First Emerging Leaders MBA students complete program, embrace job opportunities

August 11, 2011

As the inaugural class of Loyola’s Emerging Leaders MBA program prepares to complete the program, students reflect on how the experience has enhanced their business skills and helped secure exciting new career opportunities.

As a member of the inaugural class of Loyola’s Emerging Leaders MBA (ELMBA) program, Brian Tahmosh didn’t know what to expect when walked through the doors of Loyola University Maryland’s Graduate Center in Columbia, Md., last fall, but he knew the program was the perfect match for his background—and his ambitions.

While his undergraduate major from Syracuse University was in newspaper journalism, Tahmosh ended up getting into radio while in school and interning for the New England Patriots. His first job was in sports information for Lehigh University, where he worked for just under a year before returning to the Patriots to pursue a position as a marketing coordinator.

“I did well completing tasks, but I wasn’t as great at the planning, strategy, and analysis side,” explained Tahmosh. “I knew I was good at my job, but I was never really going to rise through the ranks without having those business and leadership skills.”

Tahmosh decided to pursue the accelerated MBA program at Loyola. The ELMBA program is designed for academically talented recent undergraduates interested in a rigorous program that blends classroom coursework and experiential learning. That experiential learning focus allowed the ELMBA class of 2011 to visit corporate executives, complete field studies in San Francisco and Barcelona, and intern at high-profile companies. Tahmosh secured an internship at Vocus Inc., a public relations and marketing software company in Lanham, Md., where the class had gone on a site visit early on in the program.

“During the second part of my internship I reported to the vice president of sales and the vice president of marketing, where I helped create a new segmenting model for potential clients,” said Tahmosh. “There was more responsibility and the projects were more in depth in this internship than those I completed as an undergraduate—I’ve been a part of long term projects that influence the way the company does things and my work has felt a lot more meaningful.”

The internship was meaningful for Vocus as well—the company offered Tahmosh a full-time position as a lead generation representative—developing leads for sales—which he will begin in September.

“Loyola helped me get my foot in the door,” said Tahmosh. “And my business courses gave me the skills I needed to secure a new career with growth potential.”

Tahmosh’s classmate Alex O’Brien—a Loyola English major from the Class of 2005—also secured a position at the company where she interned during the program, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. O’Brien had held positions in writing and communications prior to enrolling in the accelerated program. She decided to pursue a full-time MBA because she wanted to gain the business skills to complement her communications background and prepare her for a successful career in business.

“My internship at CareFirst gave me exposure to projects and executives within the company that I normally wouldn’t have at my experience level,” said O’Brien.  “The fact that you can gain experience during a full-time program makes you a lot more marketable, especially for someone without an undergraduate degree in business. It’s a very unique part of a full-time program.”

O’Brien’s internship was in the office of the CEO, where she will begin working full-time as a strategic planning analyst after completing the program.

“I knew I needed the business skill set, but I also needed quality work experience in business and this program had both,” said O’Brien. “The internship is embedded in the program, and the academic director is committed to finding students something that’s of value and will pay off.”

Many other ELMBA students have accepted jobs at companies where they interned, including companies Corporate Office Properties and Trust, Ellin & Tucker, and Stanley, Black & Decker. With the final days of the program fast approaching, two-thirds of the students in the cohort have already secured full-time jobs.

If you are interested in the ELMBA program, please contact Ann Attanasio, assistant dean of the Sellinger School, at 410-617-2510 or, or visit the ELMBA webpage.