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.

Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum

Think consulting might be right for you? Want to try it before making that decision? In FCCP, you'll apply academic theory and your developing business skills to solve an existing or emerging issue facing a local client over the course of 12 weeks. FCCP projects cover a wide range of industries, and address challenges across most business functions. With faculty guidance, your FCCP team of about five MMS students, plus a second-year MBA student who serves as your coach, mentor, and advisor, will build your consulting skills while making a real difference to a business.

Previous FCCP students have:

  • Identified a strategic partner for a medical device startup
  • Researched the market opportunity for a new line extension of a premium food brand
  • Analyzed the industry and recommended a plan for an advertising technology company to reach new customers

Speakers

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:

 

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:

 

Corporate Visits

What really happens at a business headquarters or regional office?  A corporate visit can enable you to see, hear, and feel how a company does its work. You may tour their facilities, meet employees from different parts of the business, and learn about their industry, company culture, and current business challenges. 

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

We're 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 Career Management Center, and they’ll reach out to see what’s possible.

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