Innovo Scholars Consulting

Rohan Bajaj '17 Reflects on His Experience in the Innovo Scholars Consulting Program

Victor Mullins, associate dean of the undergraduate program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, stays connected with Smith students – while they are undergraduates and after they have earned a degree and successfully completed the four-year Smith journey. Dean Mullins recently asked Rohan Bajaj '17 to discuss how­­ being a part of the Smith journey helped him. Rohan graduated in December 2017 with a finance degree. He's looking forward to joining Capital One as a financial analyst.

Innovo Consulting Scholars Present to UMD Cabinet

University of Maryland undergraduates put their innovation and problem-solving skills to the service of their fellow classmates. Jamie Grossarth, Ananth Shrivatsan, Sylviane Alexion, and Isaac Adeeku presented their proposal for improving the application process to the university's education abroad programs to members of the University Cabinet as their final project for the fall 2016 Innovo Scholars Consulting program on Dec. 16, 2016.

Students Help Shape Classroom Instruction

New technologies and employer expectations are pressuring traditional colleges to innovate instruction. Despite predictions of higher education disruption, “smart and agile institutions will respond and even thrive alongside new competitors in this changing environment,” says Sandra Loughlin, Smith School’s director of learning and innovative instruction. “The key is to provide appropriate faculty and program support.”

Smith School Shakes Up Higher Ed’s Model

A Silicon Valley startup called the Minerva Project has put traditional colleges and universities on notice. Minerva students live together in rental housing and engage in experiential learning, but they don’t go to lectures or take final exams. “Higher education doesn’t work well anymore,” the system’s founder says. However, an initiative at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business suggests that established institutions can adapt and similarly innovate.

Innovo Scholars Consulting Program Helps Transform Learning at Smith

Smith student Philip Peker ’18 writes about the Innovo Scholars Consulting program for undergraduates at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Education is an ever-changing art that is grounded in theory, research and experimentation. Institutionally, it has gone through hundreds of evolutions in order to better equip the professor to better serve the student.

Innovo Scholars Consulting

The Innovo Scholars Consulting Program teaches students how to solve complex problems and manage the dynamics of client-focused engagements. In addition to completing a comprehensive consulting project, you receive professional one-on-one coaching from practicing project managers and management consultants. An emphasis is placed on developing the skills required to succeed in professional consulting careers, including:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Leadership and collaboration
  • Data analysis and conducting research
  • Professional communication
  • Project and client management
  • An ability to deal with ambiguity

In your consulting project, you will partner with Smith stakeholders to identify strengths and opportunities of current courses and programs, then apply best practices in collecting and analyzing data to recommend improvements. You will also consider human capital, organizational, and technological resources to ensure the proposed solutions are feasible, with design thinking and agile development methods driving innovation.


The FEARLESS consulting framework will guide your real-world project. The class focuses on both sides of the consulting process: solving complex business problems and managing dynamic environments. 

  • Frame the problem
  • Explore the situation
  • Analyze the data
  • Recommend and reflect
  • Listen actively
  • Empathize with others
  • Set and manage expectations
  • Share your progress and ideas

Innovo Scholars must enroll in BMGT 498L: Innovating the Higher Education Business Model. Past projects include individual course innovations in the undergraduate curriculum; program and office initiatives including the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and Smith Start; and Smith-wide issues such as critical thinking and academic integrity.


Innovo Scholars provides a network of alumni in consulting roles across a variety of sectors and industries. Organizations where recent Innovo Scholars have interned or accepted full-time offers include:

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Accenture
  • Bloomberg
  • Capital One
  • Prudential Financial
  • National Economic Council, White House
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Unilever
  • Grant Thornton
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Guidehouse
  • Leidos
  • boutique and specialty consulting firms 


  • Open to all Smith business majors and minors.
  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Applications for the Spring 2020 cohort are due by 12:00 p.m. noon on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

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Students interested in learning more may email the Office of Transformational Learning’s Experiential Learning team at for additional information.

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