UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

MBA Real-Life Learning

Real-life learning matters. Find the experiential learning opportunities at UNC Kenan-Flagler that match your interests by clicking on the questions below.

Find what's right for you

Are you interested in client-facing interactions while you are in school?

Consider STAR: UNC Kenan-Flagler's Student Teams Achieving Results program, or STAR, is a hands-on learning program in which students learn by doing as they take on the role of consultants to real companies. STAR sends teams of top MBAs and Undergraduates to build comprehensive and actionable strategies for corporations and not-for-profit organizations seeking to strengthen their competitiveness. All teams are guided by both a faculty advisor with significant business consulting/corporate experience and an executive from the client organization.

Would you like to work in teams of peers from around the world to solve real business challenges?

Consider Global Business Project (GBP): The Global Business Project (GBP) is a unique action-based learning course for MBAs where MBAs from multiple business, cultural, and university environments work with corporate executives to solve a business challenge. The teams work virtually first in the US, and then on the ground in Brazil, China or India. They create actionable recommendations delivered in professional presentations.

Do you want to manage real investment dollars while you are in school?

Consider the Alternative Investment Education Program: The Alternative Investment Education Program at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School consists of six student-run funds that manage more than $12 million. Each Fund has a distinct alternative investment strategy that provides students with opportunities for invaluable hands-on asset management experience in their respective fields. What distinguishes the Alternative Investment Education program from other educational opportunities is the access it provides students to all aspects of the fund management and investment analysis.

Do you want an intensively-focused immersive leadership opportunity?

Consider the Leadership Immersion: Our Leadership Immersion course is a capstone to your experience at UNC Kenan-Flagler. This course will offer you a unique opportunity to synthesize and deepen your mastery of the core leadership principles through intensive application, experiential learning, individualized feedback, and reflection. The Leadership Immersion focuses on several core areas that have been consistently identified as key development areas by students, recruiters, and practicing leaders.

Do you want to learn to manage conflict?

Consider Leadership Simulations: Our Leadership Simulations provide you with a type of interactive training and feedback often limited to managers in many corporate organizations. In various roles, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your leadership ability to your staff, team, or organization. You will receive personal feedback on your performance, and very specific guidance on how to handle similar situations in the future.

Do you already have a business plan or an idea for a business you want to launch in business school?

Consider Launching the Venture: Launching the Venture is a series of courses that teach, empower and inspire entrepreneurial teams to launch commercial businesses and social ventures. Teams are comprised of a mix of students, faculty and staff.

Do you want exposure to the entire venture capital process?

Consider the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC): Created at UNC Kenan-Flagler the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) simulates the entire venture capital investment process in an extremely condensed time period, providing MBA students with a unique first-hand glimpse into the world of venture capital. Real entrepreneurs pitch to MBA student teams. Over 50 schools participate in a series of 40 events on three continents.

Do you want an intensively-focused sustainability opportunity?

Consider the Sustainability Leadership Capstone course: Designed for second-year MBA students, the Sustainability Leadership Capstone challenges participants to integrate the entire MBA experience through a sustainability lens. By getting out of the classroom and into real-world engagements with depth and extended reflection, students are immersed in strategies for how to use business as an engine for global social and environmental change.

Do you want experience on a nonprofit board?

Consider Nonprofit Leadership: The UNC Kenan-Flagler Nonprofit Leadership program offers two opportunities for students to gain hard skills in and exposure to working within the nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Board Fellows Program places UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA students on Nonprofit Boards of Directors as non-voting board members for six months. Our MBA Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program is a campus-wide interdisciplinary graduate certificate program, and prepares students for leadership roles in the rapidly expanding nonprofit sector.

Do you need experience managing and leading team of your peers?

Consider STAR: UNC Kenan-Flagler's Student Teams Achieving Results program, or STAR, is a hands-on learning program in which students learn by doing as they take on the role of consultants to real companies. STAR sends teams of top MBAs and Undergraduates to build comprehensive and actionable strategies for corporations and not-for-profit organizations seeking to strengthen their competitiveness. All teams are guided by both a faculty advisor with significant business consulting/corporate experience and an executive from the client organization.

Would you like to utilize current and new language and cross-cultural skills to solve real business challenges while in your MBA program?

Consider Global Business Project (GBP): The Global Business Project (GBP) is a unique action-based learning course for MBAs where MBAs from multiple business, cultural, and university environments work with corporate executives to solve a business challenge. The teams work virtually first in the US, and then on the ground in Brazil, China or India. They create actionable recommendations delivered in professional presentations.

Do you need hands-on experience with Wall Street tools like Bloomberg Professional and Factset?

Consider the Alternative Investment Education Program: The Alternative Investment Education Program at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School consists of six student-run funds that manage more than $12 million. Each Fund has a distinct alternative investment strategy that provides students with opportunities for invaluable hands-on asset management experience in their respective fields. What distinguishes the Alternative Investment Education program from other educational opportunities is the access it provides students to all aspects of the fund management and investment analysis.

Do you want to develop your conflict management, power and influence, and leadership skills?

Consider the Leadership Immersion: Our Leadership Immersion course is a capstone to your experience at UNC Kenan-Flagler. This course will offer you a unique opportunity to synthesize and deepen your mastery of the core leadership principles through intensive application, experiential learning, individualized feedback, and reflection. The Leadership Immersion focuses on several core areas that have been consistently identified as key development areas by students, recruiters, and practicing leaders.

Are you interested in getting personal feedback on your performance?

Consider Leadership Simulations: Our Leadership Simulations provide you with a type of interactive training and feedback often limited to managers in many corporate organizations. In various roles, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your leadership ability to your staff, team, or organization. You will receive personal feedback on your performance, and very specific guidance on how to handle similar situations in the future.

Are you looking for MBA teammates to be part of a business idea you have?

Consider Launching the Venture: Launching the Venture is a series of courses that teach, empower and inspire entrepreneurial teams to launch commercial businesses and social ventures. Teams are comprised of a mix of students, faculty and staff.

Do you want experience competing against other schools in a venture capital competition?

Consider the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC): Created at UNC Kenan-Flagler the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) simulates the entire venture capital investment process in an extremely condensed time period, providing MBA students with a unique first-hand glimpse into the world of venture capital. Real entrepreneurs pitch to MBA student teams. Over 50 schools participate in a series of 40 events on three continents.

Are you interested in experience with global sustainability issues?

Consider the Sustainability Leadership Capstone course: Designed for second-year MBA students, the Sustainability Leadership Capstone challenges participants to integrate the entire MBA experience through a sustainability lens. By getting out of the classroom and into real-world engagements with depth and extended reflection, students are immersed in strategies for how to use business as an engine for global social and environmental change.

Do you need the leadership skills necessary to run a nonprofit?

Consider Nonprofit Leadership: The UNC Kenan-Flagler Nonprofit Leadership program offers two opportunities for students to gain hard skills in and exposure to working within the nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Board Fellows Program places UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA students on Nonprofit Boards of Directors as non-voting board members for six months. Our MBA Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program is a campus-wide interdisciplinary graduate certificate program, and prepares students for leadership roles in the rapidly expanding nonprofit sector.

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