At the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business’ Neeley & Associates, MBAs have the chance to gain more than just hands-on business experience as paid consultants for major companies.
The Neeley & Associates are a group of MBA student consultants who can earn both business experience and a paycheck by offering insights and strategies for major companies facing business challenges. The students act as principle consultants, but are are provided with ample resources and guidance in the form faculty, staff, and professional consultants.
The program benefits both students looking to gain experience and the companies, who are able to find affordable and innovative solutions to their challenges. Past clients have ranged from PepsiCo. to Nike to GM Financial, and all of the consulting is paid work.
Many students have since been hired or offered internships at the companies for which they served as consultants. Others simply found that the consulting experience on their resume gave them a competitive edge on the job market. “Few candidates have ever done a consulting project. It gave me examples of how I creatively overcame a difficult challenge for a major company,” Greg Goolsby said of his Neeley & Associates experience. Graduating with his MBA in 2008, Goolsby currently serves as the senior licensing and acquisition manager at FUNimation.
Ed Riefenstahl, Director of Experiential Learning at Neeley, also commented on the many benefits the program has for students. “In addition to applying new knowledge from the classroom, Neeley & Associates MBAs get to experience and develop skills that are applicable and beneficial to the rest of their careers.”
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