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Experiential Learning

The driving philosophy at the Michael G. Foster School of Business is “learn by doing.”

Experiential learning, and each of the opportunities described below, offer you the opportunity to apply and strengthen your knowledge and skills, build your network, deliver value to the business community, and take the necessary continued steps toward your future career! We encourage you to consider each of these as you design your Foster journey to best meet your future objectives.

Consulting Opportunities


  • Applied Strategy: First-year MBA core project-based course focused on solving relevant business challenges with companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, Google, EMC, Intel, Concur, FareStart, PACCAR, and Group Health
  • Foster MBA Consulting: Engaging teams of MBA students in autumn and spring quarters with businesses such as Intel, Philips, Alaska Airlines, REI, Nissan, and the National Park Service to solve critical business challenges
  • Global Consulting Project: MBA students travel to India to get a first-hand look at social entrepreneurship and how it works
  • Foster Business Research Group: MBA students conduct short-term research and data analysis in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Board Fellows: Through the Consulting & Business Development Center MBA students can apply to become a non-voting member of a nonprofit board and conduct a valuable applied project for the organization
  • MBA International Business Consulting Projects: Through the Global Business Center and IBUS 550, MBA students help expand international businesses and identify opportunities for profitable growth

Careers and Mentoring

  • Mentor Program connects MBA students with senior executives in the Seattle business community
  • EY Center for Undergraduate Career Advancement