Michael Jacobs

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Michael Jacobs
CHRLS Alumni Association Board Member


  • Master of Arts 2016
    Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Carlson School of Management


Michael Jacobs, ’16, graduated from the full-time MA-HRIR program and currently works at PepsiCo as an HR associate manager. He explains why he attended the Carlson School: “The HRIR program offered at Carlson was my number one choice because of the recognition the program has in the field, the incredible rigor with which the professors are chosen, and access to one of the best-kept secrets in the country, the Twin Cities.” He says that the program had two profound impacts on his career, the first that it provided opportunities. “I took full advantage of the resources the GBCC provided, which in no small way helped prepare me to land my dream internship,” he says. Second, “the diverse student population of the HRIR program instilled in me the importance of listening to and allowing all sorts of different voices to be heard.” Jacobs says that he joined the Alumni Board because “the two years that I spent as a student of the program have been some of the most fulfilling of my life. I've always been a believer that the best way to give back is to do so by volunteering your time.” Jacobs’ advice for current students is “to take advantage of every opportunity the program AND the broader University of Minnesota community provides you.”