MBAs Solving Real-World Challenges for Global Clients
The Smith Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) collaborates with CIBER offices at George Washington University, San Diego State University, and the University of Miami to offer students the opportunity to participate in a 4-credit international consulting project. These projects are open to all full-time and part-time MBA students. Global Business Consulting (GBC) is a unique opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in international business and to expand your professional network.
Students will be assigned to teams of five or six MBA students based on their interests and skill sets, and each team will be assigned a faculty advisor. A client in each country will provide an actionable consulting project for which student teams will collaborate to develop and present an innovative, operational plan that will have the most significant impact and best possible outcome for their clients.
The anticipated client for 2015 is likely to be in Brazil or another country in Latin America.
- Collaborate with students from multiple business, cultural, and university environments to work with corporate executives to solve a business challenge
- Work virtually first in the US and then on the ground in the host country abroad
- Develop actionable recommendations and present these to high-level executives
Upon completion of the Global Consulting Practicum students will gain
- In-depth, first-hand experience providing consulting services in a foreign country
- Access to companies that recruit students
- Knowledge of global business practices, consulting skills and frameworks
- Virtual teaming and cross-cultural communication skills
- Capacity to deliver innovative, operational plans to clients
- Increased competitiveness in today’s job market
- Opportunity to network with MBAs from other universities
GBC course structure
- Launch Weekend (February 6th – 8th exact location TBA)
- Late-January to mid-March - Independent work
- Early May – Virtual teamwork begins
- Last two weeks of May – Work abroad in host country and final presentations to the client
Past GBC projects include
- A multinational paint company asked a team to explore pricing opportunities in order to take advantage of rapid growth in India
- A global leader in oil and gas sought advice on alternative energy businesses to enter in Brazil
- A US multinational clinical trials company wanted to explore the feasibility of expanding their customer base to include Asian pharma companies in China
Every member of a project team must have some level of competency in the language of the project country, and at least one member of each team must be fluent in the language by the time the project begins. Team members with limited knowledge of the language are expected to start language classes no later than mid-January. Language courses and tutorials are available to those selected.
- Students should submit an online application and attach a CV by January 5, 2015. Note that online application is hosted on University of Miami’s CIBER page.
- You will be contacted to set up a time for a virtual interview on January 5th or 6th.
- Applicants will be reviewed through a completive screening process by members from CIBER consortia schools
- Selected applicants will be notified by January 8th, 2015 and will have 48 hours to notify the selection committee of their intent to participate on the project. Before accepting your offer, you will have an understanding of the general scope of work and you will know the project location.
- If you accept the offer, a program deposit of $500 will be due on January 12th.
Students interested in the GBC can expect to incur costs of tuition for enrollment in the course, airfare to the Launch Weekend, a program fee of $2500, and international round-trip airfare to host country in May.
Costs of the in-country hotel, transportation, and meals, will be covered by the client.
CIBER will offer $1000 scholarships to offset student airfare to/from the host country.
For information, please contact:
Program Manager, Office of Global Initiatives