As director, my role-among other things-is to develop and maintain contacts with firms to find opportunities for the students and place them in internships and full-time positions.
Establishing strong relationships with the industry has given me a thorough understanding of the needs and requirements of the marketplace, including potential employers. This is an active and ongoing process that started long before the MFE program was actually launched, and these relationships have been very valuable to the program in many respects. They have helped us to quickly establish a reputation, and we're able to identify the skills that are most likely to be in demand.
Executive Director of the Berkeley MFE program