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Experiential Learning

The driving philosophy at the Michael G. Foster School of Business is “learn by doing.” Transforming learning into action takes many forms —courses within and outside of the core that provoke your thinking and stimulate discussion; leadership development periods to practice your skills; career planning based on your past experience and where you want to go; student organizations that allow you to lead and team with others; internships with dynamic companies and company projects that give you an opportunity to solve real-world problems.

You’ll have a chance to complete at least three experiential experiences that involve substantial interaction with business or other external organizations. Below is a list of opportunities for MBA students.

Activity Description
Join a community board of directors Gain confidence in the board room by serving alongside influential business leaders on community organization boards. The Consulting and Business Development Center Board Fellows Program gives MBAs an immersion experience into boardroom dynamics and governance expectations (not to mention outstanding networking opportunities).
Connect with an executive mentor Get matched with a high-level business executive to further explore your career interests and goals, learn about the mentor’s experiences and build a long-term relationship.
Consult with business and community organizations Add value and see your ideas come to life as you help businesses identify and resolve their challenges. Consulting choices include: teaming with other MBAs through the MBA Strategic Consulting Program, working with community agencies through the Consulting and Business Development Center, or pursuing an independent consulting project.
Go Abroad Explore international business operations in other countries and expand your cross-cultural awareness during an MBA study tour. Learn more about all the international opportunities.
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Team up with students from the UW Law School to provide early stage legal and business counseling to local startups and small businesses.
Team-up for business competitions Go head to head with the best MBA minds. Test your business skills and team capabilities and win awards and prizes in national and international competitions. Prepare for real world strategic challenges at business plan and case competitions as well as contests in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, venture capital investment, and global business. You can even earn start-up funding from several of the competitions offered through the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.
Participate in a student organization Build your hands-on experience while you network with other MBAs who share your interests. Student organizations host lectures, hold events, raise money for charity and make connections with businesses, alumni and community groups.
Mentor a first year MBA student Learn by leading and teaching others: second-year Leadership Fellows use their wisdom and experience to help first-year students navigate the MBA curriculum, improve team collaboration, and take advantage of student resources while simultaneously strengthening their own coaching and problem-solving skills.
Elective Courses A number of elective courses incorporate classroom theory with a direct application project engaging a local business.
Complete an independent study Design and complete an Application-Based Independent Study to address a complex, real-world, unstructured business challenge or opportunity faced by an organization.
Work, teach or complete a fellowship Augment your MBA studies with relevant work experience: continue your internship, start a new part-time position or participate in teaching opportunities. Some positions can satisfy your practical experience requirements.