Office of Experiential Learning

Reimagining Learning to Address Grand Challenges

Creating integrated, interdisciplinary opportunities for our students to solve real-world problems for real-world companies is the cornerstone in the mission of the Office of Experiential Learning. Through dynamic curriculum innovations, the support of our alumni and business community, and exciting external opportunities, Smith students develop greater resilience, tolerance for ambiguity, critical thinking, and a keen ability to lead the organizations of the future.

Partner with OEL

Smith Business Consulting

Partner Organizations

The Office of Experiential Learning had 114 unique experiential learning projects with over 250 alumni and corporate partners this past academic year. The most popular experiential learning opportunity was classroom coaching, where participants served as a guest speaker or a judge. They work at many top organizations, including Morgan Stanley, Sephora, Tesla, Southwest, Netflix, Uber, Lululemon, Microsoft, LinkedIn, YouTube and the World Bank. For Smith live cases, company representatives participate in a short-term class project. This year, live case participants included the U.S. Department of the Treasury, PwC, KPMG, CohnReznick, T. Rowe Price, Amazon and more. The longest engagement is a term-long capstone project, where students work with companies for several weeks, this year including Google, Marriott, Deloitte, Major League Baseball, Pepsi, Lockheed Martin, American Red Cross, BAE Systems, McCormick and many others. We are also using our experiential learning teams to reimagine the future of business in government, with partners like the Federal Labs Consortium, the MD State Dept of Veterans Affairs, Fannie Mac and Freddie Mac.

Benefits for OEL Partners

  • Access to top student talent
  • Build your employer brand with University of Maryland students
  • Tap into fresh thinking and outside perspectives
  • Receive meaningful recommendations for your organization
  • Interact with world-class research faculty
  • Contribute meaningfully to students’ education

How to Partner with OEL

Join an Advisory Council

Industry leaders and experts may be invited to join advisory councils to help shape what students learn, match classroom lessons to real-world needs, and widen the pipeline for internship and job opportunities

Engage in the Classroom

Continuous opportunities to speak with, coach, or judge to students working on real-world business applications

Provide a Class Project

Semester-long projects where graduate and undergraduate students apply and display their problem-solving and critical thinking abilities. These projects help provide solutions to challenges your organization may face, and a direct connection to talented Smith students.

Host a Live Case

A short-term opportunity for student teams to develop strategic business recommendations. The entire class is dedicated to the case, providing a wealth of recommendations and greater exposure.

Interested in partnering with OEL? Connect with us!

Our Team

OEL Leadership

Nicole M. Coomber

Nicole M. Coomber

Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning
Clinical Professor of Management & Organization
Nima Farshchi

Nima Farshchi

Lecturer, Management and Organization
Executive Director, Office of Experiential Learning
Mary Wagner

Mary Wagner

Senior Director, Office of Experiential Learning

OEL Student Ambassadors

Eileen Chen 
Project Management Lead 
Sophomore, Finance & Information Systems

Faith LeBrun 
Experiential Learning Lead 
Sophomore, Management & Information Systems

Shruti Pothagoni 
Experiential Learning Ambassador 
Junior, Information Systems & Linguistics

Kevin Salazar 
Student Lead for Smith Business Consulting 
Junior, Finance & Information Systems

Caroline Grant 
Marketing Strategy Lead 
Sophomore, Management & Marketing

Emily Bernard 
MBA Student 
Class of 2025

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