We are still in the process of gathering this summer’s data but about 600 out of 900 MBAs expressed interest to be at a startup this summer,” she says.

The combination of hands-on work from the get-go and a more dynamic work environment in the heart of the Bay Area start-up scene should have many mainstream MBA employers knowing that they are increasingly competing with early-stage startups for top talent.

Cathy Hsu, 31, an MBA student from the University of Chicago’s Booth School who worked at Salesforce, says that while it’s a bummer she has no use for her business suits, she’s enjoyed the job autonomy that comes with an early-stage startup, while herBain friendshave spent the summer with very structured and defined tasks.

Robinov, who is originally from Israel and experienced her own failed startup  there, wanted a Harvard MBA and an entrepreneurial experience to gain deeper insight into American startups.

The dedicated team has been great. From a philosophical standpoint, we meet the startups where they’re at. Huge companies have different numbers for recruiting MBAs than a startup might. We make it so there are no hoops for them to jump through.”

We are really working at helping the West Coast startup understand what they can get from a Wharton student.”

Regardless, Hopping sees students coming back from startup internships with distinct results.”It’s individual for each student but there are some broad things I’m hearing,” she says.