Project Timeline

General Timeline

Item/Task Owner Due Date
Project Proposals Due Client July 15
Clients and projects selected from project applications Smith School  August 1
Project description, outline of proposed deliverables, champion & contact names, background company info Client (with assistance from Smith School as needed) August 1
Students teams finalized Smith School  August 15
School reconvenes from break and students receive team assignments Smith School August 31
Clients contacted for initial meeting Students/Faculty Advisors By September 9
Initial meeting between client, student team, and faculty advisor All By September 16
Letter of engagement due to client Students By September 23
Mid-project presentation to client All By October 28
Final presentation to client All By December 15

Client Roles

  • Project Champion - typically executive level; someone who is able to champion the project throughout the organization
  • Project Contact(s) - someone who is able to 'open doors' for the students and who has the ability to gain access to needed information for project research and deliverables

Smith School Roles

  • Student Teams - Approximately 6 MBA Students assigned to teams
  • Client Liaison - elected student who will be the main point of contact for the Client (contact and/or champion)
  • Faculty Liaison - elected student who will be the main point of contact for the Faculty Advisor & MBA Consulting Program Office
  • Program Liaison - elected student who will be the owner of project expenses and administration for the team
  • Faculty Advisor - a Smith Faculty member; dedicated to project and team; assigned based on project/client industry expertise; provide general oversight and guidance on project deliverables; grading