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. Learn more.


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. Learn more.

Mayer Fund

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

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.

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.

Student Clubs

The Smith MBA has 19 student clubs and organizations keep you involved with campus life — a vital part of the Smith experience. Participating in the many opportunities for learning and achieving that exist everywhere at Smith will change your perspective, your focus — even your life. Learn more about graduate student clubs.