Experiential Learning

Real-World Learning Opportunities

Smith’s approach to business education incorporates hands-on learning opportunities into every discipline, every program, and every area of the school. From finance to marketing to human capital management and all points in-between, Smith allows you to apply your skills and knowledge to help solve the critical business challenges facing today’s organizations.

Whether it’s consulting for corporate, government or non-profit clients, or managing the $500 thousand Global Equity Fund, the experiential learning and actual business cases at Smith prepare Mfin students for real-world challenges and opportunities.

Take advantage of the dynamic business and technology markets in the Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia/Baltimore region and explore these opportunities!

Experiential Learning Projects

Over 150 finance graduate students have worked on dozens of Experiential Learning Projects (ELPs) with institutions, including:

  • Capital One
  • Citibank
  • Danaher
  • Federal Housing Authority
  • Five Bridges
  • IFE Group
  • Radian Group
  • SEC
  • World Bank

Employer Testimonial

Radian, the third largest mortgage insurance company in the US, has hired five students from University of Maryland as a direct result of their work on an ELP. In this video, Radian talks about why University of Maryland’s ELPs prepare students to hit the ground running in their career right after graduation:

World Bank ELP Blog


In April 2014, students from the finance department traveled to Bangladesh on a one-week mission with the World Bank to explore the possibility of expanding rural electrification through solar energy mini-grids.

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