Practice your skills in real-world scenarios

To prepare for real-world challenges, you need to learn through real-world experiences. That’s the intent behind experiential learning courses — to take the skills you’ve learned in the classroom and practice them in the business world. These courses are also ideal for exploring new industries or functions that pique your interest.

You have the flexibility to choose the classes that best speak to your personal and professional goals.

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.

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. (This course is not available to One-Year MBA Program students.)

Analytical Consulting Lab

Analytical Consulting Lab (ACL) offers students the chance to work with actual company data, developing meaningful analytical models for managerial decision-making, and presenting results and recommendations to company executives. Projects focus on developing economic models for decision-making, developing analytical processes, and using big data and analytics for improved enterprise decisions.

Global Lab

Kellogg’s Global Lab (G-Lab) offers students a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with an international company to help solve a pressing business or management challenge. This twelve-week experiential learning course blends traditional classroom learning with real-world problem solving, teamwork, and client service. Working closely with the faculty advisor, teams of four students spend the first ten weeks on-campus conducting research, analysis, and interviews in line with the work plan they develop with their clients. After a mid-term progress review and completing their on-campus activities, the teams travel to the client sites to spend the final two weeks completing their research, presenting final recommendations, and working with management on implementation plans.

Risk Lab

In Risk Lab, students work on real-world projects that provide an excellent opportunity to exercise many of the concepts that are part of an MBA curriculum. Projects in this course are full of real-world complexity, which will require integration of concepts from various disciplines. The projects in Risk Lab are not strictly about risk management or risk reduction, but rather risk identification, projecting, planning, and risk acceptance.

Hands-on learning

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Past projects & clients:

Abbvie Hyatt Hotel Group
Audi Microsoft
Baxter Pritzker Group
Chicago Bulls Uber
Discover Capital United Airlines
Google Wal-Mart

I wanted to practice all the skills I learned at Kellogg in as many experiential opportunities as possible. Labs gave me the opportunity to do exactly that.

Ann Gallo '14

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