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Experiential Learning

Stern delivers education and engagement beyond the classroom

The Office of Student Engagement runs a range of programs that expand your perspective and explore your potential to create value for the world through business. Taking advantage of Stern’s location at the center of global business, the Office of Student Engagement connects you with opportunities to tackle real business challenges and to transform ideas into action that makes an impact on a broad scale. Programs include:
  • Stern Consulting Corps (SCC) - Aligned with a 1.5 credit management course entitled 'Consulting Practice: Process and Problem Solving,' SCC students learn how to solve complex business problems, from problem definition to final client presentation, while simultaneously working on a live consulting project. This hands-on opportunity allows students to work in teams to tackle a critical business issue or opportunity for an SCC client while applying in real time the key steps of the consulting process taught in the classroom. Past partners have included Carnegie Hall, City Harvest, International Rescue Committee and Step Up Women's Network.
  • Stern Signature Projects - This program provides specifically tailored opportunities to extend the MBA education beyond the classroom by deepening the understanding and engagement with a specific subject, idea and/or industry. Through Faculty Fellow Projects, The Clinton Foundation Haiti Initiative, CFDA Masters Workshop & newly created IDC Global Strategy Project, Stern Signature Projects provide students with unique opportunities to tackle real business challenges through targeted project engagements.
  • Board Fellows Program - Select second-year MBA students serve on the boards of NYC-based nonprofit organizations for nine-month fellowships. Fellows act as non-voting members, work on committees and complete a strategic project for the board. Board Fellows partners have included the Alzheimer's Association of New York, The Fresh Air Fund and Grow NYC.
  • Social Impact Internship Fund (SIIF) - A highly competitive fellowship, SIIF supports select first-year MBA students pursuing summer internships with nonprofit organizations and for-profit social enterprises. Learn more about SIIF in the sidebar video.

Video: Board Fellows Program

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Hear students talk about their time as Board Fellows, the strategic governance projects they completed, and what they learned from their experiences.

Video: Social Impact Internship Fund

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During their time at Stern, MBA alumni Matt Edmundson and Jenny Tsai launched Violet Health, a business to tackle iron-deficiency anemia among pregnant women in India. SIIF funding allowed them to spend their summer in Bangalore working on the project.