Course Title

Accelerated MBA Consulting Co-Op (Spring 2022)

Collaboration Overview

Montclair State University is searching for companies interested in participating in an 8-week summer MBA Consulting Project with four of our high-performing students.   We will work with you and your team directly to design your project engagement to ensure it aligns our course learning objectives with your company goals so that everyone wins!   Please keep in mind that this should be primarily designed as a student learning experience and that the students will need time to get up-to-speed on your industry, products, and business model before they can drive value to your company.   Below we've included some topics and templates for inspiration!

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Engagement Format: Capstone

Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in consulting teams of 3-5 directly with faculty and client liaisons on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.

Timeline & Next Steps

  • October 29, 2021

    Collaboration request published. Industry Partners can apply to participate by submitting a project. If your project meets our criteria, we’ll help you schedule time to meet the program director.

  • November 8, 2021

    Academic Mentors will begin meeting with interested Industry Partners to get to know one another, discuss project ideas, and align on timeline and next steps.

  • December 24, 2021

    Deadline for Industry Partners to apply to participate.

  • January 14, 2022

    Academic and Industry Mentors finalize project charter so that it includes a comprehensive timeline and a series of well-defined milestones and expected deliverables using our templates and expert program designers.

  • January 31, 2022

    OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH: This is the scheduled date to launch the project. After this, we expect industry mentors to meet virtually (or in person if possible!) at least once per week while working together to answer questions and provide feedback.

  • April 29, 2022

    OFFICIAL PROJECT END: This is the scheduled date to finalize the project. This typically includes the delivery and presentation of the final results. We expect industry mentors to provide one more round of feedback as we wrap up the project.

Project Inspiration

Project templates by topic that might inspire you…

Customer Service

New Business Opportunity Assessment
New Product/Service Development
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Growth Strategy

Business Opportunity Research
Prospecting New Relationships
Designing & Scaling Processes


Branding Strategy/Redesign
Social Media Optimization
User/Customer Acquisition Strategy Development & Testing

Org Culture, D&I

Diversity Assessments
Inclusion Protocols
Training & Development

Product Design & Development

User Testing/Interviewing
Requirements Planning
Product Development/Extension

Sales & Business Development

New Business Opportunity Assessment
Market Testing
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Academic Mentors


Nicole Koppel 

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Jonida Dervishi 

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Academic Program Details

SchoolMontclair State University
CourseAccelerated MBA Consulting Co-Op (Spring 2022)
Graduate / Undergraduate
  • All Undergraduate
Students Enrolled5
Student Time Commitment15-30 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*TBD

*Note: Company, faculty, and students will finalize meeting and communication schedule after collaboration is finalized

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, Business Services, Consumer Services, Education, Health Care, Media, Non-Profit, Real Estate, Restaurants, Bars & Food Services, Retail, Travel & Tourism
Requested Company Size
  • Established Startup
  • High-Growth Startup
  • Small Business
  • Medium Business
  • Large Enterprise
Duration13 Weeks (05/16/2022 - 08/18/2022)
  • Local (within 30 miles)
  • Regional (within 90 miles)
  • Fully Remote (located anywhere)
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count1


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