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Undergraduate Student Consulting Projects That Get Results

The Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) Program gives you access to fresh ideas from accomplished undergraduate students, managed by a project leader in the MBA program. Students will spend a semester analyzing your specific business challenge and then present their findings and recommendations to your company in a detailed, written report and/or oral presentation.

The Babson student consultants shared terrific insights into the Dunkin’ Brands Gen Z consumer segment. They were able to highlight different opportunities for customization and uncover areas we need to explore more. I was very impressed with their detailed research, presentation skills, and depth of knowledge exhibited throughout the 12-week project.
Katy Latimer
VP Culinary Innovation | Dunkin’ Brands

MCFE Partner Organizations

80+

MCFE Partners

1,000+

MCFE Projects

129+

Countries Hosting Babson Alumni

Babson’s Long-Term MCFE Partners

Dunkin’ Brands, Fidelity, Puma, Boston Red Sox, Clarkston Consulting, Alps & Meters, and more

adidas
Alphagrip Inc.
Alps & Meters
Ameriprise Financial/R. Miller & Associates
AXA Equitable
Baskin Robbins Inc.
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Boston Beer Company
Boston Bruins Foundation*
Boston Cannons
Boston Red Sox
BuzzFeed
Clarkston Consulting
Clarkston Merchant Partners
Common Threads
CubeSmart
Dean’s Sweets
Dunkin’ Brands Inc.
Dunn Gaherins Inc.
Emack & Bolio’s
Employee Loyalty Optimization, LLC
Epsilon
Fidelity Investments
FMS Solutions Holdings LLC
FoodLogiQ
Fortistar
Fujitsu America
Fuld & Company

General Catalyst
Hanover Insurance
Highland Capital Partners
Howland, Spence & McMillan
HubSpot
ImagineNations
Ironside
Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
Kano Computing
Koko Fit Club
Lookout Farm
Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation
Measuring Success
Mendix
Middlesex Savings Bank
NEADS
Needham Bank
New England Revolution
New England Sports Network (NESN)
Newgrange Design
NGIN Workplace
No Fossil Fuel
Oasys Water
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Pine Street Inn
Puma SE

PwC
Rapport International
RYDAN Security Inc.
Sallie Mae
Shark Branding
Shawnee Peak Ski Area
Solar Sister
Somerville Chamber of Commerce New Group
Special Strides Inc.
Stacy’s Juicebar
Staples Inc.
Stetson Real Estate
Susan G. Komen Massachusetts Affiliate*
Tactivate
Talbots
The Ayco Company, L.P., a Goldman Sachs Company
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Nature Conservancy
TouchTunes
Town of Natick
Town of Needham
Troon Golf
Tyco International
West Roxbury YMCA*
Wolfgang Puck
World Travel Holding

The Babson students were intelligent, professional, and thorough. They divided project responsibilities among team members and approached case problems in an organized format.
TIAA-CREF

Example Projects

Project Disciplines

Financial Modeling
Entrepreneurship
Social Media Marketing
Strategy
Technology
Supply Chain Management
Human Capital
Market Research
Data Analysis
Operations

Project Challenge: A non-profit organization is seeking to have the MCFE Program implement a community economic impact study that will measure the impact of a new, larger facility on the surrounding community. The study also will explore any negative impacts or barriers to maximum community impact. Once we receive the study, we will develop new programs to meet community needs. These programs will be accompanied by a targeted marketing campaign, and plans for program sustainability.

Project Deliverables: Students will deliver a community impact study addressing the following areas:

  • Population served
  • Impacts on local businesses T
  • Traffic patterns, both foot and automotive
  • Philanthropic support for programs
  • Job creation Membership growth

Project Challenge: With the growing elderly population, the existing incidence of chronic diseases, and an ever-increasing national expenditure on healthcare, the durable medical equipment market is booming. Our company works with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to finance leases of durable medical devices (X-rays, ultrasounds, patient monitoring, laboratory equipment, etc.) for customers that may not otherwise be able to afford it; the ultimate goal being sales improvement and an increase in cash flow. Our company sees the leasing opportunity for mid and lower markets as underserved. Thirty-five to 40% of all medical equipment in the U.S. is currently being leased, but the majority of this is done via large manufacturers and their internal financing arms (example: GE Healthcare/GE Capital). This leaves a great deal of opportunity for small- to mid-sized medical device manufacturers to partner with financing providers like ours.

Project Deliverables: The objective of this project is to further develop the approach to market this service to target OEMs. The project would consist of a market study to determine who the right target OEMs are, followed by the creation of a Go-To-Market strategy, including marketing materials.

Project Challenge: Our company is a leader in performance and lifestyle clothing—with the goal to be the fastest brand in the world. The brand is always looking for “what’s next” and wants to capitalize on internal creativity from all divisions to drive new ideas. Project

Deliverables: Provide us with guidance on how to introduce an Idea Tank forum for the global company. What systems are needed for a successful crowdsourcing forum? How will this run/operate? What are the resources needed for successful implementation? What are best practices from other crowdsourcing companies/sites?

Project Challenge: Our professional sports team is currently hosting tournaments at a local university’s stadium, which restricts certain areas of growth like revenue streams and flexibility when hosting events. We need a case study including ideal locations to build a stadium, opportunities that are made available by a team owning their home stadium (revenue streams, etc.), and challenges of owning a property as opposed to renting. This study should include a look at facility management, security, emergency services, concessions, and anything else that might go into costs for game day operations.

Project Deliverables: Students will provide a report that summarizes their research of the ideal location for the building of a stadium for the athletic team and also provides recommendations for the building’s amenities, specifications, and costs.

What You Do

  1. Assign one or more representative(s) to act as a liaison to the student team (10-12 hours total over 12 weeks)
  2. Provide needed data/information in a timely manner
  3. Participate in a mid-semester progress report meeting
  4. Give feedback at the end of the project via program evaluations
  5. Attend Program Events

Cost Free

Company Kickoff
Fall: September
Spring: February

Final Presentation
Fall: December
Spring: May

How to Apply for an Undergraduate Consulting Team

  1. Prepare Your Project Proposal
  2. Apply by the Deadline

For Fall Consulting: March 1
For Spring Consulting: October 1

This was truly a great experience and very useful for my business. The Babson students were professional, very organized, and really delivered excellent research and recommendations. I would highly recommend this for any business.
Mike Winn
IMG Sports Management

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