Industry Capstone: Students

Students get real-world experience

The Industry Capstone Program is a graduation requirement for all MBA/AMBA students, but all graduate students in the School of Business are welcome to apply and participate in this opportunity.

  • This program is tied to the three-credit course MGT 809 Industry Capstone Program

  • Analyze problems and recommend appropriate actions to corporate partners

  • Upon completion, be able to share your real-world experience with recruiters and hiring managers.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am not an MBA/AMBA student, can I still take this course?
Yes! All graduate students in the School of Business may take MGT 809: Industry Capstone Program. Please consult with your advisor if you have questions about specific program requirements.

I have not taken MGT 808: Fundamentals of Consulting yet but want to take MGT 809: Industry Capstone Program. Can I register?
No. All students must first pass MGT 808 or have enough professional experience in the United States to waive the pre-requisite. Email [email protected]to see if you qualify to waive MGT 808.

Will this experience assist me with networking and searching for future internship/full-time roles?
Yes! ​​This hands-on approach to education encourages and requires students to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to dynamic, complex professional situations. Upon completion, you’ll have a professional project and real work experience to share with recruiters and hiring managers as you move your career forward. This looks great on a LinkedIn profile or resume!

How will I be graded in this course?
Students will be graded on their ability to complete tasks, collaborate with their peers & faculty advisor, manage client expectations, and deliver status update presentations. This course/project lasts one academic semester.

Student Checklist

  1. Complete the prerequisite requirement, MGT 808: Fundamentals of Consulting. This is a zero-credit course that is typically offered in the fall and spring semesters.

  2. Update your resume with your most recent skills, certifications, and experiences. For a professional resume review, you can work with the Corporate Outreach and Professional Advancement (COPA) Office.

  3. Apply for MGT 809: Industry Capstone Program via CapSource. This three-credit course is typically offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

  4. Once you complete the full application process, you will receive a confirmation email from [email protected]. You will then be matched to a project for the coming semester and be provided with onboarding information.

  5. Register for your correct section of MGT 809 and begin working with your project team and faculty advisor!

Next steps for applying

About 4-6 weeks prior to each semester, application and project descriptions for MGT 809: Industry Capstone Project will be emailed to all graduate students of the School of Business. Applicants will then be matched to a project based on their skill set, experiences, and program of study. We will then reach out to all selected applicants with their project for the upcoming semester, and important registration and onboarding information.

If you have any questions about our application and registration process, please reach out to Christina Sargiss, [email protected], Program Manager for the Industry Capstone Program.

What people are saying

Fudi Liu

"Helped me get a job"

"Taking on this challenge was very helpful for my future studies and career. In the semester after the project, I participated in the UBS Machine Learning Competition and won first place. All of these experiences helped me get a job doing analytics for a marketing agency in New York. My suggestion to future students is to participate deeply in the ICP, understand the needs of enterprises and real business operations, and be willing to learn new skills. Employers will take notice." – Fudi Liu '21, M.S. Business Intelligence and Analytics, now Data Intelligence Analyst at Publicis Groupe

Kuntal Gupta

"A fulfilling experience"

"This course has helped me better assimilate to the working culture of the United States and gain exposure to relevant and necessary professional skills. Throughout the semester, I collaborated with my peers, faculty advisor and corporate partner while conducting in-depth research. This project has been a fulfilling experience, and I have been able to take on responsibilities that actually matter to the stakeholders!" – Kuntal Gupta, Analytics MBA, '22

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Tech-Savvy Students

"I can’t say enough about how tech savvy the students are, and their level of engagement was fantastic. Our CHRO asked them a lot of great questions, and the students were able to answer them from both a technical perspective and in laymen’s terms, so people not as familiar with the analytics could understand the strategy." — Gary Winant, IT Director, Data & Analytics, L'Oreal