The Smith School Global Consulting Practicum is offered as a 2 or 4-credit independent study course to MBA students during their 2nd year. Enrolled students will be assigned to teams based on their interests and skill sets, and each team will be assigned a Smith 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. Past clients include the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka, KW Foundation in Uruguay, AFAR in Tunisia, and 3M in Chile.
Past consulting projects include:
- Designing an export-development plan for frozen-packed fish, defining a procurement and marketing strategy, and identifying new markets.
- Helping a retailer with offices in Bangkok and Chonburi expand their market.
- Developing an export strategy for a telecommunications firm.
Upon completion of the Global Consulting Practicum students will gain:
- In-depth, first-hand experience providing consulting services in a foreign country.
- Knowledge of global business practices.
- Insight into cross-cultural differences that affect leadership and interpersonal
interactions such as communication, negotiation, conflict resolution and teamwork.
- Tolerance for ambiguity, which is intrinsic to all global experiences.
- Capacity to deliver innovative, operational plans to clients.
- Increased competitiveness in today’s job market.
Students interested in the Smith School Global Consulting Practicum can expect to incur costs for roundtrip international airfare, tuition for enrollment in the course, and costs for personal extracurricular travel activities while in country. Costs for lodging, meals and site visits in-country will be covered by the program fee. Grants are offered by OGI and CIBER to reduce program costs.