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Sep 17 2012


In keeping with our tradition of pursuing real estate lab projects, three experiential learning courses were offered this past academic year. The projects that were completed for the sponsor companies showed how MBA skills can be applied to the real estate industry. Our experiential learning courses provide a select team of students with a unique opportunity to advise a sponsor company on a specific real estate project relating to the company's corporate objectives. Students gain an opportunity to enhance their academic learning by working with sponsor companies in a real world setting. Diverse backgrounds within the project team can be shared, and students have the opportunity to see their ideas become a reality. For the duration of the course term, students, guided by faculty and sponsors, gain hands-on experience in utilizing their statistical and market analysis, marketing and finance, pricing, financial modeling, and presentation skills to the fullest. Students hold weekly team meetings, attend a mid-quarter progress meeting with the sponsor, and deliver a final paper, as well as give a presentation to, and participate in Q&A with, the sponsor. Our partnerships have drawn praise from a variety of industry leaders.

This year’s experiential lab courses were sponsored by McCaffery Interests, The Blackstone Group and Equity Office Properties.

Prior Real Estate Lab Sponsors

  • Antheus Capital
  • Atlantic Realty Partners
  • The Blackstone Group
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Chester Foundation
  • Eastdil
  • Equity Office Properties
  • Evanston Inventure
  • Hines Interests
  • Investment Placement Group
  • MacGregor Associates
  • McCaffery Interests
  • Mesirow Financial
  • Mission Residential
  • Nelson Development
  • Northwestern University Endowment
  • Sterling Education Properties
  • Sterling Partners
  • Strategic Hotels
  • Wrightwood Capital

To learn more about sponsoring a student project, please contact William Bennett

About the Author

This article was written by Teri Murray.