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The UW Foster School Business and Consulting and Business Development Center provides scholarships to students of color and others who are interested in not only completing their business education but also in contributing to Washington’s economic future. Learn more
STUDENT CONSULTING PROGRAMS
Consultants serve their clients to solve complex business problems. We offer students hands-on experience as consultants in projects that include business strategy, operational techniques, management, finance, accounting, and marketing. Our programs range in length from one week to one quarter.
- 76% of students who participated in these programs report that their experience helped them obtain their first job after graduation.
- 92% reported that their experience helped them perform better than their colleagues.
For details about specific programs, click on the headers below.
Business Impact Group (BIG) Consulting Program
The Business Impact Group (BIG) Consulting Program is comprised of young talented individuals whose primary goal is to assist in the development of small businesses in economically distressed/emerging communities. Participating students conduct projects with corporate leaders, small business owners, community leaders, elected officials and other undergraduate students. BIG members are also given the opportunity to network throughout various industries, enhance their professional growth and expand their qualifications and skill sets.
As part of this program, teams of undergraduate students and professional advisors work with local businesses on short-term projects, which are managed by the Business Impact Group (BIG). Projects are 6-8 weeks long and offered fall, winter and spring quarters.
This is a by-invitation-only club for students who have participated in Consulting and Business Development Center's programs. To learn more about the club’s activities and how to join, please visit the group's Facebook page.
The Consulting Challenge matches teams of students with businesses from a local underserved community in the Seattle area. The student teams will be given a week to analyze the companies’ financial and operating performance and develop a one-year growth plan that includes steps to improve the bankability of the business. Teams will then present in a case-competition format.
Each team will consist of three or four undergraduate students. Students any UW undergraduate programs are welcome to participate. At least 3 of the 4 team members MUST be available for the presentation.
Members of the four 1st place teams will each receive $250.
Consulting Program in Accounting
Beta Alpha Psi students work with small business clients to determine their financial performance and health. Local bankers and accountants provide advising to students. For more detailed information, email Wilfredo Tutol. (8 weeks, fall quarter)
Strategic Consulting & Multicultural Marketing (MKTG/MGMT 445)
Teams of undergraduates work with businesses from under-served communities as part of this marketing/management class offered winter quarter. Teams consist of 4-5 students, mentors from the Seattle Rotary Club, and professional advisors from local consulting firms. For more detailed information, email Wilfredo Tutol. (winter quarter)
Summer Internship Program
The center will hire undergraduate students as paid interns to work as consultants with companies in Seattle, Yakima and the Tri-Cities. Each intern will work with 3 companies and provide, on average, 130 hours of consulting services over a 10-week period to each firm. Examples of past consulting projects include completing marketing plans, financial or sustainable growth analysis, business plans, improving management systems, or short and long term financial projections.
- Participate in training sessions to improve skills and knowledge about business consulting.
- Develop consulting contracts and identify success measures for each assigned client.
- Complete a scope of work designed to help the company achieve growth.
- Work collaboratively with a business mentor provided by the center.
- Communicate progress on a weekly basis to supervisor.
- Track “billable hours” and ensure that each client receives the agreed upon quality and quantity of services.
- Deliver final client reports to each company and a final internship report to supervisor.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
This internship is available to UW students only. The ideal intern will be a Business Major with interest or experience in business consulting. Past consulting experience and experience working in multicultural environments is highly preferred.
Salary and Start/End Dates
Each intern will receive a $5,000 stipend and will work 40 hours per week. Interns will begin working Wednesday, June 18 and the program will conclude on Friday, August 22. Students will have one paid holiday (July 4).
The application deadline was March 31, 2014. To apply for this position submit a resume and cover letter. Be sure to address your experience in working in multicultural environments and note which internship you would like apply for (Seattle, Yakima, or Tri-Cities). Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to: Jen Bauermeister.