Elise Smith

Full-Time MBA, Class of 2020

Hometown: Military Family
Home State:
Home Country: US
Previous Institution & Degree: The University of Texas at Austin Marketing, Minor Finance

Pre-MBA Industry: Energy
Pre-MBA Company: Phillips 66
Pre-MBA Title: Coordinator Market Development
Desired Post-MBA Industry: Consulting
Desired Post-MBA Function: Consultant

Summer Internship Company: McKinsey & Company
Summer Internship Title: Summer Associate

Student Organization Membership:

  • Consulting Association (Chair of External Relations)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Rice Business Board Fellows¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Rice Business Women's Organization/Men as Allies¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Rice Marketing Association

What about the Rice MBA program has surprised you the most?
The family feel. Everyone here is driven and hard-working, but it's not a cut-throat environment at all. We like to have fun!

What has been your favorite moment of your Rice MBA experience so far?
Receiving my internship offer. I spent a lot of time with several of my classmates on campus over winter break doing case prep, and it was very rewarding to have it pay off!

What is your favorite thing about and/or favorite spot in Houston?
The food! I love the variety of restaurants here.

In a sentence, what is the one piece of advice you have for prospective students?
The program is demanding, but make time to attend social events and get to know your amazing classmates.