Engagement & Experiential Learning
Tap into the business world in both the US and China 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 and access to leading corporate executives in both the US and China, who you'll meet to discuss the state of business. To take a front row seat in any industry you must first understand the landscape, and understanding comes with hands-on experience.
- Case Study Events
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.
- Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE)
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.
- Career Exploration Trips
What they are: Visit companies in selected cities in the US and China to meet with executives and/or Duke alumni and learn about employment opportunities.
Previous students have: Spent two days in New York City visiting key companies that recruit MMS students on campus.
- Corporate Visits
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. Kunshan is linked to Shanghai by high speed train so you'll have frequent opportunities to visit with the commercial headquarters of the many the leading multinational companies with offices in Shanghai.
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.
- Distinguished Speaker Series
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
- Industry Conferences
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.
You'll get out of the MMS: DKU program what you put into it. Students who rise to the occasion are more likely to shine as professionals, too.