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"My last three years at Alliant have been incredibly satisfying. I have had the opportunity to teach students about professional identity, attractive personal brand and career development -- and nothing beats the feeling of hearing my students receiving job offers for rewarding careers."

Simon Vetter - Adjunct Faculty - Professional Development

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"In an MBA class with 20 students, I will have at least 14 countries represented. What it means is there is really no one dominant culture here."

Dr. Louise Kelly - Professor of Strategy

Alliant School of Management


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"The MBA program at Alliant School of Management was a perfect fit for my needs and I feel very well prepared for a future leadership position. The program really thrives on diversity of the students and professors who come from all over the world."

Torben Hensiek - MBA 2012

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"What I enjoyed the most about my experience as a DBA student at Alliant, was the international and applied focus - and the diversity in class with students from Europe, Africa, Asia and Middle East"

Jorge Avendaño - DBA 2006

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Careers & Internships


Professional development at Alliant’s School of Management starts on your first day and includes a wide range of opportunities for consulting assignments, internships, community service learning and professional development workshop series.


The business internship class provides students with a multi-faceted experience that helps to prepare them for real-world job markets and workplaces. Actual onsite, hands-on work experience will train you in workplace-related skills such as:

  • Project planning, monitoring and completion
  • Managing and interacting with people
  • Financial and marketing- related principles
  • Leadership situations.

Some of the Internship Placements experienced by students in the Fall 2012 semester are:

  • American Red Cross
  • American Cancer Society
  • Big Brothers
  • Casa Familiar
  • Einstein Medical
  • International Cultural Learning
  • Onspire
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • San Diego Asian Film Foundation & Festival
  • San Diego World Trade Center
  • San Diego Zoo
  • World Affairs Council
  • YMCA (Armed Forces)

Previous student placements include Nathan Fletcher's San Diego Mayoral Campaign, the Port of San Diego, Sony and Channel 10 news.


Community Service Learning allows students to engage with the community and gain professional practice experience in non-profit consulting through the application of business skills to active learning projects. The projects are structured with a specific goal, deliverables, starting and stopping points and execution and completion plans. The Community Service Learning Coordinator identifies projects in charitable organizations and foundations as well as NGOs in the area. Some of the places we have already established connections include

  • Illumination Foundation
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Universal Giving


"Your ideas were innovative and refreshing as the uniqueness caused me to remember various details about myself and my goals when conversating with people I meet and/or writing about myself. I recently had to use my resume in my autobiography for work.  It was a short bio and I was happy to have my information readily available and up to date.
If you are considering this class or working with Simon Vetter; the class is definitely worth taking! And results are sure to be impactful if working with him!"

Valori Oliver, Professional Development class, 2012

The Professional Development Workshop Series is designed with active participation, observation and continuous constructive peer/instructor feedback. The sessions focus on professional development topics and offer tools and techniques to help you better understand yourself, your professional ambitions and how to pursue a career that is fulfilling and satisfying.

Topics include:

  • Effective Networking Skills
  • Self-Branding
  • Clarifying Career Goals
  • Informational Meetings
  • Writing a Powerful Resume/CV
  • Building a Professional Identity through Social Networking
  • Focus and Organization in Pursuing Career Goals