problem solving abilities, you will be considered for the vast majority of positions. That said, a few technology firms require technical experience and/or a CS degree for specific positions. These technical roles are in the minority of what firms recruit for at Kellogg.

How big is the Kellogg alumni network in tech?

The Kellogg alumni network in technology is large and widespread (from the Bay Area, to New York, and right here in Chicago). In the most recent graduating class, for example, about 26% of students chose to pursue technology careers after Kellogg, and the KTech alumni mailing list has hundreds of members.

What can I do to prepare for my time at Kellogg?

Your time leading up to Kellogg is a cherished time- so do make the most of it. We’d recommend 3 things -

Think about what you want to do 5 years from now. Do this by meeting folks in companies that interest you and finding out more about their roles and career paths. Learn more about your professional options and reflect on what might make sense for you.

Begin building up a perspective on technology. Stay up to date on the latest trends in tech by reading news outlets such as TechCrunch and blogs such as Ben Evan’s blog and Stratechery by Ben Thompson.

Build up your skills if there are obvious gaps. The summer can be a great time to take a class in programming or to beef up your analytical skills.

Other questions?

Have other questions? Contact us at ktech-exec@kellogg.northwestern.edu. We'll do our best to get you the answers you need as you're considering Kellogg!