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Experiential Learning (EL)

Purdue’s Experiential Learning (EL) provides opportunities for teams of second year MBA students along with graduate students in Science, Technology, and Engineering to undertake semester long consulting projects for new and established, domestic and globally focused firms. Since EL’s launch in the fall of 2009, more than 1000 students from 7 colleges and 15 academic units have successfully undertaken over 180 projects for a wide variety of client organizations. The program has expanded to include global consulting with in-country immersion.

Consulting projects chosen are part of a 16 week, for credit course and are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. The classes cover topics such as consulting methods, problem solving, project management, presenting and storytelling, as well as team development. Global Consulting Projects are offered during the Spring semester only. Student teams have access to faculty and our extensive library resources to support their efforts.

  • Corporate Consulting EL Projects

    Corporate Consulting EL projects are for teams of 4-5 students from a varying backgrounds and skills. Each student is expected to contribute roughly 10 hours per week during the 16 week engagement and must qualify for placement into each project based on academic performance and skill fit. Typically, the presented problem requires a cross-functional or an interdisciplinary perspective that provides an opportunity for a team of students to apply and integrate their diverse knowledge and skills. Strategizing and problem solving with students with other managerial and academic disciplines is a richly rewarding experience for the students and of great value to their client organization by way of deliverables, fresh perspective, and student interaction.

    EL projects are sponsored at a senior level of the client organization to ensure the team has access to the company’s people, information, and resources as well as the opportunity to present their findings to a group of senior stakeholders and decision makers. A project liaison is appointed by the client to interact with the team on a weekly basis.

    The objective of all EL projects is to enable decision and action on the client organizations part. We follow a rigorous methodology that ensures a purposeful, comprehensive, and hypothesis-driven approach to data collection and analysis. This enables the generation of insights and recommendations that are both impactful and actionable.

    Dates: Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

    Financial Support:

    • Domestic Corporate Consulting Projects: $5,000 plus travel and project-related expenses for the student team
    • Global Consulting Projects: $15,000 plus travel, project-related, and in-country expenses for team (global projects involve additional faculty assigned to the teams)

    Support Deadline: August 12, 2017 for Fall, November 1, 2018 for Spring

    Recognition and Branding:

    • Project sponsors receive visibility through physical and electronic postings to all Purdue students
    • All sponsoring firms are profiled and introduced to students applying for EL projects
    • Sponsors receive considerable goodwill through informal student networks as they discuss project related activities