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Experiential Learning (EL)

Purdue’s Experiential Learning (EL) provides opportunities for teams of second year MBA students and 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 1200 students from 7 colleges and 15 academic units have successfully undertaken over 200 projects for a wide variety of client organizations. 

Consulting projects chosen are part of a 16 week, four credit course and are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. Projects in Supply Chain and Operations are also offered in the Summer. The classes cover topics such as consulting methods, problem solving, project management, presenting and storytelling, as well as team development.

  • Experiential Learning (EL) Projects

    Corporate Consulting and Executive EL projects are for teams of 4-5 students from varying backgrounds and skills. Each student is expected to contribute roughly 10-12 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. Functional Area EL projects are offered in Accounting, Analytics and Information Management, Executive MBA, Human Capital, Marketing, and Supply Chain and Operations. These are also for teams of 4-5 graduate students and are for students within the specified functional areas or closely related discipline. 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 clients 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 2019 and Spring 2020

    Financial Support:

    • Domestic Corporate Consulting Projects: $5,000 plus travel and project-related expenses for the student team

    Support Deadline: Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

    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 students’ networks as they discuss project related activities