Time to get real

Get beyond the classroom by tapping into the business world in both the U.S. and China. While courses and team experiences will be the core of your program, you’ll also explore how the concepts you’re learning apply in real-world situations. Meeting with companies and engaging with leaders helps you explore the many different aspects of business while building the skills and confidence you’ll need to succeed on your career path.

These opportunities enable you to see, hear, and feel how companies do things. You’ll tour workplaces, meet employees and managers, and attend panel discussions to learn about industries, job functions, company culture, business challenges, and employment opportunities. These kinds of visits—in both the U.S. and China—help you clarify your own career goals and get a better working knowledge.

With site visits ranging to companies like ABB, Burt's Bees, Cisco, LuLu, Ogilvy, Self-Help, Square1 Bank, and Oppenheimer, you’ll explore many different aspects of business including strategy, operations, marketing, venture capital, startup management, and social impact.

Previous students have visited:

  • Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, in Shanghai
  • Key companies that recruit MMS students on campus in New York City
  • Ant Finance, Alibaba’s financial arm, in Hangzhou

Our Career Management Center is always on the lookout for companies that may be interested in hosting a student group. If you’re interested in visiting a specific corporation, get in touch with the CMC, and they’ll reach out to see what’s possible.

Our Distinguished Speaker Series, held on Fuqua’s campus in the U.S., has been running for more than 30 years. High-profile corporate executives share their personal and professional stories of how they’re actively changing the business world—and giving you an insider look at the industry or career issues they navigate.

Previous 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

A wide range of student clubs organize conferences designed to help students in all programs dive deeper into industries like marketing, sustainability, finance, and healthcare. Each conference typically includes keynotes and panel discussions with managers and executives from different companies, discussing issues in the field or emerging trends. These events provide many informal opportunities to engage with alumni and recruiters in the industry, along with formal networking receptions. You don’t need to be a member of the club to participate. Whether you’re exploring all options or pursuing a specific company interest, conferences help build your professional knowledge.

Here are a few examples:

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The Value of Corporate Visits and Consulting Projects