LGO students join a tightknit community that extends far from the classroom. 45 to 50 students make up each year’s LGO cohort, and the small class size makes it possible to forge strong connections.
Community building with LGO starts immediately when you arrive on campus to begin the two-year program. The MIT culture emphasizes collaboration and innovation, and LGOs benefit from being a small group within larger MIT. After an intense summer session only with fellow LGOs, the class is integrated into Sloan MBA life, and they’re encouraged to engage fully in the MIT Sloan MBA experience.
Even with rigorous coursework, LGOs still have time for a full social calendar. LGO students take leadership roles in the MIT Sports Analytics Conference and Sloan Senate. They’ve volunteered at MIT hackathons and integrated with graduate research groups alongside PhD students. Whether it’s chairing a committee or planning the annual Fourth of July party, students are deeply involved in the management of the program.
LGO Clubs and Activities
LGO students actively shape their experience by participating in student-run committees. Committees are responsible for key program activities such as planning the annual Fourth of July party at the MIT Sailing Pavilion, coordinating speaking engagements with industry leaders for the Global Operations Leadership Seminar, and working with the LGO partner companies on internships, recruitment, and plant treks. There are a variety of roles within each committee as well: enhance your event management skills, be in charge of finances, help to source your class’s internships, or optimize travel logistics on the annual Domestic Plant Trek. Participation in committees is close to 100%, and many students chose to participate in more than one.
Student life as an MBA is very busy! Sloan has over 60 clubs, with a variety of focuses on both the professional and the social. Previous LGOs have joined the Operations Management club to prepare for a career in operations, the Entertainment, Media, & Sports club to organize the largest student-run conference in the country, or the Happy Belly Club to find all the best spots to dine across the greater Boston area!
There are over 500 clubs at MIT, many of them spanning campus and undergraduate to graduate-level participation. Popular opportunities are the MIT Energy Club, which brings the campus together to analyze the most difficult challenges in energy, and the 100k Competition, where teams pitch their business plans for the grand prize of $100,000. The 100K Competition is the perfect opportunity to connect a technical idea to a commercial application. Fostering this connection is a primary goal of LGO, and the experience has led a few LGOs to start their own companies.
Sports and Recreation
MIT Recreation provides opportunities to be physically active on campus. Students can pick up a wellness yoga class, take private lessons with a trainer, or join the LGO Intramural hockey team. There are 18 intramural sports and over 30 club teams at MIT with teams at every level. If you are missing your NCAA days or just want to learn something new, there’s a team for you.
MIT is a leader across many industries in cutting edge research. More than 2,500 graduate students hold official appointments as research assistants or research trainees each year, where they get hands-on experience with the brightest faculty in the world. LGOs have participated in lab research, published papers with engineering faculty, or helped a new tech venture go live.
In the video below, Karl Gantner (LGO ’16) discusses his new venture. Based on his research with MIT AeroAstro faculty and graduate students, Karl is working on a start-up to market a compact infrared laser communication payload. The goal of the product is to achieve much higher data rates for satellites to keep pace with the growing demand for data.
At MIT, your significant other (SO) and family are just as much a part of the community as you are! SOs join LGO committees, utilize MIT services to find jobs in Boston, and connect with other parents for playgroups, clothing exchanges, and more. LGO SOs provide a supportive network for each other throughout the two year program. In addition to the resources through MIT central, Sloan also has a dedicated group for SOs. Spouses and partners can request an MIT ID card, which gives them access to the MIT buildings and the Zesiger Center.
When my husband and I decided to move out to Boston from California as newlyweds, it was important to us to find new friends within the LGO community. We began planning weekend trips with other LGO’s and frequent happy hours, wine nights, and book clubs have also helped us to get to know each other. Now, as my husband prepares to leave for his six month internship in Spain while I stay in Boston, I feel incredibly grateful to have friends through the program.
– Sharon Coles, wife of JB (LGO ’17)