Field Studies

Looking for a consultant to solve that business or marketing problem that has been bothering you? Consider hiring our MBA, MPA, MISM, MAcc, and other graduate students to do the job for you.

Overview

The Field Studies program is the consulting arm of the Marriott School of Management. Consulting projects are typically completed by a team of three to six graduate students under the direction of a faculty advisor with some expertise in the area to be addressed and, where appropriate, an experienced business executive knowledgeable in the field. Field Study teams can work on projects in almost any business discipline, including marketing research, strategy, finance, supply chain, human resources, and global business.

Clients

Recent clients include Intel, Adobe, Dow Chemical, Dell Computers, Honeywell, Johnson and Johnson, Orange Soda, Boston Scientific, Red Mango, Eagle Mountain City, Calle, Asphalt Zipper, Portfolio advisers, startup companies, and many others.

Fees

To sustain the program, professional fees of $15,000 plus expenses are charged for each project, but where necessary a negotiated fee less than that is possible. However, the fee is a fraction of the cost of hiring professional consultants.

Whether your project needs consulting resources of MBA, MPA, MISM, MAcc, or specialized resources from engineering to sociology, field study teams can meet your needs. We will design a team especially suited for your consulting project and hire a faculty advisor with expertise in your area of need.

Projection Submission Timeline

It is never too soon to submit a project. The sooner you submit a project, the more student visibility your project will get, and greater your potential will be to get a team. We recommend that you submit your projects for Fall semester by 15 July. We recommend that you submit your projects for Winter semester by 15 October.

Fall semester projects run from late August to mid-December. Winter semester projects run from early January to mid-April. Student teams are finalized and companies are contacted two weeks before the semester starts.

How to Sign Up

Companies can submit field study project applications by clicking here. The application consists of a description of the company, one or more paragraphs indicating the project description, key project deliverables, the categories of project work the team will do, and the types of majors/emphasis that would be useful on the team. Examples of emphases include finance, supply chain, marketing, human resources, strategy, etc. Students review portions of the project application to select their preferences for projects. If you have any questions, please contact David Hollan or Felicia Jones.

Company Responsibilities

Company Sponsor: Defines the project and clearly articulates what they want the student team to deliver.

Primary Contact: Works with the students throughout the semester to ensure that they stay on track with the needs of the company and have the resources necessary to succeed in the project.

The company sponsor and primary company contact are critical to the success of the on-campus internship team and their project. The company sponsor and primary contact may be the same person, but please ensure the primary contact has the time needed for this project.

Companies who participate in this program agree to the following:

  1. Contact your team before or during the first week of school and set up a formal kickoff meeting for introductions, review the desired project outcome(s), and explain the decisions the company will make based on the deliverables.
  2. Schedule weekly meeting times throughout the project (15-60 minutes is normal). Some weeks the meeting may not be needed; other weeks may require more time.
  3. Establish a process for how you will communicate between meetings.
  4. Do not ask students to sell products or qualify leads. As unpaid interns, students are NOT allowed to do those tasks.
  5. In the first three weeks of the semester, negotiate and agree with the student team on what the final deliverables/outcomes will be and when they will be achieved, recognizing that deliverables may evolve over the course of the semester. These will be included in the engagement letter.
  6. Schedule time with the student team for a mid-semester and end-of-semester presentation, presented by the student team. These presentations are usually one hour each.
  7. Do not assign specific tasks to specific team members. Give assignments to the team as a whole and they will work jointly to achieve the deliverables defined in the engagement letter.
  8. Give regular feedback to the team to let them know how they are doing. Be honest and forthright about concerns. Waiting and hoping they get better often leads to confusion, frustration and disappointment for you and the students. Be kind, but direct and specific with your feedback.
  9. Approve any team expenses necessary for the completion of project deliverables (approved expenses will be invoiced at the conclusion of the project).
  10. Complete the two 5-minute surveys sent to you at mid-semester and after the final presentation to get your feedback on how the team has performed. It is critical that you complete these short surveys in a timely manner for student feedback and grading purposes.