A systematic approach leads to effective teamwork
The STAR program is designed for MBA and Undergraduate Business students from any concentration and with various career paths — not only those in consulting. We match you based on experience and career aspirations with STAR projects with the goal of creating diverse and productive teams. As an MBA student, you can also indicate your interest in serving as a project leader.
STAR formats – STAR offers three unique formats to ensure the best fit for students and corporate partners:
- STAR USA allows students to work on business challenges for any type of organization. Many corporate partners invite the team to travel to their location in the U.S. at least once.
- STAR Global allows students to address issues for organizations worldwide. Teams travel to the corporate partner abroad for two weeks to conduct research and present their work. (Not offered in 2020/2021)
- STAR Virtual allows students and corporate partners to collaborate virtually for the entire project from anywhere in the world
Eligibility and pre-/corequisites – To participate in STAR you must complete the Consulting Skills and Frameworks (CSF) course before or concurrently to the STAR project.
Time commitment – Projects run for 14-15 weeks from January to late April/early May. Some pre-work also takes place in November/December. STAR projects are demanding learning experiences with deadlines and comprehensive deliverables. As a STAR team member, you spend about 10+ hours a week on the project. As a project leader, you spend more than 10 hours a week on STAR.
Cost – STAR is a credit-bearing course, and there is generally no additional expense, except for the following:
- MBA@UNC, Evening MBA and Weekend Executive MBA students pay for their travel expenses to participate in the Launch event (required) in Chapel Hill.
- Students interested and selected for a STAR Global project pay a $1,500 program fee and cover their travel expenses (airfare, visa, vaccinations, etc.). Many in-country expenses are covered by the STAR program office and the corporate partner (not offered in 2020/2021)