During the Spring Semester students will participate in consulting training with UMD faculty to prepare for the on-site consulting project.
Class meetings prior to travel. Dates TBD.
Approximately $2350. OGI and CIBER will offer grants to student participants.
Students will be enrolled in Testudo by MPO once students are selected.
The application process is competitive. Enrollment in the MBA Global Consulting Practicum is not guaranteed. Students must apply to be considered in the selection process. Eligible candidates will have relevant academic, professional, and soft skills, such as: excellent interpersonal abilities and high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty that will ensure their success in an international, cross-cultural consulting setting.
To apply, students must submit a resume and cover letter to OGI at email@example.com with GLOBAL CONSULTING PRACTICUM in the subject line. The application, resume, and cover letter will be used to evaluate each student's background and career interests in order to determine which potential consultants are the best fit for the Global Consulting Practicum.
Additional follow-up interviews will be held with a subset of the applicant pool to select students and assign them to specific projects.
The selection process will favor:
- Students who already have extensive cross-cultural skills and wish to apply these in a consulting experience
- Students with past experience in the specific region where the consulting will take place
- Students who can demonstrate that they are flexible, adaptable and can handle uncertainty, particularly in a cross-cultural setting
*Language skills of the host country are not required, although desirable
Two students will be selected. Submit resume and cover letter to OGI at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is Friday, October 31st. Cover letter should address each of the following:
1) The reasons for your interest in participating in a Global Consulting Practicum, the particular project in which you would like to participate, and your expectations for personal gain from participation in this project.
2) The skill sets, knowledge and work expertise that you can bring to this particular project. Indicate previous work experience, class/study, internship, etc.
3) Substantive experience closely related to the specific industry of the project and to the specific region where the overseas consulting will take place.
4) Experience working and/or studying in cross-cultural settings.
Description of Project:
The global consulting practicum allows students to translate their classroom learning into the development of real world solutions. Students will work on a 6-person multi-disciplinary collaborative consulting project for the Arava Environmental Institute (AIES), a premier environmental studies and research program in the Middle East. The final project will explore mechanisms to improve Arava’s business model so as to move the project away from one of charity to one of sustainability. Students will be expected to look at factors such as connection or usage fees for the recycled greywater that would lower the costs associated with potable drinking water.
- Study the feasibility of using greywater for small-scale crop production.
- Assist in finding solutions to water scarcity in the region, which is expected to get worse in the future.
- Solve a complex environmental problem that implicates legal, public health, and economic issues.
Students will travel to the Middle East, where water is a precious commodity, and becoming more valuable every day as climate change brings longer, and more significant droughts to the area. Average yearly rainfall amounts have also been declining.
MBA, law, and public health students will work the Arava Institute to look at potential solutions to water scarcity, by specifically focusing on the reuse of greywater for agricultural production in off-the-grid communities who only receive potable drinking as little as once every three weeks. Using greywater (as opposed to higher quality drinking water) for agriculture frees up potable water for other purposes such as consumption and bathing.
The collective input from MBA, law, and public health students on the use of greywater in the Middle East has the potential to benefit other arid developing countries. For example, the law students from the team will bring legal expertise to overcome legal obstacles to the expansion of greywater projects, public health expertise will help ensure the safety of such projects, and business students will assist in the development of business models in order to scale up the project.
Students will be expected to read materials concerning the geographical, historical, political and environmental characteristics of the region affected. Students will be required to produce a collaborative report, based on the findings from the travel component and additional research. The final report will address legal, public health, and business considerations arising from the greywater project.