MBA Global Consulting Practicum

Global Consulting for MBAs at the Smith School is offered as a 4-credit course to MBA students during their second year or third year. Projects for Global Consulting are provided through the Maryland Global Export Consulting Program. This program gives clients the opportunity to work with MBA students on internationalizing their business through general strategy, marketing, finance, supply chain and logistics, and/or data analytics skills.  Though the program is offered to both full-time and part-time MBA students, the course structure differs for each population. Please see below for more information.

Full-Time MBA Course Structure

Global consulting projects for full-time MBA students will be embedded into the fall course, BUSM798Q “Business Consulting: Business Problem Solving Practicum,” with Professor Nicole Coomber.

Enrolled students will be assigned team projects based on their interests and skill sets as determined by Professor Coomber. Full-time MBAs interested in doing an international consulting project should express their interest with Dr. Coomber, but selection is not guaranteed.

Full-time MBA global consulting projects do not include a travel component. Those interested in global business consulting projects that offer travel in-country should register for MBA Global Business courses.

Global consulting projects within the full-time MBA course structure will present an actionable consulting project from an international business client 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.

Part-Time MBA Course Structure

Global consulting projects for part-time MBA students will be embedded into the spring course, BUMO758K “Special Topics in Management and Organization: Business Consulting,” with Professor Nicole Coomber.

Enrolled students who are specifically interested in an international consulting project can expect to submit a resume and cover letter to help match their skill sets and interests to projects available. The enrollment process will also serve as a confirmation that students are willing to travel over spring break for the project.

While travel is included in the part-time program, travel coordination from the Center for Global is not, so students will not be charged a program fee. This means that students will be responsible for coordinating their own lodging and logistics during the in-country portion of the program and therefore, responsible for the roundtrip international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, meals, insurance, and other personal expenses while traveling for the project.

The Center for Global Business will offer a $1000 grant to part-time students enrolled in a global consulting project to help offset their travel costs.

Global consulting projects within the part-time MBA course structure will present an actionable consulting project from an international business client 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.

Stay tuned for the application timeline and projects for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Upon completion of the Global Consulting Projects 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.

General student qualifications

  • Extensive cross-cultural skills and wish to apply these in a consulting experience
  • Past experience in the specific region where the consulting will take place
  • Flexibility and adaptability and can handle uncertainty, particularly in a cross-cultural setting
  • Previous strategic consulting experience, or experience in an entrepreneurial start-up setting

Regional language skills are not required, although desirable.

The cover letter should address each of the following:
(students in the part-time program should expect to address the following in their cover letter)

  1. The reasons for your interest in participating in a consulting project and your expectations for personal gain from participation in this project, as well as your future career aspirations.
  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, or substantive experience in an entrepreneurial start-up setting, or in strategic growth of small private enterprises.
  4. Experience working and/or studying in cross-cultural settings.

Past Global Consulting Practicum

  • Ghana: Renewable Energy Solutions to Ghana’s Ministry of Education
  • India: Market Entry for Medical Devices
  • Tanzania: Technology Consulting for the Healthcare Field
  • Rwanda: Engaging Government and Non-profit Agencies in Incorporating Solar Energy Systems
  • China: Design and Market Digital Platform to Protect and Conserve Energy & Environment
  • Israel and Palestine: Governance, Capacity and Safety for an Off-Grid Water Project
  • Asia-Pacific: Handwriting Without Tears Market Research Project
  • Israel: Arava Institute
  • India: Facilitating Economic Growth with Tibetan Refugees