When Engineering student Ria Bhatia came to Penn State as a first-year student, she already knew that she wanted to work for Microsoft. But, while some first-year students wait until their sophomore or junior years to begin pursuing their dream internships and jobs, Bhatia—a computer science major—took the plunge early.
"Penn State is great because we have all these career fairs, and Microsoft employees and recruiters came to our fair in the fall at the Bryce Jordan Center," she says.
But when she didn't hear back right away after leaving her resume with recruiters that day, she took matters into her own hands.
"I figured that they probably hire people who really want it, and if I really wanted it, I should just go for it."
Going for it paid off, and Bhatia was selected for the Explore Microsoft Program. The twelve-week program at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, provides participants—dubbed 'Explorers'—with an opportunity to experience various areas of the company, including project management and software design.