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Calling all Smith MBAs: Applications Now Open for Winter 2014 Consulting in Sri Lanka

Sep 25, 2013
Experiential / Reality-based Learning


International Smith Experience Opportunity: Sri Lanka 2014

BUSI758-O: Building Capacity in Sri Lanka

The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), in collaboration with the International Executive Service Corps (IESC)’s USAID funded

Facilitating Economic Growth in Sri Lanka program, is pleased to announce a 3-credit Smith Experience (Full-Time MBAs)/Global Studies (Part-Time MBAs) course available for Winter 2014. Selected Full- and Part-Time MBA students will spend 3-weeks, from December 28, 2013- January 18, 2014, consulting with small business owners from Sri Lanka’s post-conflict Northern and Eastern Provinces to create viable business plans and market strategies. To accommodate the varied mission of each enterprise, students will be matched based on their field of interest and local needs. 

In addition to the 3 weeks of travel, students will participate in a pre-departure orientation, McKinsey Consulting Model workshop, and Embassy visit, all in November, as well as a return debrief and final presentation event for Smith students, faculty, and staff, and stakeholders from IESC, USAID and the Sri Lankan Embassy in late January 2014. Lodging in-country is provided by IESC. Students will be required to pay tuition for 3 credits, as well as roundtrip airfare. CIBER will open applications to students for $1000 travel scholarships to offset expenses. 

Only eight positions are available for this program, and applications will be competitive. Applications open Tuesday September 24, 2013 and are available on Networth/Smith Experience, or at, and are due by 9:00am on Monday September 30, 2013. Interviews will be held for select candidates with CIBER and IESC staffduring the week of September 30, 2013. 


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Valerie Mahar at or 301-405-8838. 

USAID seeks to spur economic growth for all Sri Lankans through partnerships with the private sector. Building on a successful track record, USAID programs are developing public-private partnerships, creating sustainable jobs, and jump-starting much needed economic growth to promote stability, particularly in conflict-affected areas. To learn more about these programs, visit:

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