Ohio State University’s Max M. Fisher College of Business offers students numerous experiential learning opportunities to apply classroom material.
Within the past three years, Fisher College of Business has expanded its “Industry Immersion Program”—a one year program where students are immersed into the industry of their choice. The college has also created a business analytics minor and leveraged the university’s relationship with Apple to deliver fully integrated information portals for students.
Experiential learning opportunities
Fisher has 66 courses that offer significant applied/experiential learning. The “Industry Clusters Program,” a popular choice among business students, focuses on topics pertinent to the economic future and provides students an opportunity to learn from partner industry experts. Through the Clusters Program, students learn about an industry through courses and projects. The program features guest speakers, company site visits, and workshop opportunities ranging from networking to resume prep.
Nicholas Galigher is a Fisher alum who participated in the “Industry Clusters Program.”
“I participated in the Data Analytics cluster with corporate sponsors like JPMorgan and Scotts Lawn Care,” he says. “We used actual Scotts data to understand the seasonality of the business and provide business recommendations on ways to improve sales and how to expand product offerings into new markets.”
The capstone project is another experiential learning opportunity for business students. Through the capstone project, students focus on improvement projects on a specific value stream and consult companies on the issue.
Alexandra Chudik, a Fisher alum, participated in the capstone project where she did marketing consulting for local Columbus companies.
“This provided us a unique opportunity to explore how each business was run and make a meaningful impact that improved business practices for that company and increased revenue,” she says.
Fisher reports in a P&Q survey that 72% of the Class of 2017 were employed full-time within 90 days of graduation with an average salary of $53,767. A large majority, 68%, choose to accept positions in the US Midwest.
What alumni say:
“The capstone class allowed us to research a company and apply our 4 years of undergrad knowledge in order to help diagnose and remediate an issue a local, small business was experiencing with their current marketing strategy. We were able to network within the community, as well as gain some real-world knowledges and feedback, as a panel of our professors and the small-business executives voted for the group they thought did the best job.”
“I participated in the Honors Cohort program, a unique learning model for a business school wherein students learn about business through a historical scope and engage in a Socratic format. The program also featured other program-specific business classes tailored to the goal of the program. The program gave me the ability to think about real world issues and my career path in a totally different manner.”
“I was involved in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry Cluster program, which offered the ability to learn and network with professionals from industry partner companies Procter & Gamble, Kroger, and the J.M. Smucker company. This opportunity was led by distinguished faculty and offered students the opportunity to gain specialized knowledge and project experience, while also enabling the connection of class learnings to real-world experience. Through this program I was able to make connections that led to a very fruitful internship experience. I was grateful to have been a part of the program.”