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Experiential Learning

More than just classroom learning, the Foster School of Business offers myriad ways to apply what you learn in the classroom.

Internships and Fellowships

  • Board Fellows Program: MBA students serve on non-profit boards (Consulting & Business Development Center)
  • MBA Leadership Fellows: second year MBA students coach and advise teams of first-year students (MBA Career Management)
  • New Venture Internships with UW Center for Commercialization: During the course of the academic year, MBAs examine the feasibility of commercializing nascent technologies coming out of medicine, engineering, sciences (Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • Commercialization Gap Funding Fellows: MBAs work with technology managers at the UW C4C to determine which UW-research-based technologies receive $50,000 in funding to reach the next stage of development (Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • Institute of Translational Health Sciences/Washington Research Foundation Summer Fellows: Graduate students examine, research, and provide recommendations on commercialization paths for UW technologies with a heath science focus (Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • Social/Environmental Summer Fellows: MBAs with a passion for social or environmental entrepreneurship spend their summer with a nonprofit, developing a fund-raising strategy, working in a health clinic in Africa, or creating a business plan (Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • Undergraduate Internships Abroad (Global Business Center)

Consulting Opportunities


  • Business Impact Group Consulting Program (Consulting & Business Development Center)
  • Consulting Challenge (Consulting & Business Development Center)
  • Consulting Program in Accounting (Consulting & Business Development Center)
  • Consulting Projects MGMT 440 & IBUS 496 (Undergraduate Program Office)
  • Strategic Consulting & Multicultural Marketing MKTG/MGMT 445 (Consulting & Business Development Center)
  • Summer Internship Program (Consulting & Business Development Center)


  • Applied Strategy consulting projects as part of the MBA core curriculum in which Foster MBA students work with companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, Google, EMC, Intel, Concur, FareStart, PACCAR, and Group Health
  • MBA Field Study program pairs teams of second-year Foster MBA students with businesses such as Intel, Philips, Alaska Airlines, REI, Nissan, and the National Park Service
  • Global Consulting Project: MBA students travel to a foreign country and consult with a local business
  • Foster Business Research Group: partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; MBA students conduct short-term research and data analysis with Gates Foundation staff
  • MBA Business Consulting (Consulting & Business Development Center)
  • MBA International Business Consulting Projects IBUS 550 (Global Business Center)

Global Opportunities

  • MBA Exchange Program with 16 partner business schools
  • MBA Study Tours
  • Global Business Forum: professionals with global business expertise share insights and experiences
  • Undergraduate Exchange Program with 17 partner business schools

Start-Up Opportunities

  • Jones + Foster Accelerator: helps early-stage, student-led companies get off the ground
  • Entrepreneur Week: series of workshops, speakers and networking opportunities to help engage and excite students about starting new companies
  • Creating a Company: undergraduate students start and operate a business as part of the entrepreneurship curriculum
  • Lavin Entrepreneurship Program: combines hands-on learning and curriculum to give undergraduate students the experience, skills and know-how to succeed in their future business ventures

Careers and Mentoring

  • MBA Strategic Consulting Program: teams of graduate students analyze business problems for businesses in the region and beyond
  • Mentor Program connects MBA students with senior executives in the Seattle business community
  • EY Center for Undergraduate Career Advancement


  • Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • Dempsey Startup Competition (Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • D-Prize: Funding UW global entrepreneurs (Global Business Center)
  • Global Business Case Competition (Global Business Center)
  • Global Health Business Case Competition (Global Business Center)
  • Health Innovation Challenge (Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • Russell Investments International Case Competition (Global Business Center)
  • MBA Consulting Challenge (Consulting & Business Development Center)
  • Venture Capital Investment Competition (Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • Undergraduate Consulting Challenge (Consulting & Business Development Center)
  • Undergraduate Strategy Development Case Competition (Undergraduate Program Office)


  • 28 undergraduate student clubs and organizations
  • 18 graduate student organizations