Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Engagement & Experiential Learning

Tap into the business world while still learning the ropes. Classroom and team experiences are key to launching your career, but applying what you've learned to real-world situations is essential. Get an in-depth look into business with company visits, internships, and access to leading corporate executives who frequent the campus to discuss the state of business. Before you advance the industry you must first understand it, and understanding comes with hands-on experience.

  • What they are: Leading companies present you with case studies related to company and industry challenges.

    Previous students have: Worked with Burt's Bees, a leading natural personal care products company, on the launch of a new toothpaste.

  • What they are: Short-term work experiences expose you to various industries during winter and spring break.

    Previous students have: Performed financial analysis, participated in client presentations, and worked directly with the founder of an investment management firm; collected and analyzed market intelligence for a startup energy company; and worked as strategic operations analysts for a start-up billing and payment company.

    Learn more about internships.

  • What it is: Considered as an elective, the GATE includes an academic component. You will study the business, culture, economy, and politics of a country or region before travelling to the region. Travelling within the region will typically be for one to two weeks of visits with multinational corporations, local enterprises, government agencies, partner schools, alumni, and others in the region.

    Previous students have: While GATE is new to MMS, MBA students have travelled to China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey, UAE, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and other countries. Within China, students met with a venture capital firm and toured an automotive production facility in Shanghai, visited the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City in Beijing, and toured a specialized cancer center in Taipei.

  • What they are: On-site meetings with executives where you gain a deeper understanding of specific industries and companies. Most visits also include sessions to discuss entry-level employment opportunities and hiring processes.

    Previous students have: Visited ABB, Burt's Bees, Cisco, LuLu, Ogilvy, Self-Help, Square1 Bank, and Oppenheimer to learn about strategy, operations, marketing, venture capital, startup management, and social impact.

    Learn more about Corporate Visits.

  • What it is: High-profile corporate executives come to Fuqua on a regular basis to share insights on current business issues and corporate strategies.

    Past speakers include:

    • Tim Cook, CEO, Apple — View YouTube videos
    • Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy — View YouTube video
    • Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods — View YouTube video
    • Bill McDermott, Co-Chief Executive Officer, SAP AG — View YouTube video
    • Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather — View YouTube video
    • Bob McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble
    • George Bodenheimer, President of ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports
    • Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    • Stephen Quinn, Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer of Walmart U.S.
    • Timothy Flynn, Chairman of KPMG LLP
    • Beth Comstock, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer, GE
    • Punit Renjen, Chairman, Deloitte, LLP

    Learn more about our Distinguished Speaker Series.

  • The Duke Conference on Sustainable Business and Social Impact

    Former Chairman of DuPont Chad Holliday (right) with former Net Impact Co-President Ritu Khanna (Daytime MBA '10).

    What they are: Annual conferences that offer an up-close look at day-to-day life in fields such as marketing, sustainability, finance, and healthcare. 

    Previous students have: Attended The Duke Conference on Sustainable Business and Social Impact, led by the MBA Net Impact Club. Attendees heard from practitioners about financial inclusion, social enterprise marketing, socially-responsible investing, renewable energy, design innovation and climate change consulting. The conference was also supported by Fuqua's Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) and The Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE). Most industry-focused student clubs organize conferences like this one, which are held at Fuqua and are open to the Duke community.  

The Dean Says:
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