Go beyond the classroom

The MMS program offers many exciting opportunities to explore new industries and see how the academic 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.

Corporate Visits

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 help you clarify your own career goals and get a better working knowledge.

With site visits ranging to companies like ABB, Bloomberg, Accenture, Macquarie Group, Self-Help, Square1 Bank, and Oppenheimer Funds, you’ll explore many different aspects of business including strategy, operations, marketing, venture capital, startup management, and social impact.

Previous students have visited:

  • Cisco Systems, a global leader in internet networking
  • Ogilvy & Mather, an international advertising, marketing, and public relations agency
  • Burt’s Bees, a national producer of environmentally friendly personal care products
  • Washington Nationals, a major league baseball team

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.

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Industry Conferences

A wide range of student clubs organize conferences designed to help students in all programs dive deeper into industries like marketing, sustainability, finance, and health care. 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:



Our Distinguished Speaker Series 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 give 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

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