November 07, 2005

TCU MBA Candidates Top Intern Case Competition


For Immediate Release

Holly Preston
PR/Marketing Coordinator
Neeley School of Business
(817) 257-7768

TCU MBA Candidates Top Intern Case Competition

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 23, 2005) - MBA candidates from the TCU MBA program topped the recent Intern Case Competition, sponsored by Travelocity. The first-place team included TCU MBA students Margaret Pittman, Chad Scurlock, and Priscilla Soria Sanchez, while Isela Rodriguez participated as a member of the second-place team in the competition.

Pittman, Scurlock, Sanchez, and Rodriguez spent the summer as Sabre Holdings interns, working for Sabre Airline Solutions, Sabre Travel Network, and Travelocity. In addition to intern project work, the company offered interns the opportunity to participate in a case competition, working on real world Travelocity business cases. TCU students competed against MBAs from other top MBA programs who were also part of the company's intern program. Teams of technical and business students worked for a total of six weeks to prepare business case proposals, and winners were selected based on the quality of their solution, thoroughness of analysis, feasibility of implementation, potential market impact, and alignment with Travelocity's strategy and brand.

"Four of our MBA students interned with Sabre this summer," says Shirley Rasberry, director of TCU's Neeley School of Business Graduate Career Service Center. "To have all four of our interns in the top two teams of the competition is truly a reflection of the type of students we match with businesses throughout Texas."

According to Neeley School of Business Dean Daniel Short, the intern program and case competition represent an integral part of the MBA program's focus. "The MBA is no longer a lone ranger degree. Everything is done in teams," says Short. "Employers want people who can come in and recognize opportunities, marshal resources, and work effectively within the team. This is what sets our students apart."