Experiential Learning

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Make an Impact Beyond Four Walls

Experiential learning exposes you to the same challenges business leaders face every day. Working alongside faculty members, fellow students, alumni and corporate partners, you’ll use strategic management concepts to solve critical business issues through special projects, labs and courses. Choose from more than 1,000 experiential learning opportunities to find the one that speaks to you.

Take a look at a sampling of our experiential learning opportunities below.

Courses & Labs


Asset Management Practicum

This highly specialized course sequence allows students to manage a portfolio, including the school's endowment. Students rotate across roles, such as industry analysts, traders and portfolio managers and take guidance directly from prominent alumni on Wall Street.

Private Equity & Venture Labs

Private Equity Lab and Venture Lab help place students at quarter-long internships with leading organizations. Private Equity Lab provides hands-on experience with private equity firms, while Venture Lab offers exposure to venture capital firms.


NUvention Courses

These interdisciplinary courses foster collaboration among students across Northwestern, including the medical and law schools. Students explore entrepreneurial business concepts in areas such as social impact, medical innovations, energy, web, analytics and nanotechnology.

Digital Marketing & Commerce Course

In this course, students create online stores with enterprise ecommerce software, sell real products and cull hard data from actual customers. Faculty and senior practitioners from firms such as Target, OfficeMax, Google, IBM, Walgreens and Sears guide students throughout the process.

New Venture Course Series

The New Venture course series allows students with pre-articulated business concepts to design and develop a launch plan.

Kellogg Board Fellows Program

This student-led program pairs participants with Chicago-area nonprofits to serve on their board of directors, actively contributing to the organizations for 14 months.

Lab Courses

In our various Lab Courses, students work in four- or five-person teams to consult with businesses and non-profit organizations to address real-world challenges they face in their daily business. Students apply the concepts from their core and elective courses to scope the project, research the problem, gather data and make meaningful recommendations that will benefit the partner organization. Past project sponsors include companies such as: Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, Baxter, Pfizer, thinkCERCA, Pro Ecuador, United Airlines, American Airlines, Qantas Airways as well as numerous local start-ups and non-profit organizations.

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2015 Super Bowl Ad Review

2015 Super Bowl Ad Review

Go behind the scenes as Kellogg students describe their experience participating in Kellogg's annual Super Bowl Ad Review.