Experiential Learning

Get a Smith Experience

You’ll apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world challenges with Smith’s unique experiential learning opportunities. Developed in collaboration with faculty and corporate partners, Smith offers a portfolio of programs that provides students with hands-on experiences aligned with their Career Tracks. You’ll take your analytical tools and leadership competencies and use them to assess complex problems, manage teams and clients, set strategy, and deliver innovative solutions.

Smith Live Cases

MBAs get a behind-the-scenes look at a real corporation, and get a sense of the breadth and scope of the challenges it faces, when business leaders and executives come to the classroom for Smith Live Cases. Our partner companies have included Salesforce and Marriott.


Real-world projects are supplemented by workshops and mentors to help you manage your engagement. Details


The Designing and Implementing Digital Strategies for Businesses course is an intensive hands-on course that is centered on the Google Online Challenge. Details

The Dingman Center Angel Fellows course allows you to gain professional experience commensurate with that of an analyst at a seed-stage venture capital firm. Details


This for-credit action learning program bridges business and technology. It emphasizes design thinking and Agile methodologies to build innovative systems. Much of the program focuses on forming interdisciplinary teams to collaborate with outside companies such as Salesforce, Capital One and Verizon for product and process innovations.

Mayer Fund

Make real-time portfolio and investment decisions while managing the $3.5 million Mayer Fund. Details

New Markets Venture Fund

Assist in managing this $20 million fund and gain professional experience similar to that of an analyst or associate in a venture capital firm. Details

Global Study

Go on, go global. Stretch your learning across continents with programs designed around hands-on experiences. Participate in a global consulting opportunity, faculty-led global experience or a semester-long exchange program. You’ll earn academic credit while adding international exposure to your résumé.

MBA Global Consulting Practicum
Global Business Courses

Leadership Development

Focus on your leadership development priorities in our semester-long “Leading Fearlessly” program. It’s a series of challenging co-curricular activities combined with high-level executive coaching. You might travel to Gettysburg with a U.S. Naval Academy instructor for an exercise in battleground leadership, or to a state park for an “Arctic Survival” exercise, or to Annapolis for a yacht race on the Chesapeake Bay. And throughout the semester, your executive coach will work with you to create an action plan for growth.