Student Spotlight: Isaac Branaum, Class of 2021
Updated: Jun 3, 2020
Washington, D.C. and Seoul, South Korea
Undergraduate Institution & Major:
Boston University, Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & East Asian Studies
Pre-MBA Work Experience:
Academic Research, Corporate Venture Capital, Corporate Development, Management Consulting, Product Management
How would you describe your first year of business school?
I am inclined to describe the first year of b-school as metaphorically being “hit” by an 8-ton truck filled with cutting-edge knowledge, passionate friendships, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences! You become a maestro in investing your energy into four different “pools” of activities: academics, recruiting, friends and sleep, and, unfortunately, you can only pick three out of four each day. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity pushes you to understand who you are, what you want, and where you want to be, quickly. That being said, you develop the most amazing relationships with all your peers that are going through the same process.
What do you love about Johnson most?
Johnson will forever be defined by the one-of-a-kind, big-hearted people it attracts to become part of its diverse and supportive culture. Everyone knows each other on a first-name basis – it’s one big, happy family. It’s the most endearing part of being here at Johnson.
Where will you be doing your summer internship?
What drew you to this company?
I came to Johnson highly interested in buy-side investment and M&A deal strategy, and I selectively targeted my recruitment efforts on strategy consulting firms with PE/M&A practices. EY-Parthenon is one of the biggest players in the M&A consulting space, and I felt right at home while meeting with EY-Parthenon practitioners at networking events due to its very Johnson-like culture.
What drew you towards consulting?
I enjoy problem-solving at a deep, fundamental level, and helping people with their problems is something that comes naturally to me. Consulting requires and refines these two attributes in the people who do it for a living, and, as I had worked in consulting prior to Johnson, I was confident that it was a post-MBA career path that I would enjoy.
What are you most excited for with regards to your internship?
I am most excited about the people I’ll meet! It is certainly an interesting time for a summer internship, given its recent transition into a fully-virtual experience due to the current COVID-19 epidemic. However, I see virtual internships as an exciting challenge that explores the future of what consulting engagements might look like in the future.
Any other fun summer plans?
The People’s History of the United States has been sitting on my desk for ages waiting to be read, but I’m also hoping to get back into breakdancing and DJing in Ithaca over the summer!